i Cryptic Crossword 2251 Punk

April 26, 2018

It’s a Thursday reprint, which means that it’s going to be a little tough. It’s also Punk, which means that it’s going to be somewhat fun and inventive. And it’s the end of what’s been a pretty long week here, which means that my brain cells have about shut down, so I wasn’t exactly in the right frame of mind to face this. But thankfully this was only a little tough, and Punk’s unique style made this well worth the time spent. Both 1ac and 8d were new to me, and it was lucky that 18ac was so explicitely clued because it’s one of those words I can never remember how to spell, but as for the rest they were all pretty common terms / phrases, even if that old crossword staple – 7d – took me an absolute age to get. See the comment above regarding my state of mind. I did wonder about 4d when solving, knowing more about the solver with the same pseudonym than the programme referred to, but I suppose someone who’s poor-sighted could be referred to as “blind as a bat”. Works for me, anyway.

COD? With lots to like, I’ll go with 6d – “Order restraining granny is for seedy practice (7)”.

To December 2013 once more:


3 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2251 Punk”

  1. batarde said

    Is it possible that I’ve got the measure of Punk? Seems unlikely, but this was a brisk solve with no real hold ups, at any rate. Quite a few flashes of the usual brilliance, of which my favourite has to be 8d. Oodles of fun. By the way, was anyone else disconcerted to find “Meryl” hidden in 18ac, and do we think that was deliberate?

    • jonofwales said

      Until you pointed it out I didn’t notice. A nice trap for the unwary if it was deliberate. šŸ™‚

  2. Cornick said

    Yes, 8d reminded me of Punk (as Paul) clueing (Jennifer) Aniston as ‘Spillage of onanist’.
    Thoroughly original and enjoyable as ever. Triton/ tritone caused me to do a bit of chin-stroking at the end, but otherwise all very solver-friendly.

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