Posted by jetdoc on February 5th, 2012
Oops, I hit ‘Publish’ before rescheduling this for midnight! I hope no one is discombobulated by the earliness.
Sorry about the lack of a witty title, but I just can’t think of anything.
A pretty quick solve for me, this week. 3d held me up for the longest, because of course I was reading more into it than is actually there. Several other clues (e.g. 19d, 21d) sound a lot ruder than they really are.
Clue of the week has to be 14d, for the apt anagram.
|9||INCUMBENT||Trendy copper (male), crooked current holder of office
IN = Trendy; CU = copper; M = male; BENT = crooked
|10||HIPPO||Hello! gets pop makeover for big-gobbed, bulky thing
HI = Hello; *(pop)
|11||SOMALIA||From where pirates sail off with Obama (airline dismissed)
*(sail Oma) — BA (British Airways) is removed from ‘Obama’ before anagramming
Piracy in Somalia
|12||AFFRONT||Indignity of a large cup size bust?
An F cup, in a bra, is a large one, so a large cup size bust could be ‘a F front’
|13/8||POTTY-MOUTHED||Talking dirty: “nuts articulated soundlessly”
POTTY = nuts; MOUTHED = articulated soundlessly
|15||DIGESTIVE||Sweet thing ecstasy-taking gits forced to enter sleazy club
IGST = *(gits), or ‘gits forced; E = ecstasy; in DIVE = sleazy club
|16||RECESS||The rest of MPs’ nooky place
Double definition: Parliamentary recess; a nook
|18||TORRID||Fiery politician gets end away — free!
TOR[y] = politician without end; RID = free
|22||SCEPTICAL||Dubious Cher oddly involved in plastic surgery
CE = odd letters of ‘Cher’; *(plastic)
|26||REACTOR||On the subject of luvvie: needs to be kept stable
Actors are luvvies in Eye-speak; reactors need to be kept stable
|27||QUARTER||Couple of pints gets Brenda cut up
QUART = 2 pints; ER = Brenda (the Queen)
|29||BRASH||Tacky underwear’s hot
BRAS = underwear; H = hot
|30||CHISELLER||Church is onto “gravitation-shedding” Uri’s cheat
CH = Church; IS; [g]ELLER (losing G for ‘gravitation’). Definition: cheat
|1||PISS-UPS||But they’re usually much more than a wee imbibing of drink
Play on the word ‘wee’ = PISS
|2||SCUM||“Filthy peasants” in Ceausescu mansion
Hidden in ‘Ceausescu mansion’
|3||EMPLOYEE||In former times a hand job performer
Double definition: ‘hand’ is an old word for ‘worker’; job performer
|4||SEX AID||It helps some people come out with ideas about Times
*(ideas), with ‘out’ as the anagram indicator (I’m not sure how the ‘with’ fits, except to improve the surface reading); X = times. Definition: ‘It helps some people come’
|5/28||STRAIGHT TALK||Doubly unlikely from a prevaricating, openly gay politician?
A prevaricating politician is unlikely to talk straight (directly); an openly gay one is unlikely to talk straight (heterosexually)
|6||SHAFTS||Shags keep quiet behind ship’s prow
SH = keep quiet; AFT = behind; S = ship’s prow
|7||OPPOSITION||Work situation required for Miliband’s lot
OP = Work; POSITION = situation. I wish Miliband’s lot would do a bit of effective opposing.
|14||THERESA MAY||“Heat, my arse!” snapped the politician who was disadvantaged by borderline ignorance?
Excellent to know that Theresa May is an anagram of ‘Heat my arse’!
The clue refers to this story
|17||SACK RACE||Booze nation’s sports event just for a laugh
SACK = booze (the old name of various dry white wines from Spain and the Canaries); RACE = nation
|19||RELEASED||Balls, after energy-packed laser treatment, hanging free?
*(e laser); ED [Balls]
|20||ASCRIBE||Put blame on “alcoholic leader”: hack
A = alcoholic leader”; SCRIBE = hack (journalist)
|21||SHARERS||They’re not selfish, people who ’do’ sheep, possibly dropping ecstasy
SH[e]ARERS, shearers being people who ’do’ sheep, E being ecstasy
|23||TETCHY||Stroppy City pissed with the Independent withdrawing
*(Cty the), with I (independent) removed before anagramming
|24/25||LIQUID LUNCH||£51 meal: the boozy hack’s daily indulgence?
LI = 51; QUID = £; LUNCH = meal. The liquid lunch is rather less acceptable these days.
Faute de mieux, here’s a Tommy Cooper joke, relayed to me by my spouse this very morning: I arrived home to find my wife (OK ‘the missus’) in tears. I said: “Whatever’s the matter?”. She replied: ‘I made you a steak and kidney pie, but the dog’s eaten it.” I said: “Don’t worry — I’ll get you another dog.”