Posted by ilancaron on January 15th, 2012
Another case of forgetting it was my turn. And then when I did start solving, I found out halfway through I was working on this week’s (2067). Oh well. Fortunately 2066 (and all that) was fairly easy for an Azed — though I’ve given up on a wordplay or two. Lots of updates from wisdom of the crowd. See below. (In my defense: I solved the puzzle and wrote the blog in about an hour feeling guilty the whole time for being forgetful).
1 M(EDAC)CA - cam* in dace*. Freshwater Japanese fish. So not found in the River Cam.
6 SHAMA - Indian songbird and SHAMA=this,N=note = a magician.
10 UNI(LOCULA)R – having one cavity. (all ou[t],c)* in ruin*
11 SOR[did],AGE - a hawk’s first year. Not sure how “passing did mean”=SOR though? Allan clarifies below: SOR[did]=mean
12 TALCUM – hidden
14 HU(G)E - the first hue (and cry).
16 [ag]A (RAVI)R – French you know for ravishingly. 50% of one=an=A. And ref. our friend RAVI Shankar. Actually wordplay should be: RAVI in rev(ra[ga]). Thanks to Chris. Another AN=one that wasn’t to be.
17 SPA,VIE – a mystery? “Affliction of Scottish horse? One gets well with life abroad” Scots spavin=horse disease. SPA=well, VIE=life in France. C’est la vie.
19 NEWSAGENT – (Agnes went)*
20 AEROBIONT - O in baritone*. An aerobe.
25 C(REP)ON - thick fabric. REP=corded cloth. CON=know (archaic).
29 SAAR - ref. the SAAR industrial area in w. Germany. comp. anag. (Industrial area)* = (Turin ideal, SAAR)*
31 CAM,ERA - it’s a recorder of former times. But why out of joint? “Recorder showing times formerly out of joint?”. Cam=kam=awry = “out of joint” for Shak. Thanks Thomas.
32 OPEN SECRET – (so pretence)*. anag. &lit
33 G,URGE – whirlpool as is gulf (archaic)
34 POIN[g],ADO – a small sword, as is a POINADO=poniard. Whinger and whingeing having two meanings here: the second is complaining=poing. I admit I don’t understand the exlaplantion below: that the wordplay is really PO[m],IN,ADO for “Whinger, one (some say) whingeing endlessly, in trouble?” — why is “one (some say) whingeing” = POM?
1 MUSHA – ([s]hamus) – Irish exclamation.
2 ETOURDER,IE - French carelessness. (re-routed)*
3 DURGA,N - undersized. But why is DUR=symbol of victory? (G=note, one=AN). “Symbol victory, note, one that’s underdeveloped”. Thanks to Chris and Thomas. Durga is goddess of victory. So much for AN=one. Again.
4 C(IGG)IE – gig* in CIE=French compagnie (hinted at by Johnny Halliday). And there are (usually) 20 in a pack.
5 CLEAR(W[as])ING – moth. W[as] in CLEARING=glade
6 S,CARP,A – scarper
7 HU(L)E - rubber tree. Our second hue.
8 A,L(C)OVE – kinda sorta an &lit: “Wherein one’s caught being hugged by an amour”.
9 ARM(LET)S – let = archaic delay/hindrance (though still used in tennis). And ARMS=hostilities.
13 UNINDEARED – (dire duenna)* – bad typo originally with UNENDEARED which meant I couldn’t solve 17A.
15 O(SSO B)UCCO - stew. But I can’t decode all the wordplay. I see rev(boss=employer) and nothing=O but the rest? “Stew with nothing on holds employer up, short of pies”. Ah… ultimately parsed by Manu as: O=nothing,rev(OCCU[pies], boss=employer). Thanks!
18 HACK-LOG – chopping block. HACK=mediocre. LOG=record.
21 R(E)IVER – ref. Darling River. And REIVER is robber if you trace all the etymologies in Chambers (e.g. bereave=rob, etc.). Rather a hard clue since I wasn’t familiar with the Darling River in Australia.
22 BOURSE – hidden
23 NA,GAR,I – Sanskrit script. rev(i, rag=shred, an). AN=one. Again.
24 CHA,ETA – tea*. CHAETA is bristle.
27 D(RAC)O - dragon lizard. Ref. RAC=Royal Automobile Assoc.
28 L,ENG – archaic tarry. Eng.=England.