Posted by michod on December 20th, 2007
A good number of long phrases, with quite a few cryptic definitions and some subtle wordplay. Explanations of 20 ac welcomed.
1. HARD TO GRASP. CD.
9. OB(VIA T)E. Complex wordplay here – OBE is squeezing VIA and T(unnels).
11. DEATH RATE. I thought at first this might be a scatological reference, but it’s the speed at which we drop off our perches.
12. DEER, E. Ref well-known (?) make of tractors, John Deere.
14. PER SE, CUTE, S. I like the construction here, with ‘essentially like fluffy bunnies’ giving ‘per se cute’.
16. EYEGLASSES. (AGELESS YES*).
20. MOLLY, I think – it is a fish, but not sure why it’s a pussy. I was thinking it might mean pus-filled, but can’t see the second meaning wither way.
23. L(O OK)OUT.
24. ACH(A)E, AN. I’m not great on classics, but this seems clear from the wordplay.
25. EARTH CLOSET (TEST CHOLERA*).
1. HAVE A SCREW LOOSE. CD – i.e. it’ll make the hinge fall off. No coincidence, I suppose, that both phrases link physical and mental disrepair.
2, 5. RE A CHAV ERDICT. Not sure I’ve seen ‘chav’ in worsplay before, but I suppose it was only a matter of time.
3. TEE NAG E. I almost gave up on this, thinking it was an unfamiliar equestrian term, the I remembered support can mean TEE.
6. PROPER, TY IS THE, FT. (YET THIS*). A phrase originally coined by French 19th century anarchist philosopher Pierre-Joseph Proudhon. Probably better known now as the punchline to jokes along the lines of the one in my title.
7. CON(DENSE)D MILK. Quite hard, because it’s not an obvious sweet food, and ‘dense’ and ‘milk’ don’t come instantly to mind for ‘stupid’ and ‘use’.
15. P(LAY GO)ER. Took me a while to figure out the wordplay, with another clever containment indicator – LAY GO ‘opens’ PER (for each).
18. EYE BALL. (Hom ‘I’).
22. A SHE’S.