Posted by jetdoc on April 15th, 2013
Pretty straightforward, I thought, unlike a few of the slightly more challenging recent ones; but none the worse for it. It’s 10 days or so since I solved it, but I don’t recall any major difficulties. Mind you, I am still a bit migraine-ravaged…
No special fave clue, but I like 5a, 17a, 1d and 21d.
8EGGNOGHot drink no good after turkey, potentially
NO; G = good; EGG = potentially a turkey (if it was laid by a turkey in the first place)
|1||FOPPISH||Preening female at work, half high on heroin
F = female; OP = work; PIS[sed] = half high; H = heroin. Definition: preening
|5||BICEPS||Arm-raisers with an “either sex OK” attitude, against Anglican Church’s taking power?
BI = with an “either sex OK” attitude; CES = Anglican Church’s (Church of England’s); containing P = power
|10||FRACKING RIGS||Inflicting torture during wanks: rather controversial means of releasing gas
RACKING = inflicting torture; FRIGS = wanks
|9||MORALITY||Liam mucked about with Tory honesty and integrity
(And thanks to Brian for pointing out that I missed this one out)
|12||THRONGS||Hosts require minimal coverage by Sun about Rupert’s introduction
THONG = minimal coverage; S = Sun; containing R = Rupert’s introduction. Both throngs and hosts can mean large numbers of people.
|14||IGNOBLE||Mean, on reflection, private peer
GI = US Army private, backwards (‘on reflection’); NOBLE = peer
|15||BARE ASS||Naked American pissed as a Serb
*(As a Serb). A term meaning ‘naked’ in the US.
|17||HOLY SEE||Wallowing, yes, in dump presided over by the pope
*(yes), with ‘wallowing as the anagram indicator; in HOLE = dump
Often incorrectly referred to as the Vatican (very kitsch website), the Holy See is not the same entity as the Vatican City State, which came into existence only in 1929. So now you know.
|20||STATE PENSION||Government handout, say, gets a holiday place abroad
STATE = SAY; PENSION = holiday place abroad (B&B in France)
|23||FLEXIBLE||Feel bad about voter’s choice: beaten Lib. yielding
*(Feel); X = voter’s choice; *(Lib). Definition: yielding
|24||LARKIN||He did lines of heroin finally after frolic with Cyclops
N = heroin finally; after LARK = frolic; with I = Cyclops.
Philip Larkin did lines, in the sense that he was a poet.
|25||ON EDGE||Feeling restless, done getting screwed? Say “turning over”
*(done) = done getting screwed; EG = Say, “turning over”
|26||TRY IT ON||Tory nit given a makeover — see just how far one can go?
|1||FIGUREHEAD||Reckon a sexual act produces a crafty bust?
FIGURE = reckon; HEAD = oral sex, as mentioned in the wonderfulWalk on the Wild Side. A figurehead can mean ‘a figure or bust under the bowsprit of a ship (craft).
|2||PANIC||Screwed in a dividing copper flap
*(in a); ‘dividing’ PC = copper
|3||INGOING||Entering office being elected, then resigning
IN = elected; GOING = resigning
|4||HOMAGE||Tool covers Private Eye, though shrunken? Respect!
HOE = tool; MAG[azine] = Private Eye, though shrunken
|5||BARKING||Greater London area nuts
|6||COLOSTOMY||Small business worried mostly about ring procedure to divert motions
CO = Small business; *(mostly); containing O = ring. Definition: procedure to divert motions; ’nuff said.
|7||PITT||Depression hits tense prime minister
PIT = depression; T = tense
Could be Pitt the Elder, Pitt the Younger, Pitt the Embryo… (see this episode of Blackadder)
|11||OLD ETONIAN||Maybe Cameron produced nation on dole, no getting away from it
Anagram of ‘nation on dole’ without ‘no’
|13||OVERSEXED||Poetry in first third of Oxford edition — can’t get enough of it
VERSE = poetry; in OX = first third of Oxford; ED = edition
|16||SHAMBLE||He’s smeared with balm to do a drag walk
|18||OVERLAY||Roger, to an unacceptable degree, is veneer?
Were one to roger [someone] to an unacceptable degree, one could be said to over-lay them.
|19||DEFEAT||Rising FBI agent gets put away for licking
FED, reversed = rising FBI agent (‘rising’ being OK for reversal in a Down clue); EAT = put away
|21||SPRAT||Lean Jack Straw’s prime dope
S = Straw’s prime; PRAT dope. Lean Jack, as featured in the nursery rhyme
|22||PLAN||Labour leader involved in rubbish idea
L = Labour leader; in PAN = rubbish (as a transitive verb, meaning ‘review or criticize harshly’)
No jokes come to mind this week, but I do have a couple of images for you.
One that’s topical…
… and one that gives you all the real ‘fix it’ advice you’ll ever need (oh joy, the all-new singin’, dancin’ software seems finally to have let me add it!):