Posted by jetdoc on July 22nd, 2012
I didn’t have too many problems with most of this, but had difficulty working out the wordplay in 4d, for which I had written STRIPED without really thinking about it. A few LOL clues (and I don’t mean ‘lots of love’), with 6d possibly my favourite.
|8/28||STAND EASY||“Put up with gear that’s extremely lacking and extremely shitty” — that won’t hold soldiers’ attention
STAND = Put up with; EA = gEAr without its extremities; SY = extremely shitty. A drill command to troops, to stand in a more relaxed position
|9||THATCHER||House cover-up put in place by one ex-PM
Double definition: a thatcher puts up thatched roofs; Margaret Thatcher, whose name I cannot mention without spitting
|10/20||COALITION ACADEMY||Hole covered by dicey anatomical device in our classy establishment
*(O dicey anatomical) — commendable anagrammatic effort. Reference to the Private Eye feature The New Coalition Academy
|11/26||COLD FEET||No hot dogs, so loss of ardour?
Double definition: ‘dogs’, according to Chambers, can mean ‘feet’
|12||SQUIGGLE||“Short and curly thing” — she quite unkindly starts to laugh head off
SQU = first letters of ‘she quite unkindly’; [g]IGGLE = laugh without its first letter
|14||BEAUTY||Black was Sewell’s “pulchritude”
Referece to the novel by Anna Sewell; nothing to do with Brian Sewell
|16||COMMONS||MPs collectively walked over by all and sundry!
Double definition: MPs collectively; common land
|18||PLONKER||Rough drink put before US TV series tosser
PLONK = Rough drink; ER = US TV series, quite useful to crossword compilers
|23||CELIBATE||Full of bile, arsey Blanchett’s not having any of it
‘bile’ reversed, with ‘arsey’ as the reversal indicator; CATE Blanchett. Thanks to KeithW for pointing out that, strictly speaking, this is a reversal, not just an anagram.
|25||AFAR||Some way off being a resurrected Arafat? No thanks
Anagram (with ‘resurrected’ as the anagram indicator) of Arafat minus TA (thanks)
|27||TIDAL WAVE||It’s weird: leaders of Labour were actively recruited by Cameron — it’s overwhelming!
TI = *(it); LWA = leaders of ‘Labour were actively’; in DAVE = Cameron
|29||CEREBRUM||Brainy part of Conservative before joining City
C = Conservative; ERE = before; BRUM = City
|30/21||TAKES CARE OF||Deals with Kate, turning on Wills finally — a force to be dealt with
*(Kate); S = Wills finally; *(a force). I admit that I wrote the answer in before I worked out the wordplay, which I think is pretty clever.
|1||HSBC||Establishment revealing origins of half soaked business chiefs
First letters of ‘half soaked business chiefs’, which is quite appropriate given their reputation.
|2||SATANISM||As retired Brown is wanting end of LibDem and ’cult of Nick’
SA = ‘As’ retired; TAN = Brown; IS; M = end of LibDem. Definition: ’cult of Nick’
|3||EDGING||Rimming in bed, gingerly
Hidden in ‘in bed gingerly’. I will leave you to do your own research on the other meaning.
|4||STRIPEY||Undress, 2/3rds of organ revealed — barred
STRIP = Undress; EY = Private EYe. Definition: barred. Thanks to Andrew for clearing this one up.
|5||CANNIBAL||Boozer back in political faction — sort who’d have you for breakfast?
INN = boozer, reversed; in CABAL = political faction
|6||ACACIA||Bill with his spies, after the end of Monica’s bush?
AC = Bill; CIA = his spies; after A = the end of Monica. Definition: bush. Lovely clue!
|7||NEIL||Line dancing election loser
*(line). Reference to Neil Kinnock
|13||QUOTA||Queen turned out to get a slice of the cake
Q = Queen; *(out); A
|15||THEFT||Act of pinching pinkish organ?
Double definition: the crime; the Financial Times
|17||NO FUTURE||Financial leader, nut, gets involved with euro (which is nothing to look forward to)
*(F nut euro). Included in the lyrics of Anarchy in the UK
|19||NEBRASKA||State of underwear snatched by kinky sneak
BRA = underwear; in *(sneak)
|22||EARNER||Very old composer shafts Brenda — he should be paid for his efforts
Thomas ARNE; in ER = the Queen, aka Brenda
|24||LOLITA||Cameron’s confused text-speak when having sex with a precocious character
David Cameron famously did not know the meaning of LOL; IT = sex; A.
Reference to Lolita, the novel
A witty quip from Barry Cryer for you:
A couple are getting ready to go out for the evening. The wife has a new dress. She’s been getting ready in the bathroom, and emerges asking: “Does my bum look big in this?”. Her husband replies: “Well, to be fair, love it is quite a small bathroom.”