Posted by jetdoc on December 23rd, 2013
Apologies if this appears twice [it didn’t] — the new interface on the website is not behaving as I expected it to.
Finally got round to writing this blog as I emerge from my long sleep after yesterday’s truly brilliant Crossword Centenary celebration in London. You may be interested to learn that my co-blogger, Beermagnet, won the prize of a morning at the BBC watching the Today programme being made. Has John Humphrys finally met his match?
Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, everyone. And a very Happy Birthday to the crossword puzzle!
|8||FRUITY||Peaches-like fury about having sex?
*(fury), with ‘about’ as the anagram indicator; having (= containing) IT = sex
Implied reference to Peaches Geldof
|9||RELAXANT||Way to produce a crap, er, arse-over-tip, sloppy TV presenter?
RE = er, arse-over-tip; LAX = sloppy; ANT = TV presenter (half of Ant & Dec)
|10||TWERKING||Plonker getting end away — what Charles would be (agitating arse)
TWER[p] = Plonker getting end away; KING = what Charles would be. Definition = agitating arse
How to twerk
|11||COMMON||Pleb-like MPs place, society’s dumped
COMMON[s] = MPs place, minus S =society
|12||SPOTTY||Son with nuts covered in zits
S = Son; POTTY = nuts
|13||BRISTLES||Libs rest when splitting hairs?
|16/17||GREEN VOTE||“Adapt or get even”, which has a natural effect on election outcome?
*(or get even), with ‘adapt’ as the anagram indicator
|18||FLAPJACK||Waggle tool: it’s one way to get your oats
FLAP = waggle; JACK = tool
|20||THRUSH||Fanny’s problem after short time in embrace of American arse
HR = abbreviation for ‘hour’ (short time); in TUSH = American word for ‘arse’
|22||TWITCH||Jerk’s dope chain
TWIT = dope; CH = chain
|23||REPRIEVE||River polluted with pee — pardon?
|24||BRIGHTON||City wants Cable’s guts? Correct!
B = Cable’s guts; RIGHT ON = Correct!
|25||LIABLE||Balls not finished — i.e. nuts to blame
*(Ball i e), with ‘nuts’ as the anagram indicator
|1||GROW UP||Having a hard-on after good fight? “Don’t be so juvenile”
UP = having a hard-on; after G = good, ROW = fight
|2||VIBRATOR||Woman’s brief underwear over balls as a sex aid
VI = woman’s brief (shortened form of ‘Violet’ etc); BRA = underwear; ROT, reversed = over balls
|3||TYPIFY||Be a symbol of pity, getting screwed by heartless floosy
|4/14||DRUG USER||Junkie’s date put on toupee — sure to get stoned
D = date; RUG = toupee (extreme bad taste warning!); *(sure), with ‘to get stoned’ as the anagram indicator
|5||ELECTION||Woody’s change of direction, the making of an MP?
I am assuming here that ‘woody’ can be used as a noun meaning ERECTION; with R changed to L
|6||EXEMPT||Drug-taking old partner, terrible PMT is excused
E = drug; in EX = old partner; *(PMT)
|7||INDOLENT||Lazy elected party acted like bankers
IN = elected; DO = party; LENT = acted like bankers
|13/23||BREAK RANK||Get out of line, snap “Gross!”
BREAK = snap; RANK = “Gross!”
|15||SILKWORM||Fibre producer’s lawyer, despicable type
SILK = lawyer (QC); WORM = despicable type
|16||GRAPHITE||Great hip shaking, providing lead in your pencil?
|17||VIRGINAL||Very bad rail without booze, like Branson’s lot
V = very; *(rail); without (containing) GIN = booze
|19||POTAGE||Cannabis era’s starter?
POT = cannabis; AGE = era
Looks a bit filling for a starter
|20||TIPPLE||Bristol point with different starter drink
[N]IPPLE = Bristol point, with different first letter
|21||SAVILE||Since ascendancy, really foul, his reputation now in tatters
AS = since, reversed; VILE = really foul, which is what he was
I leave you first with this handy hint for pet-owners:
… followed by advice on how not to adorn your church:
Ullapool Church Display Clarification
The Lochbrim & Firestone Kirk wishes to clarify that their inspirational display on the church wall is meant to say ‘Arise’.
A church spokesman told us, “We heard there was confusion and even some raising of smirks regarding our display. Imagine our embarrassment when we took a look and realised the break above the letter R must be causing people to misread it as ‘AKISE’. Hopefully once we finish the Godly instruction with the addition of ‘Whole’ to the right hand side, the matter will be resolved and the public will appreciate what we are saying to them.”