Posted by nmsindy on January 11th, 2007
This is only the second puzzle by Punk in the Indy, packed with cryptic definitions and imaginative clueing. I noticed that Eimi, commenting on this site some time ago, said he was not Ximenean. This is a big change for the Indy in my experience, though I have not noticed departures too often in recent puzzles. There is at least one example in this one, I think.
Solving time: 27 mins.
11 L(ASS)IE “canine screened” Very good that, Lassie, the dog, hero of many a film.
12/24 FRIENDLY FIRE Top drawer stuff, cryptic definition
18 ROB(b)ER (poin)T BROWNING (a gun)
20 G (ASBO) ARD pullover = drag back (non-X, I think). “badge of dishonour” is good.
22 I’M PART Slightly uneasy about the crossword grammar here, too.
25 YOGIC FLYING Another cryptic definition. This held me up, as it’s new to me.
27 ST G(E)ORGE SC ROSS Guessed this straight away from the definition, working out the wordplay afterwards.
2 (COCKS) “cox” i.e. apple + COMB
3 ELEMI (hidden reversal) More commonly met in crosswords than real life
6 CLOSE DOWN ! More top drawer clueing
7 nEt LAND See 3 Down.
13 CAT BURGLAR More cryptic definition 23 down.
17 F(R)OGGY Great definition.
19 STRESS Imaginative double definition. drive home = emphasize = stress
23 MA (GI) C Hmm! If further explanation needed, ask a mature adult privately…