Posted by beermagnet on March 28th, 2011
I found this Eye much harder than usual. It took till 20A Niggle to find a clue I could cold solve, and only had a handful in place after the first pass. The clue surfaces this time were outstanding and misled me in several places.
I couldn’t resist using “Bad Eye” for the title when I saw it written in the LHS and RHS unches.
|8||PRAGUE|| City gets publicity: “Tory minister goes topless!” (6)
PR (publicity) [h]AGUE
I needed a crossing letter to prompt the City in question before unravelling the wordplay.
|9||ANECDOTE|| Be excessively fond of (after one ‘E’ and cocaine) a story (8)
DOTE (excessively fond) after AN E C (one ‘E’ and cocaine)
|10/15||STRICTLY COME DANCING|| Coupling on TV: after dominatrix-fashion orgasm, political party enters sound as a bell (8,4,7)
STRICTLY (dominatrix-fashion) COME (orgasm) ANC (political party) inside DING (sound as a bell) Def: Coupling on TV.
|11||UPPITY|| Having got an erection – shame – difficult to control (6)
UP (Having got an erection) PITY (shame)
|12||DRY ROT|| Conservative way rejected – it could damage cabinet (3,3)
TORY (Conservative) RD (way) all reversed.
|14||GULLIBLE|| Dicky’s back covered in horrible bulge that’s green (8)
ILL< inside (BULGE)* AInd: horrible Def: green
|19||BLACK ROD|| Parliamentary knocker is deeply depressed at bar (5,3)
BLACK (deeply depressed) ROD (bar)
|20||NIGGLE|| Elected flipping pisspoor “non-Conservative” Clegg – bother! (6)
IN< (elected flipping) ([c]LEGG)* AInd: pisspoor. First in.
|22||ASYLUM|| Last pair of Gurkhas and Lumley dancing without lingerie elasticated tops – bedlam (6)
[gurkh]AS (LUMLEY – L E)* AInd: dancing
|23||LABOUR MP|| Ed Miliband? Lost: “there’s nothing in stupid bum rap!” (6,2)
L[ost] O (nothing) inside (BUM RAP)* AInd: stupid. Def: Ed M. A def by example as indicated by the “?” No.1 brother in both senses. Preened myself for spotting the 2-letter word that isn’t really a word, that has misled me in the past.
|25||DELTOIDS|| “I, Ed Balls, finally told off arm-raisers” (8)
(I ED [ball]S TOLD)* AInd: off. Def: arm-raisers.
Last answer in. I was nicely misdirected into thinking about Nazis. I had to check to find that a deltoid is a muscle. I knew about the mathematical curve and when I found it could only be Deltoids from the anagram I wondered how that could possibly related to the definition. Mind you, they look like useful muscles for raising pints to lips.
|1||ORATORY|| Sod all right with a political follower’s flowery speech (7)
O (sod all) R[ight] A TORY (a political follower)
|2||UGLIER|| Fruity thing, Brenda? More like the Beast! (6)
UGLI (Fruity thing) ER (Brenda).
The ugli must be Cyclops’s favourite fruit
|3/26||BENT COPPER|| A super crook? (4,6)
CD or interesting allusion? A “Super” is a policeman (Superintendent) thus Copper. A crook is Bent in both senses, criminal or bishop’s crook. One of those where the answer is solid once seen, but I was trying to justify Lord Copper for a while.
|4/14||BABY GRAND|| Gaby’s bust, grabbed by Jo – gets a lot of fingering (4,5)
(GABY)* AInd: bust, inside BRAND (Ref: Jo Brand producing excellent work such as Getting On). Cyclopean definition of a piano.
|5||REPUBLICAN|| Politician, er, about to get a booze dispenser (10)
ER< PUBLICAN (a booze dispenser).
|6||ADOPTION|| A large bra size alternative – candidate’s up for it! (8)
A D (A large bra size) OPTION (alternative) Def. referring to the party political process of being adopted by a constituency party before being put in front of the masses.
|7||STATELY|| Exhibiting your majesty in gallery being gobbled by Stallone? (7)
TATE (Gallery) inside SLY (Stallone)
|13||THE KREMLIN|| “Hitler Ken” moving to seize Mayor’s main seat of power (3,7)
(HITLER KEN)* AInd: moving, plus M[ayor]. Def: seat of power.
Am I misremembering that County Hall was nicknamed The Lubyanka back when Ken was in charge of the GLC?
|16||OSCULATE|| Kiss unusually large copper on behind (8)
OS (unusually large) CU (copper) LATE (behind). Def: Kiss
|17||FLASHER|| He outs member publicly as tawdry queen (7)
FLASH (tawdry) ER (queen)
|18||SLAMMER|| Realm riddled with S and M, causing stir (7)
(REALM S M)* AInd: riddled. Def: stir – as in prison. Another one thankfully cold solved.
|21||GRUMPY|| Gutless bloke penetrated by arse’s cross (6)
RUMP (arse) inside G[u]Y (Gutless bloke)
|24/23||BACKLASH|| Retreat before whip’s retaliation (8)
BACK (Retreat) LASH (whip)
Yes I should, said NSJS, that’s just what the Queen Mother told me yesterday.