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Azed 2072/taken abaft

Posted by ilancaron on February 26th, 2012


I was held up rather badly by the SW corner — all because I hastily opted for ABAFT instead of ABACK (25D).  As a result, the mostly full grid lay fallow on my desk at work all week — until I remembered the blog this morning (Saturday) – quick trip to the office to retrieve grid to the surprise of the security guard since I was dressed in full weekend regalia (shorts, sandals and unshaven).   As per usual, the BRB proved a rather useful prop.

1 J(IPYA)PA  – palm leaves used in panama hats.  (I pay)* in J=joint (the kind you smoke), A=advance. Matthew points out the wordplay is actually:  J=joint (the kind you smoke),  (I pay)* with PA=Panama preceding and of course definition is just: palm leaves used in hats.
6 WE(A,M)B – archaic belly.
10 OXYNTIC – (tiny cox)* – acid-secreting.
11 PROO[f] – Scots call for horse to stop (thus Jock and “pull up”).
12 CAT,A,CLAS(I)S – deformation of rocks by crushing.  CAT=caterpillar (tractor)
14 SANGAREE – (AA, Greens)* – Indian sangria.
15 TROTS – ref. Trotsky.  Also, “toddling child” and for Shak. an old woman
17 GROPER – grouper or bass and also someone groping around without a clue (in the dark e.g.).
20 STAGER,Y – greats*,Y[ear]
22 [m]ELO[n],CUT,E – pompously hold forth.
24 M(ANOA)O – a shrub and ANOA is a wild ox.
26 ASCOT – two meanings.
28 BORDELLO – (doorbell)* and kip is an Irish brothel.
30 IN,DI(A,N PO)KE – US buttercup (hellebore).  (A,pon[d]*) in DIKE=ditch.
31 NE(W[as])T – my last solved clue.  Amazingly swift is archaically a newt – it was emotionally very hard for me to abandon speed and/or birds.
32 DISFAME – archaic evil reputation. (fades, I’m)*
33 G(R)EEK – another late clue.  Feels somewhat politically incorrect nowadays for a GREEK to be a “cunning rogue” — but it’s indeed archaic.    Our “eccentric” one is a GEEK.  Guilty as charged.
34 S,TERNAL – implants are in a bit of disfavour now due to the French scandal.

2 IXIA – I in rev(axi[ng]).  S. African iris indeed.
3 PYCNOGONID – (doing poncy)*.  Spider with lots of legs.
4 ATT,ASK – to take to task (rebuke: hypothetical since possibly but doubtful Shak.)
5 P(I)ARIS,T – ref. Joseph Calasanza religious congregation.
6 W(ALE)R – Aust. horse for export.  Ref. New South Wales.
7 EPAG,OGE,S – induction.  rev(ego=I, gape=fail to meet)
8 MO(ID)ERS – id in morse*.  Dialect for confuses.
9 BO(S,TRY)X –  “cymose inflorescence in which each lateral axis arises on the same side (cyclically) of its parent axis.” So there.
13 SUPERCLEAN – (scruple, e, a)*
16 ‘T,ACONITE – low-grade ore.  And ACONITE is monkshood (poisonous plant).
18 K(EMP)ING – Scots “striving for mastery”.
19 PLA(N,N)E,[yea]R – N,N=names in leap*.
23 VA(DO)SE – of underground water…
25 AB,[h]ACK – I misled myself into thinking this was AB,[h]AFT.  Oh well.  Ref. ‘ired ‘ack = cab.
27 TO,W,EL – ref. roller towel and EL=L=start of lunch.
29 LIMA – hidden

8 Responses to “Azed 2072/taken abaft”

  1. Matthew says:

    Thanks for the blog, ilancaron.

    Even though Panama could be part of the definition in 1ac, I think we need PA=Panama with ‘in advance’ indicating the next part comes first.

  2. ilancaron says:

    matthew: of course you’re right — i was a bit hasty — “in advance” is part of the cryptic grammar indeed.

  3. Norman Hall says:

    27 down Cryptic
    I couldn’t see why ‘start of lunch’ was ‘EL’, which is now obvious from the blog.
    ESS for ‘S’ and SEE for ‘C’ don’t catch me out.

    So I thought perhaps it was TO + W + EL[EVENSES], having read that lunch used to mean a light meal at any time of day (Chambers), with a question mark because it is no longer used that way.

  4. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I thought the lower half was comparatively easy but I struggled a bit with the NE corner.
    I cannot find any reference in Chambers to s = succeeded (9d).

  5. nmsindy says:

    It’s there all right – in 5th entry (S) on p 1368.

  6. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks nm.
    Mine is 2008 and 1368 is in ‘R’.
    Also there are no numbered entries for ‘s’or ‘S’.
    You must have the 2011 ed., which seems to have made a lot of changes.
    Maybe one of my daughters will come good for my birthday.

  7. nmsindy says:

    Re comment #6, yes, I was looking at the latest (2011) 12th edition – however in my 11th edition (2008) it is also there (on exactly the same page 1368)! Don’t fully understand the reference to ‘numbered entries’ – my reference to 5th was just counting down the individual entries under ‘S’ to make it easier to find, I had hoped…

  8. RCWhiting says:

    Yes,my error. I was looking in my 10th ed.
    I have now found it in my 11th.
    Still hoping for a new one!

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