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AZED No. 2,087 Plain COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on June 10th, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick  7/10 for me today, due to the second/third definitions of certain words given in Chambers.

I expected some sort of Royal theme with trickery today, so was a bit surprised just to see a normal Azed competition.

I have a few small queries at 10ac, 34ac and 10dn.

Good luck with your clueing!

Across
1. A — … can spy a lot? Wrong (at times, anyway) (9)
NYCTALOPS composite anagram: A+NYCTALOPS=(CAN SPY A LOT*)
7. Cheer? It’d go round in US town (4)
GRUB (BURG<)
10. Quid – put a hundred on Horse Laughs (4)
CHAW C+HAW
not sure why horse and laughs are capitalised – nor why it is two words?
11. Do in rodents producing bacterium (7)
MICROBE ROB in MICE
12. Banger abandoned in rift valley (6)
GRABEN (BANGER)*
15. Like old governors, ergo contra changes, involuntary response (13)
GERONTOCRATIC (ERGO CONTRA*)+TIC
16. Non-standard expression of derision once found in burlesque plays (4)
QUEP hidden: burlesQUE Plays
17. Composer producing repeated note and one below it in sound? (5)
BIZET homophone: B’s A
18. Culmination of shortened sport (4)
SUMO SUM+O(f)
20. Once favoured putting shilling in a jar (7)
AGRASTE S in (A GRATE)
23. Potentate, one leaving region in carriage (4)
CZAR Z(one) in CAR
24. Source of sugar? That’s yellow and green (5)
SORGO S(ugar)+OR(yellow tincture)+GO(green!)
26. Pickle? Hardly a smack (4)
PECK dd
27. Sharp (e.g.) ear UK deployed installing electronic radar system (13)
REBECCA-EUREKA REBECCA(sharp)+(E in (EAR UK*))
30. No loveless Romeo, wandering? Yes and no (6)
MOONER (NO R(o)MEO)*
31. Doughboy, from North America, liked being ordered around (7)
KNAIDEL (LIKED*) around NA
32. E.g. sodalite specified as ‘retrograde’ in density (4)
FOID (OF<)+’I(n)+D
33. Pond creature unknown in European river (4)
EMYS Y in (the river)EMS
34. Herd, ill, fell sated – those farmers fatten thus? (9)
STALL-FEED (FELL SATED)*
not sure what role ‘HERD’ plays here – maybe another definition?
Down
1. Peg that’s good as ‘chaser’ for strong old ale (4)
NOGG NOG+G
2. Poet’s vehicle with reference to being included in conversation (6)
CHARET RE in CHAT
3. Flexing abs, a riposte that’s effect of STD on the nerves? (11)
TABOPARESIS (ABS< A RIPOSTE)*
found in Chambers under the headword ‘TABES’
4. Freckles go away? They don’t go quickly (5)
LENTI LENTI(go)
the plural of LENTO
5. These guns may be taken on board (6)
PIECES cd ref. chess pieces
6. Minor lesion for Scot? What forms over wound dispels issue (5)
SCART SCAR T(issue)
7. Fool holding puree of pea errs – impermeable in the kitchen needed! (11)
GREASEPROOF (PEA ERRS*) in GOOF
8. Line ending in bait: grub (4)
ROWT ROW+(bai)T
9. Speck round front or back of eye? Danger signal (6)
BEACON BACON around E(either end of ‘EYE’)
10. See news vendor circling character in centre of fanzine for old copper (8)
CREUTZER C(see)+(REUTER around [fan]Z[ine])
Reuters, surely?
13. Queen’s granddaughter among commoners, as privileged Christian in old Spain (7)
MOZARAB ZARA in MOB
14. Wearing amplifiers, including one that’s taken off (8)
MIMICKED MIC in MIKED
self referential type clue
19. Cry shrilly, sicker after treatment (6)
SCRIKE (SICKER)*
*21. Salad plant (6)
ROCKET The competition word to clue
22. Sausage, very small and nearly forgotten? (6)
WEENIE WEE+NIE
24. Fish – lots – died in pouches hauled up (5)
SCADS D in (SACS<)
two defintions here, FISH, LOTS
25. Two bars close together? Set about them (5)
GEMEL (th)’EM in GEL
28. Bass was still a small fish (4)
BLAY B+LAY(was still)
29. A potter’s first aim, once explained (4
ARED A RED ref. snooker
 

9 Responses to “AZED No. 2,087 Plain COMPETITION PUZZLE”

  1. sidey says:

    Morning Nick.

    10a I think the capitalization is simply to suggest that there is a runner called Horse Laughs.
    34a ‘Herd’ is out of place for the surface, it would be those farmers fatten herd /i> thus? but then it wouldn’t read well.
    10d Reuters was founded by Mr Reuter so it’s fine for me https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Reuter

  2. sidey says:

    Sorry about the formatting fail, only herd should be in italics.

  3. Richard Heald says:

    Re 34Ac: in the cryptic reading, ‘herd’ is an imperative verb and ‘ill’ is an adverb. (In the surface reading, of course, they’re noun and adjective respectively.)

  4. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Little to comment on here.
    34ac Isn’t the significant word ‘those’ to which one responds ‘which’?
    Could be ‘fell'(double usage) ie farmers on the fells.
    Could be ‘herd’, farmers who have a herd (arable farmers wouldn’t ‘stallfeed’ !).

  5. RCWhiting says:

    10 ac
    I understand the bloggers query here.I would understand Sidey’s comment if there is a real horse called Horse Laughs.Is there?

  6. sidey says:

    Why would there have to be a real horse?

  7. RCWhiting says:

    Well, ‘haw’= ‘horselaughs’ (lower case,one word.
    So I thought you were explaining the upper case two words by quoting a real horse called Horse Laughs. If there isn’t one then I think the blogger’s (and my) query stands.

  8. Pelham Barton says:

    I am catching up and have only just tackled this puzzle. I was expecting a fiendish “special” for the double public holiday, but was quite happy with the plain puzzle that we got. Thanks Azed, and Nick for the blog.

    Just one quibble on the parsing of 30ac: I think this is better taken as (N(o) ROMEO)*, so that “loveless” means remove the only O from NO, rather than remove one of two Os from ROMEO.

  9. nmsindy says:

    Thanks, Azed and the Trafites. Yes, I saw 30A as PB does at #8. Esp liked PIECES, ARED and CREUTZER.

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