Posted by jetdoc on July 4th, 2011
Back from watching England decisively beaten by Sri Lanka in the ODI at Lord’s, to finish and complete this blog. What held me up as a blogger was working out the wordplay of 3d — if not blogging, I would probably just have written in the answer without worrying too much about whether it was correct or not.
|6||TROOPS||British ones ill equipped to, being cut by Labour’s last exercises?
R = Labour’s last; in TO; OPS = exercises. British troops are apparently ill equipped.
|7||DIRT POOR||Utterly lacking in scandalous info. and shit, right
DIRT = scandalous info. (as in ‘the dirt on…’); POO = shit; R = right
|10||CONSCRIPT||Cameron & co’s “burial place,” said recruit
Sounds like “Cons’ crypt”
|11||RELIT||Roof worker’s arse over tip — drunk again?
TILER, reversed. Lit can mean drunk.
|12||LAGER||Brenda’s supposed style: tipping back the drink
REGAL (in the style of the Queen), reversed
|14||ENSHEATHE||Dotty seen pressing ex-PM to put on a condom, say
*(seen), with ‘dotty’ as the anagram indicator; surrounding (pressing) HEATH (Edward Heath)
|15/25||PARLIAMENTARY PRIVILEGE||Really imaginative pre-PR fiddling by which some members hope to dodge prosecution
*(Really imaginative pre-PR). Parliamentary privilege is ‘a legal immunity enjoyed by members of certain legislatures, in which legislators are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions done or statements made related to one’s duties as a legislator’.
|20||LAST STRAW||To endure an ex-minister — that would be unbearable
LAST = endure; Straw = ex-minister Jack Straw
|23||SALON||Large room also turned on Brown finally
*(also), with turned as the anagram indicator; N = Brown finally
|24||NOOKY||Maybe Yoko’s after neutral sex
N = neutral; *(Yoko)
|27||CUT-PRICE||Rather cheap hack linked to Katie?
CUT = hack (slightly deceptive wordplay, as we think of ‘hack’ in Private Eye) as meaning ‘journalist’; Katie Price, formerly known as Jordan
|28||ALBERT||Prince no longer keen to grab Brenda’s crown
ALERT = keen; B = initial letter of Brenda. Prince Albert is no longer.
|2||SPECTRAL||Rather like a shadow leader of cabinet squeezed by stupid prat, Les
C = leader of cabinet; in *(prat Les)
|3||DISTASTE||… in men was the likes of Dodi — horror!
Di’s taste in men was the likes of Dodi Fayed — see this article
|4||COLLATERAL||Civilians taken out by US military? All clear to Rocky
*(All clear to), with ‘Rocky’ as the anagram indicator. Collateral damage is a euphemism describing civilian deaths as a result of military action.
|5||BROTHEL||It’s [sic!] purpose is to make clients come to LHR — be worried
*(to LHR be). Clients of a brothel would presumably expect to reach orgasm (if they weren’t put off by the greengrocer’s apostrophe).
|6||TACKLE||Dick, etc. when attending wedding
‘Wedding tackle’ refers to a gentleman’s dangly bits.
|8/9/22||THREE-LINE WHIP||Figure linked with row, best way of dealing with e.g. rebel Lib Dem MP voters?
THREE = figure; LINE = row; WHIP = best (in the sense of ‘defeat’). If you’re interested…
|13||GRASS ROOTS||“Cannabis radicals”, local rank and file party supporters
GRASS = cannabis; ROOTS = radicals
|16||AIRSPACE||Gaddafi lost control of his corrupt Paris holding account — end of regime?
*(Paris); holding AC = account. There is currently a no-fly zone over Libya
|17||TESTICLE||Hitler’s matchless piece of tackle?
See also 6d, above; a reference to the lyrics sung to the tune of ‘Colonel Bogey’
|18||OLD NICK||Getting on with Clegg? Arch traitor!
OLD = getting on; NICK = Clegg. If you’re interested…
|19||ON HEAT||Randy feature of Wilson, Heath
Hidden in ‘Wilson, Heath’
|21||SHYER||Extra coy tosser
Double definition — ‘more shy’, ‘thrower’
|26/1||EYES DOWN||Cyclops’ organ’s fluffy stuff, as the game caller says
EYES = Private Eyes; DOWN = fluffy stuff. A call indicating that a game of Bingo etc is about to start
Apologies for this horribly sexist joke: A group of men were sitting outside a pub when a woman walked past. One man said: “I’d give her one.” Overhearing, she replied: “I wouldn’t have sex with you if you were the last man on Earth.” He said: “Who said anything about sex? I was giving you marks out of 10.”