# Fifteensquared

## Azed 2106

Posted by Andrew on October 21st, 2012

A puzzle in the middle of the Azed scale of difficulty, with no particularly involved clue construction, but a few rather obscure references needing lookups in Chambers and elsewhere. As always, quality clueing throughout and a good Sunday workout.

### 6 Responses to “Azed 2106”

1. Norman says:

Thanks for the excellent blog.

23d
I didn’t get rear = head.

The only explanation I could come up with was:
REARER = REAR + E (head at E[TON] + R (REX monarch)
considering E and R, E is nearer to REAR. (giving R preference)

2. Norman says:

.. or after correcting my brackets and spelling:

REARER = REAR + E (head at E[TON]) + R (REX monarch)
considering E and R, E is nearer to REAR. (giving R precedence)

3. RCWhiting says:

Thanks all
I followed Andrew for 23d although I had to look up rear = lavatory (not being an old Etonian!). Very esoteric.
Last two were 1ac and 2d. I had been playing with ‘shambling’ because of shambles (butcher’s stall) but finally gave it up when I got ‘capiz'; it was amazing that this one escaped for so long; as I sit at my table, solving, there is hanging from the ceiling two metres away an enormous capiz shell light fitting which I bought in Manila many years ago.
Favourites were 14ac, 15ac and 17d.

4. RCWhiting says:

Thanks all
I followed Andrew for 23d although I had to look up rear = lavatory (not being an old Etonian!). Very esoteric.
Last two were 1ac and 2d. I had been playing with ‘shambling’ because of shambles (butcher’s stall) but finally gave it up when I got ‘capiz'; it was amazing that this one escaped for so long; as I sit at my table, solving, there is hanging from the ceiling two metres away an enormous capiz shell light fitting which I bought in Manila many years ago.
Favourites were 14ac, 15ac and 17d.

5. Paul B says:

And you did the whole thing twice.

6. Pelham Barton says:

Just to show how subjective solving times are, I found this right at the bottom end of the range of time taken. Thanks Azed and Andrew for your usual high standards of puzzle and blog respectively.

6dn: The clue as it stands would fit in any crossword. As there is a 1ac in this crossword, the word “often” is not strictly necessary here, but I suspect Azed included it for the surface reading.

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