Posted by beermagnet on March 29th, 2010
Our text today is taken from St Eter of the Managras:
Yea, it is harder for a good man to answer the inquiry of Chilcot than a Queen Bee to enter a Myrtle. Or something like that anyway.
Solving time: <10 mins which is very good for me. Unusually, I was not drinking at the time. Maybe that’s the secret to fast times. Unfortunately I have been drinking now, i.e. before writing this blog, because I forgot to do it earlier in the week. So any mistakes or incomprehensibilitiness just blame me.
|8||METHANOL (H MANTEL O)* AInd: novel. First read. first answered, and lovely topical surface:
H. Mantel’s novel about love for alcohol (8)
|9||RETURN ER< (flipping Brenda) TURN (go off) Def. Hit back – like a tennis ball. Last to go in after thinking initially of RETORT and failing to justify it (TORT = “go off”? No.), then trying to convince myself that RETIRE might mean “Hit back” (again: No), before thinking of RETURN|
|10||MYRTLE MY (Well!) R[ight] (LET)* AInd: off|
|11||SYNDROME Homophone “sinned” (transgressed) ROME (city)|
|12||QUEEN BEE QUEEN (Brenda) BEE (buzzer)|
|16/18||THE IRAQ INQUIRY (HARRY QUIET IN QI)* AInd: broadcast. Ref Chilcot|
|20||DRAGON DRAG ON Ref. Dragon’s Den where Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden are two of the Dragons. I did not know this and thought the clue referred to the Peter Jones clothes shop in Chelsea (now part of John Lewis it seems) which didn’t stop me getting the answer and only realised the connection to the popular televisual entertainment when googling for the shop’s website|
|21||JOHN BULL JOHN (Major) BULL (bollocks)|
|23||PATHETIC PA (pop – father) THE (article) IT< (about sex) C[old]|
|25||MUCK UP MUCK (filth) UP (all over – as in “the game’s up”) Def. Muff – as in mistake|
|27||EMINENCE EMIN (Brit artist – ref Our Our Tracy) [p]ENCE|
|1||SEE YOU [peni]S EE YOU (crossword solver)|
|2/4||CHATTERING CLASSES CD/DD I needed a fair few letters before this fell. This brought to mind the sketches with the two Johns and their wives in the Rory Bremner Show. Clue:
For those who want to learn how to gas dinner party intellectuals? (10,7)
|3/7||KNEE TREMBLER CD/DD Obviously one of Cyclops’s favourite phrases too. I preferred earlier clues for this: Eye399, Eye370. Almost a single-def here: A quick shag, no lying (4-8)|
|5||FRONT BENCH CD|
|13||BRAINSTORM (BRIAN’S MOST R[ight])* AInd: agitated|
|15||THUMBSCREW THUMB’S (Little Tom’s) CREW (team) I’ve seen very similar wordplay for this such as, er, here guardian-24778-brummie and here guardian-24730-arachne. Oh the power of site search!|
|17||HARD AT IT HARD (not easy) A TIT (a plonker)|
|22||LAUNCH LA UN (the one French) C[onservative] H[ot]|
|24/25||HATE MAIL (A THE)* AInd: involved. MAIL (Tory rag)|
Late news: The late spring seems to have claimed another victim. An ice cream man was found dead in his van covered in chocolate sauce and sprinkles.
Police believe he topped himself.