Posted by beermagnet on February 20th, 2012
Which Odd couple is Cyclops alluding to I wonder: Cameron and Idi Amin? Al Capone and Robin Hood?
There’s an odd couple of bits of wordplay that are not pinned down to my satisfaction.
16D gave me most trouble and held me up more than anything at the end of solving,
|7||MISHIT||UK security service crap – was way off target (6)
M.I. (Military Intelligence – that famous oxymoron) SHIT (crap)
|9||AL CAPONE||Crown squeezed by one single mobster (2,6)
CAP (crown) inside A LONE (one single)
|10||TEAR-ARSE||Drop behind a human dynamo (4-4)
TEAR (drop) REAR (behind) – Most used as a verb in my experience when I was a nipper by my parents who were always telling me to stop tear-arsing around
|11||SPLASH||Piss, holding pint – get it everywhere (6)
P inside SLASH
|12/14||ROBIN HOOD TAX||Archer’s duty: extraction of a bigger share of income from wealthy types (5,4,3)
ROBIN HOOD (Archer) TAX (duty)
|15||PSYCHIC||Dealer in spirits? Three parts pissed but elegant with it (7)
[ti]PSY (pissed) CHIC (elegant) Last answer entered – clear once the C or Cheating appeared
|17||G-STRING||Fanny just wouldn’t be seen wearing one (1-6)
Cryptic – barely – in both senses
|20/21||THE ODD COUPLE||The Broadway play, film, and TV series, showing an occasional shag? (3,3,6)
THE ODD (an occasional) COUPLE (shag) The excellent Neil Simon play
|23||NANTES||French place that’s the end of Cameron? “— ‘e ‘asn’t adapted” (6)
[camero]N (‘E ‘ASN’T)* AInd: Adapted. I did a double take on this when I considered Nantes but then thought “but it hasn’t got an ‘H’ in it”
|25||A BIT MUCH||“Queer”, “butch” am I? That’s uncalled-for (1,3,4)
(BUTCH AM I)* AInd: Queer
|26||SHANGHAI||During bonk, name something that tops head almost – port (8)
Wordplay seems to start clearly enough: N[ame] inside SHAG (bonk)
But then how does HAI derive from the rest? (something that tops head almost)?
|27||MULISH||Stubborn as the Democrats, symbolically (6)
The symbol for the American Democratic party is a donkey and although a donkey isn’t a mule it is mule-ish.
|1||FINE ARTS||Drops one outside entrance of Institute North East for a bit of culture (4,4)
I[nstitute] N[orth] E[ast] inside FARTS (Drops one)
|2||CHERUB||Sweet innocent thing, Blair (excluding that is reduced unemployment benefit) (6)
CHER[ie] U[nemployment] B[enefit] That blair- another oxymoron?
|3||CAMERON||Leader who’s climaxed, one lacking in metal (7)
CAME (climaxed) [i]RON
|4||ACTS||Things agreed informally: removing head of penis does something (4)
[p]ACTS I’m sure there can be formal pacts too
|5||EPILATOR||Brewed IP Ale, rot – it won’t put hairs on your chest (8)
(IP ALE ROT)* AInd: Brewed.
|6||UNISEX||Naff Sun squeezing one divorcee of no particular gender (6)
I (one) inside (SUN)* AInd: Naff. EX (divorcee)
|8||TARANTINO||In whose films the actors swear sailor ain’t no Rocky (9)
TAR (sailor) (AINT SO)* AInd: rocky
|13||DESPOTISM||Badly missed squeezing belly and Stalin’s thing (9)
POT (belly) inside (MISSED)* AInd: badly
|16||CHEATING||Screwing around with male, Tina’s good (8)
I’m not sure where the C comes from here, or for that matter the anagrind. C(?) HE (male) (TINA)* AInd: ?? G[ood]
|18||NO EXCUSE||Not a justification for ordering sex on cue (2,6)
(SEX ON CUE)* AInd: ordering
|19||IDI AMIN||Cyclops would have one in the morning with popular murderous buffoon (3,4)
I’D (Cyclops would) 1 A.M. (one in the morning) IN (popular)
|20||TRASHY||Pisspoor attempt to outflank anti-smokers (6)
A.S.H. (anti-smokers) inside TRY (attempt) Action on Smoking and Health is a campaigning charity for something or another
|22||PIMPLE||Spot member stuck into mound (6)
MP (member) inside PILE (mound)
|24||SOHO||House after smarmy Osborne starts is a seedy place? (4)
S[marmy] O[sborne] HO[use] Not such a seedy place as a few decades ago.
The Celebrity Big Brother house has been burgled – victims are yet to be identified.