Posted by beermagnet on March 19th, 2012
How many tabloid editors or execs will end up in “Stalag Leveson”?
Expectations are being laid by the number of people that have been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden, but preparations are being put in place for rearguard action claiming the openness of Leveson means fair trials will not be possible. I would be beyond ironic if that defence means crooks get off.
So will anyone other than footsoldiers like Goodman and Mulcaire ever pick up their just desserts?
The solving experience was straightforward all the way down to the last few which ended up being in the bottom left corner where the definition in 19D SHORTS resisted understanding till the answer was spotted from the crossing letters.
|9||OBSCURITY||Celeb’s nightmare? Forced drug-free sobriety when copper breaks in (9)
CU (copper) inside (SOBRIETY – E (drug-free))* AInd: Forced
|11/26||LEVESON INQUIRY||Uncomfortable experience for tabloid chiefs, i.e. in nervously, deviously, circumventing question (7,7)
Q (question) inside (I.E. IN NERVOUSLY)* AInd: deviously.
|12||ART FORM||“Topless Slapper From Barking” film? (3,4)
[t]ART (FROM)* AInd: Barking. Question mark on def. to indicate film is an example of an Art Form
|13||GROIN||Member’s area: enter to embrace Right (5)
R inside GO IN
|14||HALF-CROWN||‘Old money‘, drink – something that goes to Brenda’s head (4-5)
HALF (drink – as in half of bitter) CROWN (Her Maj only wears a crown “occasionally”, apparently). A half-crown was my favourite coin, probably because for a long time it was my weekly pocket money
|16||PRIME MINISTER||Cameron? Po-faced, ultimately false, undistinguished man needing to keep elected (5,8)
PRIM (po-faced) [fals]E then IN (elected) inside MISTER (undistinguished man) One of those clues that take far longer to understand and explain the wordplay than spot the answer
|20||HALITOSIS||Soil: has it remedied the cause of stinking pants? (9)
(SOIL IT HAS)* AInd: remedied. Pants as in breathes
|22||LOCKS||By which opponent’s members are immobilised (hairy things) (5)
Double Def. at least (immobilisation and hair) but is their more going on in the early part of the clue?
|24||RAT TRAP||Restricting situation when member turns to right of arse (3,4)
RAT (arse) PART< (member)
|27||SPLIT VOTE||Stalemate election: pisspoor ITV pollster left right away (5,4)
(ITV POLLSTER – L – R)* AInd: pisspoor
|28||ORGAN||Maybe your member‘s investing a lot of money in port (5)
G (a lot of money = Grand = G) inside ORAN (port – in Algeria) We’ve seen the G as a lot of money used before, and ORAN (Wiki) is not the most familiar port that springs to mind.
|1||STALAG||Camp sailor gets end away in slut’s embrace (6)
TA[r] inside SLAG
|2||SEASON||The drink gets legs ultimately – no frigging spring? (6)
SEA (the drink) [leg]S NO* AInd: frigging. I can only regard frigging as an anagram indicator rather than a reversal ind.
|3||JOHN THOMAS||Knob of jam spread with hot nosh (4,6)
(JAM HOT NOSH)* AInd: spread. Favourite clue due to smooth surface
|4||ASDA||Miliband, ass, ends up in drunk’s last resort store (4)
[miliban]D [as]S reversed inside AA (drunk’s last resort)
|5||BUTTOCKS||Arse nevertheless half functions as a clock (8)
BUT (nevertheless) TOCKS (half of tick tocks)
|6||GIGOLO||Performance on loo – horrible but he gets paid to do it (6)
GIG (performance), LOO* AInd: horrible
|8||SAVIOUR||Cameron extremely lacking in rank as one who’s supposed to deliver (7)
[d]AV[e] (Cameron extremely lacking) inside SOUR (rank) but where does the I come from? Surely the “one” in the clue must be part of the def.
|10||YEMENI||The twee blokes on Independent from the country (6)
YE (“the” in a twee manner) MEN (blokes) I[ndependent]
|15||LANDSLIDES||Slimy descents things of the past for UK political parties? (10)
|17||MATURITY||I say squeezing a bird round the old place amounts to manhood (8)
UR (the old place) inside TIT (bird) inside MAY (I say ?)
|18||ETCHING||Gagging: not right impression (7)
|19||SHORTS||Pants and takes the line of least resistance? (6)
Double Def. One as in short circuit. Last answer – good clue.
|21||LET FLY||Grant has ‘opening of trousers’ attack (3,3)
LET (grant) FLY (opening of trousers)
|22||LIQUOR||Booze gets Queen in IOU fiddle – squeezed by political extremes (6)
Q[ueen] inside IOU* AInd: fiddle, all inside L and R (political extremes)
|23||SAYING||“Gays in circular saw!” (6)
(GAYS IN)* AInd: circular
|25/7||POOR TASTE||Shit Blair finally ruined state – lack of appreciation of social niceties (4,5)
POO (shit) [blai]R (STATE)* AInd: ruined.
The half-crown answer reminds me of when I was at school. I used to get into trouble for handing in my homework late. One day I found a book “Excuses and Lies for All Occasions”. Unfortunately the dog ate it.
Later at university I took a course in Genetic Engineering. Unfortunately my homework ate the dog.