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Azed 2130

Posted by Andrew on April 7th, 2013


Another low- to medium-strength Azed, which didn’t keep me from my Easter eggs for too long, but provided good entertainment on the way. There seems to have been a rare lapse from strict Ximenean principles in 5d.


1. Legume that makes you smart, hot (5)
CHICH CHICH + H – another name for the chickpea
5. Cross feline, best avoided? (7)
CATTABU CAT + TABU – a cross between domestic cattle and the Indian Zebu
10. Icelandic money, gold, cut thin (5)
AURAR AU + RAR[e] – plural of “eyrir”, one-hundredth of an Icelandic krona. Of historical interest only, as the krona is itself a very small unit (currently 184 to the pound sterling)
11. One given company housing … poky, ill-fitting, unpleasant (7, 2 words)
12. Gallery in favour of accepting a bit of promotion (5)
PRADO AD in PRO – the Prado is a major art gallery in Madrid
13. Proceed with difficulty, as tiro in AZ challenge? (5)
CLOMP L (leaner) in COMP[etition]
15. Peeled potato cakes, part of salade verte? (8)
16. Something produced by TV chef, say, vaguely anoretic (8)
17. Old clown, log splitting head (9)
PATCHOCKE CHOCK in PATE – a Spenserian word, which Chambers only defines as “perh[aps] a clown
21. E.g. Boater in Blanket, name for a cocktail (9)
MANHATTAN HAT in MANTA + N – “manta” is a Spanish word for blanket or cloak, as also seen in the name of the Manta Ray
23. Talk idly about high honour – it affects nothing (8, 2 words)
NO MATTER O.M. (Order of Merit) in NATTER
27. Graf duel disfigured – did it distinguish him at the front? (8)
FELDGRAU (GRAF FUEL)* – meaning “field-grey”, and the colour German military uniforms 1910-1945
28. Thin sod, hard to read, led away (5)
29. Accompaniment for curry, hot, swallowed by airhead? (5)
DHOLL H in DOLL – an Indian dish made from pulses, also spelt “dal”, “daal”, “dahl” and “dhal”
30. Commando, no gent certainly, holding rear (7)
CHINDIT HIND in CIT (archaic slang: term of contempt for a townsman, not a gentleman). The Chindits were a commando force in Burma during WW2
31. Burden, extra-large? Offload some packing (5)
TRA-LA HIdden in [ex]TRA LA[arge] – “burden” in the sense of “chorus”, “refrain”
32. Loan intended to include closure thereof (7)
33. Leggy bird? Got ’er measure by the sound of it (5)
WADER Homophone of “weighed ‘er”
1. Tapered longs for madam, unusually scant pair with soft lining (10, 2 words)
CAPRI PANTS P in (SCANT PAIR)* for this fashion item
2. Lake runs into Tasmanian river (5)
HURON R in HUON (Tasmanian river), giving one of the Great Lakes
3. Misread quiz – every other to be written out in form of Arabic (5)
IRAQI Alternate letters of mIsReAd QuIz
4. Former errand boy half caught up in casualty (6)
CADUAC CAD (obsolete word for “one who runs errands”) + reverse of CAU[ght]. Obsolete Scots word for “casualty or windfall”
5. Off-key cornist controls only one function (7)
CISTRON CORNIST*. Cistron is “a section of a chromosome which controls a single function”. The definition here would seem to go against Azed’s usually strict conformance to the rule of using the right parts of speech. “Off-key cornist that controls only one function” would perhaps be a way to fix the problem without upsetting the surface reading.
6. Penetrating wound in outer parts of ankle (5)
ACUTE CUT (wound) in A[nkl]E
7. Part of sponge from set in washing trough (6)
8. Impact poorly where love’s involved – there’s no sex in its production (7)
9. Fiasco damaged oar in current down under (7)
BOMBORA BOMB + OAR* – Australian word for a reef or dangerous curent
14. Spurn a line at sea, dealing with old land campaign (10)
PENINSULAR (SPURN A LINE)* – presumably a reference to the Peninsular War
18. Rodent I found under a bed (7)
ACOUCHI A COUCH + I – South American rodent
19. Monkey mum kept in train, disciplined (7)
20. What’s leech at messing about in e.g. haemoglobin? (7)
CHELATE (LEECH AT)* – chelation is a chemical process that haemoglobin is involved with, but I’m not qualified to explain further
21. ‘Hoy’ precedes this dam fool (6)
MAÑANA MA (mother, dam) + NANA (fool), and hoy and manaña are Spanish for today and tomorrow respectively
22. Ornamental monogram that’s horrible in pictures put up (6)
TUGHRA UGH (that’s horrible!) in ART<
24. Crack marksman historically not left in charge regarding aim? (5)
TELIC [William] TEL[L] + I/C. TELIC is the adjective from “telos” = aim, purpose, etc; its derivative “teleological” is used to describe the “Argument from design (for the existence of gods).
25. Tense travelling? Lost footing (5)
TROAD T[ense] “on the ROAD” – another Spenserian word, related to “tread”
26. Ornamental tile, part of mantel lady erected (5)
DALLE Hidden in reverse of mantEL LADy

2 Responses to “Azed 2130”

  1. Matthew says:

    Thanks for the blog, Andrew.

    I don’t like 5d either, but Azed gave his opinion in Azed Slip 354:
    “I’ve said before that an adjective is an inaccurate (because unfairly misleading) way of indicating a noun (and vice versa of course). I do accept however that a verb (in the appropriate person) can indicate a noun. ‘Barks and is man’s best friend’ defines DOG far more clearly than, say, ‘Furry and domesticated’.”

  2. colin says:

    Thanks to Azed and Andrew.

    Although the answer was clearly TROAD, I couldn’t see how “travelling” equated to “road” so there was a big D’oh moment when I checked your blog.

    Sorry to be slow (again!) but I don’t understand the objection to 5d or how the addition of “that” makes any difference.

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