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Independent 7,162/Punk

Posted by Ali on September 29th, 2009

Ali.

Definitely one of the toughest Punks we have had for a while I thought, but wonderfully inventive clueing as we’ve come to expect. 14/18 is up there with my favourites of 2009!

Across
1 FORTIFY – IF in FORTY
10 DESIGNER STUBBLE – (NEED BRISTLES BUG)* – Lovely anagram, thought it took me a while to get it!
11 ONCE – [-b]ONCE
12 SUZERAINTY – ER AIN’T in SUZY
14/18 HAPPY SLAPPING Charade of HAPPY’S LAPPING – Brilliant!
15 FAIR COPY – COP in FAIRY
19/5 BROWN WINDSOR – Ref. MP Gordon and The Royal Family
21/27 ACCRINGTON STANLEY – C RING in ACTON + STANLEY
23 AIRE – AIR + E
24 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL – I L B rev. in BIOGRAPHICAL
26 POLENTA – OP rev. + LENT + A
Down
2 ONE AND ALL – AN + DA in O(ld) NELL
3 TOILET PAPER – TOIL + (TAPE)* + PER
4 FINISH – FIN[-n]ISH
6 INTERMIX – IN TERM IX
7 DAB – BAD rev.
8 OWLET – O (duck) + L in WET
9 PRIZEFIGHTERS – P on (REF + SIZE + GIRTH)*
13 INCARNATION – IN CARNATION
16 POWER BASE – (WE PROBE AS)*
17 SIGNPOST – G in SIN POST
20 INKPOT – [-st]INKPOT
22 CHINO – CHINO[-ok]
25 LIE – Think this is a double def. as in ‘pack of lies’

3 Responses to “Independent 7,162/Punk”

  1. NealH says:

    I found this a bit easier than some Punk puzzles, although it still took a while to finish. There were a few easy ones like Power Base that meant you could get going fairly quickly. It was very inventive stuff, as you say, although I did groan when I realized why lie was the answer to 25 down.

  2. Mick H says:

    I’d never heard of Brown Windsor soup, which doesn’t seem to be in Chambers, so that made things harder, especially with a minority of checked letters in both words. I can see why it was irresistible to clue though! Good stuff as ever.

  3. nmsindy says:

    Yes, I enjoyed this, which I found quite tough. Some great clueing as I have learned to expect from Punk.

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