Posted by jetdoc on December 10th, 2012
No major problems with this one… until I tried to parse 11a, which I had written in pretty much without thinking.
|7||BRIEFS||Shorts taken by defenders
Double definition — underwear; instruction which might be taken by defence lawyers
|8||SORCERER||Webber’s last score mangled by Brenda — “witch!”
*(R score); ER = Brenda, Private Eye’s name for the Queen.
|10||LISZT||Be inclined to imbibe unknown amount being only half pissed?
LIST = be inclined (lean); Z = unknown amount. Half of Brahms and Liszt
|11||NEGOTIATE||Arrange brief denial by Tony half doing a U-turn — one should get put away!
Neither I nor ’im sitting next to me can quite parse this — we’re looking at NEGATE, with half of TONY, reversed, and I (one) inside it; but ‘negate’ means ‘deny’, not ‘denial’. We’re assuming ‘Arrange brief’ is the definition. Over to you…Pandean, below, has come up with an explanation, for which many thanks.
|2/13||SHAKE YOUR BOOTY||Ostentatiously wiggle your arse for our toy boy, as clued by Cyclops?
If you shake (make an anagram of) OUR TOY BOY, you get YOUR BOOTY; and shaking something is how Cyclops might clue it. The definition is ‘Ostentatiously wiggle your arse’.
|16||MOBSTER||Dotty met Boris knocking one out — criminal
*(met Bors) — anagram of MET and BOR[i]S, with ‘dotty’ as the anagram indicator.
|18||KRILL||Wanker ultimately into top sea food
R = Wanker ultimately (last letter); KILL = top (murder)
|19||POLL BOOTH||Parrot Cherie, professionally: “Vote here”
POLL = Parrot; BOOTH = Cherie, professionally
|21||THROBBING||Reverse of high tension knocking off on the beat
TH = HT (high tension), reversed; ROBBING = knocking off
|23||OFTEN||Repeatedly lose an erection, going without head
[s]OFTEN. Definition: repeatedly
|24||CAPACITY||Impose limit on Athens’ chief financial centre’s size
CAP = Impose limit on; A = Athens’ chief; CITY = financial centre. Definition: size
|25||DEBRIS||Rubbish Miliband turned Tory darling? Sod all lost!
DE = ED Miliband; reversed; B[o]RIS = Tory darling, with sod all (O) lost
|1||SIESTA||At last Boris has a site suitable for a “short lie-down”
S = last letter of Boris; *(a site)
|2||OFF THE WALL||Unorthodox source of Cold War souvenir, so the tourist is told?
Double definition of sorts: unorthodox; reference to the Berlin Wall
|3||TODGER||Dick, pissed, got red
*(got red). ’Nuff said.
|4||SCAT||SNP’s chief whip’s ’hip’ vocalising
S = SNP’s chief; CAT = whip. Scat singing
|5||FREAK OUT||Fat Greek ultimately involved with euro fiasco — panic!
*(Fat K euro), where K = Greek ultimately
|6||CREEPY||Brown-nose celebrity’s butt? A bit weird
CREEP = Brown-nose; Y = celebrity’s butt
|7||BALLS UP||Fiasco means Labour frontbencher’s finished
Ed BALLS; UP = finished
|9||INCOME||Acceptable to have an orgasm? Top bankers want theirs much-enhanced
IN = Acceptable; COME to have an orgasm
|13||BABY BOOMER||Labour’s result, 1945–55 — Bobby Moore exchanged one for ring …
Anagram of Bobby Moore, with A (one) substituted for O (ring). Someone who was born (i.e. was the outcome of labour) during those post-war years. Officially, the baby boomer years are 1945–1964.
|15||STIRRUPS|| … “Labour can be given a leg-up by means of these”: whip, uppity prick
STIR = whip; SPUR, reversed = ‘uppity prick’. Apparently, stirrups can be used in an obstetric context.
|16||MALIGN||Merkel chiefly put in order? Rubbish!
M = Merkel chiefly; ALIGN = put in order. ‘Rubbish’ can be used as a verb.
|17||REHANGS||Gnasher’s balls: puts back in suspense
|18||KITSCH||School’s after equipment — cheap, vulgar stuff
SCH = School; after KIT = equipment
|19||PLINTH||Prince wants fabric hot bottom support
P = Prince; LINT = fabric; H = hot
|20||OUTCRY||Openly gay and keen to produce public disapproval
OUT = openly gay; CRY = keen
|22/14||BACK PASSAGE||Arse support success takes a long time
BACK = support; PASS = success; AGE = a long time
Take your pick of these from the Twittersphere (with which my spouse shares a planet):
“I won’t have a word said against Jimmy Savile. When I was just 8 years old, Jim fixed it for me … to milk a cow, blindfold.”
Top tip for Christmas: CONVINCE your friends you’re an angel by sticking a Christmas tree up your arse.
… or this, captioned by The Poke on Facebook as ‘Spectacular His’n’Hers T-shirt failure’: