Posted by beermagnet on April 26th, 2010
I made hard work for myself with this puzzle by writing in several incorrect answers. I guess I was hurrying and didn’t read the clues properly, and sometimes wrote in what I didn’t even intend (I think my pencil can’t spell). All that stopped me getting some later crossing answers until I realised what was going on.
Anyway, got there in the end taking much longer than normal. In retrospect there was nothing terribly hard here.
|1||ADVANCE AD (publicity) VANCE (US Secretary of State) Not Hillary Clinton but an incumbant from 30 years ago|
|5||GLASGOW A S[ubprime] G (large) all inside GLOW (flush) Last in after correcting 8D|
|9||BILL AND BEN BILL (Clinton) AND BEN (Elton) Last blog’s flobadob “joke” was purely coincidental. First answer written in “just like that”|
|12||BROWSE BROW[n] S E|
|13||CATS-EYE CATS (show) EYE (organ) The brilliant Percy Shaw invention|
|14||FAN CLUB FAN (blow job equipment) CLUB (clobber) Def: Joined by devotees|
|15||CYCLIC C[ensor] Y[oung] C[onservative] L[amming] I[nto] C[ameron]|
|17||ULCERS (C[legg] RULES)* AInd: possibly, with ‘breaking’ indicating the C is inside the other letters. Initially I thought the wordplay indicated the answer would start with the C.|
|19||NUTCASE DD Initially wrote in NUTSACK – Why?|
|21||BULLISH BULL (Archer’s goal) (HIS)* AInd: undoing|
|23||RESITE RE-SIT (resume parliamentary place) E[lection] Def: Move|
|25||POOP O (love) inside POP (Bang)|
|27/28/7||ONE-EYED TROUSER SNAKE ONE-EYED (As cyclops) TROUSERS (pants) (KEN A)* AInd: embroiled Def: a member. A favourite euphemism of Barry McKenzie|
|2||DRIER DRI[v]ER Club, as in golf|
|3||ALLOWANCE A[nswer] (COWELL)* AInd: arranged, around A [millio]N|
|4||CONCEAL CON[servatives] (not much of a political party) (LACE)* AInd: fancy|
|6||LUNATIC (NAUTICAL – A)* AInd: Accident|
|8||ON THE LINE [camer]ON then THE LINE (a place for washing) Stupidly wrote in ‘IN THE SINK’ (well it fitted with 19A NUTSACK at the time!). This stopped me getting 5A till I understood what was wrong|
|10||BACKBENCHER BEN (Speedy Johnson) inside (BRA CHECK)* AInd: out. Clue refers to “speedy” Johnson, the sprinter, rather then “No-H” Jonson, the Bard’s contemporary|
|14||FULL-BLOWN FULL (satidfied) BROWN swap R for L Initially wrote in OVERBLOWN which caused crossing trouble for a while.|
|16||CEAUSESCU C[onservative] (EU’S CAUSE)* AInd: ballsed up. Conversely for this one I knew the answer but waited for crossing letters to be sure of the spelling. Coincidentally I had recently been reading about the Romanian revolution and was reminded how short a time there was between first stirrings and Ceausescu’s death|
|18||SCIENCE (SINCE EC)* AInd: getting wrecked.|
|20||TERRIER ERR (boob) inside TIER (bank, as in bank of seats)|
|22||LAPSE Homophone “laps”|
|24||TASTE TAT (crap) about S[econd], E (drug) Def: sample|
A farmer orders his sheepdog to go and count the sheep.
When the Dog comes back the farmer asks: “OK. How many sheep are there?”
“50” says the dog.
“How can there be 50? I only bought 47″
“I know” says the dog “I rounded them up”