Posted by beermagnet on June 11th, 2012
There was no obvious Jubilee theme from Cyclops – I assume he compiled it whilst wearing his union jack bowtie.
Solving initially seemed a little slow, but once a few answers delivered some crossing letters the grid was steadily filled.
I wonder if this “Diamond Jubilee” edition of the Eye will be its last – Judging by what I saw on TV I reckon they must’ve sold about 200,000 units of their “Flag-o-wave” device from the “Diamond Julibee Gnomemart”. That kind of profit might mean they could all retire.
|1||SHYSTER||Chuck, way before Brenda’s devious counsel (7)
SHY (Chuck) ST (way – Street) Er (Brenda)
|5||BUGGER||Professional with means of spying anal sex exponent? (6)
Double Def. in usual Eye style. An expontent of phone-tapping dark arts coupled with someone more used to rearguard action
|10/9/19||HEADS WILL ROLL||Kitchen waste stuffed inside loaf, bun – bastards responsible are going to suffer! (5,4,4)
SWILL (Kitchen waste) inside HEAD ROLL (loaf bun).
|11||DAILY MAIL||Cleaner gets outspoken bloke’s rag (5,4)
DAILY (Cleaner) MAIL (homophone “male” -bloke) aka the Daily Heil
|12||ABSTAIN||Muscles ain’t working, so lay off the sex? (7)
ABS (Muscles) AINT* AInd: working
The one French doctor getting to bottom of Sarkozy’s dirty washing (7)
LA UN (“The one” in French – sort of) DR (doctor) [sarkoz]Y. First clue answered. That “LA UN” device plus the def. was a give away
|14/22||PARTY RANK AND FILE||Cabinet ministers quite aloof from this sort of reception (odious with one initially divisive row) ? (5,4,3,4)
PARTY (sort of reception) RANK (odious) AN (one) D[ivisive] FILE (row). Last answer entered. Not sure what in the clue misled me.
|17/28||SIDE ISSUE||There’s a bigger problem than this party copy of Private Eye? (4,5)
SIDE (party) ISSUE (copy …)
|21||TOM SAWYER||The cat regarded you coarsely as an ‘adventurous character’ (3,6)
TOM (The cat) SAW (regarded) YER (You as pronounced by e.g. Yobs – see strip under crossword in magazine). Young Tom was adventurous, the book says so: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
|23||FLEA-BAG||“Try to escape the sack,” said a lousy type (4-3)
Homophone “Flee bag”
|25||LADYBUG||Spotty thing (American) gives female infection (7)
LADY (female) BUG (infection) I like to tink I’m reasonably tolerant of Americanisms, and probably use many without realising, but this is one I utterly detest. [Along with "cup cakes" - they're Fairy Cakes, FAIRY CAKES! - what have they got against fairies? (don't answer that)]
|27||OVER TO YOU||Public office first and foremost, dear solver, so speak now (4,2,3)
OVERT (Public) O[ffice] YOU (dear solver)
|29||ROTARY||Kind of club that would make Balls a Tory (right wing, anyway) (6)
ROT (Balls) A [to]RY. I thought this was a well constructed clue, with an excellent near &Lit surface
|30||GEE-GEES||Pop group wants new lead on which shirt might be put? (3-4)
Bee-Gees starting with a different letter
|1||SCHNAPPS||Drink breaks as announced by one who’s pissed? (8)
Drunken slur version of “Snaps”
|2||YEARS||Y-fronts extremely constricting of organ, producing periods (5)
Y[frnt]S around EAR (organ)
|3||TUSCANY||The Eye is able to enter the boundaries of Tony’s holiday place (7)
US (The Eye) CAN (is able) inside T[on]Y
|4||REDUNDANT||And, as Merkels said (after Balls in an outburst), “Not necessary” (9)
ED (Balls) UND (and – German version) all inside RANT (outburst)
|6||UP YOURS||Increase what you have and get stuffed (2,5)
UP (increase) YOURS (what you have)
|7||GUARDEDLY||Dread getting screwed in ugly squalor, having taken precautions (9)
DREAD* AInd: screwed, inside UGLY* AInd: squalor
|8||RALLY||Party gathering truly doesn’t have Clegg’s heart in it (5)
R[e]ALLY E from [cl]E[gg]
|15||ROOSEVELT||President putting short jumpers on First Lady (large tits opening) (9)
ROOS (short jumpers) EVE (first lady) L[arge] T[its]
|16||KIM IL SUNG||“Milking us rotten,” the people cried when he passed (3,2,4)
(MILKING US)* AInd: rotten. Super anagram+ind
|18||PROGRESS||Pervy groper’s reached far side of anus passage (8)
GROPERS* AInd: pervy [anu]S
|20||LOBSTER||Chuck needs rest, badly, being one getting stuck into pot? (7)
LOB (Chuck) REST* AInd: badly
|23||FLOOR||Stage girl with nothing on meets Queen? (5)
FLO (girl) 0 (nothing) R[egina]
|24||GOYA||Artist quit before “yes” from Fergie (4)
GO (quit) YA (posh version of Yer)
|26||BASTE||Being right out of underwear set, sadly, ensure flesh stays succulent (5)
B[r]A SET* AInd: sadly
My girlfriend and I walked past an incredibly expensive swanky restaurant.
“Did you smell that food?” she asked. “Incredible!”
Being the kind hearted soul I am, I thought: What the hell, I’ll treat her.
So we walked past it again.