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Azed 2062

Posted by duncanshiell on December 11th, 2011


You know what you are going to get with Azed – a puzzle that is clued scrupulously with surfaces that make a good deal of sense.    Virtually every word in each clue plays an important part in the wordplay or definition with only a few additonal link words to improve the surface.

I particularly liked the clue to RAGGED-LADY at 10 down.

With Azed, solvers often learn new words – the new ones for me in this puzzle were APPLE-KNOCKER, SEMPLICE, TYNED, PLOIDY and NELUMBO.  Many of the other entries that I don’t use in everyday conversation very often have appeared in other barred crosswords.

Having said that, I have struggled a bit with the exact wordplay for LEG-IRON and BRAS although I think both are correct.

Azed certainly makes full use of the all the possible definitions of words as he composes his clues – e.g. puss meaning hare in 4d

No. Clue Wordplay Entry
1 A coarse American (12) [definition only]   APPLE-KNOCKER (a coarse or dull-witted person [N American informal])
11 Viper’s bugloss exuded sap – universal sheep tucked in (8) (U [universal] + EWE [sheep]) contained in (tucked in) BLED (exuded sap) BLUEWEED (viper’s bugloss)
12 Split occurring in rock group in private (4) Hidden word in (in) PRIVATE RIVA (a cleft in rock; split occuring in rock group)
13 Explain chevron in uniform? (5) SOLE (uniform, 3rd definition in Chambers) containing V (the letter V has the shape of a chevron) SOLVE (explain)
14 Bovril precursor you may find to be still significant (6) LIE (to be still) + BIG (significant).  The words ‘you may find’ are simply describing how the entry, LIEBIG, can be viewed.

LIEBIG (a beef extract first prepared by the German chemist J von Liebig [1803-73]; Bovril; is also a form of beef extract)

15 Spicy old wine chaps imbibed in sleazy spot ? (6) MEN (chaps) contained in (imbibed) in PIT (hell, or its lower depths; a very dirty or untidy place; sleazy spot) PIMENT (a spiced sweetened wine)
17 E.g. plainest music may be played by US giant thus (8) EG PLAINEST MUSIC is an anagram of (may be played by) US GIANT and SEMPLICE SEMPLICE (musical term meaning simple or simply without embellishment; e.g. how plainest music may be played)
18 Poet’s lost very little of Shakespeare’s density (5) TYNE (Shakesperean word for tiny; very little of Shakespeare) + D (density) TYNED (Spenserian [poet’s] word for lost)
20 Like some earls, hit hard (6)

Reference BELTED Earl (Up to the seventeenth century an earl was invested by the Sovereign with a sword which was girded around his waist – hence ‘a BELTED earl’, a phrase beloved by Victorian novelists and others.)

BELTED (hit hard)
22 Pot for water, cold that I cracked (6) Anagram of (cracked) C (cold) and I THAT CHATTI (earthenware water pot)
24 Home to let’s part in basis for rapid devlopment (5) Hidden word in (part in) HOME TO LET’S

METOL (p-methylaminophenol sulphate, the basis of a rapid developer for photographic negatives.)

26 Sexual desire long held in by wayward host (8,2 words) PANT (long) contained in (held by) an anagram of (wayward) HOST HOT PANTS (sexual desire)
30 ‘Nail’ will be found in dictionary, one’s supposed (6) PIN (nail) contained in (will be found in) OED (Oxford English Dictionary) OPINED (supposed)
31 Regarding site of the Taj, it opens late in the day (6) ON (regarding) + AGRA (the Taj Mahal is located in AGRA, India) ONAGRA (evening primrose; it opens late in the day)
32 Party to poke one’s nose in around four (5) PRY (poke one’s nose in) containing (around) IV (Roman numerals for ‘four’) PRIVY (pry to)
33 Grant accepted by well-placed entrant (4) Hidden word in (accepted by) WELL_PLACED ENTRANT CEDE (grant)
34 Simple compunds concealed in notecase (8) Anagram of (concealed in) NOTECASE ACETONES (the simplest ketones [organic compounds])
35 Santa risks going off circuit in backing deer (12, 2 words)

(Anagram of (going off) RISKS + RING [circuit]) contained in (in) ELK (deer) reversed (backing)


KRISS KRINGLE (a tradiitonal [United States] name for Santa Claus)
No. Clue Wordplay Entry
2 Cell’s quota of chromosomes I had found in procedure (6) I’D (I had) contained in (found in) PLOY (procedure) PLOIDY (the number of chromosome sets in a cell)
3 Snails etc a palm nut ravaged briefly has on inside (9) Anagram of (ravaged) A PALM NUT containing (has inside) O‘ (on, briefly)

PULMONATA (an air-breathing order or subclass of Gastropoda, including many land and freshwater snails)

4 Young puss the heartless merrymaking tossed up (7) (THE excluding the middle letter [heartless] H + REVEL [merrymaking]) all reversed (tossed up; down clue) LEVERET (young hare; in hunting or coursing terms ‘puss’ means ‘hare’)
5 Silken textiles must include it (5) Hidden word (include) in SILKEN TEXTILES

KENT  (a silk cloth made in Ghana by sewing together long narrow handwoven strips) I’m not quite sure why must is italicised.  All I can think of is that any list of silken textiles is incomplete without the inclusion of KENTE.

6 Number taking limitless slumber after chewing e.g. sacred lotus (7) NO (number) containing (taking) an anagram of (after chewing) the middle letters of (limitless) SLUMBER

NELUMBO (a plant of the Nelumbo genus of water lilies including the Egyptian bean of Pythagoras, and the sacred lotus)

7 Love in poor shape? Key missing, such as some poetry (4) O (love [zero score in tennis]) + DICKEY (in poor shape) excluding (missing) KEY ODIC (in the form of an ode as some poetry is)
8 Native American left trap for lobsters (5) CREE (a member of a Native American tribe) + L (left) CREEL (lobster trap)
9 Give cogent demonstration of topping gadget, new in (6) DEVICE (gadget) excluding first letter (topped) D containing (in) N (new) EVINCE (prove beyond doubt; give cogent demonstration)
10 Nigella gargled wildly on broadcast day (10) Anagram of (wildly) GARGLED + anagram of (broadcast) DAY

RAGGED-LADY(a garden flower [Nigella damascena] of the buttercup family having blue or white flowers, love-in-a-mist.)

13 Hastily insert second dressing on tap (10) S (second) + PATCH (dressing) + COCK (tap)

SPATCHCOCK (to interpolate, insert [words, a sentence, etc] hastily into a narrative, etc.)

16 Outfit get inn trashed, producing litter (9) KIT (outfit) + anagram of (trashed) GET INN KITTENING ([of a cat] giving birth; producing litter)
19 Young fish having nose round inverted tin (7) FINK (informer; nose) containing (around) CAN (tin) reversed (inverted; down clue) FINNACK (young sea trout; young fish)
21 The charge for French heralds is a major restraint (7)

‘One of the meanings of ‘charge’ relates to heraldry and is ‘place a bearing upon’.  GIRON is a French variant , given in Chambers, for GYRON (a heraldic term describing two lines drawn from the edge of the escutcheon and meeting at right angles in the fesse-point.)’  Presumably GIRON is masculine and the THE GYRON in French would be LE GIRON  (All the online dictionaries I have looked at tell me that LE GIRON translates as lap or bosom, so I am a bit confused)  I am much happier with computer languages than I am with foreign languages.  I look forward to a French heraldic scholar making everything clearer.

LEGIRON (a fetter for the leg; major restraint)
23 Member of the brass section? ‘What a good boy’ (6) HORNER (someone who plays a horn; a member of the brass section of a band or orchestra)

HORNER (reference the nursery rhyme ‘Little Jack Horner’ i

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie;
He put in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said ‘What a good boy am I!

25 After zero in French pupil topped Latin in exam once (6,2 words) O (zero) + ÉLÈVE (French for pupil) excluding É the first letter</br (topped) + L (Latin) O LEVEL (examination that used be taken in England and Wales at the end of 5th year of secondary education – I sat O Grades in Scotland)
27 Sides playing games, disheartened under pressure (5) P (pressure) + (anagram of [playing] GAMES excluding the middle letter [disheartened] M) PAGES (sides)
28 Turkey stuffed with a certain softening agent (5) TR (International Vehicle Registration for Turkey) containing (stuffed with) ONE (a certain)

TONER (a chemical solution used to soften, etc colours or tones in photographic work; softening agent)

29 Old church plate and at least four cups (4) BRASS ([old] memorial plate in a church) taking only 4 letters (at least 4) thereby excluding the final S. Afternote: Thank you to Matthew @ 1 below for pointing out that the four letters BRAS is the Spenserian [old] spelling of BRASS, a far better interpreatation of the clue than I suggested. BRAS (brassieries; cups) I’m not entirely sure about the parsing of this clue – e.g. why ‘old’? and what is the full significance of ‘at least’?  At least 4 could mean 5. Afternote: Thank you to Matthew for also explaining clearly that I hadn’t quite gone far enough with my thinking on BRAS. If you have two or more BRAS> then you have 4 ,6 , 8 … cups, i.e. at you have least four cups.

4 Responses to “Azed 2062”

  1. Matthew says:

    My interpretation of 29dn is BRAS is a Spenserian (and hence old) spelling of BRASS, and each bra has two cups so if I have BRAS then I have at least four cups.

  2. duncanshiell says:

    Matthew @ 1 – Thank you – I have updated the post accordingly.

  3. Brian with an eye says:

    Re 21d (LEGIRON) Another meaning of “charge” in my Chambers is “a device borne on a shield” – presumably the same device that the French heralds know as “le giron”, which the online Littre dictionary says is a long triangle shape. The sense of “lap” comes from the similarity of the shape formed by the lap of a seated skirted person, and it has been further extended to mean lap in a figurative sense, eg “the lap of the church”. All this in French:

  4. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all

    “Azed certainly makes full use of the all the possible definitions of words as he composes his clues”
    He certainly does.It took me several years of solving Azed before I learned to always start looking for the required definition at the end of a long list of alternatives.

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