Posted by bridgesong on January 6th, 2013
This year Azed’s Christmas puzzle combined an old favourite (although not of all solvers), Printer’s Devilry, for the across clues, with something entirely new for the down clues. These were normal clues made more complex by the addition of a jumble of consecutive letters referring to the equivalent across clue (in sequential order). I can only wonder at the effort this must have involved. The effect, strangely, was perhaps to make the puzzle rather easier to solve than had all the clues been PD.
For the purposes of the blog, all clues as published are in blue. I have then shown the across clues with the missing letters included in capitals to show the full wording, and I have shown the down clues with the additional letters capitalised, followed by a brief explanation of the clue with the extraneous letters removed. I hope this makes it possible to see how the hidden answers in the across clues were extracted, and what the correct form of the down clues was.
|1||INTERCOM||Many birds will be flying south with wing (8)|
|Many birds will be flying south with wINTER COMing.|
|7||APSE||As soldiers, chat in a mess (4)|
|As soldiers, chAPS Eat in a mess.|
|10||LARDALITE||To buy are guns, of thousands – won’t seem excessive to collectors(9)|
|To buy a reguLAR DALI TEns of thousands won’t seem excessive to collectors.|
|11||DARIC||Some fine puddings – too much after a big main course? (5)|
|Some finD A RICe pudding’s too much after a big main course|
|12||ORATES||He’s rather unfit, soft, must train extra-hard (6)|
|He’s rather unfit so fOR A TESt must train extra-hard.|
|14||INMARSAT||The traffic’s down as environment for residents (8)|
|The traffic’s dIN MARS A Town as environment for residents.|
|17||EVERTOR||You don’t have to be clear, children, just loving and patient (7)|
|You don’t have to be clEVER TO Rear children, just loving and patient.|
|18||OUTSAT||A bad-tempered teacher, clot in class, at his peril (6)|
|A bad-tempered teacher clOUTS A Tot in class at his peril.|
|19||UNIFIC||A plain sponge is OK, but many think it more, fed (6)|
|A plain sponge is OK, but many think it more fUN IF ICed.|
|21||BLEARY||The concept of humans was not part of Hitler’s philosophy (6)|
|The concept of humBLE ARYans was not part of Hitler’s philosophy.|
|23||COMEDO||It’s hard to communicate with grandpa, now he has Betty (6)|
|It’s hard to communicate with grandpa, now he has beCOME DOtty.|
|25||LEGROOM||Best men should know how to, hands being ready at all times (7)|
|Best men should know how to handLE GROOMs, being ready at all times.|
|28||MEATSAFE||Our young one not keen on jaw? Marmite sandwiches for tea (8)|
|Our young one not keen on jaM EATS A FEw Marmite sandwiches for tea.|
|30||EITHER||Why bother with other resorts I like? (6)|
|Why bother with other resorts? I likE IT HERe.|
|31||SURER||As a result of the economic present, charges will rise (5)|
|As a result of the economic presSURE Rent charges will rise.|
|32||IDEALLESS||Some people suppress any sign of emotion and hence of humanity (9)|
|Some people suppress any sign of emotion and hIDE ALL ESSence of humanity.|
|33||HEWN||It’s irritating seeing many cuts throughout the film (4)|
|It’s irritating seeing many cHEW Nuts throughout the film.|
|34||SAND EELS||Fishermen lay sea nets to trap their catch (8)|
|Fishermen lay seanS AND EELSets to trap their catch.|
|1||INDIGO BLUE||Pigment boiling duct – mine ore after crushing (10)|
|Pigment boiling duCTMINEORe after crushing.
|2||NAAN||Granny’s snaffling first bit of peasants’ bread (4)|
|Granny’s snaffling first bit of PEASants’ bread.
A in NAN.
|3||TERMITE||Insect: end one on hollow treille (a trade) (7)|
|Insect: end one on hollow treILLEATRADe.
TERM 1 T(re)E.
|4||ELIANS||Most crawled slowly uphill for a writer’s fad: cairns (6)|
|Most crawled slowly uphill for a writer’s faDCAIRns.
SNAILE(d)(rev). Followers of Charles Lamb (who wrote under the name Elia).
|5||CRUSE||Small poet, a sort that’ll do for ships’ companies in sound (5)|
|Small poETASORt that’ll do for ships’ companies in sound.
Sounds like “crews”.
|6||MARTENOT||Market raised toast in Marne for French inventor (8)|
|Market raised toASTINMARne for French inventor.
MART, TONE(rev). Maurice Martenot invented an early form of synthesizer.
|7||A L’ABRI||Maybe Peter or vet found with air swirling around, under shelter (6)|
|Maybe PeTERORVEt found with air swirling around, under shelter.
LAB(rador) in *AIR.
|8||PITH||It’s topping for those in the sun, a certain coast, outré (4)|
|It’s topping for those in the sun, a certain coASTOUTre.
I think that this is just a cryptic definition, referring to a pith hat: any other suggestions?
|9||STEROIDS||Do resist mixing compounds e.g. in bun ICI file (8)|
|Do resist mixing compounds e.g in bUNICIFIile.
|13||SARCOMERES||Doctoring scares about measure: muscle cell parley (Barts) (10)|
|Doctoring scares about measures: muscle cell pARLEYBarts.
OMER in *SCARES.
|15||YULETIDE||See preamble (8)|
|The competition word.|
|16||CAROMELS||Warbler (MO) ogles about me: bonbons rarely (8)|
|WarbleRMOOGLEs about me: bonbons rarely.
ME in CAROLS.
|20||FEDARIE||One of old accomplices as a team fête tailless gazelle (7)|
|One of old accomplices aSATEAMFEte tailless gazelle.
|22||ARGHAN||Fibre from Moroccan tree having hart, i.e. herd, inside (6)|
|Fibre from Moroccan tree having harTIEHERd inside.
H in ARGAN.
|24||MISUSE||Abrus reuse is accepted in contemplation (6)|
|AbRUSREuse is accepted in contemplation.
IS in MUSE.
|26||MAVEN||Expert chaps, one verse sale idly involved (5)|
|Expert chaps, one verSESALEIDLy involved.
A V in MEN.
|27||STEW||With news broadcast (English, not international) in state of agitation (4)|
|WitHNEWs broadcast (English, not international) in state of agitation.
*WITS, with E for I.
|29||FELL||Was she lass ended in upland tract? (4)|
|Was shELASSENDed in upland tract?