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AZED No. 2,111 ‘Letters Latent’

Posted by The Trafites on November 25th, 2012

The Trafites.

Nick:  A fairly difficult Azed this week being a Letters Latent puzzle.

He does give a way in though with the comment in the preamble about anagrams (for those that are new to Letters Latent).

The preamble, so we know what is going on:

Special instructions: From the answer to each clue the solver must omit one letter wherever it occurs (often more than once) before entry in the diagram. Definitions in the clues refer to the full, unmutilated answers; subsidiary indications, such as anagrams etc, refer to the mutilated forms to be entered in the diagram. Numbers in brackets show the full lengths of unmutilated answers. The letters omitted, read in clue order, form a vaguely appropriate quotation which may be found in the ODQ.
The Chambers Dictionary (2011) is recommended.

In the analysis below, the letter[s] latent appear first followed by the grid entry with the full [defined word] in square brackets last.

The Letters Latent spell ‘TURN THINE EYES AND PAUSE A WHILE FROM LETTERS‘.  This quote comes from ‘The Vanity of Human Wishes‘ by Samuel Johnson.

I do not have a ODQ, so the quoted reference above is from a Google search after I finished the puzzle.
In the old days B.C. (before computers) and doing The Listener, I used to nip into town and visit WH Smiths to search the latest ODQ sneakily :)

Across
1. Returned coat sheltered versatile sportsperson (10)
T  RIAHLEE [TRIATHLETE] (HAIR<)+LEE
6. Hominid British Museum located in hospital? (6)
U  SBMAN [SUBMAN] BM in SAN
10. Sending up agent in grotesque (11)
R  ENAPTUING [ENRAPTURING] (UP AGENT IN)*
12. Soul e.g., universal in lover right away (8)
N  OUMEO [NOUMENON] U in (r)OMEO
13. A knight holding Spain more attractive to the palate (7)
T  ASIER [TASTIER] E in (A SIR)
14. Being clan chief, the one in Scotland’s given a wee dram (9)
H  TANESIP [THANESHIP] TANE+SIP
16. Birds pecking at nuts? It’s dry inside (5)
I  STTA [SITTA] TT(dry) in SA(IT=Sex Appeal)
17. Gets boat wrecked on island (7)
N  OBTAIS [OBTAINS] (BOAT*)+IS
19. In Oz, dirt’s thrown – she’ll recognize financial misdeeds (9)
E  AUDITRSS [AUDITRESS] (DIRTS*) in AUS
21. Layers of tissue wrapped up an old hit (10)
E  NDOTHLIA [ENDOTHELIA] (AN OLD HIT)*
24. Nurse with regressive style of living – it’s a measure of disorder (7)
Y  ENTROP [ENTROPY] EN+(PORT<)
27. Anoints (finally) saintless, odd characters departing (6)
E  ANLS [ANELES] sAiNtLeSs with odd letters removed
my first entry in the grid
29. Energy with woodland containing power, stripped of trees etc (8)
S  ETREPED [ESTREPED] E+(P in TREED)
31. Too bright in Scotland for orienteering? This may be seen inside (6)
A  RORIE [ROARIE] hidden: foR ORIEnteering
32. Millinery item a coarse fellow cut back (6)
N  TURBA [TURBAN] (A BRUT<)
33. Light lubricant shifted line, penetrating damage (10, 2 words)
D  ‘SPINLE OIL’ ‘SPINDLE OIL’ (LINE*) in SPOIL
34. Whine like peevish bairn in being denied train set at the end of ride (6)
P  EENGE [PEENGE] ENG(in)E after (rid)E
great mis-lead with ‘train set…’
35. Against some French? Napoleon’s flanks caught in that heavy barrage (9)
A  CNNONDE [CANNONADE] N(apoleo)N in (CON(against)+DE(French for ‘some’))
Down
1. Dismissal, number being involved in corruption (6)
U  RNOT [RUN-OUT] N in ROT
2. Interaction with environment, idea nutter endlessly developed (12)
S  ITUATEDNE [SITUATEDNESS] (IDEA NUTTE(r))*
3. Land rights meant disposing of drainage channel with fool around (9)
E  ASMNTS [EASEMENTS] ASS around M(ea)NT
4. Woolly line on organ (6)
A  LNOSE [LANOSE] L+NOSE
5. Formerly tedious reprimand I’ll be involved in (8)
W  EARIFUL [WEARIFUL] I in EARFUL
6. Drug store is denied period of equilibrium (5)
H  STAS [STASH] STAS(is)
7. Silence where you’ll find those waiting to shoot birds in America (8)
I  BUSHTTS [BUSHTITS] SH in BUTTS
I got hung up on this for a bit looking for ‘bus stops’ in there somewhere
8. Ibrahim’s worried with no ‘hot’ indicator on weather chart (8)
L  MIIBAR [MILLIBAR] (IBRA(h)IM)*
9. No good replacing 100 angry eminent scientists – they’re fascinating (10)
E  NGROSSRS [ENGROSSERS] (NG for C in ‘CROSS’)+RS(Royal Society)
11. Little work in post office? Fall asleep (6, 2 words)
F  POPO [POP OFF] OP in PO
15. Australian songster: money offer inveigles one with hits coming up (11)
R  BISTLEBID [BRISTLEBIRD] BID around (I+BELTS<)
16. Stallion that’s rare and abandoned by hand resents being let loose (10)
O  STNEHRSE [STONEHORSE] (H(and)+RESENTS)*
the last one in
18. Playing in a way with strings, self absorbed (9)
M  STRUING [STRUMMING] I in STRUNG
20. Expanding racket round courtyard (not quiet to start with) (8)
L  DIATION [DILATION] DIN around (p)ATIO
22. Like sea-lion sailor introduced, bearing ball aloft? (7)
E  OTARIN [OTARINE] (TAR+IN) after O(ball)
23. Enlarged photo? Number put up with prince in (7)
T  ENPRIN [ENPRINT] (NINE<) around PR
25. Old palisaded enclosure, Scottish ruin (6)
T  PELE [PETTLE] PELE (see PEEL³)
took me a while to convince myself ‘ruin’ = ‘to indulge, spoil’ et al
26. Reduced credit with the necessary? One’s handicapped (6)
E  CRTIN [CRETIN] CR(edit)+TIN(money, the necessary)
28. Tree leaves will conceal this songbird (6)
R  EELE [REELER] hidden: trEE LEaves
30. Rock rabbit, one burrowing in pass (6
S  DAIE [DASSIE] A in DIE
 

5 Responses to “AZED No. 2,111 ‘Letters Latent’”

  1. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Where does he start? Presumably by finding a quotation with the right number of letters.
    And then to be “vaguely appropriate”; what nonsense, for this solver it was totally apposite, I had to ‘turn mine eyes and pause’ on several occasions.
    It was a real struggle on Sunday but by Monday I had enough to suss out ‘letters’ and then ODQ enabled me to finish it off relatively quickly.
    Last in was 2d and favourite was 3d
    This puzzle reinforced my opinion, often ststed, that a puzzle should be judged as an entity and not as a series of quibbles over individual clues.
    Thanks again.

  2. RCWhiting says:

    correction: for ‘favourite’ read ‘first solved’

  3. Jan says:

    I really enjoyed this puzzle in much the same way as I do many of the Guardian Genius crosswords.

    Knowing that the same letter is omitted, 1,2 or 3 times helps, as does looking for a sensible, possible quotation which will give hints to the missing letters. With the fact that I was familiar with many more words than usual; I actually found it easier than most AZEDs.

    [Now ... can I do sums? ;)]

  4. Jan says:

    I’m sorry – I was so eager to do the sum, I forgot to say thank you to Nick for the blog.

  5. RCWhiting says:

    Has anyone managed to parse ‘quotahopper’ (10ac) from a while back?

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