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Private Eye/Cyclops 428 – The Deer Hunter

Posted by beermagnet on October 25th, 2010

beermagnet.

Good work from Cyclops in this crossy. Some clues easy enough to cold solve to get going but funny, and a few tricky ones that fall after a few crossing letters. I nearly got mislead into writing in a wrong answer at 1 Across but just stopped myself in time.

Re 23 Down: It is 100 years since Mark Twain died. He stipulated that his autobiography should be released with certain parts missing, “not appropriate” to be seen for a certain number of years. So only now the complete work has just been published: Review

Help with 4 Down please.

Across
5 DEWDROP (WED)* AInd: indiscriminately DROP (decline) First read, first answered.
10 WHITEWASH WHIT (suspicion) WE< (about Private Eye) (HAS)* AInd: turned out.
11/26 BACKLASH BACK (withdraw) LASH (whip) Def: Retaliation. I didn’t like this clue because the wordplay giving LASH is so close to the answer.
12 FLUFFS FLUFF (plump – as in plumping a cushion) S[mell]
13 OVERTURN OVERT (public) UR (city) [coalitio]N An outing for UR that doesn’t call it ancient.
14/1 POLITICAL SUICIDE CD I knew it was POLITICAL something and tentatively pencilled in MACHINE for a while which delayed top left solutions. When I finally twigged I thought it was good:
End of member that’s been auto-engineered? (9,7)
19/16 WEST BANK WEST (N. America and Europe) BANK (list – as in leaning when turning)
20 FOREBEARS FORE! (warning) BEARS (Grizzly things, maybe) Nice surface:
Warning: Grizzly thing, maybe, old relatives (9)
22 STRENGTH (GENTS HRT)* AInd: strained. I nearly dismissed the pretty obvious anagram wordplay when I saw only one vowel in eight letters.
24/21 HIDDEN AGENDA Double Def. with a dose of comment:
Ulterior motive of those who exaggerated concealment of Iraq’s “WMDs”? (6,6)
27 NOSTALGIA (GO STALIN A)* AInd: out
28 SNOT RAG Another good CD:
Material aid for a blow job (4,3)
29 REGARDS REGARD (Eye) S[un]
Down
2 UNWELCOME UNWEL[l] (dicky not quite) COME
3 CHIEF I inside CHEF
4 DEERSKIN I can see NI[c]K’S< for the SKIN part but how does marginal needs (reversed) deliver DEER? Last answer entered as a result:
Nick’s marginal needs backing (not Conservative) – hide! (8)
6 ECHOES [kyli]E CH[l]OE’S
7 DEBATABLE BED< (Shag mounting) A TABLE
8 OSCAR OS (gross – Over Size) CAR (vehicle)
9 SADOMASOCHISM CD
15 IN THE SHIT [jun]E inside (HINT THIS)* AInd: undone
17 NURSEMAID (MANURE’S)* AInd: hit the fan, I’D (Cyclops would)
18 REPHRASE RA (artist) inside (HERPES)* AInd: spread
23 TWAIN T[hatcher] WAIN (old wagon) Def: Mark a.k.a Samuel Langhorne Clemens (see intro)
25 DOGMA A.M GOD< Nice to see erection back as a reversal indicator for a down clue, and used in a way that makes me laugh out loud. My favourite clue though there was some, how can I put it, stiff competition here:
In the morning, the almighty erection – you’d better believe it! (5)

5 Responses to “Private Eye/Cyclops 428 – The Deer Hunter”

  1. Rishi says:

    beermagnet

    Thanks for the blog.

    In the clue that you’ve typed at 20a, we must have ‘things’.

    In 4d: Nick’s marginal needs backing (not Conservative) – hide! (8) NI[c]KS REED
    we get ‘reed’ from ‘marginal’, that which grows on the margin, hedge, REED.

  2. PeterO says:

    Beermagnet
    Thanks for the blog. I agree with Rishi on 4D; I think ‘marginal’ is to be read as a noun, something pertaining to a margin. I was quite happy to read the word as meaning specifically a marginal plant (although reeds belongs to the margin between water and land). I could not find a dictionary definition to match that specific usage, but a google of ‘marginal reed’ produced a couple of examples from plant suppliers at the head of the million hits.

  3. sidey says:

    The OED gives marginal n: Bot. A plant that requires a constantly wet soil, and typically grows in shallow water at the edge of a pond or other body of water.

    Sort of works.

  4. PeterO says:

    Thanks Sidey – that is exactly what I was looking for, but couldn’t find.

  5. PeterO says:

    Got it – from askoxford.com. My hardcopy OED does not give that definition.

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