Never knowingly undersolved.

Cyclops 448

Posted by jetdoc on August 3rd, 2011


Oh dear, two whole weeks late! Circumstances (like having to go abroad for an emergency business meeting, being ill when I got back, etc.) conspired, but that’s not a good enough excuse. Just a brief blog, then, in case anyone is still puzzled about the wordplay. I promise to do better with 450.

5 LAST DITCH Endure dyke right to the very end
LAST = endure; DITCH = dyke
8/23 FILM NOIR Scum politician finally getting city backing conjures up a dark picture
FILM = scum; N = politician finally; RIO, reversed
10 SHOREDITCH Ex-Labour minister, Peter, to get rid of London area
Peter SHORE; DITCH = get rid of
12 RECOUP Runs with Coe — excited, having an erection — get back!
*(R Coe up)
13/7 SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Salmond’s political ambition is “perverted, in-depth conceitedness”
*(in-depth conceitedness)
14 ICELAND ANC lied about source of aviation hazard
*(ANC lied)
16 GAGGING The purpose of a super-injunction is sick-making
Double definition
19 FRAGMENT Female leader of Tories welcoming Steptoe and Son a bit?
F = female; T = leader of Tories; RAGMEN = Steptoe and Son; definition = a bit
21 ONLINE Internet-connected person preceding this is cause of Tube delay?
‘Person on line’ may be a reason why Tube trains are delayed.
24 CAPABILITY Nickname of Brown? Yes — and certainly no!
Presumably saying that the nickname given to Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown would not also be appropriate to Gordon, ex-Prime Minister
25/11 BOOKWORM Reading fan has work-out in the middle of bang
*(work); in BOOM
26 EASY MONEY Sexually available given cash (income that’s not earned)
EASY = sexually available;MONEY = cash
1 DAPHNE Sandi Toksvig all over local woman
DANE = Sandi Toksvig (who is Danish); PH = public house, or local
2 ECSTASY After CSE fiasco, gutless Tory secures like, Transport
*(CSE); T[or]Y; AS = like
3 DIMWIT Miliband’s conclusion: “I’m comedian!” — plonker!
D = Miliband’s conclusion; I’M WIT
4 IMPRISON No knight, Cameron, one rejected — give the villain time!
NO SIR PM I, reversed
6 TURMOIL Rum shenanigans within Labour — utter chaos
*(rum); in TOIL
9 THROW A WOBBLY Chuck admits at first: “Like fleshy boobs to explode”
THROW = chuck; A = admits at first; WOBBLY = like fleshy boobs
15 CAR BOMBS Terrorist devices: Clegg’s initial answer, right, is a dead loss
C = Clegg’s initial; A = answer; R = right; BOMBS = is a dead loss
17 GALILEO One embroiled in legal fiasco — love the old heretic
I = one; in *(legal); O = love
18 UTOPIAN Idealistic union to bump off my employer!
U = union; TOP = bump off; IAN Hislop = Private Eye editor, therefore Cyclops’s employer
20 GORDON The Almighty working to guard rear of pisspoor Brown?
GOD = the Almighty; ON = working; R = rear of pisspoor
22 NUTTER One who gives head aggressively
Pretty straightforward definition

One Response to “Cyclops 448”

  1. Bamberger says:

    Did I not like 1d? When I saw Sandi Toksvig , this being Private Eye meant I played around with part of the clue to 5. So from now on whenever someone is mentioned, that means their nationality is part of the answer?

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

+ 7 = eleven