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Azed 2133

Posted by duncanshiell on April 28th, 2013

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This was a standard plain crossword from Azed with the usual mix of precise cluing and unfamilair words.

 

 

 

Azed’s puzzle always show how any word can be clued by breaking it down into it’s constituent parts, no matter how obscure the constituent parts are.  There were a couple of compound anagrams, for PASTA (24 across) and SCONE (23 down).  These clues always look fearsome at first, but I have learnt with Azed that if I can’t solve a clue reasonably quickly then there is good chance that the it is either a compound anagram or a hidden word.

Clues I most liked in this puzzle were those for OTAKU (16 across, for the amusing definition), PUT IN (6 down, for its simplicity) and COCOTTE (18 down, for its imagery).

When I was writing the blog I struggled a bit with the parsing of ABLUTOMANE before I looked in Chambers 2011 for a word like TOMAN.

Overall another good example of an Azed puzzle.

Across
Clue Wordplay Entry

1

 

Respectful title, one known in Myanmar (7)

 

(A [one] + HAD [known, usually in a sexual sense]) contained in (in) BUR (International Vehicle Registration for Myanmar [previously Burma])

B (A HAD) UR

BAHADUR (an Indian  title of respect often added to the names of officers and officials)

 

6

 

The old man’s sure to settle arrears (5, 2 words)

 

PA (father; old man) + YUP (dialect form of yes; agreement; sure)

PAY UP (settle arrears)

 

10

 

Clue I botched with no hint of science that is about amino acid (10)

 

Anagram of (botched) (CLUE I and NO and S [first letter of {hint of}]SCIENCE) contained in (is about) IE (id est; that is)

I (SOLEUCIN*) E

ISOLEUCINE (an essential amino acid)

 

11

 

Panic at Bannockburn and following on (4)

 

F (following) + LEG (on; the LEG side at cricket is also know as the ON side at cricket)

 

FLEG (Scottish [Bannockburn] word for fright; panic)

 

12

 

Toxic stuff: N Ireland poet pens first to his name (7)

 

PAULIN (Northern Ireland poet [1949 - date]) containing (pens) T (first letter of [first to] his First Name, TOM)

PA (T) ULIN

PATULIN (drug derived from the mould Penicillium Patulum; toxic substance)

 

14

 

Gulf shimmering with gold magnificence (6)

 

Anagram of (shimmering) GULF + OR (gold)

 

FULGOR (splendour; magnificence)

 

16

 

Japs who should get out more, mostly secure in centre of learning? (5)

 

TAKE (secure) excluding the final letter (mostly) E contained in (in) OU (Open University; centre of learning)

O (TAK) U

OTAKU (in Japan, socially inept young people with an obsessive interest in computer technology; Japs who should get out more)

 

17

 

I vote against imbibing drink entirely (6, 2 words)

 

I + (NO [a vote against] containing [imbibing] TOT [dram; drink])

I N (TO T) O

IN TOTO (entirely)

 

18

 

Study savoury, recipe included showing wide tonal differences (9)

 

CON (study) + (R [recipe] contained in [included] TASTY [savoury])

CON T (R) ASTY

CONTRASTY (showing wide tonal differences)

 

20

 

Ridges in runny cheeses he cut, cut in slices (9)

 

TORI (ridges [in zoology and anatomy])) contained in (in) an anagram of (runny) CHEESES excluding (cut) HE

SEC (TORI) SE*

SECTORISE (divided into SECTORs, cut in slices)

 

22

 

Light carriage, mostly soft leather and wood (6)

 

CALF (soft leather) excluding the final letter (mostly) F + ASH (a type of wood)

 

CALASH (a light low-wheeled carriage with a folding top)

 

24

 

A trat staple?  let art run free with this! (5)

 

PASTA (compound anagram (run free) of  A TRAT STAPLE excluding (with) the letters of  LET ART ) reduces to an anagram of ASTAP

 

PASTA (the staple food of a trat [trattoria; Italian restaurant])

 

27

 

School’s No 2 teaching English, in charge of certain languages (6)

 

C (second letter of [No 2] SCHOOL) + ELT (English Language Teaching) + IC (in charge)

 

CELTIC (of a branch of the Indo-European family of languages including Breton, Welsh, Cornish, Irish, Gaelic, Manx)

 

28

 

Time relaxing, company dropping in?  I’ll keep the pot warm (7, 2 words)

 

CO (company) contained in (dropping in ) (T [time] + EASY [relaxing])

T EA (CO) SY

TEA COSY (a thick cover for a teapot to keep the tea hot)

 

29

 

Fine cloth dress, not for core of housework (4)

 

PINAFORE (type of dress) excluding (not) (FOR + E [middle letter of {core of} HOUSEWORK])

 

PIÑA (a fine cloth of pineapple-leaf fibre)

 

30

 

Recurrent debate about Home Rule, outstanding one in audience hall (10, 2 words)

 

MOOT (dispute; debate) reversed (recurrent) containing (about) (HR {Home Rule] + ONER [a person or thing unique or outstanding in any way])

T (HR ONE R) OOM<

THRONE ROOM (a room in a palace or great house containing a throne, used for holding audiences)

 

31

 

Delete part of dossier as expendable (5)

 

ERASE (hidden word in [part of] DOSSIER AS EXPENDABLE)

 

ERASE (delete)

 

32

 

Shrew suggesting places to buy cooked meats? (7)

 

S [is] ON DELI (it can be found at the delicatessen, thereby suggesting some where to buy cooked meats)

SONDELI (the Indian musk shrew)

Down
No Clue Wordplay Entry

1

 

Excellent officer occupying box office briefly (5)

 

OFF (officer) contained in (occupying) BO (Box Office briefly)

B (OFF) O

BOFFO (excellent)

 

2 Host clothed in a coloured he’s obsessed with keeping clean (10)

TOMAN (myriad; host)  contained in (clothed in) (A + BLUE [coloured]),

A BLU (TOMAN) E

ABLUTOMANE (a person obsessed with cleanliness)

3

 

Surprising success, filled with stylish vigour?  To Jock it may be foolish (7)

 

HIT (surprising success) containing (filled with) ÉLAN (stylish vigour)

HI (ELAN) T

HIELANT (of or relating to the Scottish Highlands [Jock], sometimes used with pejorative meanings, eg foolish, clumsy, etc)

 

4

 

Grieving?  Please don’t look jolly (6)

 

DO LOUR (do a scowl; don’t look jolly)

 

DOLOUR (grief)

 

5

 

Car lites adapted to accept independence, having feet on the ground?

 

Anagram of (adapted) CAR LITES containing (to accept) I (independence)

REALIST (I) C* – either I could be contained

REALISTIC (accepting things as they are; having feet on the ground)

 

6

 

Appoint head of state (5, 2 words)

 

PUTIN (reference Vladimir PUTIN, President of Russia)

 

PUT IN (appoint)

 

7

 

Shrewdness that’s universal in a business centre (6)

 

U (universal; film classification) contained in (in) (A + CITY [business centre])

A C (U) ITY

 

ACUITY (sharpness of mind; shrewdness)

 

8

 

E.g. McEwans’s year, locally severe (4)

 

Y (year) + ILL (severe [Scottish; locally])

YILL (Scots form of ale; McEwans was/is a well known brand of beer that fell out of fashion as Scottish & Newcastle pushed their global brands.  The McEwans brand is now owned by the English brewer, Wells & Young)

 

9

 

What poet may do about closing heart valve (7)

 

PEN ODE (write poetry; what a poet may do) containing (about) T (last letter of [closing] HEART)

PEN (T) ODE

PENTODE (a thermionic tube with five electrodes; a valve)

 

13

 

You may find such rumbling ain’t silent! (10)

 

Anagram of (rumbling) AIN’T SILENT

 

INTESTINAL (rumbles in the tummy or gut may not be silent)

 

15

 

Lots of bones French meat dish included in most of left-overs? (9)

 

HACHIS (French hash; French meat dish) contained in (included in) REST (left-overs) excluding the final letter (mostly) T

R (HACHIS) ES

RHACHISES (spine; lots of bones)

 

18

 

Fille de joie offering shelter in bed?  The opposite (7)

 

COT (bed) contained in (in) COTE (place of shelter for animals) thereby forming the opposite of ‘shelter in bed’

CO (COT) TE

COCOTTE (prostitute; fille de joie

 

19

 

Ape grabbing it’s punished, hit wrongly (7)

 

MIME (mimic; ape) containing (grabbing) an anagram of (punished) ITS

M (IST*) IME

MISTIME (hit [a shot] wrongly)

 

20

 

Saint requires timeless greeting – that’s what some bishops assume (6)

 

S (saint) + ACCOST (greeting) excluding (less) T (time)

 

SACCOS (Eastern bishop’s vestments like albs)

 

21

 

Set of related genes (not all proper ones) (6)

 

OPERON (hidden word in [not all] PROPER ONES)

 

OPERON (a set of functionally related genes that have a common promoter and are transcribed together)

 

23

 

You may find it rash going wild with one in Cornish teas! (5)

 

Compound anagram (wild) of CORNISH TEAS comprising an anagram of  IT RASH and SCONE

 

SCONE (something you might find in a CORNISH TEA)

 

25

 

Arachnids getting right inside exotic fruit (5)

 

AÇAI (The small purple fruit of a South American tree) containing (getting … inside) R (right)

ACA (R) I

ACARI (mites; tiny arachnids)

 

26

 

Giving strong drink up, something important to Sikhs (4)

 

ARAK (strong alcoholic drink made in Asian countries from toddy, or the fermented juice of the coco and other palms, as well as from rice and jaggery sugar) reversed (giving up; down clue)

 

KARA (the steel bangle, signifying the unity of God, traditionally worn by Sikhs)

 

One Response to “Azed 2133”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Thanks Azed for the usual enjoyment and Duncan for the blog.

    32ac: I think in the wordplay the S is a plural, not “is”, taking S ON DELI as a clue for (“suggesting”) DELIS.

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