Posted by beermagnet on November 8th, 2010
Lovely stuff as usual. Nothing too tricky or unexplained this time. Pleasant solve over a couple of pints. I noted I had 9 unsolved when starting pint number two.
|8/16||ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (CURRENCY I DON’T FEEL IT’S – R[ight])* AInd: to go out. Def: Being unable to get hard. I spotted the wordplay but failed to get something out of the anagram fodder. Later saw the answer from the def after getting a few crossing letters.|
|9||RHUMBA R[ight] HUM (stink) B[ritish] A[merican]|
|10||THEBES THE (article) BSE* AInd: fiasco. First answer entered.|
|11||LARGESSE (ARSE LEGS)* AInd: flabby. Def: Charity. Who else would spot that anagram|
|12||SLIPKNOT PILS< (Drink knocked back) K[ennedy] NOT (No way!)|
|15||EFFIGY CD Appropriate with bonfire night nearby:
The sort of guy extremists inflame? (6)
|20||GOTHIC GOT (secured) HIC (Drunk’s outburst)|
|21||CRACKPOT CRACK (expert) POT (cannabis)|
|23||FLIP-FLOP F[emale] LIP (brink) F[emale] LOP (hack)|
|25||CO-HOST H[orlicks] O[xygen] inside COST (fee). What? Is Bruce Forsyth considered co-host to Tess Daly on Strictly? Ah. They are both described as co-hosts now.
I like the way the definition could be taken as “Oxygen for Brucie?” rather than just “Brucie?”, especially with the question mark.
|27||SORT OF O (sod all) inside FROST* AInd: rambles|
|28||SPOON-FED SPOON (make love quaintly) F (loudly) ED (Balls – Shadow Sec. State for Ed.)|
|1||ARMHOLE H[ard] inside MORALE* AInd: poor. The bowlderised half of what certain people can’t tell the difference between, and an elbow|
|2||SCAB Hidden in CameronS CABinet|
|3||WILSON String letters Inept Labour’s Slide inside NOW* AInd: perplexed. Ex-PM that was Alf GArnett’s bête noire|
|4/26||WELL HUNG WELL (I say!) HUN (Barbarian) G[ood]|
|5||PRURIENT PR (Small pair) URINE* AInd: preparation, T[ime]|
|6||DUKE OF YORK DD A pub and Andrew Windsor. Ref: This year’s story about Sarah Ferguson asking for a cool half-mill for an introduction to her ex-hubby Prince Andrew. Turned out who was asking was the fake sheik.|
|7||ABUSAGE USA G[rand] inside ABE (ex-president). Def: mispractice. Last in – not because the clue was tricky but it is an odd word. I suppose the -age suffix can be successfully stuck on many nouns|
|13||PSYCHOPATH (CHAPPY HOTS)* AInd: tormented. Def: sex maniac? I think the “?” is necessary here as not all psychopaths are sex maniacs (discuss)|
|14||TUNIC TU (you as an intimate Sarkozy would say) NIC[k]|
|17||FACELIFT FACE (mug) LIFT (up) I was fooled into trying to think of a south coast town that fitted the letters:
Mug up the wrinkly’s resort? (8)
|18||TOOLBOX TOOL (Cock) BOX (fight)|
|19||DOSSIER I (one) inside DOSSER (tramp)|
|22||ANCHOR (CAMERON + H[ague] – ME)* AInd: hopeless|
|24||PISS [peni]S inside SIP<|
Final Joke: I’ve heard that if you play a John Cage record backwards it contains a secret
message from Harpo Marx.