i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2714 by Punk

October 26, 2019

Saturday 19th October 2019

Any discussion of who might be Britain’s best crossword setter could mention any of several names I suppose, but would be very odd without including Punk, a.k.a. Paul in the Guardian. Often ribald and ever inventive, this was one of his relatively straightforward offerings, but it still had plenty of quality and provided a liberal sprinkling of ticks in my margin.

Unusually for a Saturday there were no obscure answers, and no theme either. Solving time maybe slightly under par for the i, whereas Punk would usually be somewhat over. Mind you, that’s solving time – one or two, like the COD for example, took a while for the penny to drop on the parsing.

Favourites included 2d BEST OW(A)L, which was extremely pleasing, there was a nifty DIY anagram for NEW ORLEANS and a lovely reversed hidden for OVERDO, plus a mention of ONAN (I still remember the Paul’s ONANIST/ ANISTON anagram) but the hallmarked Clue Of the Day has to be the homophone and double meaning in the following:

14d Pronouncement of papal edict that’s binding? (6,4)

Apart from that I haven’t much to say. ‘Putting’ in 20d made me raise an eyebrow at the time, but on reflection I think it works as a description of the process one does to build the elements on the wordplay, so fair enough.

Click here for the link to the summer of 2015 with all the parsing and more appreciative comments.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, a rugby match is starting.

6 Responses to “i Prize Cryptic Crossword 2714 by Punk”

  1. batarde said

    Aye, he’s a consummate entertainer, is Punk. I’d say very much the same on all counts: quite a treat.

  2. michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I did enjoy it, certainly. A few clues withheld their favours for a while, but then had me smiling at my own lack of imagination – in particular RUBBER BAND, which, once I’d got it, made me laugh out loud.

    Today’s seems tougher than usual…

  3. dtw42 said

    Right – just picked this one up again and I see I never did come back to finish it, so 20, 21 and 24 weren’t done. Looking at the answers I suppose I should have got 20 and 24, but feel okay about not getting 21. Hey ho.
    Marginal notes otherwise? I too appreciated 14dn (with a “ha ha” against that), and had a tick against 3dn.

    This week’s I *have* finished; the right-hand side took more work than the left, but a nice PDM when I finally twigged to 6dn.

  4. jonofwales said

    A welcome, thoroughly enjoyable change. 🙂 Enough said!

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