Posted by jetdoc on December 16th, 2012
Only a week since the last blog, I know — but this one has a submission deadline only three days after the publication date (though of course, many of us buy the Eye a couple of days before that). So I am getting the blog online to let you concentrate your energies on the Christmas puzzle, due later this week.
As so often happens, I sped through this puzzle… only to be completely stumped by just one clue, 19d, on which I needed help.
Here’s wishing you all a very wonderful Christmas and New Year, from me and also from Enigmatist, Elgar (OK, wrong blog, but who cares?), Io and Nimrod. We’re looking forward to lots more cruciverbal malarkey in 2013.
|5||RIOT ACT||Parliament’s attempt to stop dissenting groups: “Big city diplomacy”
RIO = big city; TACT = diplomacy. This 1714/15 Act of Parliament was described as “An Act for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies, and for the more speedy and effectual punishing the rioters”. No modern resonances then…
|7||IDYLLIC||Ordered to take time off, Lab, Lib, Independent and Con =leaders — charming!
[t]IDY = ‘ordered’, minus T (time); first letters (leaders) of Lab, Lib, Independent and Con
|10||CHELSEA BUN||Clinton has arse cheek roll?
CHELSEA Clinton; BUN = buttock (arse cheek)
|12||UPSTAGED||Having an erection, mounted, is put at a disadvantage
UP = having an erection; STAGED = mounted. Definition: put at a disadvantage
|14||RIDER||Dominant sex partner’s stipulation?
Double definition: whoever gets on top; a clause or corollary added to an already complete contract or other legal document
|55||ACT OF PARLIAMENT||Bill’s destiny: to be a luvvie and flirt with a MEP on a binge?
ACT = to be a luvvie; *(flirt a MEP on a), with ‘binge’ as the anagram indicator. A parliamentary Bill may become an Act in due course.
|18||SEMEN||Result of having come from club out of basement
’baSEMENt’ minus bat (club). Definition: result of having come
|20||COVER-UPS||Concealments of balls snatched by Bristol supporters?
OVER = six deliveries (balls) in cricket; in CUP = part of a bra, the supporter of a breast (a ‘Bristol City’)
|22/11||STAR SIGN||Cancer celebs accepted pocketing a lot of money?
STARS = celebs; IN = accepted; G = a grand (£1000)
|23||CROSS-PARTY||“Pissed off with shindig!” sums up Tory-LibDem sort of partnership?
CROSS = Pissed off; PARTY = shindig
|26||GRENADE||e.g. Brenda, topless, wantonly dangerous when unpinned
*(eg renda), with ‘wantonly’ as the anagram indicator and ‘topless’ to indicate that the B is removed from Her Maj’s Private Eye nickname. Grenades are dangerous when the pin is removed.
|1/24||HIGH TIDE||Main climax, getting pissed on new diet
HIGH = pissed; *(diet)
|2||STILETTO||Heel demands time to nuzzle into Lottie’s bust
T = time; in *(Lotties).
|3||CLOSED||Plonker taking up drugs should be locked up?
CLOD = plonker; containing ES = drugs (ecstasy tablets, E being a drug that finds its way into many a crossword clue), reversed (‘up’ in a down clue)
|4||GINGERSNAP||Quick bite making Chris Evans freak out?
GINGER = Chris Evans, who has ginger-coloured hair; SNAP = freak out
|6||CLEGG||’Power-sharer’ of little weight, taking the stage
CG = centigram (little weight); containing LEG = stage (part of a sporting event, etc)
|8||DENARII||Rained off international makes money for an old Italian
*(rained); I = international.
The denarius was a Roman coin.
|9/25||BBC DIRECTOR GENERAL||Hall now celebrated with boring Conservative Right routed
*(celebrated boring CR) — impressive anagram!
Tony Hall is the current holder of the poisoned chalice.
|13||PACE SETTER||Sun, at the end of the day, is after justification for stop and search (temporary front-runner only)
SETTER = Sun, at the end of the day; PACE = the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, providing ‘the core framework of police powers and safeguards around stop and search, arrest, detention, investigation, identification and interviewing detainees’
|16||PANACEA||Pot and crack (top grade), the universal fix
PAN = pot; ACE = crack (in the sense of ‘excellent, first-rate, expert’); A = top grade
A substance meant to cure all diseases, named after Panacea, a Greek goddess of universal remedy
|17||MARIANNE||Andrew getting end away with one Princess representative of France
Andrew MAR[r]; I = one; ANNE = Princess.
Marianne is a national emblem of France and an allegory of Liberty and Reason.
|19||MARKET||Demand from Miliband’s no.1 to head state, other-worldly!
M = Miliband’s no.1; ARK = Arkansas (state); ET = extra-terrestrial. It was the definition that I think deceived me here, but ’demand’ is valid.
|21||VISOR||Very Boris to go topless and shake knightly equipment?
V= very; *(oris) — ‘to go topless’ indicates that the B is dropped, and ‘shake’ is the anagram indicator. Good surface reading.
A Tweet from Frankie Boyle: “The BBC will miss Sir Patrick Moore — the only guy they had with a telescope who wasn’t pointing it at the local school playground.”
And a Christmas Top Tip: “WORK from home? Enjoy an office Christmas party fling by having a wank in the cupboard under the stairs.”.