Posted by beermagnet on February 28th, 2011
I had trouble getting going with this puzzle. I read loads of clues before finally cold solving one with a definite answer at 6D, and then only had about a dozen answers in after the first session. When I got back to it the next day I finished it off without too much trouble, and now blogging it I wonder why I had such a tussle that first day. Of course answers always seems clear when the wordplay is known. I suppose these were a particularly misleading bunch of clues if you’re ready to be misled.
I did consider using two of the four letter words from the puzzle in the title, but well …
More experimentation on the blog format.
I’m not sure I’ll do an answer grid as above again, it took ages to upload.
I’m keen on showing the clues to these older puzzles and thought the mouse hovering method a bit fiddly so here they are in the clear à la jetdoc
|2||WANNABE||Vain fantasist: one to catch in Private Eye (7)
AN NAB inside WE Def: Vain fantasist
Any excuse to see the Spice Girls first hit video again – all done in a single take I was always impressed with this
|8||BRUISE||Swelling bishop, one squeezed by device (6)
B, I in RUSE (device) Def: Swelling
|9/14||POLITICAL INFIGHTING||Light caning tip: if oil is deployed it’s a constant behind-the-scenes feature of our parties (9,10)
(LIGHT CANING TIP IF OIL)* AInd: deployed Def: feature of our parties
|12||CORGI||Just look at that soldier, one sniffing round Brenda? (5)
COR (just look at that), GI (soldier) Def: one sniffing around Brenda. Favourite clue for the Def.
|13||CHIRRUPY||Currie, hyper, getting end away, dropping Es: “flipping happy as a lark!” (8)
(CURRI[e] HYP[e][r])* AInd: flipping Def: Happy as a lark. What a lovely word. What a tricky anagram.
|15||BOUDOIR||Bedroom variation of duo involving biro (7)
(DUO BIRO)* AInd: variation Def: bedroom.
|17||OFFPEAK||A less busy time to see Dicky climax? (7)
OFF, PEAK (3,4) shurely Def: a less busy time. A time the is getting smaller and smaller.
|20||TOMMY GUN||Male interrupting Cat Deeley’s closing piece could well be fired (5,3)
M[ale] inside TOM, [deel]Y, GUN Def: could well be fired
|22||GONAD||Try tossing Dan the sperm-producer (5)
GO (try) (DAN)* or < A/RevInd: tossing Def: Sperm producer I came unstuck by writing in GLAND first, a bit prematurely, like.
|24||EGGS||Urges which were the downfall of publicity-seeking junior minister (4)
CD/DD Ref The publicity seeking Edwina Currie and her ministerial downfall in 1988 after warning about salmonella in eggs.
|25||TIGHTROPE||Pissed with Cable’s balancing act support? (9)
TIGHT (pissed), ROPE (cable)
|26||STALIN||He purged smear surrounding Clegg’s no. 2 (6)
L (from cLegg) inside STAIN (smear)
|27||UNBLOCK||Bank’s chief brought into open is to get rid of bung? (7)
B[ank] inside UNLOCK (open) Good clue
|1||GAZPACHO||First course in Sarkozy-style hot air? (Stupid chap has sod all) (8)
GAZ, (CHAP)* AInd: stupid, O (sod all) Def: First course. Don’t forget, serve cold
|2||ANTLER||Horny thing, TV presenter needs energy to come in two directions (6)
Ant (of ‘n’Dec) E[nergy] in L,R Def: horny thing
|3||ABSTAINING||Holding back sailor doing a Clinton with a dress? (10)
Def: Holding back. AB (Sailor), STAINING (doing a Clinton with a dress) That always was too much information
|4||ORAL||Brenda’s residence is out of soothing cream for one type of sex (4)
|5||LIMBER UP||Sickly, but not dead, Lib Dem party’s centre on the rise – prepare for physical action (6,2)
(LIB [d]EM)* AInd: sickly, [pa]R[ty] , UP DEf: prepare for physical action. Convoluted clue.
|6||RECOUP||Firm, in the grip of pure excitement – get back! (6)
CO inside (PURE)* AInd: excitement Def: Get back. This was my first answer in – yes I had read and failed at quite a few before getting this far. Let’s celebrate with the Beatles: Get Back
|10/25||COCKTAIL||Shadow member’s first to get a drink (8)
COCK (member) TAIL (shadow)
|16/11||DOMESDAY BOOK||“Do me a body so, with Kate’s top wobbling,” as ordered by William (8,4)
(DO ME A BODY SO K[ate])* AInd: wobbling Nice surface
|18||AUDIENCE||Spectators induce shakes in hospital (8)
(INDUCE)* AInd: shakes, inside A E (hospital) Is hospital sufficient for AE? A & E surely
|19||SNOG||Make out some ass? No, goolies (4)
Hidden in asS? NO, Goolies Def: make out.
|21||ORGASM||Alternative talk medium coming (6)
OR, GAS, M[edium]
|23||NOODLE||Remake of “Noel houses party” upset old duffer (6)
DO< inside (NOEL)* AInd: remake Def: old duffer. Felt like an old duffer when this was the last in – only because I had an misplaced Gland (see above)
The medical profession met to discuss Andrew Lansley’s latest crazy shake up of the NHS:
The Allergists voted to scratch it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had a sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve.
The Obstetricians felt they were all labouring under a misconception.
Ophthalmologists considered the idea short-sighted.
Pathologists yelled, “Over my dead body!” while the Paediatricians said, “Oh, Grow up!”
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons were fed up with the cuts and decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
The ENT specialists didn’t swallow it and just wouldn’t hear of it.
Pharmacologists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the Plastic Surgeons said, “This puts a whole new face on the matter….”
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anaesthetists thought the whole idea was a gas, but the Cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, and the entire decision has been left up to the arseholes in London.