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Azed 2118

Posted by Andrew on January 13th, 2013

Andrew.

Another moderately easy Azed to start the new year, where I was helped by getting the long answer at 1d. Unusually I have a couple of nitpicks (15a and 21d) but apart from that it’s the usual high-quality stuff.

 
 
 
 
 
Across
1. Short time in Scotland, boon when taking in loch (5)
GLIFT L in GIFT. It wouldn’t be an Azed without at least one obscure Scots word – this one can mean a fright or scare as well as a moment
7. Cure (by the sound of it?) displaying devotional headgear (5)
KIPPA Homophone of “kipper”, with question mark perhaps suggesting that thehomophone is not exact
12. It’s hot, having rained stormily (6)
RANDIE RAINED* – a variant of “randy”, meaninhg sexually excited or “hot”
13. Article about regime’s extremes did, when shortened, with added depth? (6)
THREE-D R[egim]E in THE + D[id]
14. Part of the breastbone, hard and bare after surgery (9)
STERNEBRA STERN + BARE*
15. Stick around thorny plant (8)
WAIT-A-BIT Double definition, though the name of the plant is clearly derived from the literal meaning (because its thorns might hold you back), which is rather a weakness, I think
17. One side in legendary encounter hit out in circuits (7)
LAPITHS HIT* in LAPS. The Lapiths were a people of Greek mythology who fought a battle against the centaurs
18. Relative positions in handle least popular with cyclists? (8)
HILLIEST LIES in HILT
20. Cage for lobsters, my foot! (4)
CORF COR (exclamation) + F
22. Card game for gamblers specifically addressed to holding queen? (4)
FARO R in F.A.O. (For Attention Of – sometimes written on envelopes etc)
23. Slimy sediment: it appears alongside drive (8)
SAPROPEL SA + PROPEL
26. Clan chiefs having decisive clout among Masai? Wrong (7)
AMAKOSI KO in MASAI*. Amakosi is a plural form of “inkosi”, a Zulu chief
30. Cowboy? He stood for office having bagged bravery award (8)
HERDSMAN DSM (the Distinguished Service Medal – a “lower-ranks” version, now abolished, of the Distinguished Service Cross) in HE RAN
31. One collects marine specimens – newt got in, strangely (9, 2 words)
TOWING NET (NEWT GOT IN)
32. Cry, ‘O for a bit of peace in gaol!’ (6)
ORISON PRISON with P replaced by O
33. Foundry channel essential for casting a template (6)
INGATE Hidden in castING A TEmple
34. Quite conservative in truth (5)
RIGHT Triple definition – I’m not sure whether the third definition is supposed to be “in truth” or just “truth”, but I prefer the former as avoiding a linking word
35. You want to natter endlessly, that’s what it amounts to (5)
TOTAL TO TAL[k]
 
Down
1. Good throw that’s undone fine player – it influences development (12, 2 words)
GROWTH FACTOR G + THROW* + F + ACTOR
2. Feel bad about exercise sequence? Given up tobacco (7)
LATAKIA KATA in AIL, all reversed (“given up”) – a type of tobacco named after a Syrian port
3. Levelling material I refuse once stuffed with force (6)
INFILL F in I NILL
4. Tropical bird surrounded by songbirds – or really ancient avian (7)
TITANIS ANI in TITS
5. Unconvincing gripe upset the French (6)
FEEBLE BEEF< + LE
6. Fillet? It’s almost raw after cooking (5)
STRIA (IT’S RA[w])* – the “fillet” here is an architectural feature
8. Fury over new symbol in opening of Greek liturgy (8)
IRENICON IRE + N + ICON
9. Creature with bony ‘armour’, sort of green round front of body (4)
PEBA B[ody] in PEA
10. Navigation mark maybe forming part of paper chase (5)
PERCH Hidden in paPER CHase
11. A girl brought round tart, note, for shepherd’s club (12, 2 words, apostrophe)
ADAM’S FLANNEL FLAN N in A DAMSEL. Chambers defines this as just “mullein”, and looking there we find “a … plant … known as Aaron’s rod or shepherd’s club”
16. Matey (8)
BLOKEISH (The word to be clued in the monthly competition)
19. Submarine missile, explosive, to mount internally? (7)
TRIDENT RIDE in TNT
21. A target at sea for which yachts may compete (7)
REGATTA (A TARGET)*. Surely for accuracy the definition would have to be ‘in which yachts may compete’?
24. Jock’s multi-coloured metal strip is upside-down (6)
PIRNIT Reverse of TIN RIP – “interwoven with different colours; striped”
25. Organized anti-Semites, glib, taking in gapers (6)
PAMYAT MYA in PAT. An unpleasant-sounding Russian nationalist and anti-semitic (or, as it claims, anti-Zionist) group that is still in existence
27. Aboriginal wandering northwards on island (5)
MAORI ROAM< + I. “Roam” can be a noun, meaning “a wandering”
28. Score marker as soprano I found round end of repetition (5)
SEGNO S + [repetitio]N in EGO. Musicians are familiar with the Italian instruction “Dal Segno”, meaning “from (i.e. go back to) the sign”, the sign itself usually being a stylised S
29. Pin brought out, nicking a mouthful? (4)
SWIG SWIPING less PIN

One Response to “Azed 2118”

  1. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    If it wasn’t FOR the yachts competing the regatta wouldn’t exist(possibly?).

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