Posted by beermagnet on December 21st, 2009
As It Occurred To Me this week: I won 2nd prize in a contest!
You’re right, it wasn’t a Beauty Contest and I wasn’t playing Monopoly.
It was a crossword contest: The 2009 “3D Calendar puzzle” indeed.
So I have no hesitation, in best Smashy’n'Nicey “does a lotta work for chariddy” manner, in shamelessly plugging next year’s offering.
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Don’t forget to book a bit of time over Christmas to tackle Cyclops’s annual giant, due out soon. That really will be a double-size challenge.
Perhaps because that monster is on the horizon this issue’s crossword wasn’t too hard. Still, there is one I need help with: Runny Nose at 21. Can someone please give me a tissue.
|1||ORIFICE OR (gold) IF (provided) ICE (diamonds)|
|5||MODEST (DO)< inside M[inute] [cl]E[gg] ST (way)|
|9||SCAPEGOAT (GESTAPO)* AInd: Neo- Around CA (state)|
|11||PIG OUT PIG (reviled copper) OUT|
|12/23||BRIDGING LOAN (BINGO DARLING)* AInd: fixed|
|13||GINGER BEER (GEE BRING)* AInd: out, then ER (the queen). Rhyming slang for Queer – non-PC so I suppose that’s the reason for referencing that oaf Clarkson – he doesn’t seem likely to use cockney rhyming slang, the few times I’ve seen him he sounds quite posh, if he does it must be another laddish affectation.|
|16/10||LAID BACK LAID (screwed) BACK (rugby player)|
|18||TIE THE KNOT CD|
|20||HAIRGRIP AIR (broadcast) GR (king George) inside HIP (cool) Nice Def.: lock-keeper|
|22||SEDATE ED (ref. Ed Balls) inside (SEAT)* AInd: revolving|
|24||ENNOBLING (NONE)* AInd: organised BLING (show of wealth). Reminds me of a recent “New word definition from the Uxbridge English Dictionary” on ISIHAC: Tumbling – Jewellery for a belly button.|
|25||LLOYD’S (DOLLY’S)* AInd: bust. Ref. the loses suffered by the “Names” at Lloyd’s of London insurance market|
|26||PROGENY (PREY GORDON – R,DO)* AInd: pathetic|
|2||ROSSINI ROSS (presenter who went too far) IN, I.|
|3||FEAR OF GOD CD|
|4||CHEST HE’S (the bloke’s) inside CT (court)|
|5||MATRIARCH (MARCH AIR T[emperature])* AInd: affected|
|6||DEBAG (BED)< (have sex mounted) AG (silver) Heigh Ho! Appalling image conjured by the surface reading (completely “Tonto” in my opinion) mean this clue gets the gold sheriff’s badge:
Get pants off and have sex, mounted, with Silver (5)
|7||SECONDS DD Second helpings and parts of a minute|
|8||DOUBLE HELPINGS DD Wry reference to the cock-up 3 issues ago when Number 402 reappeared instead of 403 made this rather easy for regular solvers, and presumably left others mystified|
|14||RETURNERS TURNER (an artist) inside RES[idence] Last in. I suspect mainly because I was held up thinking “an artist” delivered RA as usual|
|15||NO KIDDING DD|
|17||ARAB OIL (A LABOUR -U +I)* AInd: about|
|19||OCTAGON O[bama] (CANT GO)* AInd: bombing. A bit unhappy with this def “Pentagon taking sides” as it doesn’t unambiguously lead to the answer. It could mean any polygon with more than 5 sides.|
|21/15||RUNNY NOSE I can’t parse this one:
It’s not giving up sex and punctuation produces such a discharging organ (5,4)
|22||SOBER (BOERS)* AInd: off|
I just got a form where they had put me in age bracket 54-499.
I was LIV-ID !