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More in-jokes, smut and topical references than in the last issue; 1ac is particularly self-referential, and should we worry about “try in vain” and “all is lost”? (This issue of Private Eye is also notable for publishing correspondence from a friend of mine – at least, how many Julian Thomases can possibly live in Tonbridge, Kent?)

  • 1ac: UGANDA: Roger somebody or other to discuss this country?: Cryptic Definition; ref. Ugandan relations
  • 5ac: CATCALL: To cry after pisspoor act is a bad thing for luvvies: *(ACT) + CALL (cry)
  • 9ac: OUTCOME: Having revealed your sexual inclination, climax – result!: OUT (revealed sexual inclination) + COME (climax)
  • 10ac: POLITE: Refined sex needs protective support: IT (sex) inside (protected by) POLE (support)
  • 11ac/25ac: ONLY JUST: “Barely lust!” Joy snapped grabbing penis at its centre: *(LUST JOY) around (pe)N(is)
  • 12ac: DOPE PUSHER: One who puts pressure on idiot dealer: Double definition, sort of
  • 13ac: WHITE FLAG: Light a few twists as sign that you've had enough: *(LIGHT A FEW)
  • 16ac/18ac: GOOD GUYS: Slush fund finally takes the piss out of the police: GOO (slush) + (fun)D + GUYS (mocks)
  • 19ac: EDUCATION: Miliband abandoned caution in Gove's unreliable hands?: ED (ref. Ed Miliband) + *(CAUTION); ref. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education
  • 21ac: FRONT BENCH: Support beneath ministerial arses: Cryptic Definition
  • 26ac: SPRAWL: Clasp raw legs, centrally spread: claSP RAW Legs
  • 27ac: SUBSIDY: Lunatic busy roping in Tony's old sidekick for public financial support: *(BUSY) around SID (ref. Sid James, or possibly Sid Jenkins)
  • 28ac: DYNASTY: Maybe House of Windsor's extremely dreary, repulsive...: D(rear)Y + NASTY (repulsive)
  • 29ac: TATERS: ...crap Queen Elizabeths and King Edwards?: TAT (crap) + ERS; ref. King Edward.
  • 2dn: GROUNDHOG: Rodent Gordon – ugh! – going ballistic: *(GROUNDHOG)
  • 3dn: NUTTY: Balls-like crackpot: Double Definition
  • 4dn/23dn: A LOAD OF BALLS: Answer: Ed's commitment is claptrap?: A(nswer) + LOAD (commitment) OF BALLS (Ed's; ref. Ed Balls)
  • 5dn/15dn/24dn: CHEAP AND NASTY: Offensively worthless Andy's penis is out – a chat is out: *(ANDYS PEN(is) A CHAT)
  • 6dn: TIP UP: “Turn over” hint on having a stiffy: TIP (hint) + UP (erect)
  • 7dn: ALL IS LOST: Sun is back in one line agenda – prepare for the worst: SOL reversed in A (one) + L(ine) + LIST (agenda)
  • 8dn: LATTE: Recoil at terrorists stocking drink: recoiL AT TErrorists
  • 14dn: TRY IN VAIN: Scoring is futile: fail to reach satisfactory climax: TRY (scoring) IN VAIN (futile)
  • 17dn: DOOMSAYER: Mayor does broadcast: his forecasts are dire: *(MAYOR DOES)
  • 20dn: COHABIT: Live with your partner cook's 50% drug dependency: CO(ok) + HABIT (drug addiction)
  • 22dn: RAPID: End of banker – paid off, pdq: (banke)R + *(PAID)
  • 25dn: JOINT: Common carve-up?: Double Definition