Posted by beermagnet on December 7th, 2009
I expect there’s a fair bit of copper in one of Brenda’s crowns too.
Intro joke: What’s green and misty? (ans below)
Let’s get stuck into the detail:
|1||CASUAL (USA)< (America’s comeback) inside CAL (state of Arnie)|
|4||STUART U (posh) inside START (surprise) Def. Royal family. I really liked this clue:
Royal family’s surprise taking in of Posh? (6)
|9||EPIC PI (Goody-goody) inside EC (City area)|
|10||DRUG PUSHER CD Dope is sometimes called shit (mind you, anything and everything seems to be called shit at some time).|
|12||EXPERT [th]E (end of the) X (times) PERT (Neat) Def. Ace!|
|13||CHARMER H[ard] ARM (member) E[cstasy] all inside C[ondo]R|
|17||SHOW (WHO’S)* AInd: ballsed up|
|18||FELT TIP FELT (fondled) TIP (end)|
|20||STUDIO STUD (sexual athlete) I[n] O[utrageous] First one I got|
|22||ALFRESCO (FLARES)* AInd: ghastly; then CO (firm)|
|24||PRIVATE EYE CD/DD in inimitable Eye style. I needed an embarassingly large number of crossing letters before the penny dropped on this one. Thus “best clue award” goes here:
A dick you’re holding? (7,3)
|25/15||STEP DOWN STEP (measure) DOWN (fed up)|
|26||CANADA (AC)< (Bill back) (AND)* AInd: screwing; [Monic]A
Classic Cyclops subject matter for a clue
|27||HARD-ON HARD (difficult) ON (performing)|
|1||COPPER DD old boiler and PC. When I was tiny I remember granny boiling up the copper on washday. (“Don’t forget the packet of ‘Blue‘” What the hell was that stuff?)|
|2||SACRED COW SAC (bag) RED (scarlet) COW (woman who’s objectionable)|
|3||AUDIT AUDI (car) T[ories]|
|5||TOP SECRET (PRESCOTT + E)* AInd: confused. As the “E” was given by just “direction” it was tricky to know exactly what to use for the anagram fodder|
|6||AESOP A[rcher] (POSE)< Have I parsed this clue right?
‘Fabulous author’ Archer’s chief affectation, doing a U-turn (5)
|7||THE CROWN DD “Brenda symbolically” and “tender? Not any more”.
The most recent crown was the Churchill Crown and according to this link it continues to be legal tender, i.e. worth 5s = 25p which is just as well as there were so many made they are not the collector’s items that people might think and are typically worth, er, about 25p. [Insufficient space for beermagnet’s brother’s Churchill Crown anecdote.]
|8||SUPREME LEADER (PERSUADER)* AInd: useless; around MELE[e] (a muddled bunch endlessly).
The Def. “Our Gordon” refers to Eye’s characterisation of GB in the context of their page “Prime Ministerial Decree issued by the Supreme Leader”
|14||AFFRONTED [s]AFFRON (Sun abandoned yellow) TED (Mr Heath)|
|15||DEPRESSED PRESS (newspapers) inside DEED (action). A clue construction I’ve often seen for this answer, and as such it gave me a real “Doh!” moment as it was the last answer I entered, so it must’ve fooled me the first few times I read it.|
|16||RHETORIC (CHERI[e] ROT)* AInd: nonsensical|
|19||SCREEN C[onservative] R[ight] inside SEEN (viewed) Def. trustworthiness test|
|21||DEVON (ONE VD)* AInd: racked|
|23||FREDA F (DEAR)* AInd: off|
Joke ans: Kermit the fog!