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Independent 6386 by Punk – Radio 4

Posted by bensand on April 5th, 2007

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Not that one would usually associate Punk and Radio 4 but that’s the theme for today’s crossword.

Radio (21d) is used for several homophones and Radio 4, and I trust not many people scoured the web for
listings for Radio Persia (sorry, Radio Teesside it would have been – thanks Bannsider), clued Today, the Archers, Woman’s Hour and, piece de resistance, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue (together with Ivan the Terrible).

I wonder if Punk was tempted to miss the clue altogether for 12/14/8. Very enjoyable, the theme was fairly easy to get from the homophones at 22d and 24d but included some very funny clues and nothing too strained. Oddly I found RADIO istelf one of the hardest to justify, I wrote it in early but it was last but one for the wordplay.

Across
9 THEREUNTO – THE R(E)UNT + O, definition “to that”
11 STAIR – STARE on the radio
12 I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T A CLUE – Punk is repentant but there’s no clue (so on strike)
16 IVAN THE TERRIBLE – A clue where the answer forms a possible clue for the clue itself. “I HAVEN’T” is a possible clue for IVAN THE TERRIBLE as terrible is an anagram indicator and IVAN THE is an anagram of I HAVEN’T. Far more elegant than this tortured explanation would suggest! Is there an common term for this type of clue?
21 RED DEER – did the crossword on the train and decided, with all checking letters in place, that there would have to be a river or mountain range in Canada called Red Deer. It was the river.
23 OGDEN NASH – (AND HE SONG)*
25 SAN ANGELO – SAN(AN)G + ELO
26 SHEER – sheer is total as in “sheer madness”. Sounds like shear
 
Down
1 LAW-ABIDING – LA + WING around A BID
2 FLEA – flee on radio
3 DEMOCRAT – DRAT around COME <=. Substitute come up for rise and treat the up as an instruction…
4 TEESSIDE – TEES + SIDE. I felt this could have been better phrased but I’m not going to try it myself
9 TODAY
13 SMALL PRINT – S(MALL) PRINT. Last time I saw shopping centre for MALL I spent ages trying to work with PP or OPPI, this time I tried mall first.
15 THE ARCHERS – TS around HEAR CHER
17 EARLOBES – E + ARES around LOB
18 RUDENESS – (ENDURES)* + final letter of outrageous
20 WOMAN’S HOUR – W(OMAN’S) HO + UR
21 RADIO – RADI(US) + O Although it looks like there has to be a homophone in the clue with broadcasting and spoke the spoke is a radius, cipher is zero
24 ABEL – sounds like ABLE

4 Responses to “Independent 6386 by Punk – Radio 4”

  1. says:

    Not Radio Persia, but Radio Teeside, surely! And I fell for what I’m sure was a deliberate red herring, I’m ashamed to say.
    14 ac was very clever and I daresay was the inspiration for the puzzle. It’s a rare example of a clue referring to another clue number which actually reads really well when the answer is substituted for the number. In fact it’s so good it’s almost a pity it wasn’t used in its final form somewhere else.

  2. says:

    I found this tough to break into, but very satisfying to solve.
    I thought the middle word of 16 had to be THE and when I got the G in LAW-ABIDING, the -ing suggested a starting I. This gave me the answer. I agree something seemed wrong with the Middlesbrough clue, maybe a word missing – it was still among the first I solved tho’. Thanks for RED DEER – that was the one I did not understand.

  3. says:

    I was fooled by Radio Teesside for a while (for goodness sake, do they run repeates of The Archers and Woman’s Hour?). I even briefly tried to work out whether a Teesside accent would make any of the homonyms sound different!
    Does Punk get strike pay or should we take a whip-round for him?

  4. says:

    A great puzzle for reactionary and avant gardiste alike.

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