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Private Eye/Cyclops 347 Watergate / Cuba

Posted by beermagnet on September 9th, 2007

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Going back in time in US politics in this offering with two men called Dean.

Across
7 DEMEANS  –  ME in DEAN’S  –  John Dean is the Nixon advisor here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dean
8 UP YOURS  –  DD
9 UNORTHODOX  –  (ROUND HOT)* OX
12 STEWART  –  (WE<) in START  –  Suitably obscene clue surface given the availability of “Rod”
13 SINGE  –  SIN (EG<)
14/22 RESTORING PUBLIC CONFIDENCE  –  (FILIBUSTERING CONCERN COPED)*  –  I was beginning to think Cyclops may be a G Brown fan …
17 DUMPS  –  D(im) U(seless) MPs  –   … then my confidence was restored in his opinion of politicians
19 IN RUINS  –  (RUN-IN IS)*
24 SPEWING  –  W(ith) in (PENIS)* G(reen)
25 AGILITY  –  I (Cyclops) LIT (inflamed) inside (GAY)*
 
Down
1/11 DEAN RUSK  –  (NEAR)* in DUSK  –  He was the US Secretary of State during the presidency of both JFK and LBJ  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Rusk
2/21 GEORGE BUSH  –  CD  –  Not the W son
3 ON THE AIR  –  (TONE HAIR)*
4 APEXES  –  X (kiss) inside A PEES
5 DOORKNOB  –  (BONK ROO D(ate))<
6 BRASSERIES  –  BRAS SERIES
10 DETENTION  –  Detention fits the first half of the clue as a definition: “What’s the purpose of Guantanamo Bay?”. But I’m not sure how the second half of this clue works: “Maintaining no right but death initially”.  I’ve just realised this is RETENTION replace R with D.
12 SPEED BUMPS  –  DD  –  Favourite clue for surface reading
15 TOMAHAWK  –  (ATOM)* HAWK
16 PORRIDGE  –  DD or this could be read as a single Cryptic Def.
18 SECOND  –  DD
20 IDEALS  –  (LADIES)*
23 CUTE  –  CU(n)T E(arth)  –  naughty naughty

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