i Cryptic Crossword 1536 Punk

January 12, 2016

Given how long I spend playing some of these games in my youth, you’d think that the theme would have leapt out at me. As it was, I spent an age fixated on various card games, Noughts and Crosses, etc, before 20d let the cat out of the bag. Reasonably tough, always fair, and fun to solve. None of the games are that obscure, so I can’t imagine many solvers struggling to place them.

COD? 14ac, of course – ‘War and Famine, perhaps, ending in death, or the fluid of life? (8)’.

We’re still in April 2011:



10 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1536 Punk”

  1. AndyT said

    Always pleased when Punk puts in an appearance, because there’ll be fun and games. Literally in this instance. 6d was outrageously flashy, wasn’t it?

  2. sprouthater said

    I liked this a lot, spotted 12/3 early so got the theme . Wasted many hours playing 5/1 on my son’s Mega Drive. Shame Punk couldn’t fit Jet Set Willy in.

  3. Cornick said

    The only one of these I’ve ever actually played is Space Invaders, but I have heard of most of the rest and fortunately I was doing it amidst some colleagues who were able to help me out with Donkey Kong and Tetris – the only two I hadn’t. Never heard of Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner or Elite!
    Yes, 6d was exactly that, Andy… never seen that done before.

  4. Don Geraldos said

    Why does “War and Famine, perhaps” = Horsemen?

    • jonofwales said

      They’re two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, from Revelation, who bring Conquest, War, Famine, and Death. Welcome to the blog, BTW. πŸ™‚

  5. dtw42 said

    Afraid this one turned me into a 43-yr-old Grumpy Old Man. Like jonofwales, I spent ages trying to find traditional games and failing; even poring vainly over the ‘game’ entry in Bradford’s Crossword Solver’s Dictionary. It was 22/24 that finally caused the penny to drop for me. Though I had heard of all of them, I have never played any of them, and do crosswords to get away from that sort of thing. So at that point I called Punk a rude name and rapidly filled all the rest in without really taking note of the cluing.

  6. Lozzie said

    Yes, it was 22D/24D that cracked it for me also, having initially toyed with blind man’s buff etc. The games are probably the most well-known on various historic gaming devices, but even so I bet some solvers found it inaccessible through lack of specialist knowledge, esp 6D & 7D. I was looking for Angry Birds, but probably too recent for a 2011 puzzle. 14A best clue for me also.

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