Posted by beermagnet on April 1st, 2013
Some particularly fine smutty surface readings to the clues this week. The simple but effective 18A is my favourite.
|1||POMPOM||Member squeezed between balls during Cameron’s fancy ball? (6)
MP (member) inside O and O (balls) all inside PM (Cameron) Considered OOMPAH for a while
|5||NAPOLEON||Sleep with nothing on next to Blair, ‘neutral’ warmongering leader? (8)
NAP (sleep) O (nothing) LEO (Blair) N[eutral] Leo Blair – youngest child of Tony & Cherie, the most remembered of their 4 children (according to the 100 people asked by Pointless researchers in 2011). First child born to a serving PM in over 150 years. Can you believe that little baby will be a teenager this year?
|9||AT A PINCH||Fancy Captain Henry? If I really have to (2,1,5)
(CAPTAIN H[enry])* AInd: Fancy. A henry (symbol H) is the SI unit of inductance First answer attempted and entered – my eye is often caught by a letter count indicating a phrase.
|10||OCCUPY||Round bra size has sexy end to hold (6)
O (rond) C-CUP (bra size) [sex]Y
|11||SPERM COUNT||Assessment of the result of coming to have new input in organic computers (5,5)
(N[ew] COMPUTERS)* AInd: Organic. The wordplay comprising the second half of the clue almost implies a second def. Interesting Anagram Indicator
|13/14||POLL RATINGS||They’re sickening for Cameron at present? A strong pill prepared (4,7)
(A STRONG PILL)* AInd: Prepared.
|17||SUPPORT||Back with a hard-on, entering the fun (7)
UP (a hard-on) inside SPORT (fun)
|18||EWER||Big jug but chopper not hard (4)
|20/12||WHAT THEN||And the consequences when that’s ballsed up? (4,4)
(WHEN THAT)* AInd: ballsed up. Last answer. A curious one this. The anagram was well hidden from me, and is essentially a Spoonerism i.e. not much shuffling of the letters. I had trouble finding the definition in the clue.
|22||LOADS OF FUN||So gay is duff, also on rocks (5,2,3)
(DUFF ALSO ON)* AInd: rocks. Gay in its original meaning – “such fun”
|25||PAUNCH||Beer gut one located inside a now defunct organ (6)
A (one) inside PUNCH (defunct organ – the magazine)
|26||TEA PARTY||Conservative organisation wants state to intervene in ‘dodgy’ treaty (3,5)
PA (state, Pennsylvania) inside TREATY* AInd: dodgy. Favourite clue best PDM
|27||ISLANDER||Rum sort of person as the vilifier admits? (8)
I SLANDER (self-description of a vilifier) Rum (or Rhum) is one of the “Small islands” of the Inner Hebrides
|28||LAHORE||City of the Provencal topless tart (6)
LA (the Provencal – i.e. French) [w]HORE. I spent too long trying to think of a city ending in ART
|2||ON TOP||Leading place for missionary in the union? (2,3)
|3||PAPER CLIP||Rather flimsy material, Conservative on brink, often to be found in office (5,4)
PAPER (rather flimsy material) C[onservative] LIP (brink)
|4||MONICA||Name short woman reeling in Bill’s erection (6)
MO (short woman) IN* (reeling in) AC< (bill’s erection) This was particularly tricky. I only solved it from the crossing letters (after getting the M) plus final AC< wordplay element giving M-N-CA whence the name commonly found in the Eye puzzle in association with Bill
I think I have the wordplay but there may be more going on here. Again, the whole clue almost refers to Ms Lewinsky so could be a near &Lit.
|5||NEHRU||Old leader tucking her bust into rounded large body for security (5)
HER* AInd: bust inside UN< UN is a “large body for security” and rounded reverses it
|6||PROSTATE||Supporting government semen production aid (8)
|7||LICIT||Proper pests endlessly having sex (5)
LIC[e] (pests endlessly) IT (sex) I expect I wasn’t the only one trying to make LOCUS[t] work
|8||OPPRESSOR||Work with hacks primarily outing Rupert as a tyrant (9)
OP (Work) PRESS (hacks) O[uting] R[upert]
|13||PISSHEADS||Wee ambassador associated with sad bastard boozers (9)
PISS (Wee) HE (ambassador) SAD* AInd: bastard.
|15||NEWSFLASH||Virgin gets fluorine in piss, prompting programme interruption (9)
NEW (virgin) F[lourine] inside SLASH (piss)
|16||TOOL-SHED||Rake’s place to get penis to lose its skin? (4-4)
TOOL (penis) SHED (lose skin)
|19||ISRAEL||Country needs PM to dump extreme wings (6)
|21||TONGA||Monarchy involved in “Clintongate” (5)
Hidden in ClinTONGAte
|23||ASTIR||e.g. Wandsworth on the move (5)
A STIR i.e. a Prison e.g. Wandsworth – somehow found this tricky
|24/14||UTTER ROT||Absolute bollocks, what most speechifying politicians do? (5,3)
When I was driving to work the other morning and saw a cop texting whilst driving.
I was so shocked I almost dropped my pint.