439 Punk

July 6, 2012

Clever and fair but difficult clues made this a tough-going affair from Punk; I could have done with a ‘cheat’ button once or twice, but I had to make do with an online word-matcher. Good for me in the end, I dare say.

It’s not quite a theme, but is there a bit of a buttock fixation suggested by 1d, 3d, 6d/22ac?

Across

1. STRAPPADO: TRAP + PAD in SO.
6. BRACE: d.d.
9. AMOUR: AM (after which PM …) + OUR.
10. ROTATABLE: TATA + B in ROLE.
11. KNAVE: d.d.
12. FIT TO DROP: FIT + TO DROP.
13. NIGHTGOWN: NIGHT + ToGs + OWN.
15. KITE: d.d.
17. CARD: d.d. (‘original’ = an eccentric character).
19. SPIDERMAN: DERMA in SPIN, &lit.
23. RABAT: AB in RAT.
25. OVERMATCH: {VOTE + CHARM}.
27. HE-MAN: H + <(NAME).
28. SISAL: holeS IS A Long.
29. EXPENSIVE: EX + PENS + I’VE.

Down

1. SPANKING: d.d.
2. RIOJA: RIO + JA.
3. PERVERT: PER + VERT.
4. AIR: d.d.
5. OUTSTANDING: d.d.
6/22ac. BUTTOCK CLENCHING: d.d.
7. ARBORETUM: (BORE + T) in ARUM – though the arum lily is neither an arum nor a lily.
8. EXEMPT: EXE + M + PT.
12. FROG SPITTLE: {GET SPILT FOR}. These algae are not found in Chambers.
14. GRACELESS: G + R + ACELESS.
16. INSTANCE: IN + STANCE.
18. DECIMAL: {CLAIMED}.
20. EARTHEN: EAR + THEN. ‘Potty’ = ‘like a pot’, as the warning ? hints.
21. ACROSS: A + CROSS.
24. BAMBI: B + AMBI(t).
26. HIP: d.d.

One Response to “439 Punk”

  1. Jon said

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who struggled here! The NW corner especially. Had to cheat on 1ac to clear things up there. After yesterday’s where I struggled as well, hoping for an easy Saturday. 🙂

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