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Azed 2124

Posted by Andrew on February 24th, 2013


Having scarcely finished the previous week’s difficult Misprints puzzle before starting on this one I was expecting (hoping for?) a bit of a respite,. and so it proved, with a puzzle that was back to the easier end of the spectrum, starting off with an easy clue for the 12-letter 1 across, which gave a lot of help for the first few downs.

1. Miscue Mr Bach corrected – in some of his pieces? (12, 2 words)
CHAMBER MUSIC (MISCUE MR BACH)* A nice easy anagram to get us started with this long answer
9. Most of St Laurent’s weight lies behind what’s excellent for audience re special gear (6)
HYPOID HY (homophone of “high” = “excellent”) +POID[s] (most of the French for “weight”)
11. Sandy’s legacy, not in mature years (6)
OUTAGE OUT (not in) + AGE. Not a Scots word, as you might be led to believe, but a possible consequence of the recent Hurrican Sandy
13. Jock’s owed what’s accrued, including crazy bet (8)
ADDEBTED BET* in ADDED – but Jock is definitely a Scotsman here: Chambers says the word is “obsolete except Scot.”)
14. Metalworker hammers with this stylus on end of handle (4)
PENE PEN + [handl]E
15. Having a nap when do’s lacking vitality (4)
16. One of the ‘kindly ones’ is not, as of old, supporting return of anger (6)
ERINYS IRE< + NYS (Spenserian form of “is not”). The Erinyes (singular Erinys) are the Furies of Greek mythology, euphemistically referred to as “the kindly ones” (which I knew as the title of one of the novels in Anthony Powell’s sequence A Dance To The Music Of Time). “Supporting” as used here would probably work better in a down clue.
17. African bird that’s showy in colour, I expect (6)
LOURIE Hidden. One of a family of birds also called Turacos
19. Part of après-ski wear maybe, low and not restricting personal pong! (8, 2 words)
MOON BOOT MOO (low) + B.O. in NOT
21. Domain of Polish nobleman, corrupt Tsar’s toy (8)
24. Mouse’s tail is out of place in this church alcove? (6)
SHRINE SHINER (slang for a black eye, as is “mouse”) with its “tail out of place”
25. Former king, idle at heart? One puts a gloss on things (6)
27. Leaf as once in US appearing with end of dieback in wood (4)
TEAK TEA (US slang for marijuana = “leaf”) + [diebac]K
28. L-lorry in Melbourne stopping perhaps (4)
LUTE L-UTE (=utility vehicle = lorry in Australia). The lute here is not the instrument, but a word for “an airtight stopping”, from Latin lutum = “mud
29. Spidery parts making wife take refuge in inner chamber (8)
CRIBELLA RIB (wife) in CELLA. Plural of cribellum, “a sieve-like spinning organ of certain spiders”.
30. Lines packed with hate, appallingly vicious (6)
31. Noun in this may be rendered Anglice? (6)
GAELIC Anagram of ANGLICE less N
32. Died single – former knowledge I lost – it’s often planned (cynically?) (12)
OBSOLESCENCE OB (dies) + SOLE + SC[I]ENCE. Planned obsolescence is the (cynical) design of products to wear out earlier than necessary; a concept brought to prominence by Vance Packard’s book The Waste Makers in 1960.
1. Jokily woman soprano follows choir copies (7)
2. Coloured rock, confection of Hershey (10 p) (11)
3. A shade of crimson fashion one comes up with (6)
4. Chicken flesh I had instead of duck (5)
BIDDY ID replaces O in BODY
5. US fish from river one with no fixed ‘ome there swallows almost whole (6)
6. Like some meat old fool found under inverted pot? (7)
7. Don sari that’s creased? It might have benefited from this (7)
SADIRON (DON SARI)*. A sadiron is a “flatiron pointed at both ends”. Chambers gives it as a compound of “sad”, but doesn’t explain the connection, which according to the OED is from an obsolete use of sad as “solid; dense, compact; massive, heavy”
8. Candle fulfilling a bit of work in Church (5)
CERGE ERG (unit of work) in CE
10. E.g. tributes, central portion thereof given over for divinity (4)
DEUS DUES with the centre letters “given over” or reversed
12. Rough motoring with ice concerning direction-finders? (11)
18. What’s done with traffic getting round outdated signs? (7)
CARACTS ACT in CARTS. Shakespearean word for marks or signs, probably from the same Greek origin as “character”
19. Minimum of make-up applied to face – it’s fashionable (7)
MONDIAL M[ake-up] + ON DIAL. As pointed out in the comments, MONDIAL (which Chambers gives as “worldwide”) doesn’t fit the definition, though the initially-similar “mondaine” does.
20. Meddling? Infer in parts cut that will get to this old comic playwright (7)
TERENCE INTERFERENCE less IN and FER. The comic Roman playwright Publius Terentius Afer
22. Make an image of princess, emblematic in part (6)
23. Acacia giving a bit of shade over garden path (6)
24. Sort of pen, see (5)
25. Good story (if sometimes untrue), omitting end – clever (4)
GLEG G + LEG[END]. Scots/Northern word for “clever”
26. Flower I planted in ring, coming up (5)

7 Responses to “Azed 2124”

  1. Brian-with-an-eye says:

    I actually finished this one, so it must have been on the easy side. Thanks for the blog, Andrew – I’d completely missed the mouse = shiner link in 24a. But can you or anyone else explain how MONDIAL means fashionable in 19d. Maybe it’s just my old edition of Chambers showing its age again, but the only meaning it gives is “of the whole world, worldwide”. Thanks.

  2. DuncT says:

    Thanks Andrew.

    “Brian-with-an-eye” has just beaten me to it – I was typing up the same question on 19d. Seems unusually loose for Azed.

  3. bridgesong says:

    I thought the same: has Azed perhaps confused MONDIAL with MONDAINE?

  4. bridgesong says:

    Andrew, thanks for the blog: I completely missed the point of Sandy in OUTAGE, so thanks for explaining that, and for parsing SHRINE.

    Aren’t sadirons pointed at both ends, not as both irons?

  5. Andrew says:

    Oops, my explanation of SADIRON came out completely garbled – I’ll correct it.

    Also I think bridgesong must be right about MONDIAL/MONDAINE – I didn’t check the definition of MONDIAL because it looked vaguely right, but MONDAINE fits the def much better, though not the cryptic construction. I wonder if this came about from a last-minute change to another word in the grid..

  6. Norman Hall says:

    Thanks for the blog.
    I needed (and got) explanations for SHRINE, OUTAGE and TERENCE.

    A colleague tells me that his father was a tailor and he used what he called a sad iron. His was not pointed at both ends.
    Putting ‘Antique Tailor’s Irons’ into Google and pressing ‘Images’ he found a lot of interesting images of irons, one or two looking exactly like his father’s. I think a sad iron is just a heavier-than-usual iron, such as those that tailors used to use.

  7. paul says:

    I agree – wonder if setter got confused with mondain, which can mean both fashionable and worldly, whereas both Collins and Chambers (12th ed) only give mondial as meaning the latter. A quick google of mondial + fashionable didn’t yield any evidence in favour of the fashionable sense either.

    Rgds and tks for the blog


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