i Cryptic Crossword 2216 Punk

March 16, 2018

Another Thursday reprint this time from Punk who is making a second appearance this month. As expected this wasn’t quite so straightforward but there were a few on the easier side and half a dozen well clued anagrams to get started with and get some letters in to help with the more convoluted clues some of which went in without fully understanding why, which is all very well but 1/16 stood as typically Punk, the parsing of this will be seen by those who know about Beethoven as extremely clever or by others, like me, as a bit too obscure. 6/24 was similar, easier to solve but why I am expected to know where this person comes from is beyond me he’s actor, nobody important. This brings me to 26 ac which remains blank but I don’t see this as a fail just an extremely unfair clue. Of the rest quite a lot to like ticks for 7/9ac, 10ac, 23d and 11/5dn but

COD  4dn  Fit, strong thing in timeless celebration with some regulars? (8)

For the solutions , parsing and much discussion  click here  –  Fifteensquared

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8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2216 Punk”

  1. StanXYZ said

    Still laughing at the Russell Crowe one!

    Thanks to all at “idothei” – your help is always much appreciated.

  2. batarde said

    Just the thing for Friday, I thought. The under-checking in the NW and SE corners is pretty reprehensible though, and I shared Sprouthater’s frustration with 26ac. Even after the penny dropped – it’s not a bad clue at all – that still irritates me somewhat. Is the gentleman in question in some way famous? Not in the Batarde household, he ain’t. Those observations aside, about as much fun as you’re going to find in a 15×15 grid. Thoroughly enjoyed Messrs Crowe and Beethoven, and will cheerfully go along with the COD. By the way, am I the only person left who still occasionally uses a 12ac?

  3. jonofwales said

    I wondered if this would turn out to be a week with two Thursdays. 🙂 The grid is distinctly unhelpful with some terrible checking, as already noted, for no apparent reason it would seem, which didn’t help. But despite that I still enjoyed today’s offering, even if a few went in on a bit of a wing and a prayer. 1/16 could be nothing else, though I had no idea why, and was a stretch too far perhaps. 26ac was my LOI, which I did manage to guess, against all the odds, again without any understanding of the wordplay. 6/24 I guessed via Boots the chemist.

    The COD was good, wasn’t it!

  4. Cornick said

    Lionel Messi, for the uninitiated, is a strong candidate for being the best and most famous sportsperson currently playing anywhere in the world and in any sport. Sport is a kind of pastime that some people do.
    Loved this. Gentle by Punk standards, lots of fun by anyone’s.
    Oh, and my eldest brother used a slide rule once, but not I.

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