# Fifteensquared

## Azed 2053 – ‘Wrong Number’

Posted by Andrew on October 9th, 2011

“Wrong Number” is one of the older types of “special”, dating back at least to Ximenes. These puzzles can be hard to get started on, because you have to solve a lot of clues “cold” before the crossing letters start to be any help at all. My strategy, in combination with the advice given in the preamble, is to start by separating the clues according to the lengths of the answers. In this puzzle this reveals that there are six clues each with answers of lengths 4 to 9, meaning that the grid is rather unusual too: normally the distribution is less even.

On writing up this blog it seems that most of the clues are relatively straightforward (though it didn’t always seem like that while I was solving them), with no fewer than 4 hidden answers, and as always they are of high quality, even with the added constraint of including an extra definition, which is always done very smoothly.

In the notes below the definition of the answer of the clue is underlined, and the one-word definition of the word to be entered is bold, On the line under the clues I’ve show then main answer first, then the answer to be entered in italics, together the number of the clue it comes from, and finally an explanation of the clue. As the layout is already quite complicated I’ve generally kept the explanations quite concise: you may need to refer to Chambers and/or Wikipedia to confirm some obscure words and meanings.

 Across 1 . Outlet is broken? Lost this requirement for sewer possibly (4) ETUI BUST (10ac) Composite anagram (OUTLET IS)* = (LOST ETUI)* 4 . Plant imp initially in inn sofa, misbehaving (8) SAINFOIN PERISHER (17dn) I[mp] in (INN SOFA)* 10 . Collapse affecting banks? Transport tons (4) BUST ASAR (31ac) BUS (transport) + T 11 . Narrowing opening of spyhole troubled nosiest (8) STENOSIS APERTURE (30ac) S + NOISIEST* 12 . Cover with verdure to do with inside edge on borders (9) OVERGREEN GUILLOCHE (24ac) RE in VERGE, in (“bordered by”) ON 13 . What’s concealed in chest? I’m essential for peers (6) STIMES WANGAN (28ac) Hidden in cheST IM ESsential 15 . Engineers given compass bearing for ‘royal cubit’ (5) REMEN GESTE (26ac) REME + N 16 . Thrash must conceal one story to do with punished Olympian (9) TANTALEAN OVERGREEN (12ac) AN TALE in TAN 18 . Jock’s eye runs in lid infection – disturbance for Scottish writer (6) STEERY SCORES (23ac) EE (Scots “eye”) + R (runs) in STY 23 . Bell often does well, injuries restricting century (6) SCORES CROTAL (22dn) C in SORES. Ian Bell is cricketer who scores well 24 . Decorate lake in teasing art? (9) GUILLOCHE TANTALEAN (16ac) LOCH in GUILE (“teasing art”) 26 . Romance disrupting mates, e.g. ma eloping? (5) GESTE OPPOS (25dn) Anagram of MATES EG less MA 28 . Houseboat one glimpses secured by Taiwan gantline? (6) WANGAN STIMES (13ac) Hidden in taiWAN GANtline 29 . Officer throwing off crest shocked female governors (9) RECTRICES LANCEJACK (14dn) Anagram of (OFFICER less OFF) + CREST 30 . See Conservative unseated in upset recapture gap (8) APERTURE BELONGER (32ac) RECAPTURE* less C 31 . Piles of gravel? Arab provides case for it (4) ASAR ETUI (1ac) SA (sex appeal = “it”) in AR[ab] 32 . Drink constricting summer vac for one conforming to social norms (8) BELONGER STENOSIS (11ac) LONG [vac] in BEER 33 . River beside edges of lake? Rod‘s appropriate here (4) POLE MERE (7dn) PO (Iralian river) + L[ak]E Down 1 . Dad put in laundry a bit of rag – the fuss! (7) PALAVER BAGWASH (21dn) PA + LAVE + R 2 . Monuments, most (far from normal) containing bishop (5) TOMBS USUAL (9dn) B in MOST* 3 . Value items unusually used as fodder (8) ESTIMATE SAINFOIN (4ac) ITEMS* + ATE (“used as fodder”) 4 . Talk about dissipation without a sure garland (7) CHAPLET PALAVER (1dn) PLEASURE less A SURE in CHAT 5 . Those with undeveloped feathers glisten strangely in upturned tin (9) NESTLINGS RECTRICES (29ac) GLISTEN* in reverse of SN (chenical symbol for tin) 6 . Lost after commotion about runner (6) STOLON STEERY (18ac) LOST* + ON (about) 7 . Wherein anglers may fish in some regions (4) MERE HUSS (27dn) Hidden in soME REgions 8 . Loin in pastry crust? It poses a tricky question for Scots (7) PLISKIE EROTEMA (20dn) LISK in PIE 9 . Common fuel measure? It excites me, free, this (5) USUAL REMEN (15ac) Composite anagram: (FUEL MEASURE)* = (ME FREE USUAL)* 14 . Terribly clean young man in pack, he was just above rankers (9) LANCEJACK NESTLINGS (5dn) CLEAN* + JACK *17 . Guess (8) PERISHER ESTIMATE (3dn) The competition is to provide a clue for PERISHER that includes a one-word definition of ESTIMATE 19 . 100 rupees includes centre of wreath woven in holes (7) CRATERS CHAPLET (4dn) Anagram on [w]REAT[h] in CRS 20 . What bowls a Meteor out? It’s purely hypothetical (7) EROTEMA CRATERS (19dn) (A METEOR)* 21 . Wag in poor condition enters party – no place to programme fine stuff (7) BAGWASH PLISKIE (8dn) WAG* in BASH 22 . Welcoming end of shoot, Carlo played castanet (6) CROTAL STOLON (6dn) T in CARLO* 24 . See what pressure curiously buries come back to one? (5) RECUR TOMBS (2dn) Hidden in pressuRE CURiously 25 . Partners work with return of concession (5) OPPOS RECUR (24dn) OP + reverse of SOP 27 . Cheeky girl leaving terminal? A tasty catch (4) HUSS POLE (33ac) HUSS[y]

### 5 Responses to “Azed 2053 – ‘Wrong Number’”

1. AJK says:

Well done on the blog. Tough all round, but I think the best type of special other than ‘letters latent’.

2. sidey says:

A blog of admirable clarity Andrew. A very enjoyable exercise, no, it deserves more than that, bloody good fun.

3. Pelham Barton says:

Thanks Azed for the welcome return of an old favourite which I thoroughly enjoyed solving. It took me less time than last week’s plain, but just a bit longer than my usual range of solving times for plain puzzles.

I agree with comments above and thank Andrew for a very clear blog. Two minor typos:

1ac: LOST ETUI not LOSS ETUI
10ac: BUS + T not BUST + T

4. Andrew says:

Thanks Pelham, typos corrected.

5. RCWhiting says:

Thanks all
A thoroughly enjoyable challenge.

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