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Independent 6,866/Punk

Posted by Ali on October 17th, 2008

Ali.

This was a nice treat as I’m a big fan of Punk and was expecting to see Phi. I only managed a handful of clues in the first run through and worried that this might be a toughie, but then everything suddenly clicked and I raced through the rest in about 15 minutes, albeit with a couple of assumptions. Nevertheless, some very neat stuff here from this excellent, soon-to-be-Brazil-bound setter!

Across
9 EXEMPTION – EXE,M,(POINT)*
10 AGATE – AG (silver),ATE
11 DEMOTES – D[-espotic],EMOTES
13 DINKY – D,INKY
14 POETASTERPOE,TASTER
16 LAST BUT NOT LEAST – E in LAST BUT NOT LAST (‘final contradiction’)
19 DOG EAT DOG – Nice triple use of ‘chow’ for 2 types of dog and as a verb meaning to eat
21 PETRI – T in PERI – The ‘dishy chap’ being Julius Petri, the bacteriologist who invented it
24 SNUFF IT – FUNS rev.,FIT
25 LEPER – LE[-a]PER
26 AMINO ACID – Not 100% sure on this. MINOAN relates to ancient Crete, but can’t quite see how ther ‘nameless force’ part fits in
 
Down
1 HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE – I got this from the checking letters and thought it might be some odd cryptic definition, but then realised that it’s HE (‘man’), Y (‘last to spy’) and DIDDLE DIDDLE for dodo (i.e. ‘do’ twice!) Very clever!
2 TERMINUS – I guessed this from the checking letters, and assume that it’s TERM IN US. Unsure as to how ‘the middle of yesterday’ fits though
3 SPOTTY – S,POTTY
4 DISSIPATED – 1′S SIP in DATED
6 HAIRBALLHAIR,BALL
7 PAST IT – PA’S TIT
8 KEEP BRITAIN TIDY – (TAKE PRIDE IN IT BY)* – A brilliant anagram, and a great surface reading
15 ENOUGH SAID – (HUGE ADONIS)*
17 BLACK ART – LACK in BART
20 GRUMPY – G,RUMPY – ..and no pumpy
21 PLUTON – P,LUTON
23 NAAN – The palindromic addition to any good curry

5 Responses to “Independent 6,866/Punk”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    26a A MINOA[n] CID – ‘minoan cid’ being a pun for Cretian police force

    2d TER MINUS [yes]TER[day] with the minus being indicated by the ‘-’

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    PS I meant to add that this was a most enjoyable offering from Punk with some delightful clues that had me smiling most of the way through.

    My only quibble is that we have seen ‘naan’ far too often. There are a number of alternatives that would fit in ‘n_a_’.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Yes, very good puzzle, favourites SPOTTY and DRUNKEN.

  4. Fletch says:

    I too enjoyed this puzzle and the coincidence of naan appearing so soon again struck me as well. In last weekend’s Paul it was clued as Bread to pass up and down.

  5. Jeremy Morton says:

    2d yesTERday and the hyphen is a minus sign!!

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