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Private Eye/Cyclops 366 – Gagging for it? Not on your Nelly!

Posted by beermagnet on June 9th, 2008

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Solving time : 3 pints
Blogging time: 1 pint (just to make up the half, like)
Currently drinking: Marston’s Pedigree

Across
1 BUSH BABY Yo Pres! Did Telly Savalas ever meet GWB or his pa?
5 FETISH (HE’S FIT)* Nice anagram
11 RE-ELECTED (LET DECREE)* Hold on – was he elected the first time? Full clue:
Brown would like to be let off with decree (2-7)
12 RUTLAND RUT LAND Does “Get off!” give “land”? Get down might
14 PLACEBO PLACE B.O. We’ve seen BO occasionally in the Eye Crossy (and lucky if you only see it given the current weather, espec. on the tube)
15 GAGGING FOR IT DD I think. Not sure about the first definition or wordplay: “Supporting computers, etc.” I suppose computers is I.T. but “supporting” is a bit loose for “gagging for”. What am I missing?
18 GLUE SNIFFING CD
21 ORGANIC ORGAN [b]IC Sweet clue:
Penis possibly extended by capless biro – it’s grown, naturally (7)
23 TANGIER [b]ANG (shag without boyfriend’s head) inside TIER (line) Tricky clue this:
African place forms line, pressing to shag boyfriend’s head off (7)
24 SKEW-WHIFF S KEW WHIFF
26 IRONY IRON [tor]Y “Like coppery only with iron” (c) 1917 Pte Baldrick
27 SEPOYS (YES-S PO)* Hmm, my spillchucker wants to change this to “sexpots”
28 EYELINER EYE LINER
 
Down
1 BICARB BIC (BRA)*
2 SNOTTY DD or one straight def. Take your pick
3 BETRAYALS (YATES LAB R)* Rather obvious anagram indicator I thought – “Dicky”. It might mislead if there existed someone well-known as “Dicky Yates” but I can’t find one
4/25 BARFLY BARF L[a]Y This had me scratching my head for a while. I only cracked it after considering how words that extend over two lights always seem to be real (in this case for instance 3-letter) words in their own right, despite the whole is one word letter count (6)
6 ENEMA E (AMEN)<
7 IN THEORY (TORY IN EH)* (Another really obvious anag indic)
8 HIDEOUT HIDE OUT Favourite clue award here. Dennis Skinner may be known as a number of things, top parliamentary attendee, (affectionately) “The Beast of Bolsover”, but he’s not known publicly as “Den”. If I’d realised that I might have got it sooner:
Den Skinner’s thing (openly gay) (7)
9 KEEPING FIT (PEE)< inside KING; FIT
13 DOG BISCUIT CD
16/10 FINANCIAL CLOUT FIN (CALCULATION)*
17 DUNG-HEAP DUN; HE inside GAP
18 GROUSES G (force) ROUSES (knocks up) This had me convinced for a long time there was a reverse in the wordplay. Tricky:
Force knocks up bitches (7)
19 DISOWN DI’S OWN
20 PRAYER R inside PAYER
22 NEWLY NELLY change an L to a W Is it really old-fashioned to be called a Nelly? About the same as “berk” I would’ve thought. (Later after consulting dictionary) Blimey. I had no idea it not only means “twit”, or “foolish person” as the Chambers entry would have it, but is also, and perhaps primarily, rhyming slang “Used as a disparaging term for an effeminate homosexual man” from Nelly Duff / Puff. Though thankfully, “Not on your Nelly” (which is how I’m wont to use the word) gets its own separate entry where Nelly = “life”.
Here endeth today’s slang lesson.

3 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 366 – Gagging for it? Not on your Nelly!”

  1. Harris says:

    Re. 15a: Supporting computers, etc. like a comic desperate for a one-night stand?

    Definition is “desperate for a one-night stand”

    “Supporting” = for

    “computers etc.” = IT

    “like a comic” = gagging

    Don’t understand the order though; “for it” appears to come before “gagging”. Suppose it’s how a comic might be for IT.

  2. Chris says:

    For 12a, I thought it parsed like this:

    “English place to engage in beastly sex? Get off!”

    English place = Rutland, obviously – and to make Rutland into rut (“engage in beastly sex”), you have to get rid of “land”, which could also be used as a synonym for “get”, hence “get off”.

  3. beermagnet says:

    Thanks for the above comments. You are both clearly correct.

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