i Cryptic Crossword 3308 Punk

September 14, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟

Even theme-blind solvers such as myself will have been hard pushed to miss today’s theme, which is on the subject of a game about which I know little. Which is ironic, because next week a work jolly sees me spending a day in a corporate suite at Lords watching a match, if it doesn’t rain that is. There’ll be a buffet and drinks either way.

I digress. About average difficulty today, with a trap I won’t have been alone in falling into at 24ac, SEISMOMETER being a little too tempting. This left me at the close with nothing realistic that could fit 16d, and thus some last minute second thoughts. If cricket was more your thing I suspect you may have jumped the right way first time. Loads to like, with 16/6 and 8d garnering ticks here, and lots of smiles along the way as expected with this setter.

COD? I especially liked 14d – “Century? English forcing one out for starters (10)”.

To July 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

https://www.fifteensquared.net/2017/07/06/independent-9588-punk/

4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3308 Punk”

  1. Saboteur said

    Me too. I had a few crossing letters and over-confidently put in “seismometer”, but then couldn’t get 16d. I had to put it aside and return to it after a break, and a trawl through the dictionary was needed to sort it out.

    I struggled to parse BEGINNINGS, although got there in the end, and although I had no doubt that CRICKET TEAM was the right entry, it took a conversation with a more sport-knowing younger family member to see how it worked. I loved the clue for GOOGLY.

  2. Willow said

    I know a bit about cricket, like I’ve heard of Gatting, but never of Border, or indeed Snickometer, so I thought this was really something of a technical challenge. However, I very nearly finished! I suspected that my insertion of Seismometer was incorrect when I got Blinker, but lost the will to go on, having spent ages on those last two entries.

    When first entering Seismometer, I wondered if SEI might indicate SIGH when heard (picked up), and if this was perhaps some obscure cricketing reference equating to LITTLE. Oh well.

    Just a few minor points in passing. 6a could well have been OH NUTS, as well as OH DEAR; and 16d could have been SHOWER if it were a six letter clue. Which it wasn’t. I patted myself on the back for guessing that WRONG’UN was cricket parlance for a GOOGLY.

    • Cornick said

      Terrific puzzle, full of invention; Punk at his best.
      I too fell for the Seismometer trip-up, but just like you Jon, being stumped on 16d meant I had to look more closely and, after a bit of casting about in the recesses, the jolly-old Snickometer came to mind… of course!
      Agreed also on CoD.
      Happy today.

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