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Independent 7014/Punk

Posted by Ali on April 9th, 2009

Ali.

Like most other people no doubt, I seem to have a full week’s worth of stuff to fit into 4 days this week, so not much time to stop and admire this puzzle I’m afraid. Which is a shame, because it was very nice, like all Punk puzzles!

Across
1 SCARLET – CARL in SET
5 AXOLOTL – L TO LO rev. on A,X – Quite tricky this one I thought. It’s a little salamander
9 RASPINGLY – (LISP,ANGRY)*
10 FACET – ACE in FT
11 BACILLI – Got this from the checking letters, but not sure on it – “Might they bring a complaint having account, opening another one?”
13 BACKING – Double def.
14 CAUGHT IN THE ACT – IN + DEED (the act)
16 READ ALL ABOUT IT – AD in REAL,LABOU[-r],TIT
18 TRAPEZE – Cryptic def, ref. 14A
19 LESSENS – “Lessons”
20 LARVA – R in LAVA
21 PUNCH LINE – PUN,CH,LINE
23 RETAKEN – N.E KATE,R rev.
24 ELEMENT – Double def.
Down
1 STROBE – [-ve]ST,ROBE
2 AS SICK AS A PARROT – CD
3 LEI – Hidden in buddLEIa
4 TAGLIATELLE – I think this is ELLE (the magazine) on GAT (gun) and TAIL (behind) rev.
5 ANY – A,NY (New York)
6 OFFICE HOURS – 1,C,EH in OF FOURS – Classic Halpern! It reads fairly bizarrely, but I like it a lot and the definition (Possibly 10-6) is great
7 ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME – (ACTION I FEEL MINE TO)*
8 LITIGATE – LIT,1,GATE
12 LUGGAGE RACK – GG + A G ERA in LUCK
13 BANK BALANCE – A nice cryptic def
15 PRATTLER – P[-arole],RATTLER
17 ASSENT – AS,SENT
21 PEN – Double def.
22 HOE – Initial letters of ‘Hack Out Earth’

2 Responses to “Independent 7014/Punk”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    I think 11a is
    B(A/c)ILL I
    but I don’t know how ‘opening’ can be a container-content indicator.

  2. Paul B says:

    While your reservations might be understandable, I think you’re right as to the mechanism. BILL is closed, but B ILL is opened.

    Excellent stuff from Punky Paul.

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