i Cryptic Crossword 3224 Punk

June 8, 2021

Back to bunnies again, then.  Yes, but there’s another theme lurking, presumably unrelated, just in case anyone thought that Punk’s offering was uncharacteristically modest.  Entirely typical of this setter to provide added value; and entirely typical of me to overlook the latent one.  Well, never mind: it was all great fun to solve.

Quite a demanding puzzle in terms of lateral thinking I reckon, and this time the Brompton didn’t go unnoticed because the solving process was very much a game of two halves, bottom first.  Everything works fine as far as I’m concerned, and were I to list my favourites there would be far too many numbers in this blog.  2, 12 and 22 were the prominent runners up in a strong field, and readers are of course invited to nominate their favourites.  Just for the fun of it my CoD pick is a tiddler, 18ac:

“Builders helper not satisfied with procedure? (3)

The crossword got the full Duncan treatment back in January 2017, so clicking on the link below ought to answer all conceivable queries:

9 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3224 Punk”

  1. Cornick said

    Yes indeed. Several good ‘uns in there – I’d add 7d EGO TRIP and 18d HIDEOUS to your list, Batarde.
    I similarly missed the hitchhiking theme, and I ducked out of the 22a challenge at the end by heading to a Wordsearch. Did I know Charlie Parker had the nickname’Bird’? Erm, not sure.

  2. jonofwales said

    A good puzzle, but if you weren’t overly familiar with some of the character names then a pretty tricky one. To my shame I missed all the Hitchhiker’s ones.

  3. Don Geraldos said

    What’s mythical about King Arthur? He kept the pagan Anglo-Saxon barians out of western areas of Christian civilised Celtic Britain after the Battle of Badon.

  4. Saboteur said

    Good one. Despite Douglas having been the first Adams I thought of, I completely missed the Hitchhiker theme. Quite tricky, but nicely satisfying.

  5. Veronica said

    RADISH! That’s my CoD. Because like 25squared I failed to see it was an anagram for absolutely ages. I also fixated on “ish” for “is hard”. I did get there with one of those ahhhhh moments. Neat!
    HOD. Yep, clever. My LOI, because I’d solved it but not parsed it. Also got it in the end.

    I really enjoyed this puzzle with its rather quirky clues.
    Others I really enjoyed included the multiple actions needed for PREFECT, and other partial anagrams which I didn’t see for a while – OFF WHITE and NET CORD.

    Spotted the obvious theme only. I couldn’t recall any of the names off the top of my head, but all were clued fairly enough to get. Lovely.
    Should have seen the secondary theme, but didn’t.

  6. dtw42 said

    Welp, busy day so late start for me. Starting, as I contrarily often tend to do (on the grounds that the clues there might be easier) in the SE corner, I got ARTHUR and DENT and ADAMS and instantly thought, ‘ey up, I can see what’s going on here’.

    As it happens I have written a short article which I intend to submit to Mostly Harmless (the organ of ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha) on the subject of Hitchhiker references in crosswords, so I was in the right frame of mind for this from the get-go; and was also half expecting the other half of the Adams theme too (note that Paul did EXACTLY the same thing in the Guardian in January of this year). At one point I even thought to myself, ‘Well you’re not going to get Zaphod into the grid unless you split him into two three-lett— oh.’

    So there we are. Agreed that the lower half was easier than the upper. My last ones in were 11ac and then 4dn.

    14ac got me thinking of letters from north Wales.

  7. Willow said

    Like others, I got the rabbit theme but completely missed the hitchhikers, even though they crossed my mind. The way I parsed HOD was DOH backwards. Homer Simpson says DOH when he has made a mistake, which could equate with him being unsatisfied, and reversing it could count as a procedure. Clutching at straws, I realise. A great puzzle – many thanks.

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