Posted by beermagnet on June 24th, 2013
As usual Cyclops sprinkles the Grid and clues with a set of politicians of varying murkiness.
The long 6-word answer had me stumped at the first sitting.
I had started solving the grid at a goodly rate and had well over a dozen answers in place, but that long answer resisted my attention. But then Real LifeTM interrupted and I didn’t re-start the puzzle till the next day – then I saw that long answer almost immediately. The rest of the answers fell in after that and I finished on a rush. I normally note the last clue answered but haven’t this time and now can’t remember.
Maths joke from our favourite prof Jim Al-Khalili from twitter:
What is the integral of (d cabin /cabin ) ?
|1||V-NECK||Smooch, going after very slightly revealing top (1-4)
V[ery] NECK (smooch) A not very revealing top. A not very tricky opener. First clue read and solved
|4/15/17/27||SPENDING MORE TIME WITH ONES FAMILY||Being not so much a neglectful parent and spouse, as one who’s politically fired? (8,4,4,4,4,6)
Double Def. A euphemism (underlined) and its literal description. I often feel that it might indeed mean what it says for a few ex-MPs.
|8||EXECUTOR||Wills singularly disposed of by one once Brenda receives Nick and circle (8)
EX (once) then CUT (cut) and O (circle) inside ER (Brenda)
|9||COFFIN||Reacting to a cold, sounded rough – this the next step? (6)
Homophone “Coughing” – not sure how to describe the definition of this clue, semi or full &Lit ?
|10/23||TONY BLAIR||Pious PM wants award and fanfare sound (4,5)
TONY (award) BLAIR (fanfare sound – homophone “blare”)
|11||PUTIN||Laid by elected, ‘manly’ leader? (5)
PUT (laid) IN (elected)
|13||CUSTOM||Sweet talking officer starts to interrupt orgasm casually for practice (6)
S[weet] T[alking] O[fficer] inside CUM (orgasm, casually)
|20||CANUTE||Would-be repulsive monarch half has the knack? (6)
CAN = has the knack. Seems to be wordplay for only half the answer here – still, there aren’t many monarchs starting CAN. These days historians prefer to call him CNUT, I’m sure Cyclops “has the knack” to create a clue for that
|22||IBIS||Lives broken by androgynous leggy thing (4)
BI (androgynous) inside IS (lives)
|24||LORDS||Legislators’ place where spin is quite common (5)
Double Def: House of / Cricketing location
|26/12||HARD CASE||Tough having erection with sheath? (4,4)
HARD (having erection) CASE (sheath)
|28||WELL PAID||The Eye’s going to get customised iPad like a top banker? (4-4)E
WE’LL (The Eye (we) going to (will)) IPAD* AInd: customised
|29||IRON GRIP||Thatcher’s firm hand on the tiller? Press note grave characters (4,4)
IRON (press) G (note) R.I.P. (grave characters)
|30||MURKY||Dubious Rupert’s leading trio at Sky abandoning chief (5)
|1||VOX POPULI||Victory steer by Oscar-receiving dancing pupil, which the Mail likes to think it represents? (3,6)
V[ictory] OX (steer) O[scar] inside (PUPIL)* AInd: dancing. ”The voice of the people”. If so there must be many more people than I think that want to divide the world into substances that cause cancer, vs. substances that cure cancer. Unfortunately it seems to be too big a job for anyone to take on http://thedailymailoncologicalontologyproject.wordpress.com/
|2||ENCRYPT||Scream “Pressure!”, in hospital department code (7)
CRY (scream) P[ressure] in ENT (hospital department)
|3||KIT UP||Pussy on the increase – equip army-style? (3,2)
KIT (pussy) UP (on the increase)
|4||SCROTUM||Balls’ bag film is full of crap (7)
ROT (crap) inside SCUM (film)
|5||ECCENTRIC||Enter Conservative, double whammied – impotent Cameron heads for way out! (9)
(ENTER CC)* I[mpotent] C[ameron] The two Cs come from “Conservative double”
|6||DEFICIT||Channel Islands fed up with sex: “It falls rather short” (7)
(C[hannel] I[slands] FED)< IT (sex).
|7||NAILS||Sun left editor over member’s tips (5)
S[un] L[eft] IAN (editor – Private Eye) all reversed
|14||MINELAYER||Cyclops’s shagger’s responsible for explosive put-down (9)
MINE (Cyclops’s) LAYER (shagger)
|16||MATERNITY||Labour has to be endured during this palsy welcoming of right plonker (9)
R[ight] NIT (plonker) inside (welcoming) MATEY (palsy, as in pal-sy = mate-y)
|18||HESSIAN||Coarse material from Nazi Protestant leader once? (7)
HESS (nazi leader) IAN (Protestant leader once – Ian Paisley)
|19||SCREW UP||To engage in sex at uni is to fail badly (5,2)
SCREW (to engage in sex) UP (at uni)
|21||NO-HOPER||“Doomed sort Hoon is crap!” tipped agent (2-5)
HOON* AInd: is crap, REP< (agent, tipped (over))
|25||SALEM||Deal with McCarthy’s initial witchhunt situation (5)
SALE (deal) M[cCarthy]
No, the answer is not log cabin.
This is an indefinite integral so it is: Beach hut (log cabin + “sea”)
Another thing I was amazed to find is that i-i is a real number given by
(That’s enough maths stuff ed.)