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AZED No. 2,052 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on October 2nd, 2011

The Trafites.

Nick:   I found this quite a toughy this week, giving my rating of 8/10 on the Azedian hardness scale.

I got tied up in the bottom half of the grid trying to correctly parse several clues, namely 28ac, 32ac, 33ac and 29dn.

26dn is an interesting clue.

Across
1. Like a failing old tavern, stuck with rum nosh, rotten (12)
CUSTOM-SHRUNK (STUCK RUM NOSH)*
9. Organized ladies diving into Scottish river, rarely drunk on malt (6)
SWIPEY WI in SPEY
12. Draught of sole abandoned by tar? (4)
PLAN PLAN(TAR)
13. Astringent I earmark for treatment (8)
KRAMERIA (I EARMARK)*
14. Seconds ahead, being once past (4)
SENS S+ENS
15. New column, curtailed with time, for laureate (8)
NOBELIST N+OBELIS[k]+T
16. Oath from Jock: ‘It’s a wee bittie hard’ (5)
HAITH HA’IT+H
18. Maine’s crack troops? They’re flat-topped (5)
MESAS ME+SAS
19. Ebbing river abroad cracks stern badly, soaking back (9)
RESORBENT (EBRO<) in (STERN*)
21. Reader having to admit old wife is computer whizz (9, 2 words)
POWER USER OW in PERUSER
I wouldn’t necessarily call a ‘power user’ a ‘computer whizz’
26. Squelch round the highlands? It’s stag’s head, look, one’s after (5)
SLOAN S+LO+AN
27. Cock, maybe, cross in appearance (5)
MIXEN X in MIEN
28. Not accepted in Sicilian town, left describing stomach pains (8)
TORMINAL T[a]ORMINA+L
30. Kindle, obsolete, leads to this in next decade (4)
TIND leading letters: This In Next Decade
31. With a passage for food to join, took dinner? (8)
ENTERATE ENTER+ATE
32. Intrinsically anxious, lacking cure (4, 2 words)
IN SE INSE(cure)
33. At sea head, ay, do so to windward as before (6)
LAVEER LAV+E’ER
34. ‘E’s caught by S. Liston’s cut, on going inside count – as invincibility progresses? (12)
RESISTLESSLY (E’S+S. LIST[on]‘S*) in RELY
I don’t think I could have defined this word
Down
1. Holding power, truncheon accompanies work – here? (7)
COPSHOP (P in COSH)+OP
2. Arrive gracefully, as young suitor about noon (6, 2 words)
SWAN IN N in SWAIN
3. Restart mine worked out? One washes ore from deposits (11)
TIN-STREAMER (RESTART MINE)*
4. Male on track having turned up for colourful birds (6)
MEROPS M+(SPORE<)
mistake here? SPOOR=TRACK, not SPORE, and I couldn’t find if ‘spore’ is an alternative spelling
5. Part of tack which a merchantman has on board (4)
HAME hidden: whicH A MErchantman
6. Lift: Mary missing first in use (6)
UPRISE PRI[mary] in USE
7. Pest lives in shade (8)
NUISANCE IS in NUANCE
8. Odist a Sekt befuddled (5)
KEATS (A SEKT)*
10. What’s said to guy inverting half of ring-bark? (5)
YABOO (O[f]+O+BAY)<
11. Bert and Elsie I see irregularly used as names (11)
CELEBRITIES (BERT ELSIE I C)*
17. A short book on Eton taken out when one pleases (8, 2 words)
À VOLONTÉ A VOL+(ETON*)
20. Am avoiding dynamiter at large with a short fuse! (7)
TINDERY (DYN[am]ITER)*
22. Right in centre of parade, on the rise – value doubled (at least) (6)
WORTHS RT in (SHOW<)
23. Like water vessel number dipped in river (5)
URNAL N in URAL
24. Confederate solicitor receiving cheers (6)
STATAL TATA in SL
25. Membranous coverings displaying limitless allure? (6)
EXINES [s]EXINES[s]
26. Herd youngster? This horn’d guy possibly (5)
STEER composite anagram: HERD YOUNGSTER minus HORN’D GUY=(ESTER*)
this clue also has 3 plain definitions (or maybe 4 if you include ‘horn’d guy’)!
29. Part of the eye mostly recalling smiling ones? (4)
IRIS IRIS(h)
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4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,052 Plain”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the puzzle and Nick for the blog. Favourite clue 10dn for the use of “guy”.

    This took me twice as long as any recent Azed had taken. I was doing all right and had only four left within a reasonable time, but got stuck at 9ac. I had -WI— and the construction was obvious, but my eye kept failing to spot swipey on repeated scans of page 1574 of Chambers.

    21ac: The definition of power user in Chambers is near enough to “computer whizz” for me.

    4dn: I too cannot find spore = track.

  2. sidey says:

    Some difficult stuff here. TAORMINA is even more obscure than Pluckley!

    Spore is in the OED, which is no real excuse…

    Still good fun though.

  3. AJK says:

    He’s used Spore for Track recently I think. Agree, very tough.

  4. Bob Sharkey says:

    Re SPORE in Chambers, see entry for SPOOR, which doesn’t have the SPORE variant. So Azed’s mistake, if any, is not to mention OED as an authority.

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