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Azed No 2086

Posted by bridgesong on June 3rd, 2012

bridgesong.

A mixed bag this week from Azed.  I was able to solve quite a bit on the train (with reference to Chambers when I got home to verify my answers) but I found the last few quite hard going (e.g. JAMBIYAH and YARRAMAN).  Plenty of obscure words as usual, along with some nice surfaces.

Here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle.

Across
1 FRATI R(obin) in FAT 1. Plural of frate, a friar, so a reference to Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.
5 QUAPAWS QUA PAWS. A native American people.
10 RELIQUAIRE *(R QUEER ILIA). Defined as a receptacle for relics.
11 CORRIDOR CORR(eg)IDOR, the chief magistrate of a Spanish town.
13 GLUEY (m)U(d) in GLEY, which is a sticky clay.
14 GREETE GREETE(d). Greet is a Scottish word for a lamentation, but the final e is only found in Spenser, so I think that the clue is misleading.
15 JACANA CAN instead of V in JAVA. It’s a tropical swamp bird.
16 NAVIES V in *(IN SEA).
17 AMAKOSI MAKOS (a type of shark) in A1. They are Zulu chieftains.
21 ACETONE ACE TONE.
23 BATATA A in BATTA (an Anglo-Indian word for an allowance on top of pay).
25 OUNCES Compound anagram: take the letters of “it’s three” from “these countries”. Here “ounce” is used to mean a big cat such as the jaguar.
27 IMARET AR in I MET, and MARE in IT. Two clues for the price of one!
28 FIENT FIE, NT. A version of fiend.
30 YARRAMAN RAMA in YARN. An Australian term for a horse, not to be confused with a warragal.
31 NETTLE RASH *ANT-SHELTER.
32 HEADSET HE *(SATED).
33 FOSSA F OSSA.
Down
1 FRAG R in FAG.
2 RECLAME Another compound anagram: take “dab” and “pal” from “Read A Campbell” in order to get this French word (“spinning” serves as anagram indicator) which is defined as the art of obtaining publicity. It’s also an & lit.
3 ALMUCANTAR CANT in *(A MURAL). An astronomical instrument.
4 TINEA Hidden in “expert in eating”. It refers to the clothes moth genus.
5 QUOTAS OU (rev)(a S African term for a man) for AN in QANTAS.
6 AIR RAGE RAG in A(dvanced) IRE. To rag and to wrangle can both mean to argue.
7 PRIEVE P(ressure) RIEVE. A Scots version of “prove”.
8 WROTE ROT in WE.
9 STRESSES I think this is mistresses with the first two letters omitted, the M1 being a major traffic artery.
12 DEINOCERAS *(OCEAN DRIES).
15 JAMBIYAH (ar)M in JAB, I YAH. It’s a dagger.
18 OUTEATS EAT in *(TO US).
19 ONENESS O NENE SS. A reference presumably to Unity Mitford.
20 JARRED JAR RED.
22 COBALT BAL(lad) in COT.
24 AMATE A MATE. An old word meaning to intimidate.
26 NITRO INTRO with the first two letters reversed.
29 TAHA A HAT (rev). It’s a weaver bird.

3 Responses to “Azed No 2086”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the puzzle and bridgesong for the blog. I agree with your interpretation of 9dn.

    14ac: Chambers 2011 gives greete as Scot as well as Spenser so to me there is no cause for complaint here.

  2. Pelham Barton says:

    Correction to 1 re 14ac: What Chambers actually says (omitting the pronunciation guide) is greet² (Scot; Spenser greete). The use of a semicolon rather than a comma inside the brackets means that the spelling “greete” is indeed Spenser only and not Scot. I apologise for my mistake but am willing to forgive Azed if he has made the same mistake that I did.

  3. Norman Hall says:

    4dn
    Being an entomologist, I appreciated this clue greatly.
    The ‘clothes’ in the clue is, of course, what I call a ‘charade indicator’. ‘expert in eating’ clothes ‘Tinea’.
    A standard definition + cryptic, disguised as an &lit.
    Brilliant.

    Norman

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