Posted by jetdoc on June 24th, 2012
A Cyclops of average difficulty this week (seems like I always say that!), with nothing that held me up for long. I will go for 9d as my fave clue, for its complete absurdity.
|7||BROWNING||Poet ‘doing a Gordon’?
Robert Browning; reference to Gordon Brown
|8||PELVIS||Penny and rock star moved when having a shag
P = Penny; ELVIS Presley, presumably, though personally I much prefer Elvis Costello. The pelvis is moved when having a shag.
|10||FUNGI||Staleness round middle of penis? Stick iodine on growth
FUG = staleness; round N = middle of penis; I = iodine
|11||SNOWDONIA||Quite peaky, this pissed Adonis comes round promptly
*(Adonis); round NOW = promptly. Snowdonia is quite peaky.
|12||OPTICAL||Eye’s description when drunken sot bows out of post-coital confusion?
Anagram of ‘post-coital’ minus S, O and T. Good clue.
|14||NAFF ALL||Nothing vulgar about groupie having tumble
FAN = groupie, reversed; FALL = tumble. Euphemism for ‘fuck all’ = nothing
|16||NUMBER CRUNCHING||Lord Gnome’s vital statistics even more dull before consuming the hard stuff
NUMBER = even more dull; CRUNCHING = consuming the hard stuff. A reference to the excellent Private Eye feature which compares statistics and thus highlights examples of insanity
|19||SHAFTED||Balls trailing after Ray screwed?
SHAFT = ray; ED Balls, Shadow Chancellor and MP for Morley and Outwood
|20||NOTEPAD||’Tone’ forced to pussyfoot being PC?
*(Tone), with ‘forced’ as the anagram indicator; PAD = pussyfoot. A type of personal computer (PC)
|22||MANHATTAN||City’s major financial, etc. centre — Brown after bloke with cover
MAN = bloke; HAT = cover; TAN = brown
|26||ERSATZ||Substitute arse formed (pimple turned one out)
*(arse); Z[i]T = pimple, minus I and reversed
|27||DUTCH CAP||For one who’d have no conception of a European country’s fiscal measure
Double definition: a contraceptive device which, according to the website, “to the best of our knowledge … is no longer being manufactured anywhere”; a fiscal measure applied in the Netherlands.
|1||BONNET||Hood, good Sarkozy-style, to cover bag
BON = good, in French; NET = bag, in the sense of ‘catch’
|2||INDISCREET||Tactless girl’s puncturing sad, loveless erection
DI’S = girl’s; in *(ERECTIN), i.e. ‘erection’ minus O = love
|4/3||DEAD ENDS||Numb butts not welcomed by go-ahead types
DEAD = numb; ENDS = butts
|5||SVENGALI||Evil controller, Sun, leaving in disgrace
S = sun; *(leaving), with ‘in disgrace’ as the anagram indicator.
|6||ISRAEL||State of our old PM releasing grip of celebrated car crash victim
Former Prime Minister Benjamin DISRAELI, minus DI, Diana, Princess of Wales
|7||BUFFOON||Brown got by balls — name the joker!
BUFF = Brown; OO = balls; N = name
|9||DOWNTURN||Horrible turd comes round to admit Cameron’s final decline
*(turd); OWN = admit; N = Cameron’s final. Very inventive!
|13||LUCIDITY||Clear expression of woman stifling Cyclops on date with sex
LUCY = woman; I – Cyclops; D = date; IT = sex
|15||FACE TO FACE||Act odd with a coffee? That’s not how the bugger would do it
*(act a coffee). Depending on your definition of ‘bugger’, interpret this as you will.
|17||MEANNESS||Spiteful thing, Ann Widdecombe finally in the shit
ANN; E = Widdecombe finally; in MESS
|18||GIDDY UP||Rather unsteady with an erection? Get a move on!
GIDDY = rather unsteady; UP = with an erection
|19||SEMTEX||Met. in trouble (infiltrating Congress) — explosive stuff
*(Met); in SEX = congress
|21||PIRACY||Depp’s movie activity, being self-righteous and vulgar
PI = self-righteous; RACY = vulgar. I believe Johnny Depp was in Pirates of the Caribbean.
|23/25||ARTY FARTY||Tray misused as a windbreaker, Brian Sewell fashion?
*(tray); FARTY = prone to fart, therefore a breaker of wind.
Brian Sewell (do check this one out — it’s worth it… and there’s more Johnny Depp in piracy mode!)
|24||NOUS||Sod all in tabloid uplifting, which makes good sense
O = sod all (nothing); in SUN, reversed, or tabloid uplifting
Finally, I take this opportunity to say that, on 7 July, I will be taking part in Race for Life in Finsbury Park, in aid of Cancer Research UK. If you could spare a little sponsorship money, please go to my fund-raising page.