Posted by jetdoc on August 19th, 2012
With many apologies for lateness. Events conspired against me when it came to finding time to write this blog, though the puzzle itself was a relatively straightforward solve. I do hope you will excuse my having given priority, even at this pressured time of major househould refurbishment (it’ll look lovely when it’s finished), to attending all of what turned out to be a tremendously entertaining, if somewhat frustrating, test match at Lord’s.
|8||LIE IN WAIT||Get ready to pounce when Porky Wain rudely interrupts sex
LIE = Porky (porky pie); *(Wain), with ‘rudely’ as the anagram indicator; in IT = sex
|10||CABLE||Minister you might describe as twisted, ropey
Sort of double definition
|11||PISS OFF||Booze made unavailable to nark someone
PISS = booze; OFF = made unavailable
|12||MITHRAS||Has it off with Mr Divinity
*(Has it Mr)
|13||RED ALERT||Blair’s right wing broadcast altered: “Prepare for war?”
R = Blair’s right wing (rightmost letter); *(altered)
|16/18/19a||PRESS THE FLESH||Act like campaigning politician, producing part of media article on ’one’s family’?
PRESS = part of media; THE = article: FLESH = ’one’s family’
|21||SKETCH||Rough Sun needs craft
S = Sun; KETCH = craft. Definition: ‘rough’, used as a noun
|23/14||LITERARY REVIEW||Rival writer pissed with Eye and our volume assessment
*(Rival writer Eye). Literary Review is Private Eye’s book review feature
|26||STERNUM||Reckon on grabbing bird’s breast supporter
SUM = Reckon on; ‘grabbing’ TERN = bird.
|27||CABARET||Spartan appearing in pussy show
BARE = Spartan; in CAT = pussy
Cabaret, the musical
|28/9d||EXTRA TIME||Topless shagging treat arranged — I’m in and game to carry on for another half hour!
[s]EX = topless shagging; *(treat I’m)
|29||SOPORIFIC||Poor sci-fi freaked out druggy
|1||CLAPTRAP||VD net for balls
CLAP = VD (venereal disease); TRAP = net
|2||REUSED||Put back to work, said “no — eff-off!”
|3||ENNOBLES||Being seen hovering round bigwig on line gets one elevated to peerage
*(seen); around NOB = bigwig; L = line. Definition: gets one elevated to peerage
|4||HALF TRUTH||“Not a real whopper” — Henry, having 12 inches, hurt badly
HAL = Henry; FT = 12 inches; *(hurt). Not a complete lie.
|5||SCYTHE||Copper not full time shortly (they stupidly make cuts)
SC = Special Constable; *(they). Definition: make cuts
|6||ABORTIVE||Unsuccessful vibrator scrapped (electronic but no ’Reverse’)
Anagram of ‘vibrator‘ with E (electronic) but one less R (’Reverse’)
|7||SEESAW||Observes asshole Washington leaders’ rise and fall
SEES = Observes; AW = first letters of ‘asshole Washington’
|15||PERISCOPE||Pope cries out: “It helps one look over the masses”
|17||EYE TEETH||Double energy needed to hold still the screwing canines
EE = Double energy; ‘holding’ YET = still; *(the), with ‘screwing’ as the anagram indicator.
|19||FREEBORN||Unmastered, father has ultimate in the throbbing boner
FR = father; E = ultimate in ‘the’; *(boner)
|20||HAYSTACK||Fodder amassed by tabloid reporter concealing sources of yobbish senior tory antics
HACK = tabloid reporter; ‘concealing’ first letters of ‘yobbish senior tory antics’. Definition: Fodder amassed
|21||SUSSEX||Rye once here gets short American (or ‘Amwerican’ in the printed mag) shagging, etc.
S = short; US = American; SEX = shagging, etc.
Looks like Rye is now in East Sussex.
|22||CONMAN||Political party worker who’s out to have you
CON = political party; MAN = worker
|24||ADRIFT||Answer by Miliband at last: “Serious split — quite without purpose”
A = Answer: D = Miliband at last; RIFT = serious split
|25||AMPS||They put out a lot at pop festivals, when squeezing member
AS = when; ‘squeezing’ MP = member
No time for a joke this week. I promise at least two next time!