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Private Eye/Cyclops 353 – 3 Cities

Posted by beermagnet on December 3rd, 2007

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When I solved this I particularly enjoyed it.  That could be because I found a bit of piece a quiet and finished it uninterrupted for a change, but it is a solid product from Mr C.
There are a couple I don’t fully understand below.

Across
8 INFORM  I-N-FOR-M(adonna)
9 STEROIDS  (TOSSER I’D)*
10/24 A LOAD OF OLD CODSWALLOP  Mature Fish=OLD CODS beer=WALLOP
11 NONE  I don’t understand this one. I assume the answer is NONE from def. of “sod all”. “Tip from Cameron” might deliver one of the Ns or ON. Full clue:
Tip from Cameron bound to produce sod all?
Thanks to Barbara (see comments) for explaining:
Tip from Cameron = N ; Bound = one, as in tied together, united
12 UTERUS  (TRUE)*-US
13 BOLLOCKS  (LOB)< LOCKS
14 DAVID MILIBAND  D(uke) AVID “Fanatical” MILI “semi-military” BAND “group”
18 FANCY MAN  This must rate as an old fashioned term these days Fancy = decorated M-AN
21 AMBUSH  (M(onic)A)< BUSH
23 BRNO  RN in BO  2nd city of Czech republic, twinned with Leeds.  Could become a crossword regular.
26 APTITUDE  P(ressure) TIT (breast) inside ((m)AUDE)* Bent misled me as an anagrind for a long time, and my first thought on this clue clue was that it was a reference to Francis Maude but given the answer I can’t see how.
27 ADROIT  (ROAD)*-IT Sex=IT
 
Down
1 INFLATED  In Flat =”Occupying bedsit” ED “bloke”
2 HOT AIR  CD
3 EMBOSSED  (SOME DEBS)*
4 OSLO  The only capital of this crossword’s 3 cities.  A crossword favourite of old.  OS (Oversize) LO(pez) I think, (how does Jack = pez?).  Full clue:
City big in clothing has start Jennifer jack off (4)
Thanks to Barbara (see comments) for pointing out she is J-Lo
5 FEUDAL  FE (iron) U(nion) (LAD(y))*
6/25 GOING ON A DIET  (DONG GATE NO II)* Despite pretty obvious anagram indicator and fodder it took me some time to get this
7 GDANSK  DANS ref Judo in GK Greek.  A city that’s been seen before in crosswords despite its low vowel/consonant ratio
13 BRIAN  PE’s pet name for Prince Charles
15 VICTORIA  DD Ref. Victoria Wood, plus first royal of that name
16 IN A SWEAT  “One needs one to embrace New” = I-N-A; Labour=Sweat
17 DESPOTIC   ESP in DO  TIC “jerk”
19 ABRUPT  UP (Erection) inside (BRAT)* Well hidden erection this time
20 MUCK UP  CD
Thanks to Chris (see comments) for pointing out this is not a CD but
Excrement = muck, all over = up, and “fudge” is the definition
22 BOLERO  (LOB)< (h)ERO It’s a short jacket as well as that Spanish dance

6 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 353 – 3 Cities”

  1. Barbara says:

    Re: Oslo
    big in clothing = os (oversized)
    star Jennifer = Jennifer Lopez, commonly referred to as J-Lo
    Remove the J (jack) and you have Lo.
    Voilà!

  2. Chris says:

    20d isn’t a cryptic definition. The full clue is “Excrement all over fudge”.
    Excrement = muck, all over = up, and “fudge” is the definition.

    But I didn’t understand 11a either.

  3. beermagnet says:

    Thanks both.
    Of course! J-Lo (sounds like a brand of ineffective household cleaner to me)
    And I mucked-up the parsing of MUCK UP.
    I suspect I didn’t think about that one too closely and typed in “CD” for the squiggle in my notes which actually looks more like a question mark now I look at it again.

    So we all await someone to come along with an explanation for NONE

  4. Barbara says:

    Re: None
    Def. is sod all
    Tip from Cameron = N
    Bound = one, as in tied together, united

  5. beermagnet says:

    Thanks Barbara, that puts the tin lid on it.

  6. Mike Kelly says:

    I managed to convince myself that 13D must be her `Bairn’. Oops.

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