Posted by jetdoc on May 9th, 2011
A topical offering from Cyclops, and a nice antidote to the otherwise sycophantic press coverage which has been so difficult to avoid. 7/26, a tour de force, has to get the vote for clue of the fortnight; I also rather like 23d
|8||BY-ELECTION||Wavering celebrity on Right deserts — another opportunity to humiliate the Lib Dems?
There’s no direct clue for this one, making it a sort of &Lit (please don’t argue the finer points of whether it is or isn’t).
|11||LIKE A SHOT||Fancy a drop of whisky? Willingly!
LIKE = fancy; A SHOT = a drop of whisky. Double definition.
|12||ROWED||Royal, missing flipping shag, tied knot then fell out
RO = ‘Royal’ minus ‘lay’ reversed (flipping shag); WED = tied knot
|13||TROUT||Margaret Thatcher ends rather outmoded, interfering old woman!
TR = final letters of ‘Margaret Thatcher’ (aargh!); OUT = rather outmoded
|14/18/24||WALK DOWN THE AISLE||What’s Kate to do: swallow it? (He, naked, explodes)
Brilliant anagram! *(swallow it he naked), with ‘explodes’ as the anagram indicator.
|17/25||STARBUCKS||Global brand takes back arses’ money
STAR = rats, reversed; BUCKS = money
|22||ORDINARY||Right noise stifled by excited royal getting end away everyday
R DIN = right noise; *(roya) = ‘excited royal getting end away’
|28||BLUE PETER||Oxygen-deprived penis flag?
BLUE = oxygen-deprived; PETER = penis. Blue Peter
|29||SO-SO||Mediocre, turning extra large — very
OS (outsize) reversed; SO = very
|30||WORKING OUT||Not an eccentric, Gok Wan in our time — calculating
*(Gok W in our t). ‘Not an’ indicates that you remove ‘an’ before making the letters eccentric, i.e. making the anagram.
|1||ABILITY||Skill requires ace Clinton failing to climax, having sex with Lewinsky finally
A = ace; BIL[l] = Clinton without his final letter; IT = sex; Y = Lewinsky finally
|2||GET KNOTTED||Do a Kate and Wills? Piss off!
Double definition (though Chambers doesn’t give this as ‘get married’)
|3||MEGASTAR||Gates, breaking into computer chips, on the up — “I’m adored by millions!”
*(Gates); in RAM (random access memory) reversed (on the up)
|4||ITCHY||Feeling an urge to have sex with Conservative hotty? Not excessively so!
IT = sex; C = Conservative; H[ott]Y (minus OTT = ‘excessively so’
|5||MORTGAGEE||Banker possibly met aggro — screwed last bit of ‘incentive’
*(met aggro e). I knew how this clue worked but, even with all the checking letters in place, took a while to get the answer.
|6/19a||BLOWPIPE||Weapon used by cannabis smoker?
‘Blow’ is one of the many terms used for cannabis.
|7/26||WEDDING BELLS||Union strikers? They’ll get a hearing by Kate and Wills, etc.
WEDDING = union; BELLS = strikers (presumably in the sense of striking the hour etc., though I’m not sure that the bells themselves are the ‘strikers’ rather than the ‘struck’).
|10||TREK||Right of centre: Nick’s final journey
TRE = right-hand letters of ‘centre’; K = Nick’s final. Given this week’s election results…
|15||OPPOSITION||Miliband & co’s much reduced work situation?
OP = reduced work (though not really ‘much’); POSITION = situation
|16||STORY-BOOK||Idyllically perfect? One like Hague has to be in second reserve!
TORY = one like Hague; S BOOK = second reserve
|19||PLAY-PENS||Power shag then dashes off — they should restrict the activities of brats
P = power; LAY = shag; PENS = dashes off (in the sense of ‘dashing off a quick letter’)
|20||BOMBAST||Flop, like Harriet’s last rant
BOMB = flop; AS = like; T = Harriet’s last
|21||REGRETS||Ultimate in ‘goer’ birds Wills (and Kate) might come to have?
R = ultimate in ‘goer’; EGRETS = birds
|23||NOSH||Food: you amaze me, giving it away
“No shit!” (you amaze me) minus ‘it’.
Finally, something that appeared on my Blackberry recently (and yes, I know it’s sexist and tasteless):
Are you insured for sex?
The correct insurance companies are:
• Sex with your wife — Legal & General
• Sex on the telephone — Direct Line
• Sex with your partner — Standard Life
• Sex with a transvestite — Confused.com
• Sex with someone different — Go Compare
• Sex with a fat bird — More Than
• Sex on the back seat of a car — Sheila’s Wheels
• Sex with a posh bird — Privileged!
…and, for anyone who hasn’t yet seen it, a link: Royal wedding