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AZED No. 2,081 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on April 29th, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly easy Azed his week, 6/10.

There are two ‘gotchas’ if the solver guesses rather than solve the word play, namely 10dn and 26 dn.

Across
1. Weekend on British river – one takes pictures for electronic transmission (6)
WEBCAM WE+B+CAM
7. Grinding toil harms … this – – possibly (5)
MOLAR composite anagram: TOIL HARMS minus THIS=(OLARM*)
12. It’s pushed by Scots barrow boy, confused if not burly (5)
HURLY HURLY(-BURLY)
13. Thoroughly refine two rupees, one short, corrupted (6)
REPURE R(upee)+(RUPEE*)
14. It describes meteorite that’s landed in eastern Cairo, exploding (9)
AEROLITIC LIT in (E CAIRO*)
15. Trifles: a small number sounds tremulous, one left out (8)
FEWTRILS FEW+TRIL(l)S
16. Persevere in jazz dance (drumbeat about right) (5)
TRUCK TUCK around R (2 defs.)
18. Shellfish pub supplied for dad to consume (5)
PINNA INN in PA
20. Expert in Jewish scripture – strangely this holds narcotic back (9)
HAGGADIST (DAGGA<) in (THIS*)
22. Beryllium and gold to use in filigree, fair to behold? (9)
BEAUTEOUS BE+AU+(TO USE*)
25. Some bos’n warned about female swimmers (5)
RAWNS hidden reversed: boS’N WARned
27. Prudence balanced lives (5)
METIS MET+IS
29. Old festival on river in Germany, eastern Germany that was (8)
ALEMAINE ALE+MAIN+E
31. It’s typical of holy books limiting it, frowning on undue pleasure? (9)
PURITANIC PURANIC around IT
32. Traveller in leather – an old snare (6)
TREPAN REP in TAN
33. Write memo about going round fashionable meeting place (5)
JOINT JOT around IN
34. I am exiting National with little yen for Shakespeare, nuff said? (5)
SESEY S(iam)ESE+Y
what would we do without obscure Shakespeare words, eh?
35. Like some travellers, refuse having to change direction completely at the outset? (6)
NEW-AGE SEWAGE/NEW-AGE S(outh)N(orth) swop (is it swop or swap?)
Down
1. Small flag like one of the ensigns mostly seen round skiff’s stern (5)
WHIFT WHIT(e) around (skif)F
2. Worker maybe losing head on exercises in palm trees (7)
EUTERPE (n)EUTER+PE
neuter is a worker bee/ant etc.
3. Fine Scotch slice of beef still to be cooked? (4)
BRAW B+RAW
4. Wallydraigle left when there’s marriageable lassie around? (6)
CLATCH CATCH around L
what would we do without obscure Scottish words, eh?
5. Unsatisfactory union claim – anger erupting with BA (12, 2 words)
MARIAGE BLANC (CLAIM ANGER+BA*)
6. Chaps accepted by fool after labourer makes introduction (12)
PROLEGOMENON (MEN in GOON) after PROLE
8. Do I twice get sloshed after work? It’s addictive (6)
OPIOID (DO+I I (i.e. twice)) after OP
9. Musician curiously silent about first note of scale (8)
LUTENIST (SILENCE*) about UT(not Do, see Chambers – this would have also buggered up ‘the sound of music’)
10. American’s love in Paris, for whom part of springtime is special? (5)
ARIEN A+REIN(French for nothing/love)
11. Call for assembly no longer troubled teacher (7)
RECHATE (TEACHER*)
this could have also been RECHEAT, but the ‘no longer’ in the clue indicates the archaic version
17. A rare bit of merchandise put in sun warped without one’s noticing (8)
UNAWARES (A+WARE) in (SUN*)
19. Once deep clefts in part splitting tropical legumes (7)
ABRUPTS PT in ABRUS
21. Wax lyrical about liquid measure, radiant (7)
SHINING SING around HIN
23. I’ll cut open prune that’s rotten, not ready to eat (6)
UNRIPE I in (PRUNE*)
24. Water running inside boat? Get old carpenter’s mate! (6, 2 words)
SEA COW EA in SCOW
see Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
26. Poet’s line is blended with this old passage in pastourelle (5)
ALURE composite anagram: POETS L(ine) from PASTOURELLE=(AURLE)
strange clue, as the definition ‘old passage’ is in the middle!
28. Part of adventurous enterprise that’s spent in Maseru? (5)
SENTE hidden: adventurouS ENTErprise
30. Bloomer overturning first-rate team? (4
IXIA (AI+XI(team))<
 

5 Responses to “AZED No. 2,081 Plain”

  1. sidey says:

    strange clue, as the definition ‘old passage’ is in the middle!

    Odd definition placement is often the easiest way to spot the devious comp. anag. I find.

  2. Norman Hall says:

    No problems this week.

    I enjoyed 17d for its clever surface reading, and 24d for its use of ‘carpenter’s mate’

  3. AJK says:

    Yes, relatively easy – today’s is definitely trickier.

  4. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I know it’s nothing but ‘rien’.

  5. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for a puzzle that was towards the easier end of the spectrum, and Nick for the blog.

    33ac: I had POINT here, which I can justify as “pot v to epitomize or summarize, esp simplistically” for “Write memo about” and the definition “meeting place” as in point-to-point.

    A late comment as I was away yesterday, and have only today got back to my Chambers.

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