i Cryptic Crossword 2820 Punk

February 21, 2020

A relatively gentle puzzle from Punk, today, solved by me in well under my typical time, and with no need to resort to aids – except to check on two or three of the answers.

A relatively tame one too; I hope Topsy, if she has done this one and is reading this, will have been able to ignore, or at least indulge, the one reference to drugs and the one double-entendre – if indeed it is one.

On completion I had no queries left about the word-play. I needed to go to the internet in order to check that YAOUNDE was an African capital, and that STYLET was a surgical instrument. I also checked on LENTIGO, but that was a word I was sort of sure I had come across before. I was not familiar with the phrase WHO’S YOUR DADDY[?] but it was nicely clued and once a couple of crossing letters were in it seemed obvious.

The one other phrase I had not come across before is my nomination for Clue of the Day as it made me laugh out loud, which was 13ac: “Negotiation of deals OK where working lunch is taken?” (2,5).

Back to October 2015 for its first outing: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2015/10/29/independent-9061-punk/

5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2820 Punk”

  1. dtw42 said

    All went in fine, though I admit to not having parsed 19ac or 24dn.
    The only one I’d not heard of at all was STYLET.

  2. jonofwales said

    Yet again Friday proves to be the highlight of the week. Lots of fun – loved the slang and those phrases you were unlikely to find in any dictionary. The African capital was my LOI, and seemed to be from an entirely different crossword altogether, but the rest went in with little ado, well under par for the i.

  3. batarde said

    That was a pleasantly frothy concoction. The phrase in the excellent COD made me chuckle too, and I’ll be on the lookout for opportunities to use it henceforth.

  4. Cornick said

    What a week we’ve had! Best of the year so far, if memory serves, with several setters at the top of their game and Punk – well, he never disappoints.
    Put me down as another guffawer at the COD, but the whole thing was a box of delights, really; even if I did fail at the end on 24d – kicking misself when I came here to discover yet another fine construction.

  5. Topsy said

    I have to agree with the COD, not an expression I have ever heard of or, since I am retired, would ever be likely to use, but it would fit the bill. Re the drug reference, I will never appreciate the likes because I prefer my puzzles to be a safe haven from the nastiness of the real world. Re the “double entendre” my “nicey nice” brain misread the clue to read “treated” so I only got offended when I visited the other side for the parsing! I agee that it was a gentle offering however any sort of NINA malarkey flew straight over my head.

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