Posted by beermagnet on November 7th, 2011
50th Anniversary of the Eye and I was half-hoping for a special Cyclops.
What did I get? A relatively easy crossie made hard by being printed in the fuzziest print I’ve seen since I broke my John Bull printing set.
In truth it didn’t take long. Never mind, gives me more time to get down to St Paul’s churchyard to bring down capitalism.
[ This Xword might’ve been on the easy side, but I’m completely stuck on many of the questions in the “50 years quiz” Page 18, which is a shame as I’d really like that runners up prize. ]
|6||BOOB JOB||Expanding operation at the front: Bush and Blair initially without balls to take on the task (4,3)
B[ush] and B[lair] around OO (balls) JOB (task). Another time when the first clue attempted is effortlessly entered – this could become a habit.
|8||ON GUARD||Prepared for assault: desirable position for a gay in Knightsbridge? (2,5)
Doule Def. one of them Cryptic in an Eye style (Knightsbridge is the location of the Hyde Park Barracks for the Household Cavalry / Horse Guards etc.)
|10||SUM||Schmaltz rejected to get rid of heroin problem (3)
MUS[h]< (Schmaltz rejected) Def. Problem. Last clue entered. Like Scotsmen, sometimes the small ones are the hardest.
|11||KYLIE||Pop star, left out, likely to throw a wobbly (5)
(LIKELY – L)* AInd: to throw a wobbly
|13||HAMILTON||Disgraced MP turned minor celeb and no stranger to the pits (8)
Double Def. for a surname Neil H is the “disgraced MP”, Lewis H is familiar with pits (not in the mining sense). I wonder if they are related?
|14||TRUANT||Not quite genuine TV presenter, one wilfully having no class (6)
tru[E] (Not quite genuine) ANT (TV presenter – the other half of Antndec). I liked this Def.
|16||ELECTORAL REFORM||Opening of Ed Balls’ centre designed for “moral erect” – potential threat to his and some other MPs’ seats? (9,6)
E[d] [ba]L[ls] (FOR MORAL ERECT)* AInd: designed. I have to admit I wrote this in after seeing the answer from a few crossers and only bothered to decode the anagram for this blog.
|19||SPLASH||Piss while holding pint – get it everywhere (6)
P[int] inside SLASH (piss) I thought the abbreviation for Pint was Pt – Oh well, anyway it gives me a chance to point out the the Dutch counterpart of CAMRA is PINT which I always found surprising (Promotie INformatie Traditioneel bier)
|21||LEGAL AID||Assistance needed by suitor getting shagged, having grabbed English lass? (5,3)
E[nglish] GAL (lass) inside LAID (getting shagged)
|23/12||FLIP FLOP||Skimpy wear reveals female “cheek sag” (4-4)
F[emale] LIP (cheek) FLOP (sag) – and an unpleasant image conjured by that surface – means it’s my clue of the week!
|25||CIGAR||Hamlet-like, topless, bent over – weedy thing! (5)
[t]RAGIC< The def. here is “weedy thing” referring to tobacco as the evil weed, but you could be forgiven for thinking “Hamlet-like” referred to cheapo stogie when in fact it was the noble bard’s finest tragic play
|26||GAS||Talk of ‘droop’ on the way back (3)
SAG< Def. Talk (not a homophone)
|27||BURNLEY||City born Hurley blowing top when interrupted by knight (7)
B[orn] then N (knight – chess notation) inside [h]URLEY
|28||IN A RUSH||Quickly! Ian’s turned on Geoffrey! (2,1,4)
(IAN)* AInd: turned, [Geoffrey] RUSH (the actor)
|1||CODSWALLOP||Doc’s brewed beer is crap (10)
(DOCS)* AInd: brewed. WALLOP (beer) Def. crap
|2||COCKATOO||Bird starts to apply tension overtly inside penis ring (8)
A[pply] T[ension] O[vertly] inside COCK (penis) O (ring)
|3||ON HEAT||Randy queen vacating a throne when screwed (2,4)
(A THRONE – R)* AInd: screwed
|4||BUM FLUFF||Adolescent’s down behind, cock up (3,5)
BUM (behind) FLUFF (cock-up)
|5||TRIO||Go berserk, top to bottom, for a threesome (4)
RIOT (go berserk) T moved to the top – Err. Hang on, why then does it say “top to bottom”? – I’ll think about this later.
|7||BAMBI||After book, lid taken off errant Miliband (nameless cute creature) (5)
B[ook] then (MILIBAND – LID – N)* AInd: errant. Strange, I’m sure there is another (New) Labour personality that could’ve been used to clue this word.
|9||GLENDA SLAGG||Our columnist occasionally getting leg over and shaking up good girls (6,5)
One for the Eye magazine aficionados. (LEG)* AInd: over, (AND)* AInd: shaking up, then G[ood] GALS reversed. I see Glenda’s byline picture has changed from demure to direct in recent weeks. What could this mean?
|15||NARCISSISM||Self-conceit: can Sir Dicky miss out? (10)
(CAN SIR)* AInd: dicky, (MISS)* AInd: out
|17||CLAPPING||VD? Make high-pitched sound, showing appreciation (8)
CLAP (VD) PING (Make high-pitched sound). Ping is a great word, and useful unix command and reminds me that I once worked with a Unix Administrator called Ping – Nominative determinism indeed. His brother was the famous Nimrod Ping. When his brother Peter returned to work after the funeral his hair was still dyed bright green – he explained it was that kind of funeral.
|18||ROGERING||Shagging Ginger or Dotty (8)
(GINER OR)* AInd: dotty. Talking of surnames, my girlfriend is French and has surname Roger “with hilarious consequences” (actually more usually written “Rodgers” Doh!)
|20||HACKER||Tabloids’ dishonest, phoney operator gets chop – taken to casualty (6)
HACK (chop) ER (casualty)
|22/24||LAGER LOUT||Gruel: a lot could produce a tight pain in the arse (5,4)
(GRUEL A LOT)* AInd: could produce.
It’s a good job I popped around to see my dyslexic friend last Sunday.
He had just got the boot polish out when I said “No you fool! You’re supposed to turn your clock back”