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AZED No. 2,105 ‘Collisions’ COMPETITION PUZZLE

Posted by The Trafites on October 14th, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  For a special, I found this rather easy, so 6/10 for me, but 9/10 for the cleverness. Incidently, this blog took me longer to do than the puzzle :D

First, the preamble, so we know what’s going on;

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Special instructions: Down clues are normal. Each across entry consists of two answers which ‘collide’, i.e. they overlap by one or more letters, the overlapping letters always appearing in their correct order. Across clues consist of definitions of each of the full overlapping answers and subsidiary indications of each minus the overlapping letters. Definition and subsidiary indication for one answer precede those for the other, but either may come first. Numbers in brackets indicate the lengths of complete entries. One across answer consists of two words. Competitors should submit with their entries a clue in the style of the other acrosses to the unclued ‘collision’ at 1 Across, which must be deduced.
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Of course, the way into this type of puzzle is to tackle the plain down clues first to get a lead-in.

In the blog below, a red // shows the clue split, and the definitions in each clue are highlighted/underscored in green
Next, the grid entry is shown followed by the two words separately, followed by the letters causing the ‘collision’.
Finally, the subsidiary indications are shown in grid entry order.

It’s a bit busy, so I hope you can all understand it.

Across
1. See preamble (12)
TITANICEBERG, TITANIC+ICEBERG, IC The competition words to clue, as per the ‘special instructions’
11. Have a snooze before love, lumpy // cross love-making (7)
NODOSEX, NODOSE+SEX, SE [1]NOD+O [2]X
12. Skill in turning shoe for athlete // granted backing before second passivity (12)
TRAINERTNESS, TRAINER+INERTNESS, INER [1](ART<) [2]((SENT<)+S
13. Bit of US verse, troublesome thing // greeting newspaper writing in the Far East (12)
HIRAGANAPEST, HIRAGANA+ANAPEST, ANA [1]HI+RAG [2]PEST
14. Champion goat, // clever Alberta (6)
ABLECH, ABLE+LECH, LE [1]AB [2]CH
16. Cured pork steamer maybe stirred etc // right alongside viscous mixturescale required (12)
PANCETTARTAR, PANCETTA+TARTAR, TA [1]PAN+(ETC*) [2]R+TAR
18. Some gourds or butternuts accumulate on the surface // fruits that split open, a germ bursting with temperature (12)
REGMATADSORB, REGMATA+ADSORB, A [1](A GERM*)+T [2]hidden: gourDS OR Butternuts
23. Balletic leap, little breadth // - Nureyev’s first extended upward (6)
BRISEN, BRISÉ+RISEN, RISE [1]B [2]N
25. Old khan with a summons to parley, // soldiers backing it (a contradiction) (12)
CHAMADEMENTI, CHAMADE+DEMENTI, DE [1]CHAM+A [2]MEN+(IT<)
27. Crusader hero, captive of Sultan, causing // state of readiness for e.g. war, later released (12)
TANCREDALERT, TANCRED+RED ALERT, RED [1]hidden: SulTAN Causing [2](LATER*)
28. King, lord // in French southern town on the Somme (7)
KAMIENS, KAMI+AMIENS, AMI [1]K [2]EN+S
29. Vagrant canary // to withstand extremes of easterlies in Rhode Island (12)
RESISTROLLER, RESIST+STROLLER, ST [1]E(asterlie)S in RI [2]ROLLER(canary)
Down
1. More than one such old taxman could be terribly strict with the poor (12)
TITHE-PROCTOR (STRICT+THE+POOR)* gives the plural, but the clue is after the singular
2. Cross letters with cross answer spoken in the heat of the moment (6, 2)
IN RIXA INRI+(X+A)
3. Great group getting together in the afternoon? (7)
TEARING pun on TEA RING
4. Some mignonettes coming up in antipodean clod (4)
NONG hidden rev.: miGNONettes
5. Delia’s cooking, such as all aspire to? (5)
IDEAL (delia)*
6. Sub-lieutenant of old Corps not mixing with RE (6)
CORNET (C[orps]+NOT+RE)*
7. Defensive stakes a chap’s put up in Dee, possibly? 8)
ESTACADE (A CAT<) in (DEE*)
8. Release for Macbeth? King without right ends in the ultimate opprobrium (5)
EXEEM (r)EX+ends of thE ultimatE opprobriuM
a Scottish word, hence the ref. to Macbeth
9. Odd bits of skin in Asian deer leather (6)
RUSSIA S(k)I(n) in RUSA
10. Cheap labourer, an outstanding one cutting big tree in pieces (12)
GASTARBEITER (A STAR) in (BIG TREE*)
15. Serve e.g. bumpkins devouring what’s mostly underdone (8, 2 words)
BEAR ARMS RAR(e) in BEAMS (see bumkin in Chambers)
17. Considerable weight lines abandoned flue (7)
TONNELL TONNE+LL
19. Gas giving little energy (the brackets on no longer) (6)
ETHANE E+(AN in THE)
‘brackets’ here means goes around, so ‘the’ goes around the old word for ‘on=an’
20. Little bird catching fish, to take advantage of ebb and flow (6, 2 words)
TIDE IT TIT around IDE
this is not a main entry in Chambers, but read the end of the entry under ‘tide¹’
21. Take pre-main course (not second) – not something you want in grand volume (6)
RETREE R(take)+E(n)TREE
22. Accommodation in e.g. Sing Sing was fetid, top to bottom (5)
TANKS STANK with the S moved to the bottom
a ‘tank’ is US slang for a prison cell.  ‘Sing Sing’ is a NY prison.
24. It’s observed by Jews taking up old tales (5)
SEDER (REDES<)
26. It helps in producing meal – maize and not oatmeal primarily (4)
MANO first letters of ‘Maize And Not Oatmeal’
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4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,105 ‘Collisions’ COMPETITION PUZZLE”

  1. bridgesong says:

    Thanks for the very clear blog, NIck. I agree that the way in was to concentrate on the down clues, but it wasn’t long before some of the across clues fell into place. There was an ah-ha moment when 1 across became obvious.

    I thought it might be worth mentioning the grid; it was very helpful for the across clues, with very few unches.

  2. Pelham Barton says:

    This took me just over my normal maximum solving time for a plain puzzle and I found it very satisfying, so thanks Azed for a very good idea well executed. I got ICEBERG quite early, but did not spot TITANIC until much later. Thanks also to Nick for a well presented and clear blog.

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    This started so slowly for me that I thought it might prove to be one of those very rare Sun./Mon puzzles.
    It did not but the pleasure extended well into the afternoon.
    I kept failing to remember that the overlap was to be entered.
    Eventually all fell into place and it had been an enjoyable solve.
    Last two in were 16ac and 9d.

  4. Jan says:

    An excellent blog, Nick, well done. I’m not surprised it took a long time.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle although, unlike RCW, I kept forgetting that the overlaps weren’t clued and kept searching the wordplay.

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