Posted by beermagnet on October 1st, 2012
An enjoyable solve. Although more than half fell in the first pass, the rest needed deconstruction of some interesting wordplay.
Solving and blogging this took place at a time when there was a surfeit of stories to satirise in the news. Hot on the heels of Harry and the LA tarts (does anyone in the US really play billiards these days?), we have dastardly paps snapping our future Duchess of Edinburgh (is that right?) half a mile away while trying to avoid tan lines. One thing to come out of it was the tribute during this long-running snooker competition. Then, Nick Clegg, nick clegg, … a very sorry man …
… by the time this blog comes out this version will probably be Number 1 in the chart!
|7||BALMORAL||Brenda’s place to back Miliband’s shrunken lot – honest! (8)
LAB< MORAL (honest)
|8||UNESCO||Some misfortune, Scotland representing an international body (6)
Hidden in misfortUNE SCOtland. First in. Consider myself fortunate seeing this straight away, hidden answers like this often embarrassingly resist solving (like 18D below).
|10||SPLASH||Put power in piss and get it all over the place (6)
P[ower] inside SLASH (piss) Why does this definition make me think of Henry Cooper?
|11||MISHMASH||Cyclops is back and quiet graduate’s hard – a confused mess (8)
I’M< SH (quiet) MA’S (graduate’s) H[ard]
|12||QUEEN’S SPEECH||“Every year one must utter it: it gets one’s member back working” (6,6)
DD (as related by Brenda). With regard to the second def., the Queen doesn’t really have an MP as she is constitutional disallowed from voting. As head of state she does have oversight of the whole parliament, so strictly “member” should be pluralised.
|15||LIBERTY||Old politician changing tyre – Independent types are at it (7)
LIB (Old politician) TYRE* AInd: changing
|17||TROLLOP||Grotesque thing, getting work as a tart (7)
TROLL (Grotesque thing) OP (work)
|19||VOTE-CATCHING||Conservative working with TV once a night (not new): aimed at the electorate (4-8)
(C[onsevative] TV ONCE A NIGHT – N)* AInd: working. Last answer. Deduced from wordplay in the end after getting stuck thinking the second word was Watching.
|22||CULTURED||Arty foreign priest holding topless slut off on date (8)
CURE (foreign priest) around [s]ULT on D[ate]
|23||RODENT||Or maybe Countdown expert’s beaver? (6)
OR* AInd: maybe, DENT (Countdown expert – ref Susie D – amazingly she’s been on the show for 20 years)
|25||ABACUS||Bill, entering No. 10 perhaps, is after a calculator (6)
AC (Bill – account) inside A BUS (No. 10 maybe)
|26||SANDWICH||Squeeze between two things: WC and his nuts (8)
(WC AND HIS)* AInd: nuts
|1||DAMP SQUIB||Anticlimax, lawyer getting Cameron to return dated satirical article (4,5)
DA (lawyer) PM< (Cameron to return) SQUIB (dated satirical article)
I had to check Squib and find it is indeed a term for a piece of satire like a lampoon (I only knew of the firework and its damp derivative)
|2||EMMA||Express leader article about twice-married familiar luvvie (4)
E[xpress] M[arried] M[arried] A (article) – Ref. Emma Thompson – Not the original Luvvie according to her (or the OED)
|3||URCHIN||Toss leader off with elected young scruff (6)
[l]URCH (Toss leader off) IN (elected). Not sure about Lurch=Toss – best I can think of as I’m pretty sure the answer is correct
|4||FLEMISH||Europeans try to get information about ex-LibDem MP with no bit on the side (7)
FISH (try to get information) about LEM[bit] Ref. Lembit Opik publicity hungry author of “The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Estonians”
|5||BUM STEER||Covered in piss, must broadcast misinformation (3,5)
BEER (piss – oh no, not again) around MUST* AInd: broadcast
|6||VERMICELLI||Sick Blair, according to Eye, back recruiting timid types – “topping” (10)
MICE (timid types) inside (i.e. recruited by) ILL (sick) REV (Blair, according to Eye – Ref. the long running St Albion Parish Newsletter feature in the Eye)
|9||COSH||So, bastard Hague’s leader after Conservative Club (4)
SO* AInd: bastard, H[ague] after C[onservative]
|13||EYE CONTACT||Looking at a looker’s organ, intercourse follows (3,7)
EYE (organ) CONTACT (intercourse)
|14||ROUGHNECK||Yob giving coarse kiss and grope (9)
ROUGH (coarse) NECK (kiss and grope)
|16||THE PRESS||Hacks producing article getting push (3,5)
THE (article) PRESS (push)
|18||LADDISH||Like Prince Harry, somewhat glad Di’s history? (7)
Hidden in gLAD Di’S History.
|20||CORONA||Phwoar, topless Lisa’s first cigar! (6)
COR (Phwoar) [m]ONA (topless Lisa)
|21/24||DUMB DOWN||Assume audience is thick, inarticulate and depressed? (4,4)
DUMB (inarticulate) DOWN (depressed)
No dreadful joke this week but here’s an arithmetical limerick I chanced upon recently:
A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.