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Private Eye/Cyclops Crossword 370 – Descent …

Posted by beermagnet on August 4th, 2008

beermagnet.

… of the one-armed pedant

Across
1 KOWTOW K[ens] O[ffice] WOW around T[ime] 1 Across is last to go in again.  I think it must be that my brain cell is not warmed up when I start then I get convinced I can’t get the answer to that first clue.
5 BUNGALOW BUNG, AL[l]OW
9 HECTORER (H CORE T[ense])* ER Anagrind “Kinky”.  Odd word I felt
10 CHESTY DD Naughty capitalisation again: Hawking Ref. chesty coughs.  The other def. comes from e.g. Chesty Morgan (though I suspect DD was an underestimate for her)
11 ARSE [he]ARSE
12 COUNTED OUT COUNT (DUE TO)* Anagrind “shakes”
14 ESTATE AGENTS E STATE A GENTS
17 KNEE-TREMBLER (BERK ELEMENT)* R[esistance] Anagrind “stirred”
19 LEBENSRAUM (NUMERABLE [Anschlus]S)* Anagrind “moves”
20 SHAG DD What would we do without that cormorant.  Nice concise DD.  Favourite clue:
Roger’s bird (4)
21 BARSAC BAR,SAC[k]
23 GET A LIFE Hmm. Cherie’s book is not called “A life” so I suppose it is simply referring to the fact that it is an autobiography – or am I missing something? Full clue:
Buy Cherie’s book? Don’t be a nerd! (3,1,4)
24 ST GEORGE Ref. George Brown the bespectacled labour Foreign Minister in Harold Wislon’s time.
25 RATTLE RAT (LET)* Anagrind “out” Ref. Simon of that ilk, now rattling out tunes with the Berlin Phil.
 
Down
2 ONE-ARMED ([c]AMERON)* ED Anagrind “screwed up”
3 TITHE TIT HE
4 WIRE-CUTTERS CD I suspect you need chunkier tools than wire-cutters to strip lead.  An empty house nearby has had all lead and copper removed – the resulting damage shows that crowbars, picks and sledgehammers were the tools of choice.
5 BERMUDA TRIANGLE (A BUM RED)* Anagrind “with agitation” There’s been a marked disappearance of stories about the Bermuda Triangle lately …
6 NBC NB,C I found this really hard for a 3-letter word though I suppose if it had been enumerated (1,1,1) it would have been too obvious. I needed both crossing letters (the C was a long time coming) and then an alphabet trawl to spot it.
7 ANECDOTAL (CODE)*, t[echnique's] inside AN-AL Anagrind “breaking” Anecdotal evidence isn’t that unreliable so I’ve heard …
8 ON TOUR (TURN O O)* Anagrind “somersaults”  The two Os from Balls
13 THERMOMETER (MOTHER)* MET ER Anagrind “turned”
15 TENNESSEE TEN,NESS,E[ast] E[uropean] Ref No.10 Downing St., and Eliot Ness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliot_Ness
16 DREADFUL (DEFRA DU[a]L)* Anagrind “reorganisation”
18 PEDANT DAN inside PET 
No!  ED inside PANT
20 SPLIT L in SPIT
22 CUR CUR[e]

3 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops Crossword 370 – Descent …”

  1. Steve Grant says:

    18D is ED inside PANT, no?

  2. beermagnet says:

    You’re right Steve. I saw Dan as the bloke then incorrectly justified PET as in “heavy petting” for the rest, then stopped thinking.

  3. John King says:

    4D – I thought ‘lead’ as in ‘wire’ – not sure though.

    21A and 18D stumped me this time.

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