Posted by jetdoc on June 7th, 2011
Many apologies for the late posting — I wrote this last week, when away from home, but didn’t quite have it ready to post. And the last few days have been absolutely chaotic, so this didn’t get done in time.
I completed this Cyclops puzzle in one shortish session, with no real hold-ups, though I have slight doubts about the finer points of a couple of clues. 17a is a neat topical reference, and the anagram at 24a manages to combine elements of a story that was certainly topical when it Ms Currie went public with it in 2002.
|1||ODDMENTS||Fancy Desmond Tutu’s capital leftovers
*(Desmond T). ‘Fancy’ is the anagram indicator; T is Tutu’s capital
|9||ENSIGN||Standard feature of Ken’s ignorance
Hidden in ‘Ken’s ignorance’
|11||HONOR||Obama’s moral integrity (or nearest offer when pressed by hard right)
ONO = or nearest offer; in HR = hard right. ‘Obama’s’ just means it’s the US spelling.
|12||EPIDERMIS||Skinny thing simpered playfully — Cyclops ensnarled
*(simpered I), with ‘Cyclops’ indicating I.
|13||SKINFUL||Binge drinkers will have this bad, squeezing tip of dick
SINFUL = bad; K = tip of dick
|15||GENESIS||Group seeing off Sting’s opener
*(seeing); S = Sting’s opener
|17||ALTERNATIVE VOTE||The lost cause of Clegg’s veto, as Cyclops might cryptically put it
VOTE is an anagram (an alternative form) of VETO, so a cryptic crossword setter might clue it that way. ‘The lost cause of Clegg’s’ is the definition.
|20||KINGPIN||Key figure in government initially, wearing naff pink
IN; G = government initially, in *(pink)
|22||MACADAM||Brothel-keeper shafted by Bill and stuff in the road
MADAM = Brothel-keeper; containing AC = bill (account). A type of road construction pioneered by the Scotsman John Loudon McAdam in around 1820
|24||MEMORANDA||Notes Major at first (having screwed Norma and Edwina): “No win!”
M = Major at first; *(Norma Eda), with “No win!” indicating that ‘win’ needs to be removed. John Major, as well as being married to Norma, famously had an affair with Edwina Currie.
|28||KEEPER||Seaman, say: “Gander’s back on Brenda”
PEEK = gander (look), reversed; ER = Brenda, otherwise know as the Queen. Reference to David Seaman
|29||TRUE BLUE||Right miserable as a constant supporter of Cameron & co.
TRUE = right; BLUE = miserable. ‘A person unswervingly faithful, especially to a political party represented by the colour blue, orig used of Covenanters’, now often of the Tory party.
|2||ODONTIST||Do not sit around for a facetious oral prober
*(Do not sit). According to Chambers, this is a facetious word for a dentist.
|3/8/26||PEER OF THE REALM||UK piss artist? One of many in the House
A member of the House of Lords; also a peer is one who pees.
|4||INTERNEE||Bury originally named Archer once
INTER = bury; NEE = originally named (born). Jeffrey Archer spent some time as an intern, i.e. in prison, to absolutely no-one’s amusement (not much!)
|5||LITMUS||I’m awash with lust — could well turn 29, or the political opposite
*(Im lust). Litmus is an indicator that turns blue (29) in alkaline conditions, red in acid.
|10||JINGOISM||Flag-waving gets Jack elected: “Bash insipid socialist and multiracialist leaders!”
J = Jack; IN = elected; GO = bash (not sure…); ISM = insipid socialist and multiracialist leaders. Chauvinistic, sabre-rattling patriotism
|13||SHACK||House just about wants Hague’s head in fire
H = Hague’s head; in F = fire. A shack is just about (only just) a house.
|14||LEARNING||Being a student, inclined to imbibe very last trace of beer
LEANING = inclined; R = very last trace of beer
|16||SPERM||Come, it could protect many such swimmers
I am not completely sure how the second part of this clue works. Sperm, in the sense of semen, contains (and protects) many spermatozoa, which swim. This could also be a reference to the sperm whale, in which the spermaceti may have a protective function.
|18||REPARTEE||Bantering, creative stuff, with judge’s bottom grasped by depraved peer
ART = creative stuff; E = judge’s bottom; in *(peer)
|19||ODDBALLS||Not even crap will do for whackos
ODD = not even; BALLS = crap (rubbish)
|21||NUMBER||Not so sensitive ’69’?
Double definition, with the choice of number adding double entendre
|23||CORSET||Holy shit tax once used to keep a corporation in check
COR = “Holy shit!”; SET = the unlamented Selective Employment Tax. ‘Corporation’ can also mean belly.
|24/1/6/7||MAKE BOTH ENDS MEET||Organise a get-together of a couple of arses to avoid a debt crisis?
Basically, a double definition. Chambers says: ‘to live within one’s income (both ends meaning both ends of the year)’
|25||AIR||Hot as the stuff of politicians’ speeches?
I’m not sure this clue entirely hangs together, either — politicians’ speeches are said to consist of hot air; but, by itself, ‘hot’ doesn’t quite work as a definition.
How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
Put it in the microwave until its bill withers.
(You have to say this one out loud)