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Azed 2082

Posted by Andrew on May 6th, 2012


This was very much a puzzle of two halves for me. I rattled off the left-hand side very quickly, helped by the easy anagram-based clues at 1ac and 1dn, but then stalled somewhat and took much longer to finish the rest. I have doubts about the accuracy of the definitions in 22dn and 26dn – perhaps experts in the subjects concerned could comment.

1. Muti going wild in Bach’s variation – it’s unreasonable (8, 3 words)
7. Duds? Line dividing those obsessed with fine duds (5)
12. What’s this doing? It shows ingle wood lit possibly (4)
LOWE Composite anagram & lit – (INGLE WOOD LIT)* = LOWE DOING IT, and LOWE (or low) is a Scots word for a flame, as you might see in a lit ingle (fireplace)
14. Completely ignore one division of cards skirting gambling game (6, 2 words)
ICE OUT E O (a gambling game) in I CUT
15. Mexican berry for seaman going round Israel (9)
TOMATILLO IL (Israel) in TO (for) MATLO (sailor – cf the more familiar (to me) “matelot”)
17. Group acting together likewise in intended method (7)
18. Grubs around, having nowhere to live for the most part (7)
19. Puff: it must often be seen in Père Lachaise (5)
CI-GIT CIG (puff) + IT. Père Lachaise is a large cemetery in Paris, where you might often see CI-GIT (“here lies..”)
20. Badminton skill, pursuit in seminar I messed up (13)
EQUESTRIANISM QUEST in SEMINAR*, with Badminton referring to the horse trials rather than the racket game
23. Leaders in form usually love lessons? Yes, quite (5)
FULLY First letters of Form Usually Love Lessons Yes
25. As a result of brain damage often lay back in nurse’s embrace (7)
AGNOSIA Reverse of SONG in AIA (an Indian nurse, more commonly “ayah”)
27. Bit of lower leg showing in dress, seeking to elicit response? (7)
FISHING SHIN in FIG (dress2 – Chambers thinks this usage may come from “figure”)
30. Note revised value in salt cellar (9, 2 words)
31. Speak fondly, leading to naughtiness – that old trick (6)
COOSIN COO + SIN. This is an old spelling of “cousin”, but also of “cozen”, meaning to trick
32. Many a Caribbean cook uses this ingredient in clambake, eh? (4)
AKEE Hidden in clambAKE Eh? – a Caribbean tree and its fruit
33. Fierce old warrior cheers king (5)
TATAR TATA (goodbye, cheers) + R
34. E.g. sandy grit when it’s removed round swelling on tongue (8)
GRANULAR RANUA (a cyst under the tongue) in GR[it]
1. Referee in fact tangled with feet – it takes a while to register (11)
2. Keyed journal, ancient stodge containing minimum of laughter (4)
3. Delay chips into middle of battered fish (6)
TWAITE WAIT in [bat]TE[red]
4. Hard rock found in Malta and elsewhere (5)
METAL M + ET AL. Chambers gives et al = et alibi = and elsewhere as the first definition, before the more common et alii = and other people. I suspect the “hard rock” is from the meaning of “heavy metal music”, rather than literal hard rock.
5. Limestone from cloudy peak (4)
CALP C (cloudy, as in weather reports) + ALP. CALP is a type of limestone found in Ireland.
6. Grave robber making a pile with Aussie mate (10)
8. Pulse cut short? They don’t go quickly (5)
LENTI LENTI[l]. LENTI is the plural of “lento”, which is Italian for “slow”, and by extension a slow piece of music.
9. One into nests etc, also uplifted about home in France? (8)
OOLOGIST LOGIS in reverse of TOO
10. What’ll embellish pot? Soup is stirred with it (6)
PUTOIS (SOUP IT)* – a brush for painting pottery.
11. Wine in streams bottled? He’ll asses tax due (11)
STENTMASTER TENT in STREAMS* . There was a misprint in clue – it should of course be “assess”, not “asses”
13. Clarifier of wine involving English cask requires such delicate control (10)
16. Person’s scarcely cold and payment for funeral is required! (8)
SOUL-SHOT SOUL’S HOT. It’s rather a flaw that SOUL has virtually the same meaning in both answer and wordplay.
21. Queen in love with a variety of goosefoot (6)
22. This country contest (tough) is coming up for religious dances (6)
NOGAKU Reverse of UK AGON. I’m not sure about the definition here – Chambers seems to give it as a variant of “no” or “noh”, the Japanese style of drama, which “developed out of [rather than is] a religious dance”.
24. Capital is holding invested in US city (5)
LHASA HAS (is holding) in L.A. for the capital of Tibet
26. County forward from Toulouse but there discarded in flanking role (5)
NAVAN EN AVANT (French “forward”) less the “flanking” ET (Fr “and”, which I suppose can also mean “but” in some senses). Navan is the county town of Meath – I can’t find any justification for defining it as “county”
28. What tangles a string? It’s this knot (4)
GNAR Composite anagram: (ITS GRAN)* = A STRING
29. Jumper? Mary Jane’s latest used as top (4)
FLEA Mary Jane is slang for marijuana, as is LEAF, which has its “latest” letter moved to the top.

7 Responses to “Azed 2082”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the puzzle and Andrew for the blog. My solving experience was similar to Andrew’s. Overall solving time about the middle of my usual range.

    26dn: this was last in and took me the most time. I think the word “town” is missing from the clue.

    28dn: This must be GNAR not GRAN to fit with 30ac and 34ac.

  2. Norman Hall says:

    I also decided that the word ‘town’ was missing from clue 26d, and that ‘ET’ must be the cryptic for ‘but’.
    But the answer I got didn’t fit AZEDs definition…at least in the version on

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    ditto,last in ‘Navan’.
    Could someone have misread the many google replies which start “NAVAN COUNTY town of Meath”?
    Is the ET the flanking letters of ‘there’ or ‘Toulouse’? Not very convincing is it?
    Otherwise the usual good fun.

  4. Richard Heald says:

    Re 26Dn, my guess is Azed momentarily confused Navan with Cavan, which is a county in Ireland. ‘Et’ as French for ‘but’ seems to be a faux pas too.

  5. Jan says:

    Thank you, Andrew.

    I failed on 26d and missed the anagram for GNAR although that answer was obvious.

    I usually check parts of solutions in Chambers and invariably find the definition which Azed has used in the clue. So, while I am familiar with the hotel chain, Logis de France, I was not aware that logis = home (9d) and tried to find it in Chambers. I couldn’t, and had to check on the web. Should we expect to find all the subsidiary words in Chambers?

    Now, I’m expecting someone to come along and give me the page number for the word! :)

  6. keriothe says:

    Thanks for the blog: I’m relatively new to Azed and didn’t understand 12ac. I need to get used to composite anagrams.
    I also had a big question mark next to 26. I thought perhaps the clue was instructing us to remove T and E, which play a “flanking role” in both “there” and “en avant”. No, I’m not convinced either.

  7. Jack Cook says:

    Thanks for the blog

    Did I miss this in discussion? If so, apologies.
    6 d Hilldigger? Not Heapdigger. To fit ICE OUT, etc
    hilldigger in Chambers is an extractor of material from barrows..
    Sorry to post late. Missed 2082 and went back to it after 2083 before spoiler appeared by 2085.

    Navan I’m also unhappy with. en avant seemed a decent start but why “but” and not “and” if ‘there’ (i.e. Toulouse) suggests a double (?) French connection.
    My French is poor but ‘but’ is ‘goal’ isn’t it? If there is a second connection is it French to English or English to French? …. Just musing out loud.

    Didn’t Azed puzzles used to give a ‘proper noun’ alert for words not in Chambers? Or am I confusing this with other Grauniad puzzles?

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