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Cyclops 463

Posted by jetdoc on March 5th, 2012


As Cyclops puzzles go, I thought this was pretty straightforward — none of those stubborn clues that hold you up once you have solved everything else. As usual, plenty of witty surface readings to keep it entertaining.

7/18 ANGELA MERKEL Sponsor France’s main intervention in leak about Sarkozy’s unlikely partner?
ANGEL = Sponsor; MER = France’s main (sea); in *(leak), with ‘about’ as the anagram indicator
9 AT LENGTH Given rein, most politicians will go on this
Double definition, of sorts
10 DEFENDANT “Eden? F-off!” — day TV presenter who’s in the dock
*(Eden F); D = day; ANT = TV presenter (half of Ant and Dec). Definition: who’s in the dock
12 LENIN Extreme Left-winger Neil Kinnock’s heart broken
*(Neil N), N being ‘Kinnock’s heart)’
13 WRAITHS Spooks from Washington protecting Republican shit organisation
WA = Washington (US state); R = Republican; *(shit)
15 REPLACE Brenda taken aback: “One’s removed from one’s residence (as one’s son would to do to one)”
RE = ER (the Queen, aka Brenda) reversed (taken aback); P[a]LACE = “One’s (A is) removed from one’s residence”
17 RESIGN Peres ignored accommodating surrender
Hidden in ‘Peres ignored’
22 FIGHTER Her gift: screwing a soldier
*(Her gift). Definition: a soldier
24 RUSTLER Criminal nuts lust after Queen Brenda
*(lust), with ‘nuts’ as the anagram indicator; after R = Queen; ER = Brenda (see above)
25 ON-OFF Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am guy’s sort of relationship?
Another sort of double definition, which speaks for itself
27 PANTYHOSE Tories, say, needing time to replace Right and water down members’ cover-up
‘party’ (Tories, say), with T (time) replacing R (right) would give PATTY rather than PANTY (Thanks to Dave for pointing out what I should have noticed!); HOSE = water down. Definition: members’ (legs’) cover-up
30 DELIVERY Labour’s ultimate goal turned Miliband slightly ill?
DE = ED (Miliband) reversed (turned); LIVERY = slightly ill. ‘Labour’ in the sense of childbirth
31 GAFFER One at the top who’s prone to cock up public statements?
Double definition: foreman, boss; one who makes gaffes
3 STATURE Reputation of peer involving Tories useless leaders
STARE = peer; involving TU = first letters of ‘Tories useless’
4/1 WELL PAID Private Eye will stuff outside independent fat cat’s modest description?
WELL = we (Private Eye) will; PAD = stuff; outside I = independent
5 AGENDA The business that connects one with low-down duck’s arse
A = one; GEN = low-down (information); DA = duck’s arse (a hairstyle popular during the 1950s
8 GUFFAWS Bollocks? Saw off for laughs
GUFF = Bollocks (rubbish); *(saw), with ‘off’ as the anagram indicator
13 WAR OF WORDS Slanging match following articles LibDem leader removed from sci-fi classic
The War of the Worlds, with the two definite articles and L (LibDem leader) removed
14/11 TIGHT ARSE Scrooge pissed with Bottom
TIGHT = pissed; ARSE = Bottom. What an appropriately economical clue!
16 PRESS Mangle hacks!
Double definition: a mechanical laundry aid; journalists
19 KILL OFF Dicky’s after top way to dump soap character?
OFF = dicky (unwell); after KILL = top (verb)
20 DRIP-DRY No need to press a wet (not what he ought to be)
a DRIP is a wet, and DRY is not what he ought to be.
21/6 IRON CHANCELLOR “Heavy metal” Osborne’s butch description of 7/18?
IRON = heavy metal; CHANCELLOR = Osborne. Angela Merkel could be thus described.
23 GOODLY Sizeable testicle appears round foot of bed
GOOLY = testicle; round D = foot of bed
26/28/2 FIVE YEAR PLAN In a flap with every pisspoor grandiose political scheme
*(In a flap every), with ‘pisspoor’ as the classic Private Eye anagram indicator
29 EURO Bit of a poseur outlays dodgy money
Hidden in ‘poseur outlays’

Got a train to catch, so I haven’t much time to add a joke. For those who didn’t see it on Facebook, then, here is the magnificent front page from Friday’s Daily Telegraph:

4 Responses to “Cyclops 463”

  1. DaveMiller says:

    Confused by 27 across. Got same answer, but if ‘T’ replaces ‘R’, makes pattyhose, no? Where does the N come from to make ‘panty’, from needing?

  2. jetdoc says:

    Goodness, you are right! Just shows how much I actually think when I solve clues. I think it has to be a mistake.

  3. simon says:

    I too was confused buy the N. Wikipedia has an article about something called Ntime
    As usual, I found it very straightforward – apart from the ones which weren’t.

  4. lemming says:

    I took it to be ‘N[eeding] T[ime]’ replacing ‘RT’, though that did seem rather weak. But a search for acronymic NT does rake up “No Time”, so perhaps that, perhaps less weak?

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