Something for the weekend: Cryptic POP!

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Re: Something for the weekend: Cryptic POP!

Post by linus » Sun Mar 20, 2016 21:16

The Answers (with justifications)! Part one

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14 Iced Bears (The names of 14 fictional bears + glazed, like an iced bun for 'Iced')
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A Smile And A Ribbon (Anag. of 'Blobs in a marinade'. Patience and Prudence recorded the song of the same name, which was the b-side to the single 'Tonight You Belong To Me' in 1956)
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Another Sunny Day (hopefully self-explanatory)
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Baby Lemonade (R.Whites being a manufacturer of lemondade, hopefully the clue makes sense)
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Beat Happening (Anag. of 'Nae Bath' and 'Pigpen'. 'All mixed up' is an anagram indicator)
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Belle and Sebastian (Disney princess = Belle from 'Beauty And The Beast', former lead singer of Skid Row = Sebastian Bach. Mention of the mountain dog refers to the original book/tv series that the band got their name from, the mountain dog was Belle)
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Betty and the Werewolves (In the comicbook 'Archie' our titular hero was the object of Betty's infatuation. Larry, David and Jacob are all characters who became werewolves in the fillums... respectively 'The Wolfman', 'An American Werewolf In London' and the 'Twilight' series)
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Black Tambourine (Anag. of 'bankable cum trio'. 'Black Tambourine' was a single by Birmingham's The Surf Drums, released on Joe Foster's Kaleidoscope Sound label in 1987. Members of The Surf Drums went onto form Korova Milk Bar, fact fans)
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Blueboy (One of Gainsborough's paintings is titled 'The Blue Boy')
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BMX Bandits (Clue is very truncated synopsis of the 1983 Australian film 'BMX Bandits' that presumably Duglas and co's band were named after)
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Bubblegum Splash (Vernon and Gabby presented the TV show 'Splash' which featured minor celebrities throwing themselves off a high diving board for the purposes of inflating their own esteem and, presumably, by extension that of the public's in them. The clue suggests a spin-off show where people blow bubbles up a diving board using gum... bubblegum)
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Catenary Wires (Anag. of 'watery arsenic'. The use of the word 'salad' is an anagram indicator)
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The Clouds (Names of types of clouds and reference to Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub being a member of the band)
14.
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Comet Gain (Dixons and Comet both being- former?- electrical retailers. I'm hoping this clue made some sort of sense to someone)
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Cub (Hopefully self-explanatory)
16.
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The Darling Buds (As in 'Of May', as in CZJ was in the cast of the television programme of the same name, hopefully straightforward)
17.
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Dolly Mixture (As in the sweets 'Dolly Mixtures', just one being a 'Dolly Mixture', that makes sense, surely?)
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Emily (Reference to the children's TV programme 'Bagpuss' created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin. Emily owns a shop where she took lost and broken things, repaired them and displayed them so their owners could come and collect them. Emily would leave whatever lost or broken thing she'd found that week with the titular cat- an old, saggy cloth cat- and then recite a verse. When Emily left the shop, Bagpuss and his friends would awake and mend the lost and broken thing. If you've never seen 'Bagpuss' you really should)
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Fat Tulips (Anag. of 'fat lip, Stu'. It's easy when you know the answer)
20.
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Felt (Arch reference to Joseph Bueys who often worked with fat and felt- for a rather profound reason- and was a member of the Fluxus art movement)
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Field Mice (Anag. of 'Medic files'. 'Sensitive' being the band's indie disco smash hit and 'mishandled' being an anagram indicator)
22.
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Forever People (Name of early-Seventies Jack Kirby DC published comic featuring the superheroes named in the clue and also the name used by Razorcuts for their single on Sarah Records)
23.
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The Golden Dawn (Apparently Latin for...)
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Half Man Half Biscuit (Anag. of 'half numb' and 'shit facial'. 'Mangled' is another anagram indicator)
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Heavenly (Hopefully self-explanatory. The reference to steam trains has nothing to do with the clue, just thought the description of 'heaven' sounded a bit like Indietracks)
Part two to follow

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