i Cryptic Crossword 3167 Punk

April 2, 2021

When I was getting into solving cryptic crosswords many years ago – and indeed for quite some time subsequently, when I might optimistically have described myself as an improver – I was always glad to see anagrams. They were often the only bits of word-play I could spot fairly readily, and they provided an accessible route into a puzzle. And I could usually unravel them – even in the late Twentieth Century before online aids became available. (I’m less keen on them these days, now that I consider myself to have more crosswords behind me than ahead of me.)

We had lots of anagrams today for our colder-than-hoped-for Good Friday bank holiday crossword. I think that this made the puzzle much more easily solvable than Punk often is, and I for one finished it in very short order. All done with Punk’s characteristic humour, which I enjoyed, but which I acknowledge is a matter of taste.

I don’t think there are any obscurities today. “Coleopteran” might have required a visit to the dictionary, although there was never much doubt about the answer once one had worked at it a bit. Its a splendid clue for its surface reading, conjuring up as it does a very vivid picture. I am tempted to nominate it as my clue of the day, but knowing that Punk’s scatological humour is like Marmite (if you’ll excuse the comparison), I shall opt instead for 5d: “Brush surface of French Soup (3,4)”.

Click here for all the answers and explanations, from the puzzles first outing in March 2017.

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3167 Punk”

  1. Cornick said

    I’m a big fan of Punk who, even as today when he’s doing nothing much special, still manages to be very entertaining. I was sorely tempted to just reach out for the dictionary and check the meaning of Coleopteran during the solve (I thought it might be moth hunter) but managed to resist. Given their animal behaviour that was very nicely done.

  2. tonnelier said

    Lots of fun here. I am a big Punk fan too, and found this as enjoyable as I expected. Caught short was last in, and probably my favourite, though fox-tail was pretty good too. Nothing to quibble about at all, just 100% excellent entertainment

  3. jonofwales said

    Yes, a great puzzle that was on tbe easy side. I managed to resist the urge to.lookup 8/17, or 20d for that matter too, and thus felt overly pleased with myself on getting both.

  4. Denzo said

    đź‘ŤAll of the above!

  5. batarde said

    Entirely enjoyable and satisfying, unsurprisingly. With all due respect to yesterday’s masterpiece, this is the puzzle that really put a smile on my face this week.

    Ms Scarlet has just reminded me to wish you all a very happy National Chocolate Weekend. Have a good ‘un.

  6. Veronica said

    It was okay. Well, I did like many clues, but it wasn’t the most fascinating of solves. Half in straight away – bit of pause – another flurry straight in – bit of a pause – last 3 in. Just stop/start.
    I know I sometimes complain about juvenile humour, but this particular puzzle managed it with enough style, so that I smiled instead of frowned.
    I like saboteur’s COD, which was my last one in. But my COD was indeed the DUNG BEETLE, with its self referential clue.

    My thanks to Ms Scarlet: I do intend to have an Easter egg in due course. Wishing you all a happy Easter weekend.

  7. dtw42 said

    Yus, that was all fair enough. Nothing much to add really.

  8. Henri said

    Very quick and easy, except the Greek food item, which I guessed from the wordplay and had to look up.

  9. Willow said

    I too very much enjoyed this. The dung didn’t cause me any problem. I discovered the word Coleoptera many years ago as a child reading The Five Find-Outers and Dog books by Enid Blyton. A character in one story must have had a job relating to beetles, but the details elude me now. Of course, these days I recognise that all the stories were the same in essence, (the criminal would now be ludicrously easy to spot), and that socially and culturally they were very much of their time, but they did get me into reading.

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