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AZED No. 2,058 Plain ‘Competition Puzzle’

Posted by The Trafites on November 13th, 2011

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typical Azed competition crossword this week, being a tad more difficult than normal plain puzzles; 7½/10 on the Azedian hardness scale for me.

I am not impressed (my own personal view, being a FSF member) with Chambers having 17ac listed making it a genericized trademark – please see the link at that clue.

Across
1. Chinese ruler, one requiring something to deal with the insects (8)
CHLORDAN CH+LORD+AN
7. A tangle? Net’s there in one with it (4)
ALGA (A TANGLE*) minus NET
a sort of reverse composite anagram
10. No serious affair, a tiny thing involving what’s true but unsteady (9)
AMOURETTE (TRUE*) in (A MOTE)(a tiny thing)
12. The old succumb to sea-sickness? Sailors on board hasten as before (6)
SPURNE RN in SPUE[spew]
13. A traditional Afghan council requiring day of fasting locally? (6)
ASHURA A+SHURA
14. Wells maybe the sea breaks into, yielding fine gravel (7)
HOGGING OGGIN in HG[wells]
16. Big win at the pokies? Second with reserve fund backed (6)
MOTSER MO+(REST<)
17. Recording system for capturing ‘fab’ number? (4)
TIVO IV[fab 'four'] in TO(for)
see Tivoization
18. What can be mistaken for this American forest? Taiga can (8)
CAATINGA (TAIGA CAN*)
21. Spiny creature nipping booby in swimming races (8)
RASCASSE ASS in (RACES*)
23. Look concealed by those embarrassed (4)
SEEM hidden: thoSE EMbarrassed
24. Wannabes do (a father taking lead in publicity) (6)
ASPIRE P in (A SIRE)
29. Nigerian king has foreign company protecting church vessels (7)
CIBORIA (IBO+R) in CIA
30. Pastor distributed ancient service book (6)
PORTAS (PASTOR)*
*31. Vigorous (6)
ROBUST the competition word to clue
32. Spiny fish ‘urts badly – feelin’ pain inside (9)
TRACHINUS ACHIN’ in (‘URTS*)
33. Indian drum, back to front in luggage compartment (4)
DHOL HOLD with the ‘D’ moved to the front
34. Part of bee’s anatomy: one’s achy when it’s deployed (8)
HONEY-SAC (ONE’S ACHY*)
Down
1. Following misguided path, crass walker becomes low on funds (12)
CASH-STRAPPED (PATH CRASS*)+PED
2. Bodily deficiency, advanced, more diseased, we heah? (7)
HYPOXIA homophone: HIGH+POXIER
3. Portly actor once losing weight? He’s good fun (5)
LAUGH [charles] LAUGH[ton]
4. Knight errant abroad discarding extremes of household chore? (5)
RONIN (i)RONIN(g)
5. Chaperones not available among cavorting nudes (7)
DUENNAS N/A in (NUDES*)
6. E.g. Sumatran on site, working (6)
NESIOT (ON SITE*)
7. Reject as spurious amateur article about position coming up (8)
ATHETISE A+(THE around (SITE<))
8. Old clothes lined with wool left by court maiden long ago (5)
GERLE GERE(old clothes) around (woo)L[court left!]
9. A magic mantra when this is this (12)
ANAGRAMMATIC (A MAGIC MANTRA*)
11. Is leaving some Bantus for piecework? (4)
TUTS TUTS(is)
15. Sun brings in melting of ice and cheers of community (8)
SOCIETAL ((ICE*)+TA!) in SOL
19. A drug I take internally dispersed pains (7)
ASPIRIN I+R[take] in (PAINS*)
20. Seating arranged to display shrub (7)
GENISTA (SEATING)*
22. The old take possession of space in front of church (6)
AREACH AREA+CH
25. Tardigrade mammal, one of deadly group (5)
SLOTH one of the seven deadly sins
26. What Scots have for breakfast, losing itch for fry, singularly? (4)
PARR PARR(itch)=porridge
27. What’s in a steak? Bit of brisket has all-round quality (5)
T-BONE TONE around B
28. After time Muscovite maybe is seen to pack up (5)
TRUSS RUSS(ian) after T
 

4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,058 Plain ‘Competition Puzzle’”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the usual excellent puzzle and Nick fot the blog. Favourite clue the wonderfully apt 9dn.

    A couple of minor typos in the blog:

    16ac: MO + REST<
    24ac: P in (A SIRE), or it could be A + (P in SIRE)

  2. The Trafites says:

    Thanks, corrected.

    Nick

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Another very enjoyable exercise.
    I never thought I would say this about an AZED but it was made slightly too straightforward by two long solutions (1d, 9d) which I solved very quickly.

  4. Erebus says:

    Does anyone else think that the 1st prize winning clue to ROBUST, namely “Tough as old boots from crate in cobblers” (bus in rot), should have an apostrophe in cobblers for it to read correctly in the plain reading? That would then render the cryptic indication unsound, wouldn’t it?

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