Posted by nmsindy on August 25th, 2009
A themed puzzle on the punk group SEX PISTOLS (2 down). The associated answers are titles of some of their best-known hits. I found it very tough indeed. Solving time, 70 mins. Perhaps a favourite of the setter’s in the light of his pseudonym.
Like anyone who was around during their heyday in the late 1970s, I’d heard a lot about them though not personally familiar with their music. It was clear from early in solving that a lot depended on 2 down and its associated answers. Once I got the first breakthrough (21/20), it got a little easier. Very good puzzle and I find Punk one of the finest clue writers around. One or two wordplays I’m not quite sure of. I got the answers from the definitions and crossing letters and I’ve checked on the website that they are right.
* = anagram < = reversed
8/7 SOMETHING ELSE ie not this
10 TROPHIES “Run in game, towards first position – to win these?” First position might be ‘top’ run could be ‘r’ or ‘hie’ perhaps, can’t see the ‘game’ so far. Any help appreciated.
11 R A DISH
12 TEASER “Puzzle from China, short of a gripping thing?” Not understood. Definition: puzzle, maybe ‘China’ has something to do with ‘tea set’. Again, any help appreciated.
13 VAT A in (TV)<
14 FU (LL TO) SS Cricket
15 FORGE T (ME-N) OT Tot = short
18 GNUS cf guns guts = centre
19 NEE Hidden
21/20 PRETTY VACANT I got this when I’d some crossing letters and it revealed the theme.
23 UNCL (OTH) E (hot)*
24 CHI (S E) LLED
25 CLUB Excellent double definition suit (cards)
2 S (EX PIS)TOLS sip< slots< Made hard, I guess, not to give the game away. For a while from the enumeration I thought it might start with ‘the’. I also thought for a long time ‘my’ was part of the wordplay, but think it’s part of the definition ie my group = punk group
3 GOD SAVE THE QUEEN Once I discovered the theme, this came straightaway.
4 SEC (RET SE) R (V) ICE (trees)*
5 SHED Amusing double definition.
6 ONESELF Hidden reversal.
9 NITROGEN CYCLE (relying on C etc)* C = carbon (atomic symbol)
14 FRO (M CH) O ICE (roof)* ice = diamond arches = M (from shape of letter, I think)
16 A (N ARC H (Y) IN T HE) UK y = “why” arc = line hint = clue auk = seabird.