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Azed No 2092

Posted by bridgesong on July 15th, 2012

bridgesong.

I found this on the hard side for a plain Azed, certainly harder than last week’s competition puzzle.  In that puzzle Azed wrote a clue in French; this puzzle also required a knowledge of French, including one word not to be found in Chambers.   Here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle.

Across
1 ELLOPS POLL in SE(a)(all rev). The use of POLL as an old word for cod is buried deep in the entry for POLL in Chambers.
6 TELSONS *(LOSS, NET).
12 SOUSLIK (mue)SLI in SOUK.
13 OPAH OP(r)AH (Winfrey).
14 CREDENCE TABLE ‘ENCE for I in CREDITABLE.
17 KATIPO A TIP in KO.
18 REVUE EVER (rev) around (h)U(b). The Windmill Theatre in Soho was a famous centre for variety and revue.
19 SLIPT SLIP, T(ime).  One meaning of SLIP is a cutting.
21 BOBBLE HAT Hobble Bat is the Spoonerism. A very easy clue which got me started.
24 OLLIE *LILO, (punctur)E. It’s a skateboarding term.
26 GNOME A lovely compound anagram and & lit; take A ROD R from GARDEN ROOM and rearrange what’s left.
28 ANDREW DR in ANEW.
30 CORIANDER SEED *(REDOES RICE AND).
31 HAIN HA’ IN. I’m not sure why Azed has put a question mark here: perhaps he recognises that this is a fairly obscure use of “in”, only used with reference to a fire.
32 CADELLE A DELL in CE.
33 EXEGETE EX(odus), E.G. ETE.
34 LANDER L AND ER. In German there would be an umlaut over the E.
Down
1 ESCARMOUCHE *SCREAM, OUCH, (reprobat)E. It’s an old French word for a skirmish.
2 LORRELL L(eft) ORRELL. Orrell is a rugby union side, no longer in the first tier of English rugby.
3 LUES b(LUES). Pip can mean syphilis.
4 PLEBE Hidden in “purple beret”.
5 SINKY IN in SKY.
7 EYETIE EYE, TIE. I didn’t know that one meaning of EYE is a spring.
8 LATISH IT (rev) in LASH.
9 SOAPLAND A PLAN in SOD (an archaic form of seethed). As Azed points out, this word is shown in Chambers as a direct derivative of soap, rather than as a compound.
10 NALA Another compound anagram; take the letters of “big E(astern) I(for 1)” from A Bengali.
11 SHEET-FEEDER This is just a cryptic definition, but not a particularly subtle one.
15 CAULKED ‘ULK in *DECK. I hadn’t realised that in nautical slang, “caulk” means to snooze.
16 QUOINING Q *UN-INIGO.
20 POMMELE MM(essieurs) in POELE (French for frying-pan, not in Chambers).
22 BEDAZE BED, AZE(d).
23 BARNET BAR NET.
25 SWEAL Another compound anagram: take the letters of TREAT from STALE WATER.
26 GARDA A DRAG (all rev).
27 HOAX Sounds like HOKES; HOKE is an old word meaning to overact.
29 VELD Hidden in “rondavel-dwellers”.

4 Responses to “Azed No 2092”

  1. Norman Hall says:

    … and SOAPLAND seems mispaced within the entry for SOAP.

    Thanks for the blog.

  2. Norman Hall says:

    …referring of course to Azed’s note “9 appears misplaced in the entry where it occurs”

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    A pretty standad effort here.
    I particularly liked 26ac, I am really getting a taste for these delightful compound anagrams.

  4. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the puzzle and bridgesong for the blog.

    11dn: This is more than just a cryptic defintion: SHEET = “Type of rubber” and FEEDER = “bib”, the rest of the clue defining the whole answer. True, the meanings of the two parts are not much different from their meanings in the whole answer.

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