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Azed 2063

Posted by bridgesong on December 18th, 2011

bridgesong.

I’m feeling even more well disposed towards Azed (and the Observer) this week than usual, having been fortunate enough to win a prize in one of the weekly competitions recently (still waiting to win a prize in the monthly competition, though).  What was really refreshing was that the booktokens arrived by the Saturday, before the results had even been published!

This plain puzzle presented no real difficulties and I polished it off on a Sunday afternoon, with help as always from Chambers.    Also I was again unable to use PeeDee’s software for this puzzle so here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle for reference.

 

Across
1 PLUMBER’S SNAKE LUMBERS, *SANK in PE
10 ODOR Hidden in “good order”.
12 GET-UP Double definition
14 NULLIPORE N(ote) *(I PULL) OR E.
15 GREY R in GEY.
16 ASTHENIC *(ACHE ISNT).
17 LIMBATE BAT in LIME.
18 INSECT C(uba) in INSET. One of the definitions of “walker” is a stick insect, hence the question mark in the clue.
19 EDELWEISS *(LIES, WEEDS).
22 SURETY URE in STY.
24 CURATOR TO in CURAR(i).
26 STAND FOR Stanford, with the last letter brought forward.
28 IDLE Sounds like “idol”.
29 SUBVERTER VERT in SUBER, whick means cork.
30 CRETE R in CETE.
31 VEIN (ca)VE-IN.
32 UNREPLENISHED *(RUDE INN’S HELP)
Down
1 PANGLOSSIC PANG LOSS I C.  The optimist from Voltaire’s Candide.
2 LOURIE LOUR I.E. Also known as the Lory (e.g. in Alice in Wonderland).
3 MOLYBDENITE *(MINED BY LOT, E)
4 BRIX BRIX(ton).
5 ROOSE O in ROSE; a rose can mean a paragon.
6 SORTIE *TORIES.
7 NECESSAIRES *SCENE, A in SIRE’S.
8 ATONES ONE in ATS.
9 KUFIC Hidden in haiku fiction.
11 SPAT Last letters of “furious bust-up pa hurt“.
13 PICTURE ROD PI CT *DOURER.
19 ERASER (plung)E *REARS.
20 LYFULL Y(oo)F in LULL.
21 JOLENE JOL ENE.  Jol is South AFrican slang (jolly); ENE(my).  A clever clue, which I only parsed when writing the blog.
23 U-TURN UT, *NUR.  The reference is to Margaret Thatcher’s famous conference speech: see it here if you can bear to watch.
24 COBLE COB(b)LE.
25 URVA R in UVA.
27 DEVI DEVI(sing).

4 Responses to “Azed 2063”

  1. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    21d was last in. I was insistent that SA slang was the definition but a good clue.
    Pretty much a standard Azed.

  2. Matthew Auger says:

    I also found the puzzle pretty easy and finished it in one sitting.

    My only quibble is with 19dn. The definition must be “Bunjee” and I could accept one of “jumping” or “wildly” as indicating that “rears” is to be jumbled, but surely having both of them is excessive.

  3. bridgesong says:

    Matthew @2: I agree and had intended to make the same point but omitted to do so.

  4. Norman Hall says:

    14ac
    N(ote) *(I PULL) ORE
    Ore is another [type of seaweed]

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