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Azed 2103 / Plain

Posted by duncanshiell on September 30th, 2012

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This seemed to be a standard Azed puzzle with excellent clues and the usual mix of everyday and obscure vocabulary in the grid.

 

 

 

There was a good mix of clue types   I reckon I counted 11 different types of wordplay structures plus a number of clues that employed more than one type of construction.

All the entries parsed without too much difficulty, although I took a while to work out what was going on in 1 across where HA replaced the E in OFFENDED.   It also took longer than it should to realise that the ‘it’ at the end of the clue in 14a was serving an important purpose.  I also liked the way Azed wove in two Shakespearean words into one clue at 32 across.

As ever, I learnt something new during my research for the blog, particularly in relation to SPINA, PLENIPOS and DOLINA.

Across
No. Clue Wordplay Entry
1

Put out? What a surprise for English summary! (9)

 

OFFENDED (displeased; put out) with E (English) replaced by (for) HA (what a surprise!)

OFF E HA NDED

OFFHANDED ([in] summary [fashion]; in an OFFHANDED way)

 

8

Some mutual retribution (3)

 

UTU (hidden word in [some]) MUTUAL

 

UTU (retribution)

 

12

Petty crook disconcerted narc with leer (8)

 

Anagram of (disconnected) NARC and LEER

 

LARCENER (thief; petty crook; reference petty larceny [theft of property less in value than one shilling - clearly an  old definition])

 

13

Gold going to Caribbean republic, one of the laurels (6)

 

AU (chemical symbol for gold) + CUBA (Caribbean republic)

 

AUCUBA (any plant of the Japan laurel genus)

 

14

Quill, something with a sharp point in it (5)

 

PIN (something with a sharp point) contained in (in) SA (sex appeal; it)

S (PIN) A

SPINA (a quill [musical pipe made from a hollow stem] of a spinet)

 

15

In purple, O so fancy – our – possibly (of old) (8)

 

IN PURPLE O SO is a compound anagram (possibly) of PLENIPOS and OUR

 

PLENIPOS (archaic [old] word people invested with full powers, esp special ambassadors or envoy to some foreign courts; cloaks of purple represented the rank, power or position of the kings or emperosr represented by PLENIPOS)  A sort of &Lit clue

 

16

Bend over when about to perform trick (6, 2 words)

 

LEAN (bend over) containing (about) DO (to perform)

LEA (DO) N

LEAD ON (trick or decieve)

 

17

Astringent property of aromatic oils (6)

 

MATICO (hidden word in [property of]) AROMATIC OILS

 

MATICO (a Peruvian pepper shrub, used as a styptic [astringent])

 

20

Mrs Warren (say) creating nothing short of protest in theatre? (7)

 

DEMO (demonstration; protest] excluding (short of) O (nothing) + I’ (shortened form ‘in’) + REP ([repertory] theatre)

 

DEMIREP (a person, especially a woman, of dubious reputation.  Mrs Warren , the title character in George Bernard Shaw’s play Mrs Warren’s Profession, was a brothel keeper)

 

22

Centrepiece of Rice smash taken apart in musical interval (7)

 

Anagram of (taken apart) IC (middle letters of [centrepiece] RICE) and SMASH

 

SCHISMA (half the difference between twelve perfect fifths and seven octaves; musical interval)

 

25 International currency for travellers?  Screening required, we heah (6)

 

SHELTA (sounds like [we heah] SHELTER [screening])  I think ‘heah’ is spelled at it is because SHELTA ends with the sound ‘AH‘.  However, it may well be a spelling mistake and should have been spelled ‘hear’

 

SHELTA (a language used by travelling people in Britain and Ireland; international currency [means of exchange, in this case exchange of words  ideas through language) for travellers?)

 

27

Note, in old Roman jars, funnel for liquid going down (6)

 

N (note) contained in (in) DOLIA (plural of DOLIUM [ancient Roman earthenware jar for wine, oil or grain etc])

DOLI (N) A

DOLINA (swallow-hole [a funnel or fissure through which surface water passes underground])

 

30

Climate’s troubled climber (8)

 

Anagram of (troubled) CLIMATE’S

 

CLEMATIS (example of a climbing plant)

 

31

Pip in last parts of the story, a sticker (5)

 

POX (both POX and ‘pip’ can be defined as ‘syphilis’) contained in (in) (E and Y [the final letters of [last parts of] each of THE and STORY)

E (POX) Y

EPOXY (reference EPOXY resin [adhesive; sticker])

 

32

Agreement for Will, company requiring his trade (6)

 

CO (company) + MART (Shakespearean [Will] word for ‘trade’)

 

COMART (Shakespearean [Will] word for ‘agreement’)

 

33

Young man, as of old, right to be involved in cycle ride with girl (8)

 

(R [right] contained in (to be involved in ] SPIN cycle ride]) + GAL (girl)

SP (R) IN GAL

SPRINGAL (archaic word [as of old] for ‘young man’)

 

34

Hunk of e.g. Aberdeen Angus certainly needs turning (3)

 

YES (certainly) reversed (needs turning)

 

SEY (part of a carcase of beef [e.g. hunk of Aberdeen Angus])

 

35

Candy swims in fine fashion, almost web-footed? (9)

 

Anagram of (swims) CANDY contained in (in) (STYLE [fine fashion] excluding the final letter [almost] E)

 

SYNDACTYL (having fused digits [web-footed], as do many birds and lower mammals)

 

Down
2

Dress material got dirty? Trim end off (5)

 

FOULED (got dirty) excluding the final letter (trim end off) D

 

FOULÉ (light woollen smooth-surfaced dress material)

 

3

Ugly mug following one twice round hospital (8)

 

F (following) + ([ACE {one} and ACE {one, again to give one twice}] containing (round) H [hospital])

F ACE AC(H)E

FACE-ACHE (ugly person; ugly mug)

 

4

Sunday trips (no sun) in hail – car needed (7)

 

(anagram of [trips] SUNDAY excluding [no] S [Sun]) contained in (in) HI (calling attention; greeting)

H (YUNDA*) I

HYUNDAI (brand of car)

 

5

Home of Cathars once applied to byword for perfidy (6)

 

ALBI (town in France that was once at the centre of the area inhabited by the medieval Cathars or Albigensians) + ON (applied to)

 

ALBION (reference the phrase PERFIDIOUS ALBION, which is a scornful description (byword) for acts of duplicity, treachery and hence infidelity (with respect to promises made to or alliances formed with other nation states) by monarchs or governments of Britain or England in their pursuit of self-interest and the requirements of realpolitik)

 

6

Tabret maybe lodged with base at the top (6)

 

ROOMED (lodged) with last letter (base; down clue D moved to become the first letter (base at top; down clue)

DROOME

DROOME (variant of drum; a tabor is a small drumlike tambourine without jingles)

 

7

Part of regiment left behind opted for mobilization (5)

 

Anagram of (for mobilization) OPTED

 

DEPOT (the portion of a regiment left at home)

 

8

The heartless detach capacious system (4)

 

UNFIX (detach) excluding the middle letter (heartless) F

 

UNIX (defined in Chambers as a multiuser operating system for handling large amounts of data; hence capacious system. I’ve used many UNIX boxes over the years, but never heard anyone describe UNIX as a capacious system)

 

9

Powerful combinations, mostly stretched tight, holding one in (7)

 

(TENSE [stretched tight] excluding the final letter [mostly] E) containing (holding … in) ACE (one)

TEN (ACE) S

TENACES (the combination in one hand of the cards next above and next below the other side’s best in the suit.; a powerful combination  of cards in Bridge)

 

10

Your pan’s askew?  Get finally admitted for oral surgery (11)

 

Anagram of (askew) YOUR PAN containing (get … admitted) LAST (finally)

URANOP (LAST) Y*

URANOPLASTY (plastic surgery of the palate; oral surgery)

 

11

Bloke decapitated, without head, being out of luck (11)

 

CHAP (bloke) excluding the first letter (decapitated) C + LESS (without) + NESS (head[land])

 

HAPLESSNESS (state of being out of luck)

 

18 Annoying scratch after start of record and one’ll get consumed by it (8)

(R [first letter of {start of} RECORD] + RIT [scratch] + AN [one]) contained in (get consumed by) IT

I (R RIT AN) T

IRRITANT (irritating; annoying)
19

Pape’s staggering round choir in waste silk stuff (7)

 

Anagram of (staggering) PAPES containing (round) CH (choir)

S (CH) APPE

SCHAPPE (a fabric of waste silk, with gum, etc partly removed by fermentation; waste silk stuff)

 

21

Muslim is non-religious where mass is involved (7)

 

IS + (LAIC [relating to people who are not members of the clergy; non-religious?]) containing (where … is involved) M (mass)

IS LA (M) IC

ISLAMIC (Muslim)

 

23

Fellow swallows northener’s lie harmful(6)

 

MAN (fellow) contains (swallows) LIG (a dialect form of LIE)  Chambers just says ‘dialect, it doesn’t indicate that is Northern dialect.

MA (LIG) N

MALIGN (imjurious; harmful)

 

24

Lover short of energy, look, for titular heroine (6)

 

ROMEO (lover) excluding (short of) E (energy) + LA (see!; look)

 

ROMOLA (title and heroine of a historical novel by George Eliot)

 

26

Kiss with garland’s getting round expression in words (5)

 

LEI’S (garland’s) containing (getting round) X (kiss)

LE (X) IS

LEXIS (the way in which a piece of writing is expressed in words)

 

28

Ireland’s seen in Wall St location as showing restricted growth (5)

 

IRL (Ireland) contained in (seen in) NY (New York; location of Wall Street)

N (IRL) Y

NIRLY (stunted; showing restricted growth)

 

29

Small boat out of water with nothing on board (4)

 

O (nothing) contained in (on board) DRY (out of water)

D (O) RY

DORY (a small boat, with flat bottom, sharp bow and stern)

 

2 Responses to “Azed 2103 / Plain”

  1. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Pretty much an average dose of Azed.
    It took me a long time to finish off because I struggled with 1ac.
    It was worth persisting, a clever clue.

  2. bridgesong says:

    Duncan, thanks for the (as ever) comprehensive blog. I wish that I had your mastery of HTML and could lay out my blogs in the same fashion!

    DEMIREP was a competition word in an Azed puzzle some years ago, but the clue in this puzzle appears to be Azed’s own, as it was not one of those featured on the slip for that competition.

    Thanks for explaining 1 across, which defeated me, although the solution was obvious.

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