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Independent 6892 by Punk

Posted by NealH on November 17th, 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone

A good variety of clues with some excellent surface readings.  There were just a couple that I thought were a little questionable.

Across
1 Miaow: (I am)* + ow.
4 Sackcloth: Sack + cloth.
9 Negligent: (gelignite with N replacing I)*
10 Leave: [C]leave
11 Tendentious: (doesn’t unite)*.
12 Gas: sag<.
14 Swindle: Swine around d[evi]l.
16 Dresser: Double definition, the second referring to a theatrical dresser.
18 Erasmus: (sums are)<
20 Bittern: Bitter (in the sense of arctic meaning very cold) + N.
21 Kid: Double definition.
23 Mother In Law: (woman Hitler)*.
25 Brain: Bra + in.
26 Ski resort: Skirt around Rose<.
27 Spare tyre: Double def.
28 Miler: Mil[l]er.
Down
1 Minute steak: Minute + hom. of “stake”.
2 Argentina: A Tina round r gen.
3 Whine: hom. of “wine”.
4 Sheathe: heat in she.
5 Catford: Cat + ford (as in ford a river).
6 Cold sweat: (c two deals)*.
7 Orang: Orang is an abbreviation for orangutan. The rest is “0 rang” i.e. no-one rang.
8 Hue: Hom. of “Hugh”.
13 Spring water: (tiger prawns)*
15 Demimonde: Mimed< + one around d. I have my doubts about “acted unspeakably” for mimed.
17 Steel wool: Eel w in stool.
19 Satisfy: I was in some doubt as to exactly how to intepret this one, but I think it’s “Sat is F[rida]y”.
20 Beehive: double/cryptic def.
22 Drama: Dram + a.
24 I-beam: “Punk smiles” = “I beam”.
25 Bus: Bus[t]. It refers to buses being red in London, although that may not be entirely true since the demise of the Routemaster.

4 Responses to “Independent 6892 by Punk”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks for the blog, particularly 7dn. I wrote this in quickly and assumed it was weak word play at ORANG[e], ie Orange, the mobile company, cut-off. I think you are right on 19dn. I like 27ac very much In 15dn I don’t unspeakably for hinting at MIME, this is Punk after all.

  2. nmsindy says:

    Quite an easy puzzle, I thought, by Punk standards. I read 7 down and 19 down as NealH did. 23 across is an anagram going way back though I wondered if in these PC days, it might be a casualty.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    I think Punk got away with 23ac by avoiding the temptation to make it &lit!

  4. mhl says:

    A very good fun puzzle, I thought, and not too tough…

    I’m really kicking myself about 26 across for staring at S_I for ages while trying to think of holiday destinations in south east asia. If I’d known what a “dirndl” is that would have helped a lot, of course. :)

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