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Cyclops 452: There are things we don’t know we don’t know

Posted by jetdoc on September 26th, 2011


Apologies for the late and rather hurried posting — I had this scheduled for yesterday, but got somewhat sidetracked.

1 SWISS ROLL National spin — a piece of cake!
SWISS = National; ROLL = spin
6 DIPSO Piss-artist pickpockets getting sod all
DIPS = pickpockets; O = sod all (nothing)
10 DISARM “Miliband ultimately exists”: member, to allay doubt and suspicion
D = Miliband ultimately; IS = exists; ARM = member
11 MEDICATE Dice cast when pressed by sexual partner to give someone a dose
*(dice); in (pressed by) MATE = sexual partner
12/30/29 BROKEN DOWN BY AGE AND SEX As a number of coed pupils, say, might undergo analysis just like Keith Richards?
Pupils in a co-educational school might be grouped along these lines. A different kind of line might have contributed as much as age and sex to Keith Richards’ condition.
13/23 HAND BALL Duke and Labour politician getting end away — foul!
HAND = duke (a word for a fist); Ed BALL[s] = Labour politician without his last letter. A foul in football
14 RUMSFELD Hawk-like Donald Duck’s head after drink and self mutilation
RUM = drink; *(self); D = Donald’s head. ‘Hawk-like Donald’ is the definition. That quote in full: “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”
17 SKODA A date gives agreement to be taken the other way in much abused car
A D OKS, reversed
19 DRAKE Lecher after head from dirty old seafarer
D = head from dirty; RAKE = lecher. Sir Francis Drake
21 GLASS EYE Ageless surgery involves ultimate in willy organ replacement (non-functioning)
*(Ageless Y), with ‘surgery’ as the anagram indicator, and Y indicated by ‘ultimate in willy’. A glass eye is a non-functioning organ replacement.
25 THINK ALOUD Fine with Nick’s end? Granted broadcast, say what’s on your mind
THIN = Fine; K = Nick’s end; ALOUD sounds like ‘allowed’, with ‘broadcast’ as the homophone indicator.
28 BLOWHOLE Balls at first down by orifice: this produces a whale of a watery ejaculation
B = Balls at first; LOW = down; HOLE = orifice. Whales breathe via blowholes; baleen whales have two and toothed whales have one. These are located on the top of the head, allowing the animal to remain mostly submerged whilst breathing. Breathing involves expelling excess water from the blowhole, forming an upward spout, followed by inhaling air into the lungs. Spout shapes differ among species and can help with identification.
31 BLADDERED Black hole generated in tights? Quite singular tights!
I am not sure about this one. B = Black; LADDERED = hole generated in tights. But it’s an adjective meaning ‘drunk’ or ‘tight’; removing S from ‘tights’ doesn’t make an adjective. Maybe someone can give a more sensible explanation that I have missed.
2 WHIP-ROUND Off-the-cuff taking of donations — party official gets the bullet?
WHIP = party official; ROUND = bullet
3 SWANK Show off direction on organ fingering
S = direction (south); WANK = organ fingering
4 ROMANCE Cameron’s dodgy relationship
5 LIMBO Dated dumb female totty with new top, attaining oblivion
[B]IMBO = dumb female totty (I’m not sure why it’s ‘dated’; I think the word is still in common usage), with a new first letter
7 IN CAHOOTS Old South Americans stifle a real laugh working together
INCAS = Old South Americans; containing A HOOT = a real laugh
8 SATAN Nick, like, upset Brown
AS = like, reversed; TAN = Brown. Old Nick is a term for the Devil.
9 ADONIS A party indiscretion, elevating “pretty boy”
A DO = a party; SIN, reversed. Adonis
15 SCALLYWAG Good-for-nothing Wally, wasted, in the grip of heroin
*(Wally); in SCAG = heroin
16/20 DOG EAT DOG When boxer has to take a bite of another boxer that really is competitive?
Implied double meaning of ‘boxer’
18 AS YOU WERE Arse around taking solvers (Private Eye) back to one’s earlier activity
*(Arse); around YOU = solvers, WE = Private Eye; ‘back to one’s earlier activity’ is the definition.
22 AWKWARD After a short period, division in constituency — embarrassing
A WK = a week, abbreviated; WARD = division in (parliamentary) constituency
24 ALLEY One to roar up back passage?
A YELL, reversed
26 IDEAL Thought by Labour’s leader “This is as good as it gets”
IDEA = Thought; L = Labour’s leader
27 LEDGE Balls pressed by leg, grotesquely, causing protrusion
ED (Balls) in *(leg)

I might get round to adding a joke later (if Donald Rumsfeld isn’t enough of one on his own).

OK: The barman says: “We don’t serve neutrinos”. A neutrino goes into a bar.

5 Responses to “Cyclops 452: There are things we don’t know we don’t know”

  1. pajodr says:

    re: 31 across. I think you’ve explained it as intended. Bladdered is a term meaning quite drunk. Tight is also a term meaning drunk. So ‘quite tight’ is the same as bladdered; removing ‘s’ from tights (i.e. singular), then read it as an adjective instead of a noun.

  2. Jon88 says:

    31a: Second puzzle in a row containing this altered-definition device. I’m not loving it, but as long as it doesn’t spread beyond Cyclops’s ambit, I’ll cope.

  3. jetdoc says:

    I don’t really find it acceptable to mess around with parts of speech like that — ‘tight’ (adj) is not the singluar of ‘tights’.

  4. jetdoc says:

    … or even the singular!

  5. DrJ says:

    I didn’t get 31a. either, even after reading the solution. I didn’t know ‘tight’ as meaning drunk, but: . Not the best clue.

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