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No. 640 by Cyclops
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8 Somehow avert Boris? Not quite (crafty thing) (5,4)
10 Quit exempting POTUS, finally act like a ruler! (5)
11 Archer's thing: a right racket (5)
12 Low taxpayer needs celebrity money (9)
13 Figure Head of Transport (European)
shows evidence of erection? (4,4)
14 "One: I'm a Labour leader – brutish" (6)
17 Thorn in Trump's side turns to rebel ruler in possession of millions (6,7)
21 Maybe Peter Kay finally gets to correct tweet? (6)
22 "America takes heart from Trump" – a line that's no different from before (3,5)
25 Number two calls for its relaxation (9)
27 Private Eye turned over and immersed in drink to reach a satisfactory climax (3,2)
28 In passing, I'm mentioning: "You'll have no trouble with this" (5)
29 Smackers planted beneath this toilet seem to disintegrate and release energy (9)

1 Stares manically following start of boom and bust (7)
2 End of message makes one undo pants in public (4,3,3)
3 Mature women in party (4,2)
4 'Tory salute' besmirched a diplomatic building (9)
5 Hearing test takes the cake (8)
6 See 20dn.
7 The first person presented Brenda-style feels no different (7)
9 See 26dn.
15 Encounter Hunt – "finished being supportive" (4,2,4)
16 City tits welcoming Daily Express leader (9)
18 They'll cost you, divorced partners pocketing pounds! (8)
19 Hacks collectively getting end away – time to warn of what's coming (7)
20/6 Record lower down the charts? That's a pain (7,4)
23 Sun's done for, past it and awaiting a buyer (6)
24 One male's minuscule thing (4)
26/9 It will host opponents of House at eleven? (4,4)

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Private Eye Issue 1485
In This Issue
Brexit Shock: What’s Going to Happen Now? Er, No One Knows… MPs Unite to Wreck Talks on Forming Government of National Unity… Delays in Transport Secretary Grayling’s Sacking ‘Totally Unacceptable’… What Should Nigel Farage’s New Party Be Called? You Decide… China Seeks Assurances Arrest of Huawei Executive Will Breach Her Human Rights… Mail Readers Swamp A&E Suffering Whiplash as Paper Switches Support to May’s Brexit Deal… Me and My Spoon, with Carole Middleton… Sarah Vine Meets Dame Joan Collins, as told to Craig Brown

Comic relief
Entire pages of cartoons NOT about Brexit!

Silence in church
Gagging orders and the C of E

Cobra rattled
Civil servants prepare for chaos from February

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