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Azed 2110

Posted by bridgesong on November 18th, 2012

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A reasonably straightforward Azed this week, with no particular problems (except one!) and a very friendly grid (only 2 unches in an 11 letter word).  The problem is 10 across, which refers to Moby-Dick, but in a way equally as obscure (to me, anyway) as that great novel can be.  Suggestions please.  Here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle as printed.

Across
1 NAMASTE AS (len)T in NAME.
6 LAIRD I in LARD. To lard can mean to stuff.
10 QUOTA-HOPPER I can’t adequately explain this. It looks like an anagram of “Pequo(d) hero up”, but that doesn’t work, because there’s an e and a u left over, and no a or t. Either Azed’s dropped a clanger, or else I’ve missed something.
12 BUNG Triple definition.
13 GROOVE 0 in GROVE.
14 LA-DI-DA L(ine), ADIDA(s). Reminds me of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
16 ALINES A-lineS. A-line is in Chambers, in the very first entry in the dictionary, under A.
17 OCEANS AN in *SCOE.
19 ASHRAMITE HR in A SAMITE.
20 TAOISEACH TAO, IS EACH.
25 ETERNE E TERNE.
26 LOQUAT QUA in LOT.
29 INISLE I *LINES.
30 PENNON NN in PEON.
31 CHIP C HIP and double definition.
32 ERGOTAMINES *(GOES IN A TERM).
33 LOONY Hidden in “JELLO ON YOGHURT”.
34 ASTONED AS TO NED, referring to the Australian outlaw.
Down
1 NABLA B in NALA. Azed often uses NALA in one or other of its variant forms.
2 AQUALEATHER QUALE in *(A TAR HE).
3 MUNDIC (I)NDI(a) in MUC(h).
4 STADES *((t)EST SAD). Bowls is a cunningly misleading definition.
5 TABASHEER T ABASH E’ER.
6 LORICA L(eague), I in ORCA.
7 APOZEM A POZ EM.
8 IPOD A compound anagram: take the letters of AUDIO PLAYERS, remove A RULE SAY and rearrange.
9 DRESSER (mist)RESS in RED (rev). A well-constructed & lit clue, with “clothing” doing double duty as part of the overall definition, and as part of the wordplay.
11 EVENTUALISE EVEN,IS in *ALEUT.
15 MORALISMS ORAL in MS, MS.
18 STEMPEL MP in STEEL.
21 IRON-ON IR ON ON.
22 SNOOTY N(ame) in SOOTY;the comic is The Beano.
23 CONFIT CON FIT.
24 RUSHEN SHE in RUN.
27 TEPID Hidden in “VIRULENT EPIDEMIC”.
28 INGO IN(I)GO; Inigo Jones, the first notable English architect.

3 Responses to “Azed 2110”

  1. sidey says:

    10 across, I vote clanger. Or more charitably, a work in progress.

  2. chris says:

    My guess at the time was that 10ac. was at one stage going to be QUEUE-HOPPER, and the clue somehow didn’t quite catch up with the change. But there isn’t a word queue-hopper in Chambers, so that theory doesn’t seem to work.

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I thought this was more enjoyable than an average Azed.
    The definition in 10ac was so specific for ‘quotahopper’ that I did not check the cryptic! I cannot see any way round it now.

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