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Private Eye/Cyclops 376 – Suckers

Posted by beermagnet on October 27th, 2008

beermagnet.

Some particularly nice anagram clues this time.

Across
7 ROOST ROO,ST
9 SCAPEGOAT S,CAPE,GOAT
10 MASTER-KEY (MEERKAT’S)* Y AInd: screwed Favourite clue:
Penetrator of more than one hole, meerkat’s screwed an unknown quantity (6-3)
11 RAKED RAKE,D
12/13 DMITRY MEDVEDEV (MID-TERM DVD EVERY – R)* AInd: crappy  I needed several crossing letters before spotting this anagram.  Nice clue I thought
So-called leader’s crappy mid-term DVD every leader of Republicans ignored (6,8)
16 NEMESIS (SEMEN)< 1S
18 SLAPPER CD-ish kind of DD
20 ANNOTATE O,TAT inside ANNE
22 ALUMNI A,LUM (scottish smoker), (IN)* AInd: pissed.  I prefer to think of pissed as an AInd rather than a reverse ind.
26 ELBOW ROOM ELBOW (MOOR)<
27 TENT-POLES CD Couldn’t make a clue for tent-poles without mentioning erections really, could we
Camp types erection aids (4-5)
28 DONOR CD
 
Down
1 PRIMA DONNA PRI[nce] MADONNA  Is Cyclops linking Madonna with Prince now?  I suppose stranger things have happened in the world of the unbelievably egotistical.
2 BONSAI BROWN without R[esistence] and W[ith] then (IS A)* AInd: hit
3 EASY-PEASY (PAYEES SAY)* AInd: aroused
4 HENRY V HENRY [Fonda] V[ery] letter count was a bit of a give-away
5 COCKED UP ED (Balls) inside COCK-UP At first I thought it was some kind of double-def.
Balls possibly getting in an erect state, handled badly (6,2)
6/25 STUD POKER Boss, “one who stuffs”
8 THE ARTS HE inside TARTS
9 SAKE SA[c]K,E  I found the use of wine in the wordplay and just “drink” for the definition somewhat confusing
14 VIRGIN MARY Airline, (ARMY)* AInd: out
15 TSETSE FLY (FELT TESS [dal]Y)* AInd: Dicky  Do tsetse flies suck?  I thought they bit.
17 MONOKINI (NO)< OK (very well) inside MINI
19 ALLOWED [h]ALLOWED
21 THRIPS THRI[bb] PS Ref E.J.Thribb (17½) “our versifier” famous for his “So. Farewell then…” poems in the Eye. Surely it’s thrips that are the suckers?
23 MOOING MO (woman), [d]OING (acting head off)
24 IBIS BI inside IS
25 PITT PIT,T

5 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 376 – Suckers”

  1. John King says:

    Wow, that was a real hard one (oo-er)! Hope tomorrow’s is easier.

  2. Steve Grant says:

    9 – Not SNAPPER? One more time for the slow kids, please.

  3. beermagnet says:

    Sorry Steve, I don’t understand your question.

  4. Steve Grant says:

    Sorry Steve, I don’t understand your question.

    Perhaps because I presented with singular ineptness?

    For 18 (not 9) — is SLAPPER Brit slang for “working girl”? As a mere USAn, I’m not familiar with the term. Somehow I contrived to convince myself that SNAPPER was what was wanted.

  5. beermagnet says:

    Ah! The Gary Glitter defence, mistaking 9 for 18 – not advisable …
    Anyway you’ve answered your own question – a slapper is indeed a tart in the sense of “working girl” – actually more like “good-time girl” I would say, and it is now definitely non-politically correct to slap your kids (except in anger, hopefully).

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