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Azed No 2104

Posted by bridgesong on October 7th, 2012

bridgesong.

Another straightforward puzzle from Azed, with the usual quota of obscure and historic words, necessitating many checks in Chambers.  I haven’t attempted to explain the meanings of the answers, just tried to show the wordplay.  Here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle.

Across
1 MRS MOP M in *PROMS.  “Daily” is the definition.
6 SESELI Hidden (as the clue says, no double bluff here) in “roses (Elizabethan)”.
11 AIKONA IKON in AA (a Hawaiian word for volcanic rock).
12 INULIN I NUL(l) IN.
13 BUTTER-BOAT BUT, 0 in *BATTER.
14 GIRN R in GIN.
15 KOINE 0 in KINE.
16 TESTERN SET(rev), TERN.
18 RED SANDERS *SAD in RENDERS (delivers).
20 PORNOTOPIA *(POOR PANTO I).
24 AGONIST ON in A GIST.
25 ALOUD Sounds like “allowed”.
27 ARIA (M)ARIA.
29 TENNANTITE Sounds like “tenon tight”.
30 EPOCHA H(enry) in A COPE (rev).
31 A TERRE ERR in ATE.
32 RESETS S in STEER(rev).
33 WESSEX WES(ley Hall) SEX. Wes Hall was a famous West Indian fast bowler in the 1960s. The Wessex novels of Thomas Hardy need no reference from me.  The clue as a whole has a lovely surface.
Down
1 MANG MANG(led).
2 RIPIENO RIP ONE I(rev).
3 MOUNTENAUNCE *(MENU AUNT ONCE).
4 ON THE DOT THE in *TONDO.
5 PATH PATH(ology).
6 SIENNA SI(cily), ENNA.
7 SUBORDINATES 0 in *BUS-RID(e), NATES (slang for the buttocks).
8 ELOIN A compound anagram, but not easy to spot at first glance: take “me” from the letters of ” one mile” and rearrange what’s left.
9 LIANG Hidden in “Mongolian government”.
10 INTELSAT IN *LATEST.
16 TAP WATER WAT in TAPER.
17 UNPOLITE LOP(rev) in UNITE.
19 ROSIERE OSIER in RE.
21 TANNAS T(ense), ANNAS.
22 CLEPE Hidden in “Uncle Pete”.
23 MONOS ON in MO(ment)S.
26 STAW ST(r)AW.
28 AMEX  EXAM with its two parts reversed.

5 Responses to “Azed No 2104”

  1. Norman Hall says:

    Thank you for thw blog.

    25ac
    The entire clue seems to me to be be a cryptic for the answer — but the definition seems to be ‘for audience’.
    Reading ‘for [an] audience’ is reading ‘aloud’.
    Definitions and cryptics do not usually partially overlap, but anything goes if you add a question mark to the clue.

    26d
    ‘It’ in the clue refers to the word STAW, but what does ‘that’ refer to?

    straw for ‘wherein to stable ky’?

  2. bridgesong says:

    Norman @1: you’re right about 25ac. The definition and the cryptic element do overlap. I also agree with your suggestion about 26d.

  3. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the usual high standard of puzzle and bridgesong for the blog.

    Further to earlier comments on 25ac, I think “Acknowledged to audience” works as a definition of ALOUD, which makes the clue work as a complete “& lit” clue.

  4. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Slightly more difficult* and hence more enjoyable than average.
    Last in was ‘testern’ because I had failed to look up the alternative meaning for ‘tizzy’ in Chambers.
    I used the same reasoning as NH for both clues.

    * and hence today’s was delightful.

  5. sidey says:

    * and hence today’s was delightful.

    Absolutely. Fabulous.

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