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Private Eye/Cyclops 354 – Held up by a no. 10 screw

Posted by beermagnet on December 17th, 2007

beermagnet.

Because I have some trouble using the “less than” sign to indicate reversals in these blogs I noticed that unusually there were no reversals in this crossword.   No totally straight Cryptic Defs either.  What is here is a good mix, in particular the last four across lights were all nice solid concise clues.

PS. I expect the Eye’s Christmas Special issue will include a stonker of a crossword.

Across
8/21 GET YOUR LEG OVER Double def.
9 ABRIDGE A B RIDGE
10 SPECS S (Sulphur) Pecs
11 SCROUNGER CR in (SURGEON)*
12 SARCASM (CARS)* inside SAM
13 REDWOOD Ref Sequoia trees and John Redwood – “unearthly” because of his similarity to Mr Spock from Star Trek he is often referred to as a Vulcan
15 A WEEK IN POLITICS “… is a long time” WEEK ~ WEAK
18 BLADDER L inside BADDER What’s Peer got to do with it? Full clue:
Peer takes the piss out of this immersion of Liberal’s leader in worse surroundings (7)
23 SCREWBALL No. 10 refers to screw sizes – that’s the screws that hold shelves to walls etc.; party = Ball. As this took me ages to understand it gets my favourite clue award – full clue:
Maybe a no. 10 party nut (9)
25 BOSOM S in BOOM
26 EXCRETA X (times) in (CREATE)*
27 CONSORT CON-SORT
 
Down
1 ST GEORGE ST g(e)orge
2 GOBSMACKED Go=Try; SMACK=Hard Drug; inside BED=Sack
3 PRESSMAN Press=crush; Male Member=Man – but why have “in sport”? Full clue:
Hack and crush male member in sport (8)
4 FAIRER More of a blonde gives the definition, but how does mop mean fair? Full clue:
More of a blonde mop should crown Brenda (6)
5 URDU Hidden in hURD Understood
6 ADAGIO A DAG(I)O Far from PC indeed
7 HEBRIDES He-Brides (ho ho)
8 GASES [ma](SSAGE)*
14 DOING A BUNK (A KING BOUND)*
15 AMBUSHES BUSH in (SAME)*
16 OIL SLICK Picture=Oil; S(L)ICK
17 INVASION IN (so vain)*
19 AFRICA C(ook) in (AF(F)AIR)*
20 REAGAN (ANGER A)*
22 REMIT R.E.M. IT=sex REM isn’t really blinking but we know what he means
24 WOES Homophone “rows” in J.Rossese

3 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 354 – Held up by a no. 10 screw”

  1. jetdoc says:

    I couldn’t get the wordplay for 4d, either.

    A peer is one who pees (18a).

  2. jetdoc says:

    Aha — got it!

    mop is also given in Chambers as a dialect word, meaning ‘ a hiring fair (prob from the custom of carrying a badge of occupation)’.

  3. Testy says:

    MOP = FAIR (a mop is an autumn fair or gathering at which farmhands and servants were hired)
    BRENDA = ER (Private Eye’s nickname for QEII).

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