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AZED No. 2,093 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on July 22nd, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typical Azed puzzle, 6/10 for me.

The possible gotcha clue is at 3dn, and a possible error in the clue at 32ac.

23dn contains the (possibly) most well known Chambers definition, but the lady?

Across
1. Deceased I examine wither and dissolve (in bardic parlance) (9)
DISCANDIE D+I+SCAN+DIE
11. Ring for sailing boat’s timber, blessing when securing painter (8)
BOOM-IRON MIRO in BOON
12. Spinach, not pressure cooked, connected courses (6)
CHAINS (S(p)INACH)*
13. Run second edition (6)
SPRINT S+PRINT
14. Stop sign? Hospital nurse skirts zone (6)
HAMZAH H+(Z in AMAH)
15. It’s essential to check a zip … after visit here? (4)
KAZI hidden (&lit?): checK A ZIp
16. Vintners were awaiting vintage variety of rouges (10)
BODEGUEROS BODE+(ROUGES*)
18. Residue left in position? (4)
SILT L in SIT
19. Excited parent, in ecstasy (6)
ENRAPT (PARENT)*
22. Poet’s circle, checked, finally died away (5)
STEMME STEMME(d)
25. Shut crystal ornament box (4)
SPAR 3 definitions (or perhaps 4?)
26. Cattle farmer, English, cooked nice roast (10)
ESTANCIERO E+(NICE ROAST*)
29. French town becomes foul with this hooligan? (4)
LOUT Fr town=ville; L out of ville=vile=foul
30. Lines penned by Hank, idle (6)
LOLLOP LL in LOOP
32. Roughly 20 pounds porter finally loaded into carriage (6)
ARROBA R in AROBA
An error, perhaps? Chambers quotes 25 pounds, and precisely gives 11.35kgs, so is it also ‘roughly’?
33. Guarantee expired? Our vac (not right) needs replacing, getting hot (6)
AVOUCH (OU(r) VAC*)+H
34. ‘Ector in chokey requiring wrist fastener (one of a pair) (8, 2 words)
CUFF LINK ([h]‘UFF) in CLINK
35. Yearn to wander wrapped in fur of mountain region (9)
PYRENAEAN (YEARN*) in PEAN
Down
1. Fine work from Brussels about the French Roquefort mould of top quality? (12, 2 words)
DUCHESSE LACE DU+CHESSEL(cheese mould)+ACE
2. People shortly taking possession of Hungary (7)
INHABIT H in (IN A BIT)
3. Walk unsteadily, as qualified doctor in graduation? (7)
SCAMBLE MB in SCALE
‘shamble’ would fit here if the solver fails to parse the clue correctly and guesses
4. X, algebraic variable giving schoolboy nuisance (4)
CHIZ CHI+Z
5. Considerable wind after consuming starter of haricots in eatery (6)
NOSHER H in NOSER
6. Measure maybe suggested by party (green) (6)
DOSAGE DO+SAGE
7. Submerge limb attached to training rope (8)
IMPLUNGE IMP+LUNGE
8. Large hairy dog, tail disappearing in pipe (5)
BRIAR BRIAR(d)
9. Sentimentality about place one associates with Wellington? That’s absurd (5)
GONZO GOO around NZ
10. Stint with harpoon at sea? It’s aimed to get back at adversary (12)
ANTISTROPHON (STINT HARPOON)*
17. Bishop separates man and lady falling out in hateful fashion (8)
DAMNABLY (B+MAN+LADY)*
20. Distant point in a space orbit, or one in an opposite extreme (7)
APOLUNE UN in (A POLE)[north pole/south pole)
21. Coarse sugar transformed capon – what a surprise! (7)
PANOCHA (CAPON*)+HA!
23. Jenny’s cake? That won’t last long! (6)
ECLAIR ref. Jenny ECLAIR
This lady HERE. I personally have never heard of her.
24. A gas created by transposing two single elements of a salt (6)
SILANE SALINE transposing the ‘A’ and ‘I’
27. A cluster of spore cases in Eumycetes or Ustilago (5)
SORUS hidden: EumyceteS OR UStilago
28. Swell: see me yielding to king suggesting royal sport? (5)
TURFY TUMEFY with ‘R’ replacing ‘ME’
31. Hill, flat on top, a creature responsible for one almost climbs (4)
LOMA A MOL(e)<
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5 Responses to “AZED No. 2,093 Plain”

  1. sidey says:

    Thank you Nick. I am now kicking myself for failing to parse LOUT though the answer was obvious.

    The scamble/shamble thing is a device I’ve seen Azed use before, often in annoying four letter answers. It’s one of his best devices.

    I have a feeling that the 11.35kg definition is another Chambers ‘joke’ in the éclair vein. It would be a bit more amusing if they’d got the answer right though.

  2. aztobesed says:

    Well not so much a ‘guess’ at 3d as taking the ‘graduation’ to refer to ‘layers’ of ‘shale’. Like sidey I mis-parsed 29. My lazy note gave minus F (French) plus T (town) and a kind of elided clue. Not good but I often trip on these short ones. I couldn’t for the life of me untangle 1d – fixated on ‘cheese’ wordplay. Thanks for sorting them for me.

  3. The Trafites says:

    aztobesed, yes, I tried to convince myself for a few minutes that ‘layers of shale’ could be a ‘graduation’, but wasn’t happy with it.

    Nick

  4. aztobesed says:

    It was when I saw ‘layers’ being mentioned prominently in Chambers that I thought I was home and hosed – but it’s all a touch pernickety anyway since scamble is given as dialect for shamble and shale and scale share closely related etymology. I’m sure you’re right, by the way, I’m not disputing the call. I still think it’s a bit of a chiz. No excuse for Town = T — No idea what my thinking was there.

  5. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Average difficulty.
    Jenny Eclair is all over BBC Radio 4. News Quiz, Just a Minute, Woman’s Hour. She has been so for years since being (I think) the first female to win the comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe.
    Unlike her radio appearances,her live stand-up is often (always?) very crude (or as many on here prefer, risqué).
    3d I do not really understand what is questionable here.’graduation’is ‘scale’immediately to me.

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