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AZED No. 2,099 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on September 2nd, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly easy Azed this week, 5/10 for me.

This was a tale of two halves, the top half going in very quickly, with the bottom half following at a slower (but still quick) pace.

I have one query at 22ac – I really can’t make out what answer Azed is after here (but it doesn’t matter, really, as the grid entry is the same either way).

Across
1. Leguminous seed making appearance, one ounce (over) (8)
GARBANZO GARB+AN+(OZ<)
11. Peasant communes, half latterly from NW Indian region (4)
MIRI (kash)MIRI
12. No longer put on show what’s faltering in value (7)
UNVAILE (IN VALUE)*
13. Turning to fun? Show a leg (5)
GIGOT (TO GIG)<
14. Nasty injury – scrum eight gutted (6)
PACKET PACK+E(igh)T
16. Mum binds one with more holes in? (7)
MOTHIER I in MOTHER
17. Taking German, men in oral ploughed Cambridge ‘local’ (10)
NON-GREMIAL (G+MEN IN ORAL)*
18. Blend of spices in raita (Marathi) (6)
TAMARA hidden: raiTA (MARAthi)
21. Only half a jumper? It can warm sleeper in Beijing (4)
KANG KANG(eroo)
22. It expresses a personal view in paper, once cleared (4)
OP-ED or OPED the past tense of OPE(poetic ‘OPEN’[clear], see Chambers) is OPED – so I can’t see which part of this clue is doing what to who (i.e. both words are defined, so which is it?)
24. Deaden dengue (shivering)? (6)
UNEDGE (DENGUE)*
26. Can Guaraní relocate in part of Central America? (10)
NICARAGUAN (CAN GUARANÍ)*
28. Getting top mark in old German, ready for French (7, 3 words)
À LA MAIN A[top mark] in ALMAIN
31. Coarse cloth, just over a ton with parasites (6)
CILICE CI[101]+LICE
32. Fruit fall heavily, outsides shifting? (5)
PLUMS SLUMP transposing the first and last letters
33. What gives you cover for open ground? Something that warms, with hot lining (7)
HEATHER H in HEATER
34. Fair girl missing pa? (4)
MELA (pa)MELA
35. One entering Rossall mostly distressed for those unplaced (8)
ALSO-RANS AN in (ROSSAL(l)*)
Down
1. What’s Magog in, struggling, tense inside and painful? (12)
GIGANTOMACHY (T in (MAGOG IN*))+ACHY &lit
2. Foreign friend in past I’m looking up (5)
AMIGO (I’M<) in AGO
3. Tackle to catch good little shark (4)
RIGG G in RIG
4. British and Russian woman maybe presenting Aussie bird (6)
BROLGA BR+OLGA
5. Food for veggies almost non-existent, cooked meat included (7)
NUTMEAL (MEAT*) in NUL(l)
6. What might have stirred hearts of mob about valiant, cheering enthusiastically? (9)
OVATIONAL ((m)O(b)+(ab)O(ut)) + VALIANT)*
7. Aromatic root that’s central part in bundle (6)
PACHAK (t)HA(t) in PACK
8. Charm: upturned pail covers one (4)
TIKI (KIT<)+I
9. Early English brought in what gets highlanders reeling, on the run (7)
FLEEING EE in FLING
10. Ignores steep crumbling rock formation (12)
PETROGENESIS (IGNORES STEEP)*
15. Plant with edible tuber, worthless? Cunning one cloaks it (9)
ARRACACHA (ARCH A) around RACA
19. Suits one required among e.g. eaters (7)
APPLIES I in APPLES
20. US club gymnasts? They’re worth a lot in any gallery (7)
TURNERS dd
23. Strong cotton, not bright, it ends in hem of grey (6)
DIMITY DIM+IT+(gre)Y
25. One propelling barge through tunnel, head down somewhat? Clutch peddler! (6)
EGGLER LEGGER with the ‘L’ moved down
27. District magistrate in ME capital (5)
AMMAN dd
29. Up-to-date yet ageless part of raga (4)
ALAP À LA P(age)
30. Thebes will be worth many a one, united in drama endlessly (4)
PULA U in PLA(y)
 

7 Responses to “AZED No. 2,099 Plain”

  1. Richard Heald says:

    Very unusual to see Azed make 2 factual inaccuracies in the same clue. In 30Dn, ‘thebes’ is not the plural of thebe (see C), and a pula is worth many a thebe, not vice versa.

    22Ac can be read as just a double definition, Nick.

  2. Norman Hall says:

    1d

    & lit

  3. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the crossword and Nick for the blog.

    6dn: I think this is ((m)O(b) (ab)O(ut) VALIANT)*. I cannot account for the “about” otherwise.

    30dn: I agree with Richard@1 on both counts.

  4. Bob Sharkey says:

    I agree with all comments so far. I use Azed’s style of parsing and had 6d as simply ‘anag. inc. o, o’

  5. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Quite an easy Azed,I thought.
    Last in was 34ac.
    I agree that ‘thebes’ is not the plural but I do think that ‘thebe(s) will be worth many a one (pula) could be correct.
    ie lots of thebe will be worth many pula.

  6. RCWhiting says:

    Forgot to mention 16ac, easy but lovely.

  7. Pelham Barton says:

    Hi Nick

    Thank you for amending the entry for 6dn.

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