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Azed 2115

Posted by duncanshiell on December 23rd, 2012


Another very sound set of clues from Azed, making full use of the more obscure meanings of words.  You always know where you stand with Azed.  If you feel unhappy with the parsing then you probably haven’t got it right.  There were a couple of clues here that took me more than one attempt to parse to my own satisfaction.  As I result I found even more meanings of everyday words.

I certainly learnt a bit about geological divisions (Bunter in the clue 5 down) and angling terminology (LEGER lines at 12 down)

Azed is as comfortable with modern terminology – e.g. DEF at 36 across and MOD as alluded to in the clue 14 across – as he is with the archaic / obsolete meanings of APPAL at 8 across and LURDAN at 23 down.

No. Clue Wordplay Entry



Half a bend?  Halt, having to give way to motor (5)


STOP (halt) with the TO being replaced by (having … give way to) CAR (motor)


SCARP (in heraldry, a diminutive of the bend-sinister, half its width; half a bend)




Necessary ingredient of baklava (3)


LAV (hidden word in [ingredient of] BAKLAVA)


LAV (lavatory; toilet; [an obsolete or dialect definition of ‘necessary’ is ‘toilet’])




Drink dad returned, become flavourless, stale (5)


(LAP [drink] + PA [father]) all reversed (returned)


APPAL (an obsolete [stale] meaning of APPAL is ‘flavourless’)




It impairs reasoned speech, making one confuse ‘galop with aria’ (9)


Anagram of ([making one] confuse) GALOP and ARIA


PARALOGIA (impairment of reasoning power characterized by difficulty in expressing logical ideas in speech)




Mobile facility that is limiting chat room monitor (5)


IE (id est; that is) containing (limiting) MOD (moderator, a term for an internet chat room monitor)


IMODE (a technology enabling the Internet to be accessed from cellular phones; mobile facility)




West country sport, strangely lax, featured in press (8)


Anagram of (strangely) LAX contained in (featured in) WRING (a cider press)


WRAXLING (a South West dialect word for wrestling; West country sport)




Carriage with room for one only?  Poet pens ‘sole’ gibe, put out (13)


DANTE (reference DANTE Alighieri [circa 1265 – 1321], a major Italian poet of the Middle Ages) containing (pens) an anagram of (put out) SOLE GIBE


DÉSOBLIGEANTE (a carriage for one)




One keen on sacking (from the sound) string player (5)


LUTER (sounds like [from the sound] LOOTER [plunderer; one who likes sacking villages, shops etc])


LUTER (someone who plays the lute; string player)




Mobilized MD, i.e. with telegraph: ‘That will respond to treatment’ (9)


Anagram of (mobilized) MD I.E. + CABLE (telegraph)


MEDICABLE (that may be healed)




Build something to get children started in rotten tree (5)


C (first letter of [get started] CHILDREN) contained in (in) an anagram of (rotten) TREE

ERE (C) T*

ERECT (build [something])




Spell with grey publishers?  It doesn’t attract those devoted to a party (13, 2 words)


SPLINTER (one definition of ‘spell’ is SPLINTER) + GR (grey) + OUP (Oxford University Press; an example of a publisher)


SPLINTER GROUP (a group or party formed by a breakaway from a larger body; it certainly won’t attract the devotees of the original party)




Aid in sharpening painting tint (8)


OILS (a form of painting) + TONE (tint)


OILSTONE (whetstone [a stone for sharpening edged instruments])




Some steady tables required where altars are found (5)


ADYTA (hidden word in (some … required) STEADY TABLES)


ADYTA (the most sacred parts of temples; chancels, where altars are found)




Medic savagely reversed duty cycle – his cuts are ruthless (9)


Anagram of (savagely) MEDIC + (ROTA [duty cycle] reversed [reversed])


DECIMATOR (literally, one who takes or destroys the tenth part of; one who punishes by killing every tenth man; sounds fairly ruthless to me)




Cook e.g. slice of rubbery liver (5)


BERYL (hidden word in [slice of] RUBBERY LIVER)


BERYL (reference BERYL Cook [1926 – 2008], English artist best known for original and instantly recognisable paintings of people enjoying themselves)




Fab dishes – eats away (3)


DEFEATS (beats; dishes) excluding (away) EATS


DEF (excellent, brilliant [originated in hip-hop culture])




Italy’s by no means combined (5, 2 words)


I (Italy) + NONE (by no means)


IN ONE (combined)





Spotted old harvester cropping his last? (5)


SPIDER (‘harvester’ is another term for the harvest SPIDER) excluding the final letter (cropping his last) R

In internet terminaology a SPIDER is also a program that performs automatic searches and could be considered to ‘harvest’ information from a wide range of sources.  I think Google makes significant use of SPIDERs when creating and maintaining the databases that underpin its core search engine)


SPIDE (obsolete [old] spelling of SPIED [spotted])




Early plane arrived, then left (5)


CAME (arrived) + L (left)


CAMEL (a humped type of early aeroplane, used in World War I)




Sun cap, protective cover for antennae (6)


RA (sun god) + DOME (cap)


RADOME (a protective covering for microwave radar antennae)




Such common folk in Rome will appear translated in Berlin poems (5)


One of Azed’s compound anagram clues.  BERLIN POEMS is an anagram of (translated)  PLEBS IN ROME.  We are being told that that the entry and IN ROME form the anagram fodder for BERLIN POEMS.  We only need the entry.


PLEBS (persons of unpolished manners or vulgar tastes; common folk [making a frequent appearance in the press at the moment])




Typical of Bunter after Latin, describing his position in Remove? (5)


L (Latin) + OWLY (Billy Bunter, in the books by Frank Richards, was known as the ‘Fat OWL of the Remove”)


LOWLY (Bunter is the lowest division of the Trias or Triassic period in geological terms, hence LOWLY is typical of Bunter)




E.g. ice and rains (cold) ruined the technical side of farming (11)


Anagram of (runined) EG ICE RAINS and C (cold)


AGRISCIENCE (science as applied to agriculture; the technical side of farming)




Cure for impotence, through proceeding by slow degrees (not dually) (6)


VIA (through) + GRADUALLY (by slow degrees) excluding (not) DUALLY


VIAGRA (proprietary name for the most well known drug for treating impotence)




Spicy dish Muslim maybe got stuck into at an end, once served up (5)


(ALI [man’s name, most likely to be {maybe} that of a Muslim] contained in [got stuck into]) UP [at an end]) all reversed (once served up)

(U (ALI) P)<

PILAU (highly spiced Asian dish of rice with a fowl or other meat, or fish, boiled together or separately)




Playwright penning a line – some artist (7)


PINTER (reference Harold PINTER [1930 – 2008], English playwright) containing (penning) A


PAINTER (rope for fastening a boat [line]; also an artist)  One of these definitions could also appear on the wordplay side.  However you choose to look at it, the word PAINTER is clued three ways.




Headless ghost in gest? (6)


HAUNTER (a ghost HAUNTs) excluding the first letter (headless) H


AUNTER (adventure; gest is defined as ‘exploit’ or ‘tale of adventure’)




Lines used by anglers on river in El Salvador (6)


LEG (on; reference the on or leg side in cricket) + (R [river] contained in (in) ES (International Vehicle Registration for El Savador)


LEGERS (LEGER lines in angling are those fixed in one place)




Short homily about associate making one sniffy? (7)


SER (abbreviation for [short] sermon [homily]) containing (about) MELL (mix; associate)


SMELLER (one who sniffs; a sniffy one)




Free from chemical accretions in bromides or bromines (6)


DESORB (hidden word in [in] BROMIDES OR BROMINES)


DESORB (release from an adsorbed state; free a solid or liquid from a thin film of molecules of a gas or liquid that is in contact with it)  If my chemistry was good enough, I might be able to say whether this was an &Lit clue or not.  Unfortunately my knowledge of chemistry isn’t good enough




It blooms in rocky environment, with wood as alternative (6)


OR (used to link alternatives) + PINE (an example of wood)


ORPINE (a purple-flowered, broad-leaved stonecrop that thrives in rocky environments)




Like pigeon?  It’s dodgy on diet (6)


Anagram of (dodgy) ON DIET


INTOED (pigeon toe is a condition where all the toes more or less turned inwards)




Dull old dimwit planting bean in ground with no depth (6)


URD (an Indian plant of the bean family) contained in (planting … in) LAND (ground) excluding (no) the D (depth)


LURDAN (a dull, heavy, stupid or sluggish person; dimwit)




Nelly I spotted on a steamer berthed in Cyprus (5)


(I + SS [steamship; steamer]) contained in (berthed in) CY (International Vehicle Registration for Cyprus)

C (I SS) Y

CISSY (an effeminate man; ‘nelly’ is also defined as ‘an effeminate man’)




Not kosher – condition following introductions to the rabbi’s experiment (5)


TRE (first letters of [introductions to] THE RABBI’S EXPERIMENT) + IF (on condition that)


TREIF (forbidden, as food, not kosher)




What commander says on rising? ‘Find a trumpeter’ (5)


IM AGA (an AGA is a Turkish commander or chief officer) all reversed (on rising)


AGAMI (the golden-breasted trumpeter, a crane-like bird of S America)




Source of amusement, hugging beside mattress (5)


FUN (source of amusement) containing (hugging) TO (beside)


FUTON (mattress)




Meagre refrain (5)


SPARE (meagre)


SPARE (refrain)  double definition


4 Responses to “Azed 2115”

  1. sidey says:

    You always know where you stand with Azed.

    Had you looked at today’s when you wrote that duncan? I know what you mean though. Which is why I’m a bit confused by your geological excursion in ‘lowly’, which would require some words doing double duty. The definition is “describing his position in Remove?” rather than “Typical of Bunter”.

  2. duncanshiell says:

    sidey @ 1

    You may well be right about Bunter, but it struck me as too much of coincidence that the definition of ‘Bunter’ in Chambers included usage of the word ‘lowest’. I am not sure the words ‘Azed’ and ‘coincidence’ go together in the same sentence very often.

  3. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I did enter ‘lower’ for 5d. I seem to remember he was often in debt and waiting for a P.O. to turn up. I did finally settle on ‘owly’ because of his prominent round specs.
    In spite of that I found the lower (no pun) half much trickier than the top and last in was 26d.
    As always enjoyable.
    Like sidey I am now getting even more enjoyment from today’s.

  4. Jan says:

    Thank you, Duncan. My thinking was the same as Sidey’s about 5d but you’ve given me pause for thought. I couldn’t parse SMELLER. I never thought of sermon.

    I must repeat how much I appreciate such a clear, well laid out blog.

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