Posted by beermagnet on January 18th, 2010
I lost track of the weeks. I knew we would have an extra week over Xmas, but then by this Friday I realised I should’ve had a Private Eye by now. Assuming it was lost I bought one on the way to work. Naturally this resulted in finding my issue on the mat when I got home. Then I found the crossword submission should’ve been received by then.
Anyway I had other things to think about. The big news for me is that I’m a grandad for the first time! The Magnet dynasty was increased by one in the first week of this decade. A bit earlier than expected and with a nasty problem near the end, but with the wonders of modern science plus the skill of the surgeon everything is OK now. Despite the bad press Milton Keynes General do get some satisfied customers. Now expecting the little blighter to get a bit bigger than the 6lbs-ish he started with. Anyway, nice to have a good reason to raise a glass or two (except that I hadn’t got much left after Xmas and had to nip down the offy).
So what about this crossword – typically enjoyable stuff with enough to keep anyone happy for a couple of pints with groans and laughs in equal measure.
|1/25/21||STATE THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS Not at all obvious to me. Yet again, I needed an embarrassingly large number of crossing letters before the penny dropped that this was a Double Def. with one def. by example. The laugh raised when I got it means it gets my favourite clue award:
Say, for instance, you found a slasher movie gory, don’t startle anyone (5,3,8,7)
|6||BOBBIN BOB (Toss) [kno]B IN Def: cylinder. Not the first cylinder one thinks of. My last answer, due to this unfamiliar correspondence. The bobbin in the family sewing machine doesn’t look totally cylindrical to me. I can think of more familiar cylindrical objects that Cyclops might’ve been expected to refer to …|
|9||PULPIT PULP IT Def. Speaker’s support. If the enumeration had been (4,2) the clue could stay the same and the wordplay and the def. would simply swap roles. Personally I suggest treat Archer novels with the current advice for telephone directories in this cold weather – provided you have a log fire.|
|10||OUTBURST OUT (reveal) BUST (tits) around R[oue] Def. ejaculation|
|11||CHAPATTI CHAP (man) (A TIT)* AInd: snapped. Slight unusual speling possibly?|
|13||FAGGOT Double Def. I suppose the question mark is there because a Faggot is a bunch of sticks rather than “some stick”|
|14||UNABRIDGED (IN BAD GUARD)* AInd: wicked|
|16||OIKS (IS OK)* AInd: to be broadcast. The Def. refers to the comic strip “Yobs” which typically appears on the same page as the crossie, and the way Boris Johnson normally refers to Yobs as Oiks, as on this “knight on shining bicycle” occasion|
|19||COMMISSION C[onservative], M[ember] inside OMISSION|
|22||SHIRTY (HIRST)* AInd: pickled, then Y[ak] First I wrote in – the clue and answer fair leapt at me from the page at first glance. Not sure why:
Stroppy Hirst’s pickled yak’s head (6)
|23||RETRIEVE (CREDIT EVER – CD)* AInd: crunched|
|27||CONDOM CON (political party) DOOM – O (ring escaping ruin)|
|28||GRUDGE DG (BBC head) inside (URGE)* AInd: perverted|
|29||TOP BRASS P[ressure] BRA (underwear) inside TOSS (shy)|
|2||TOUGHEN UGH (how horrible) inside (TONE)* AInd: crazy Def. temper, as in strengthening metal by tempering it|
|3||TOP-UP TOP (object of spin) UP (elevate)|
|4/6||TIT BIT T[ime] IT (sex) BIT (mouthpiece)|
|5||EMOTING (IT GNOME)* AInd: involved with|
|7||BOURGEOIS [la]BOUR then I (one) inside (insersion ind: without) (GOES)* AInd: around. Wherein I yet again find it hard to spell downwards, especially words with two or more adjacent vowels e.g. Lied/Leid. Thus 16A Oiks remained uncracked for a while.|
|8||IN STOCK (CONS KIT)* AInd: off|
|12||TWITCHY TWIT (dumbo) C[ameron] H[air]Y|
|13||FADDIST (DAD)* AInd: about, inside FIST (duke). We had the duke/fist connection in the last (Xmas) issue and it fooled me there|
|15||BOYFRIEND (BONER DRY IF – R)* AInd: nuts Def. Squeeze, in its slangy nounal sense|
|18||INHALER (HERNIAL)* AInd: surgery Def. refers to Bill Clinton’s admission that he tried a joint in his youth “But I did not inhale”. Lovely surface reading here too:
The product of hernial surgery, so no youthful Clinton? (7)
|20||MR RIGHT Double (cryptic) Defs. Not sure I want to think about either of these too much:
Tony in Cherie’s eyes, when he ditched traditional Labour principles? (2,5)
|24/17||INNER CITY [s]INNER (bad guy lacking capital) CITY (financial centre)|
|26/27||ICE CAP ([s]SPACE CI[a])<|
Postscript from the Xmas blog comments: Double L Rottweillers spotted in the “Annabel Goldsmith” Diary (as told to Craig Brown) section – so it’s not just Cyclops with the LL obsession. (Mind you, there is also the double T chapatti in these answers … )
He was a wise man who invented beer.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.
(That’s enough plagiarising for cheap laughs. Ed.)