Posted by jetdoc on May 28th, 2012
An entertaining Cyclops puzzle this fortnight, with some clever wordplay. I think the very first clue, 8a, has to be my favourite.
|8||UNDERDOG||Don’t spy on park shaggers enough to be a likely loser?
Dogging is ‘engaging in sexual acts in a public or semi-public place (such as a car park), or watching others doing so’, and if you don’t do enough of it, you must be underdogging. And the clue is a double definition.
|9||UNTRUE||Archer tale may well be turn off — upset whole bloc of countries
*(turn); EU reversed. Jeffrey Archer is known for his somewhat free and easy relationship with the truth.
|11||WHEAT||It’s corny, the end of Labourite in question
E = end of Labourite; in WHAT(?), a question
|12||THIS WAY UP||Cyclops get stuck into awful pushy twat endlessly seen on the box?
I = Cyclops; in *(pushy twa). Seen on packaging boxes, rather than the TV.
|13||MATTHEW||Familiar ex-Tory MP hack, tense inside: “What, me outed?”
T = tense; in *(what me). Refers to Matthew Parris, journalist and former Tory MP, who ‘came out as a homosexual in a late-night debate in the Commons in 1984 but, by his own admission, nobody noticed.’
|15||BOASTER||Shaking trouser snake first, our retiring cocky type
BOA = snake; *(tser) — anagram of ‘trouser’ minus ‘our’, with ‘shaking’ as the anagram indicator and ‘retiring’ indicating that the ‘our’ drops out. Tricky wordplay here — had I not been blogging it, I would probably have just written the solution in and not bothered too much about how to get there from the clue.
|17||CROWNING GLORY||Hair, in a funny way, is our Brian’s long-desired high point?
Double definition: humorous word for hair; what Prince Charles (aka Brian, in Private Eye) looks forward to, i.e. accession to the throne
|21||WORKTOP||US counter’s ’Labour’ T-shirt?
WORK = labour; TOP = something of which a T-shirt is an example. I am not sure whether ‘worktop’ or ‘counter’ is the US term; Chambers doesn’t say either is.
|22||TORNADO||Limitless bank returns with Balls’ party — twister!
TOR = ‘rot’ reversed; NA = [b]AN[k] reversed (‘limitless means the peripheral letters are removed); DO = party
|24||NO STRINGS||Unrestricted feature of air guitarist?
Air guitar does not involve strings.
|27||CROWD||Russell gets end away on date for the press
Russell CROW[e]; D = date. Definition: press
|28||LEADER||Hint: Brenda gives head
LEAD = Hint; ER = the Queen (Brenda)
|29/25||SYMPATHY SHAG||Jump, for pity’s sake!
Sexual congress (‘jump’) participated in because one feels sorry for the other participant
|1||MUGWUMP||Pot starts to wise up politician, a self-important type
MUG = pot; WU = starts to wise up; MP = politician. A Native American chief; a person of great importance, or one who thinks himself or herself to be so; someone who keeps politically aloof
|2||ADVENTURER||Maybe Alice’s coming over topless old German artist
ADVENT = coming; [D]URER topless old German artist (Albrecht Dürer).
Alice had Adventures in Wonderland.
|3||CROTCH||Cold bollocks? Check genital area
C = Cold; ROT = bollocks; CH = check (in chess)
|5||SNOWBALL||Drink present in second testicle
NOW = present; in S BALL = second testicle
|7||PEEPERS||Mince pies piss off reps
PEE = piss; PERS = *(reps), with ‘off’ as the anagram indicator. Cockney rhyming slag for ‘eyes’
|10||MISBEGOT||Ill-conceived as Britain’s premier consumed by unbridled egotism
B = Britain’s premier; *(egotism)
|14/4||WHIPPING POST||Punishing location — Nick needs fix and good support
whip = Nick (STEAL); PIN = fix; G = good; POST = support
|16/6||TERRACOTTA ARMY||Chinese figures inscrutably unmoved by the views of the masses
I assume that ‘inscrutably unmoved by the views of the masses’ just indicates that the Terracotta Army have stayed inanimate despite being much viewed at exhibitions.
|18||WATER BED||Appropriate retirement place for a ’wet’?
|19||SWINDLE||Man, say, first off, is full of empty talk (Sting)
[I]SLE, e.g. Isle of Man; WIND = empty talk. Definition: sting
|20||DOG DAYS||Ex-political interviewer in boxers, it being a hot time?
Robin DAY; in DOGS = boxers.
Dog Days (Latin: dies caniculares) are the hottest, most sultry days of summer
|23||RECIPE||Clegg’s first one to be entertained by corrupt peer — the makings of a fool?
C = Clegg’s first; I = one; in *(peer). A recipe could be for Fruit fool.
|26||STYX||Over which the underworld jams broadcast
The underworld is over the River Styx. And it sounds like (‘broadcast’) ‘sticks’ = jams.
I might manage to edit this by adding a joke or humorous link, but I can’t think of one now (Sunday afternoon).
… OK, not exactly risqué, but… A photon checked into a hotel, and the porter asked if he would like any help with his luggage. “No thanks,” said the photon, “I’m travelling light.”
… which reminds me: Two ducks checked into a hotel, and phoned room service for some condoms. “Would you like those on your bill?” they were asked.