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Private Eye/Cyclops 424 – Besmear drummer

Posted by beermagnet on August 30th, 2010

beermagnet.

Half-way through solving this I thought I was on for a record time – covering half the grid in a very few minutes. Then I slowed and then got interrupted by Real Life. Coming back to it a few hours later I finished it off with not much trouble except for 1/23 CROSSWORD SETTER which took far too long and especially the final 17D BESMEAR.

Re: The blog title: Drummers do seem to come for a pasting. My No.1 Son is a drummer. [God! this sounds like an AA meeting "My name is beermagnet and my son is a drummer"]. Anyway, the band he plays in parted company with the chap on Rhythm Guitar. But rather than find a new guitarist they found another drummer – so Son1 moved over to play the “Rhythm Axe” instead – Cue comments such as “Oh! You’ve become a musician!”. Anyway, I saw one of their gigs and can report they all enjoy playing together now – mind you, I’d rather he was still playing Rachmaninoff on the Grahnd Piahno. Instead, it’s Heavy Metal. I did get my hearing back after 3 days – next time I’ll wear earplugs – they do.

By the way have you heard about the new Indian dish, chicken tarka …

Across
1/23 CROSSWORD SETTER CROSSWORD (Bugger, say) SETTER (Shaggy cur) Def: Cyclops. I don’t mind admitting this took a while and several crossing letters
6 ICBM I (“Eye” Eye’s report) C (Cameron’s first) BM (Brenda mishandled initially). Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. Another hangover from the 50s that is still around but people don’t talk about so much. First answer entered
9 SPIRAL (LIAR MPs – M)* AInd: Tossing
10 TENT POLE E inside TNT (Energy eating explosive) POLE (European) Def: Trouser snake formation. Referring to that unbidden condition that occurs to the male of the species typically when teenage in the most enbarrassing circs.
11/22 PLAYING AWAY FROM HOME Double Def.
13 IN MY BOOK (OK I’M BONY)* AInd: Gaga
14 LARIAT (A TRAIL)* AInd: Tweaked
15 HOLD IT OLD (Senior) inside HIT (smack)
17 BEVERAGE BE[a]VER (Fanny missing a) AGE (period)
19 DRUG-PUSHING DRUG (E) PUSHING (advertising)
24 ONER [b]ONER
25 GRAND DUKE G[ood] RAND (money) DUKE (fist)
Down
2 ROPE OR< (OR perverse) PE (exercise)
3 STROPPY DD/CD Referring to Sweeny Todd, who, as a barber, would strop his razor so that it was so sharp you wouldn’t feel a thing …
4 WALKABOUT LAW< (Statute reversed), (UK BOAT)* AInd: rocked. Attempt to mislead you to think about Radio Caroline “The Boat that Rocked”
5 RETHINK (THE)* AInd: nuts, inside RINK (Area for curling)
6 IN POWER IN (elected) P[arty] OWER (one with obligation) Def: Labour is no longer
7 BELLY LAUGH BELLY (corporation) LAUGH (break up)
8 SNOG GON[ad]S< (Balls turned up without a date)  Liked this one.
12 ANY OLD IRON (RANDILY + O)* AInd: dicky, ON (working)
14 LIVE IN SIN CD I think, unless there’s more to this:
Get knotted? No, carry on as you are (4,2,3)
16 DRUMMER [ban]D RUMMER (more wacky). I think the question mark at the end of this clue is just to improve the surface reading. If so it worked because it’s my clue of the grid:
Ringo: band’s last member to get more wacky? (7)
17 BESMEAR Hidden in stroBES: “ME A Rogue . Last answer – yet again it is a hidden that I could not see till the end.
18 RIGHTED RIGHT (just) ED (Miliband)
20/21 POOP DECK POOP (shit) DECK (dress)

… It’s like chicken tikka, but a little ‘otter

6 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 424 – Besmear drummer”

  1. bamberger says:

    25a I was torn between wordplay being “grand” for good money and as you have it, g + rand. What was the “given” doing there?
    Much easier than last one -loved 17a

  2. Gazza says:

    On 16d I thought the question mark was an indication that “rummer” is not a real word (in that sense). I agree with bamberger on 17a being excellent.

  3. Beaker says:

    I really enjoyed this one, but had to ‘phone a friend’ for the top right corner, trying to force SCUD in for the long range threat somehow (EYE = C U refusing to leave my head and blinding me to all else) at the same time as getting IN POWER but not why it was right.

  4. Dozer says:

    I got ‘Crossword Setter’ and laughed, but couldn’t manage any of the other clues!

  5. John says:

    14D: Get knotted = Get married, so not a CD
    16D: Rum = strange, twisted, wacky (old usage, such as “She’s a rum un”, meaning a bit unusual in a negative sense)

    I’m probably showing my age here!

  6. beermagnet says:

    bamberger: In 25A The “Given” is there to provide the structure to the clue in a way that makes a sensible and humourous surface reading. Rewording you might get “Good money fist gives a Prince” but that doesn’t make much sense. I would agree that “Good money, fist a Prince” could work I think it is better the way it is.

    Gazza: Rummer is a word, as John says. The world would be rummer if occasional adjectives didn’t take their comparative form.

    John: Yes, I know “Get knotted” was a ref to “tieing the knot” but I can’t see how else to define the clue type except as a Cryptic Def. The clue is certainly too misleading to call it a Single Def. “Get knotted, No” might suffice for a Def. But what to do with the rest of the clue then? Can “carry on as you are” also define ‘Live in sin’, making it a DD? Am I missing something?

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