i Cryptic Crossword 1980 Punk

June 13, 2017

There was a comment on one of the linked blog entries last week to the effect that Punk’s unique selling points are ribaldry and lavatorial humour, which struck me as peevish and ungenerous. There’s very little of that sort of thing in this puzzle, but plenty of devious definitions and clever constructions to amuse receptive solvers, and a theme as is the custom on a Tuesday, based on various 19 downs.

Nothing too difficult this time, although a bit of general knowledge will come in handy for those thematic entries and the cricketers. Maybe not quite so general in the latter case. 27ac struck me as somewhat weak, and is anyone else getting fed up with 9ac coming up so regularly? Otherwise, no complaints: for those please see the February 2013 Fifteensquared blog. I particularly liked 3, 5 and 20d, but my clue of the day is the elegantly turned 2d:

“Brave ploy, extremely sinister (6)”


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1980 Punk”

  1. jonofwales said

    I did think – oh, it’s 9ac again, so perhaps it is coming up a lot. Other than that no complaints – an enjoyable, not overly taxing puzzle, where it helped to know the thematic entries, but it wasn’t a requirement.

  2. dtw42 said

    Oh; I made hard work of this and have only just finished (27ac last in; didn’t really see where the worms came into it) … I’ll blame still feeling under the weather after a sickly weekend.

  3. Struggled with this one. Couldn’t make tall mean unlikely (but see it now of course, just not obvious.) And couldn’t see a tray as a receptacle. Sigh.

  4. sprouthater said

    Mostly enjoyable but thought 13d was a pretty weak clue, on the other hand 2,3 and 23dn were all excellent.

  5. Punk is well named, challenging as he does the sometimes tired conventions of crossword puzzling. Really enjoyed this, though I admit that may well have a lot to do with the fact that it’s the first puzzle I’ve completed without aids for ages!

    • AndyT said

      Hello fishbonealice, and well done. 🙂

      Some of us have the feeling that Punk – who also appears as Paul in the Guardian and Mudd in the FT – saves his most amusing material for the Indy. If you enjoy his style chances are you’ll approve of Scorpion and Anarche (aka Arachne) too.

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