Posted by jetdoc on February 18th, 2013
I think there was some fairly tricky wordplay in this Cyclops — it took me a bit longer than usual. Was that just me, or do others agree?
|1||SCISSORS||State is holding radio prankster over cutting things
SC = South Carolina; IS; containing [Jonathan] ROSS, reversed (‘over’, which I’d prefer as a reversal indicator in a Down clue)
|6||BRASSY||Underwear’s sexy without once being shameless
BRA = Underwear; S[ex]Y (without EX = once)
|9||CREOLE||Cameron’s main function to keep in check Clegg’s core, vernacular language
C = Cameron’s main (‘main’ to indicate first letter? Hmm…); ROLE = function; containing E = Clegg’s core.
|10||ARBITER||Archer extremely resentful: “time lost, judge”
AR = Archer extremely (peripheral letters); BIT[t]ER = resentful, minus T
|11||LOOKALIKES||Our feature of features doubled
Reference to the Private Eye feature Lookalikes pointing out apparent similarities between two unrelated people (or cartoon characters)
|12/23||PIPE ORGAN||Seed expelled initially by penis, which gets the hymn-singers going?
PIP = Seed; E = expelled initially; ORGAN = penis
Musical instrument commonly used in churches or cathedrals, that produces sound by driving pressurized air (called wind) through pipes selected via a keyboard
|13||BACKUPS||They stand by bets, swallowing hard
BACKS = bets (not quite valid, because ‘backs’ is transitive, whereas ‘bets’ needs ‘on’ or ‘against’); swallowing UP = hard (erect)
|17||DECAMPS||Dave’s top “expert“, arse-over-tip politician with singular flies
D = Dave’s top; ACE = “expert“, reversed (arse-over-tip); MP = politician; S = singular. Definition: flies
|19||RECYCLE||Brenda overturned by revolution — don’t waste it!
ER = the Queen (Brenda, in Private Eye), reversed (‘overturned’, another reversal indicator which really belongs in a Down clue); CYCLE = revolution
|24||FRENCH KISS||Nick’s fresh balls-up which has tongues wagging
|26||GARMENT||General habit of bloke: squeezing member
GENT = bloke; ARM = member. Definition: general habit, i.e. a general-purpose term for an item of clothing
|27||ACTIVE||“Performing” Bill approved? Cyclops has
ACT = what a bill may become once approved by Parliament; IVE = Cyclops has
|28/15||ONE DAY AT A TIME||How to get through a dry period by avoiding seeing two or more ex-political broadcasters together?
Double definition: reference to the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous; Sir Robin Day, former political broadcaster
|29||PRETENCE||Posturing after tax returns concealed by crooked creep
NET = after tax, reversed; in *(creep), with ‘crooked’ as the anagram indicator
|2||CORPORATE||Round figure accepted by stupid prat in key part of a big company
O = round figure; *(prat); in CORE = key part
|3/22a||SHOCK JOCK||Balls’ protector, mass of hair on top, who’s out to wind up listeners
JOCK strap, ‘an undergarment originally designed for supporting the male genitalia (with which the Shadow Chancellor shares a name) during sports or other vigorous physical activity’ (and don’t forget, chaps, supporter wilt is dangerous!); with SHOCK = mass of hair, on top
|4||OVERLAP||Extension where beer belly hangs out
|5||SWANKY||Posh, extremely shitty, concealing self-abuse?
SY = extremely shitty (peripheral letters); WANK = self-abuse
|6||BABYSIT||Nappy contents not hot? Mind the mites
BABY S[h]IT = nappy contents, minus H (hot)
|7||ANTIPATHY||Elastic panty hose inverted tops at “Animus”
*(panty H I at), H I being the tops of ‘hose inverted’, and ‘elastic’ the anagram indicator. Definition: animus
|8||SCRAP||A bit of southern codswallop
S = southern; CRAP = codswallop
|14||KNACKERED||Worn out having a ball or two?
Double definition: very tired; endowed with male genitalia
|16||MILOSEVIC||Live comics about to go off atrocious leader
*(live comis), i.e. minus C = about.
Slobodan Milosevic, President of Serbia (originally the Socialist Republic of Serbia) from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000.
|18||PUFFERY||Smoker with yen for dodgy advertising
PUFFER = Smoker; Y = yen
|20||ENCLAVE||Conservative Neal’s outburst (very English): “Country surrounded by bloody foreigners“!
*(C Neal VE). A piece of territory entirely enclosed within foreign territory
|21||RED TOP||Sun’s far right wing boss with elevated beer belly?
I’m not quite sure about the wordplay for RED; POT = beer belly, reversed (elevated). Term for a tabloid newspaper. See Neil’s comment — I’m OK about R being the right wing of ‘far’, but I still don’t really get ‘boss’. Oh, OK, the ‘boss’ of a newspaper… though I’d have said Rupert Murdoch and whiever memebrs of his family he can still trust, in this case.
|25||KATIE||Price of the ultimate in shit in IKEA — horrendous?
T = the ultimate in shit; in *(IKEA), with ‘horrendous’ as the anagram indicator.
Katie PRICE, formerly known as Jordan
A Top Tip for you: CONVINCE people you have Tourette’s, by naming your dog Fuckwank.
If, like me, you are really bored of horsemeat jokes, it’s been a rather bare couple of weeks for witticisms. But it’s always worth checking out the wonderful Twitmericks for topical gems like this:
A slug of the nudibranch genus
Is able to cast off its penis
Then grow one at will
A wonderful skill
That makes up for said organ’s weeness.