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Private Eye/Cyclops 385 – Clean and …

Posted by beermagnet on March 2nd, 2009

beermagnet.

Anyone else find this much more difficult this time?
I had an empty top right corner for some time, a number of clues didn’t “firm up” till I was writing this blog, and I still don’t understand 9A.

Across
6 STARKERS [barac]K inside STARERS
8 BRENDA END inside BRA
9 ABSEIL I don’t understand the wordplay here. Last I put in. The first half is a clear definition – or is the whole thing a Cryptic Def.? Full clue:
“Go down” gradually, with mechanical assistance? (6)
10 GROSS PAY CD
11/15 SECRETARY OF STATE (ERECT SAY FOR)* AInd: fooling around, then (TASTE)* AInd: poor  Up to date clue.
13 TALC Hidden in fronTAL Chicks
17 PRUDISH P[enis], RUDISH (fairly rough), Def. “not broad” as in not broadminded
19 LEAK DD Peer as in pee-er again
20 INTERLACE [w]INTER, LACE Favourite clue:
Wife’s abandoned seasonal frilly material? Mingle! (9)
23 VISCOUNT V[irgin], IS, C(O)UNT Shall I comment? Better not
24 BEHIND DD
26 ALBERT B[renda] inside ALERT
27 HELPLINE (H L PENILE)* AInd: dysfunction Nice suitable AInd for the fodder
Down
1 STABLE B[oris] inside STALE Stale is “entertaining” B. Full clue:
Entertaining at first, Boris past sell-by date? Sure! (6)
2/25 ARSEHOLE DD/CD
3 REALITY TV IT (sex) and [celebrit]Y inside (TRAVEL)* AInd: broadcast
4 SEX SCANDAL S[un], EX (former), C[onservatives] inside SANDAL
5 ADVANCES DD
7 SUGARY ([b]US[h])< , R[epublican] inside GAY
8/22 BOOM-BUST BOOM (Roar) BUST (Tits)
12 RAT-CATCHER T[hatcher] inside (CHARACTER)* AInd: assassination
14 GREEN BELT (BRENT EG)* AInd: relocated, around E[ast] [ewel]L
16 FALLIBLE LIB inside FALL, E
18 SNATCH A famous DD and I don’t mean lightweight landrovers
21 CANING CAN[N]ING ref George Canning PM with the shortest period in office

2 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 385 – Clean and …”

  1. Nick says:

    9 across. Abseil: to descend a rope “go down” using a special harness that allows one to control the rate of decline “slowly”.

  2. beermagnet says:

    Thanks Nick. I think I was trying to read more into it.
    So basically he has just converted a straight def. to a CD by using double-quotes to allude to a blowjob and sticking a “?” on the end.
    I suppose this is something we will just have to “rub along” with?

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