Posted by beermagnet on April 25th, 2011
There’s always a bit of fun to be found in the Eye, and the crossword is the icing on the cake in the back pages. This puzzle was in the usual style and while I hesitate to say it was on the easy side, as I didn’t finish it in one session, I noted that I had 19 answers in place after the first pass which is possibly a record. Unfortunately one proved to be wrong (11/12). Nevertheless, that was most of the grid, and the last few weren’t, in retrospect, too hard, but I had a real blind spot with 28A Shares which I had to leave to reconsider another day.
|1||OVERCOOK|| Fry excessively superior to Ramsay? (8)
DD or Charade of OVER (Superior to) COOK (Ramsay) Ref Gordon Ramsay the celeb chef with a face suitable for radio
|6||ESCAPE|| See about getting contraceptive installed (bolt) (6)
CAP (contraceptive) in side (SEE)* AInd: about. Def. bolt.
|9||SCRUFF|| Bum that’s located at back of neck (6)
DD The scruff of the neck is where it is acceptable to pick up puppies, children etc.
|10||EYE TEETH|| Canines e’s holding still with the screwing around (3,5)
YET (still) inside E E (E’s), then (THE)* AInd: screwing around. Def: Canines. First answer entered
|11/12||PHONE HACKING|| Heeding the call as a tabloid press reporter? (5,7)
CD (Is there another classification?) Once I had a few crossing letters PHONE seemed clear but I initially wrote in Phone Tapping. Luckily 7D Cheek was clear enough once seen and I realised my mistake. Besides, the ongoing Murdoch sleaze saga is normally referred to as a “Phone Hacking” scandal.
|14||ANNE|| Royal, pissed without Diplomatic Corps (4)
[c]ANNE[d] The abbr. for the Diplomatic Corps is CD, and that is what is seen on their vehicles I believe. Presumably a throwback to when French was “The language of Diplomacy”
|15||EMBALMMENT|| Procedure to stop a stiff one going to waste (10)
CD. A word that, because of its double M, looks just wrong.
|18||BACKSLIDER|| Recidivist arse embraces Labour’s left wing then right (10)
L (Labour’s left wing) inside BACKSIDE (Arse) then R[ight] Def. Recidivist
|21||LOTS|| Plans secretly to go topless – scores? (4)
[p]LOTS I found this tricky
|22||AT LARGE|| USA president climaxes great abroad (2,5)
[us]A [presiden]T LARGE (great)
|24||V-SIGN|| “Get screwed”, digitally? (1-4)
CD or is it a misleading Single Def. I had trouble after falling for the ref to “digitally” to think of computing stuff and was stuck think of E-whatsit solutions till I had the meagre crossing letters
|27||ASSEMBLE|| Idiot: endless symbol for what certain Welsh members do? (8)
ASS (Idiot) EMBLE[m] (endless symbol). Def. refers to the devolved Welsh Assembly whose “MPs” are AMs – Assembly Members
|28||SHARES|| Releasing back credit, Archer’s dodgy second investments (6)
(ARCHERS – RC)* Aind: dodgy, then S[econd] Def. Investments. Last answer entered due to missing the def. coupled with convoluted wordplay, plus crossing letters that could lead to many words.
|29||KETTLE|| Round up students, say – which could boil up (6)
DD One of which refers to recent police crowd enraging techniques
|30||SWASTIKA|| It was oddly seen in reggae style music as fascist symbol (8)
(IT WAS)* AInd: oddly, inside SKA (reggae style music)
|2||VICE|| Gripping tool very intensely, climax everywhere – tops! (4)
V[ery] I[ntensely] C[limax] E[verywhere] Favourite clue due to cracking surface
|3||ROUGHNECK|| Rig worker Rocky wants snog (9)
ROUGH (Rocky) NECK (snog) Spent a while trying to anagram “wants snog” and then when I got the crossing K, tried to anagram “Rig worker” – Rocky is such a clear Anagrind surely.
|4||OFFENCE|| Mrs Whitehouse often took it as ‘unsavoury’ and ‘dirty’ topless scene (7)
OFF (unsavoury) ([s]CENE)* AInd: ‘dirty’
|5/26||KNEE-JERK|| Unthinking blow to the balls? (4-4)
DD The classic reflex reaction metaphor, plus the classic close range incapacitation technique
|6||EYEBALL|| Look aggressively at organ and shag American (7)
EYE (organ) BALL (Shag American) Def. Look aggressively at
|7||CHEEK|| One half of arse’s brass (5)
DD Again: One physical, one metaphorical
|8||PUT AN END TO|| Lay Anne, wretchedly tense in middle of act, and finish off (3,2,3,2)
PUT (lay) (ANNE)* AInd: wretchedly, T[ense] inside DO (act)
|13||IN BAD TASTE|| Abstained, stupidly taking tip from Democrat – that’s a bit off (2,3,5)
(ABSTAINED [democra]T)* AInd: stupidly. The only question here was which tip of Democrat to take
|16/25||BAD NEWS|| “Bonkers: bawdiness is to go!” is not what you want to hear (3,4)
(BAWDINESS – IS)* AInd: Bonkers
|17||MALIGNANT|| It’s rank penetrating bloke with temperature – rancorous (9)
ALIGN (rank) inside MAN (bloke) T[emperature]
|19||LEGIBLE|| Member, shilly-shallying Lib, ultimately Conservative, that’s plain (7)
LEG (Member) (LIB)* AInd: shilly-shallying, [conservativ]E
|20||ROSS SEA|| Jonathan needs drink presenting Antarctic location (4,3)
ROSS (Jonathan) SEA (drink)
|23||AGENT|| Representative of, say, getting an erection in embrace of TV presenter? (5)
EG< (say, getting an erection) inside ANT (TV Presenter – ref. the one on the left)
Went to make my monthly offering at the sperm donation clinic last week. It was a dismal failure.
I was late – I missed the tube and came on the bus.