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Azed 2088

Posted by Andrew on June 17th, 2012

Andrew.

I found this pretty hard for a plain Azed, with an above-average number of unfamiliar words. I got 10dn and 35ac early on, and found myself working up to the top left corner from there, which doesn’t make for easy solving. There are a couple of clues I can’t fully explain at 14ac and 7dn: better explanations welcome.

 
 
 
Across
1. See scold gossip all over about outfit – knitted cotton drawers? (10) 
BALBRIGGAN RIG (outfit) in reverse of NAG BLAB. Balbriggan is a fabric, or underwear made from it.
11. Blast, as discharged by north wind round loch (5) 
BLORE L in BORE[as]
12. Plea from class to teacher to perform, we hear? Old-fashioned compliment (7) 
DOUCEUR Homophone of “do, sir”
13. Engraver’s chisel, excellent when edging cases (7) 
SCAUPER CA in SUPER
14. Travel by underground, or bus (4) 
TUBE According to Chambers, TUBE can mean to travel on the tube (London Underground). I guess this must be a double definition, but I can’t find any justification for tube=bus, unless perhaps it’s related to the computiner hardware sense of bus=”a … circuit or route along which data may be transmitted”
15. Senior admiral has skill in binding fibre (7) 
CAPITAN PITA (a plant fibre) in CAN (has skill). CAPITAN is the chief admiral of the Turkish fleet.
16. Leaving US, count annual payment (nominal) in Canada (4) 
CENS CENS[us]. In French-Canadian law, CENS is “a nominal annual payment “ to a property-owner
17. Like never-ending cycle for Hindus, so incorporating reincarnation of Rama’s (8) 
SAMSARIC MARAS* in SIC. Samsara is the Hindu cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
19. Syrup, gold colour, good to have for tea? (6) 
ORGEAT OR + G + EAT
24. Bit of cloth, length one required for overcoat (6) 
RAGLAN RAG + L + AN
25. Wave washing out acting in middle of time for Punch and Judy show? (8) 
DROLLERY ROLLER replacing A in DAY
27. Payment of rent included in signing a lease (4) 
GALE Hidden in signinG A LEase
28. One drum that’s bashed hard with another around? No go (7) 
BODHRAN HARD* in BON[go]
31. Impressive power French company turned out (4) 
EPIC P in CIE, reversed
32. No true members supplying piano part alongside G & S (7) 
PROLEGS P + ROLE + GS
33. Blind about act I’ll show what may come from rape (7) 
SEED-OIL DO I in SEEL (to blind – also to sew up the eyelids of a hawk)
34. Artificial bait with wrong metallic yarn (5) 
LUREX LURE + X (teacher’s mark for a wrong answer)
35. Research: millions put into field of medicine twice causing pique (10) 
RESENTMENT RES + M in ENT ENT
 
Down
2. When the world was forming – a line on chart introduces age (7) 
ALCHERA A L CH ERA. Alchera or Dreamtime is an era in the creation mythology of Australian aboriginals.
3. One learning to steer etc on a navy sub (4) 
LOAN L (learner driver, who is learning to steer, etc) + A + N. Sub is slang for a loan (e.g. an advance on wages)
4. One packing punch cracked rib? Sure (7) 
BRUISER (RIB SURE)*
5. Prose works entirely offering rest from the Bard (8) 
REPOSALL PROSE* + ALL
6. Food-fish that’s developed a strong flavour, before being consumed (6) 
GORAMY OR (before) in GAMY
7. US dupe, a bit of a patsy? (4) 
GUMP Again I suspect a double definition, but I can’t explain this to my satisfaction. Chambers gives GUMP = [1] to guddle (fish with the hands), which doesn’t seem to fit at all, and [2] (dialect) a foolish person; which I suppose could be a patsy (=sucker). Maybe the US dupe is Forrest Gump.
8. Not in gear Laurent fashioned (7) 
NEUTRAL LAURENT*
9. Verse form from florilegia Burnsian turned up (5) 
RUBAI Hidden in reverse of florilegIA BURnsian. Singular form of the more familiar Rubaiyat [of Omar Khayyam]
10. Chef (RN) cooked, and not old bits of service stodge – haute cuisine quality (10) 
FRENCHNESS (CHEF RN)* + NE (old “not) + S S
13. Spooner’s summoned, taxed for being not quite top (10) 
SECOND-BEST Spoonerism of “beckoned, cessed”
18. Lump turning up in tasty bananas – one secures plates (8,2 words) 
STAY BOLT Reverse of LOB in TASTY*
20. Increasingly offensive emblem of authority that is accepted by Greece (7) 
GRODIER ROD I.E. in GR. Grody is US slang for “sleazy, grotty, inferior,revolting, offensive, disgusting”
21. Victoria’s relation from Spain, dyspeptic, getting doctor in (7)
EGG PLUM E (Spain) + GP in GLUM
22. Any of various chemicals – woman keeps a record (7) 
HALOGEN A LOG in HEN
23. Wader to observe imbibing a wine, not flying off (6,2 words) 
SEA PIE A PI[not] in SEE. Another name for the oyster-catcher.
26. Lairy Aussie youth gets round exercise, a bit cronk? (5) 
ROPEY PE in ROY (“a fashion-conscious young Australian male”). “Cronk” is also Australian slang, meaning “of poor quality”
29. PP maybe admitted to cancer hospital (4) 
RHOS Hidden in canceR HOSpital. The Greek letter rho looks like our P.
30. Whereon one’s head may rest without losing foot at the end
BERE BERE[ft]. A BERE is a pillowcase.

6 Responses to “Azed 2088”

  1. grandpuzzler says:

    Thanks Andrew. I found this one difficult also. Came here to learn about GUMP. Your explanation is better than what I had in mind. Also, I couldn’t parse 3d. How is the O accounted for in your explanation?

    Cheers…

  2. Phi says:

    ‘Tube’ and ‘bus’ are both slang terms for an aeroplane.

    In LOAN, ‘on’ becomes O’ in the wordplay.

    GUMP feels a bit circular, because there must be a strong likelihood that Forrest G was so named because of the existing dialect usage. Therefore not really a terribly distinct second definition, though if the dialect source is English, and the US term derives from the film it might be a sort of re-etymology.

  3. Richard Heald says:

    7 Dn is an & lit. I think: GUM (US dupe) + P(atsy).

  4. Andrew says:

    Thanks Richard, that’s much more convincing than my attempts. Phi, thanks for the aeroplane explanation for TUBE, and for noting that on = O’ in LOAN – I had seen that when I solved the clue (honest, guv) but it slipped my mind when writing up the blog. I have to go out now but will note these in the blog later.

  5. Jan says:

    Thanks, Andrew, I had the same reading as Richard, re. GUMP

    Further to 14a, the Oxford Tube is a bus service between Oxford and London, so I was quite happy. However, that’s local knowledge so Phi’s explanation makes more sense.

  6. Paul B says:

    Lovely to see ROY used in that excellent sense.

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