Posted by bensand on April 5th, 2007
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|