Posted by neildubya on June 12th, 2008
Harder than the average Paul today – or maybe my brain is slow in sympathy with this BT Broadband connection.
8 THERE ARE NO FLIES ON HIM – tracksuit bottoms rarely come with zippers (“flies”)
11 Y(AR)BO-ROUGH : i.e (BOY)* with A R(ight) inside plus “ROUGH”. A Yarborough is a bridge hand with no “points” i.e only the cards between 2 and 9. The eponymous Earl used to offer 1,000 to 1 odds on it happening. He was no fool ; the real odds are almost twice that and he never (reportedly) paid out.
12 D(AMP)EN – “Watt” is the unit of power, but if electricity is “power” then the “Amp” is one of the units of “power”. Moan, moan, whinge.
14 Omitted on purpose – anagram
15 ??? – I didn’t get this yet. Help welcome.
23 CHILD’S PLAY
24 RARE : as in meat cooked that way being red. A blue moon is very rare. Is Paul also playing on the fact the French describe very rare meat as “bleu” (blue) ?
25 MUDDY WATERS
26 E-QUALISE – (I SQUEAL E)
1 CHORDATA : (ACTORHAD)* – spent too long looking for a British geographical reference, but it is in fact the group of animals to which we human belongs – reference to our (spinal) chord, I suppose.
4 H(EARS)AY : “ears” as “word processors” is a real stretch, but the answer is unmistakable when you see it, which is the way I assess clues for fairness.
5 CO(LOSS)AL : Reference to Margaret Thatcher’s problems with the miners in the 1980s. “Noire” is a particularly pleasing touch, as coal is in fact black.
13 P-IN-A-COLA-(so)DA : A trademark piece of Paulism. I spent way too long looking for “LIME something” thanks to the SODA reference.
16 BULLS EYE
18 A(I)RB-RUSH : (BRA) reversed (strange image!) with “I” in it plus RUSH
21 AT HO(s)-ME : ATHOS was one of the Three Musketeers
22 WA(YOU)T : So soon after Tuesday’s “ANGKOR WAT” we have another WAT today. I’m not wise in the ways of Buddhism – I just know the word from playing too much “Tomb Raider” on the Playstation.