i Cryptic Crossword 3525 Punk

May 26, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well, it’s an IoS reprint, but based on the comments from back in the day I’m guessing I won’t have been alone in finding this to be on the tough side. No complaints though, because this was a thoroughly engaging, enjoyable puzzle. Highlights here outside of the COD would include “Animal with others” which raised a great big smile. Loads went in unparsed, notably our staple crossword actress, and elsewhere HONEY for “angel” and POT for “sink” raised eyebrows, but all are quite correct. We seem to have a few children’s TV characters dotted about, but if there is a theme it’s one that’s passed everyone by.

COD? For me it’s got to be 12d – “Put out about an agent causing disorder, spy screened (6,5)”.

All the answers and parsing of the clues can be found in Fifteensquared’s blog from April 2018:


5 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3525 Punk”

  1. tonnelier said

    I often struggle with Punk, so was a bit surprised to finish this in 3* time. However, there were more solutions then usual which I entered with no understanding of the parsing – notably diminished, magic bullet and the Muppets.

    All is clear now thanks to the excellent explanations elsewhere.

    A very fine, amusing and enjoyable puzzle with just the tiniest quibble about honey/angel which seems a bit far-fetched to me.

  2. thebargee said

    I did struggle with this one and needed some e-help to finish. Also needed w(ife)-help for β€œDANGER MOUSE” – that one raised a smile. Elsewhere GLANCED brought back unpleasant memories!

    All very enjoyable nonetheless, but I agree with the comments re honey/angel.

  3. dtw42 said

    Cripes, no, I found that a chore, with at least the second half needing electronic assistance.

  4. Saboteur said

    Another tough one, but quite engrossing.

    Last in was THE MUPPETS, which proved quite elusive. I particularly liked MAGIC BULLET and DANGER MOUSE. Good stuff.

  5. Cornick said

    I’m in the minority today – this was a rather gentle 2* for me (Dac yesterday was more problematic). Nothing obscure, everything actually pretty straightforward if you can only get onto Punk’s wavelength – and maybe there’s the rub, because he does like to misdirect and surprise; but with that comes plenty to delight – really enjoyed it.

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