Posted by beermagnet on June 20th, 2011
I found I had only 8 to go after the first pass so I suppose this was easier than usual. That’s enough blather – let’s have a look at the detail:
How do you know when you meet a dyslexic yorkshireman? …
|1||ACT OF UNION|| Formalised shagging is what brought nations together (3,2,5)
Double Def. One most usually referring the Act of 1707 that created Great Britain.
|7/27||WEAK SPOT|| It’s vulnerable, sex, in the grip of degraded drug (4,4)
Def: It’s vulnerable. I thik the wordplay is S[ex] inside WEAK (degraded) POT (drug).
This was the last answer I entered alonside 14D, mainly because I didn’t believe Cyclops would leave two SPOTs crossing like that.
|9||PIRANHAS|| They’ve quite a bite, Parisian strays – hard for one (8)
(PARISIAN -I + H[ard])* AInd: Strays. Def referring to the sharp toothed carniverous South American fish
|10||REMAIN|| Carry on Nurse’s middle bit has Cyclops arse over tip, in a spin (6)
[nu]R[se] ME< (Cyclops arse over tip) (INA)* AInd: spin. Def. Carry on. One of the more convoluted bits of wordplay here.
|11||OBTAIN||Get over personal problem on receiving head from Archer in can (6)
Def. here is just: Get. Wordplay: BO< (over personal problem) A[rcher] inside TIN So very nice misdirection in that clue.
|12||STEALTH|| Knock off Tory leader? Hague’s first when it comes to sneakiness (7)
STEAL (Knock off) T[ory] H[ague] Def: sneakiness
|13/15||COLONEL GADDAFI|| He rules from a compound mixture of dealing – clod, oaf! (7,7)
(DEALING CLOD OAF)* AInd: mixture. Apt def.
|17||IN STYLE|| Pigs at home here? “Kettle (right flank) smartish!” (2,5)
IN STY (Pigs at home here) [kett]LE Interesting use of “right flank” to indicate the rightmost (approx.) third of the subject word.
|19||URINARY|| Describes one role of prick from university reorganising Ryanair, having no answer (7)
U[niversity] then (RYANAIR – A)* AInd: reorganising.
|22||CHENNAI|| Canine screwed, eating hot Madras once (7)
(CANINE H)* AInd: screwed. How could we forget Madras is now called Chennai
|23||SHABBY||Keep your mouth shut, baby, being devious, Ken Clarke style? (6)
SH (Keep your mouth shut) (BABY)* AInd: Being devious. Def refers to the sartorial elegance of Ken Clarke
|25||BUMPER|| Dubya half wants Cameron to turn on Brenda – great! (6)
BU[sh] (Dubya half) PM< (Cameron to turn) ER (Brenda) Def: great!
|26||WET DREAM|| Climactic reverie of one of Maggie’s despised ministers? (3,5)
CD referring to the fact that many of the less right wing senior Tories under Mrs Thatcher were known as “Wets”
|28||NATIONWIDE|| Certainly not parochial dancing i.e. to Ann Wid—— (10)
(I.E. TO ANN WID —)* AInd: dancing. Felt a bit short changed here because cutting off Widdie’s name meant the 10 letters of anagram fodder (and indicator) were obvious.
|2||CLIMB DOWN|| Tip of clap-ridden member blue? Withdraw! (5,4)
C[lap] LIMB (member) DOWN (blue)
|3||OBAMA|| Blowjob, amazingly, is too much for a follower of Clinton (5)
Hidden in BlowjOB AMAzingly Whole clue yet again referring to last centruy’s Clinton / Lewinsky frenzy (yawn)
|4||UNHINGE|| Hiding core of penis in huge rocks to send someone crazy (7)
([pe]N[is] IN HUGE)* AInd: rocks.
|5||INSIST|| Sex covers a variety of sins, so be firm (6)
(SINS)* AInd: a variety of. inside IT (sex) Def: be firm
|6||NOREIGA|| I love Reagan deviously dropping a disgraced leader (7)
(I O REAGAN – A)* AInd: deviously. Def: Disgraced leader. This one (one of the few who might end up spending an appropriate spell in the chokey)
|7||WIMBLEDON|| Was successful restraining Lib Dem movement (the black hole of British hopes?) (9)
(LIB DEM)* AInd: movement. inside WON (Was successful). Def is a CD. (“Come on Tim!”)
|8||APISH|| Stupid as a primate (5)
Double Def. An odd word that coincidentally appeared in the Indy the same day I tackled this one.
|14||ON THE SPOT|| Equal to the occasion? No, vague and waffling, a politician so put! (2,3,4)
|16||FIREBRAND|| The sort of energetic type to get Russell off the air? (9)
Def + Cryptic Def. from FIRE (get … off the air) (Russell) BRAND
|18||LONG RUN|| In which, eventually, only half of London Games initially organised (4,3)
LON[don] G[ames] RUN (Organised)
|20||RISOTTO|| Item on Berlusconi’s plate: bending to pointless Tories? (7)
(TO TORIES – E)* AInd: bending. The point of pointless is East in this case.
|21||NITWIT|| Doin’ it with accommodating jerk (6)
Hidden in doiN’ IT WITh. Hidden indicator: Accommodating
|22||CHUMP|| Stink suppressed by Communist Party (the thick end) (5)
HUM (stick) inside CP (Communist Party)
|24||ARROW|| Shaft Woody’s ex? F-off! (5)
[f]ARROW Ref: Mia Farrow – serial adopter and acrimonious ex-wife of Woody Allen
… he’s got a cat flap on his head