1. Lake with sails initially hoisted in part? Argument risk past PLOUGHWRIGHT (A; row plight; lough w rig h, all in pt.) A complicated wordplay with a four-part charade in a container and an unfamiliar meaning of ‘plight’ made this clue especially difficult, only solved with most of the letters in place.
9. Dormer filling half of roof, note, nothing less RONTE (B; former dilling; ro(of) + n(o)te) The hint of a Spoonerism involving ‘former’ was enough to take Dr Watson straight to Chambers to look up ‘dilling’, an old word for a runt, as is the solution.
11. Urial he butchered, indulgence as of old in these parts HAULIER (A; law here; anag.) Happily the anagram was well signposted, as the definition feels strained phonetically.
12. Old cows moo? Jocks casual about one OVERLAY (A; aver low; a in overly) This is aver2, pronounced as in ‘favour’, meaning cattle. ‘Overly’ in a Scottish sense is an adjective meaning casual.
14. Fellow, strange, crazy, on being interned MONAD (A; man odd; on in mad) Chambers supports the pronunciation ‘mon-ad’ rather than ‘moan-ad’.
15. Hoof-beat encircles brass among steers CLIP-ONS (A; clop ins; lip in cons) One of those clues that it’s easy to get mixed up in, especially with ‘encircles’ looking like part of the wordplay. ‘Ins’ is indicated as a verb.
17. Keats after swarmer? Bee is seen beside John’s first beer JALEBIS (B; sweets after korma; J + ale + B is) Not too hard to see where this is going, but without knowing ‘jalebi’ it takes some putting together.
18. Positive stern on board pows eight SPENDS (B; pays out; P end in SS) Dr Watson can’t remember Azed bringing out the steamship for quite a while.
20. Lad signs on in English yeomanry (either end) ELEGY (B; sad lines; leg in E, y) Always look out for the cricketing ‘on’.
21. Wretched energy, part of yogism often GISMO (A; miz go; hidden) ‘Gismo’ was a P.D. competition word many years ago. Nice to see it in a different clue type.
23. River dropped, part of parchedness in Asian capital DELPHI (A; Dee fell; p in Delhi) Azed uses the favourite wordplay for this solution, which relies on the solver knowing the Greek ‘del-fee’ as well as the English ‘del-fie’.
26. One such maybe slacks late, up to time of education UNTILED (B; lacks slate; until ed.) ‘One such’ here pointing to the adjective solution.
28. Man, say, with backward son going round places in Hampshire and Kent DISLEAL (A; Liss, Deal; Isle in lad, rev.) Three placenames in the British Isles in one clue, the least well-known of which is probably Liss, a village encountered by, amongst others, London-bound motorists avoiding the M3.
30. Leaders of army corps in north Italy boot Fritz ACINI (B; fruit bits; a c i’ N I) It’s not clear why Azed chose to shorten ‘in’ and then return the N as ‘north’, except perhaps for geographical accuracy, or the wordplay was intended as straight ‘initial letters’.
31. Earl set on the wrong track takes a male RELATES (B; makes a tale; anag.).
32. One lifting plough round shire’s rear LEISTER (A; stealer; e in lister) A rare single-word Spoonerism, relying in the Scottish pronunciation ‘lee-ster’.
33. Rue dole of each cent, number limited ENACT (B; do role; n in ea. ct.).
34. Very fast running master (not amateur) – such may get a lead in Greece EXPRESS TERMS (B; agreed in lease; express + anag. less A) A well-spotted Spoonerism opportunity. Could ‘a lead in Grease’ have been worked in somehow?
1. Cut dull stuff gypsy planted in pots PROMOS (A; mow prose; Rom in pos) ‘Po1’ and ‘pos’ are favourite wordplay elements for Azed and his competitors.
2. Awfully done in? Not I – with go naps intermittently ON END (B; no gaps; anag. less I) Dr Watson initially wondered if this would be ‘on end’ or ‘end on’.
3. Some faded legends turning up, breather finished GELDED (A; gill dead; hidden rev.) Dr Watson would probably say ‘gel-dead’ rather than ‘gel-did’, but it’s a fine distinction.
4. Face deviation when climbing? Bet considered carefully WAYLAID (A; lay weighed; dial yaw, rev.).
5. It’s put up, breaking regulation, excessively to irritate RUTILE (A; too rile; it, rev., in rule) The ‘to’ before ‘irritate’ is a minor cause of confusion.
6. Mocking ordinary fellow right inside creek GIRO (A; wry Joe; r in gio).
7. Acute difficulty nearly within grasp, as before HEN NIGHT (A; high net; nigh in hent) Dr Watson would argue that the two N’s in the solution don’t elide into one in normal speech.
8. Tyre’s damaged around start of service, showing bumbling trades TRESSY (B; tumbling braids; s in anag.) About the most pleasing of the type B Spoonerisms.
10. Principal test the French applied to cocktail of martini TRAIN MILE (A; main trial; anag. + le).
13. Driller’s pipe? Pair is briefly left inside alembic SPELLICAN (A; kelly’s Pan; ’s + l in pelican) This looked like it would be a type B (piper’s drill?) right up to the last minute. A kelly is something technical in drilling in the engineering sense; alembic and pelican are types of still. ‘Pipe pair’ is presumably intended to sound like ‘piper’, but this seems like an extra level of abstraction for a type A. (Postscript: Thanks to bridgesong at fifteensquared for pointing out the definition is ‘kelly span’, a span being a pair of horses.)
16. Glasses with e.g. stabilizers to hold down if amid love-making SPINIFEX (A; finny specs; pin if in sex) Everything about this clue, surface, wordplay and the Spoonerism is a delight. Dr Watson’s stand-out favourite of the puzzle.
19. Knowing, greets as of old fixed looks loaded with ecstasy STEARES (B; growing neats; E in stares) More old cattle to contend with.
21. A mess GUDDLE (B) Solvers will need to make their own Spoonerism of a definition of ‘guddle’, a rare Scottish competition word.
22. Miller’s trench, in Old English – it’s sound among faults OLEATE (B; found … salts; leat in OE).
24. Tome for nerks? It reveals mythical beast in Egypt EYALET (B; nome for Turks; yale in ET) ‘Eyalet’ and ‘nome’ are old provinces of Turkey and Greece respectively.
25. What seaway few understand? It’s circling the underworld IDISTS (B; we say; Dis in it’s) It took Dr Watson an age (it felt like) to spot the Spoonerism here. Idists speak, or spoke, the invented language of Ido.
27. Take a seat, Arabian, whereupon you’ll witness rum sagas SITAR (B; some ragas; sit Ar).
29. A bit of height lopping among damask I prune SKIP (B; light hopping; hidden) A bit of light solving to finish what’s been a challenging puzzle.