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Independent 7,220 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 5/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 11th, 2009

Simon Harris.

This was certainly a fair bit tougher than Bannsider’s other recent Saturday puzzle. I quite quickly moved from trying to solve this unaided to treating it much as I would a barred weekend crossword and leaning heavily on Chambers et al.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 APOPLECTIC – POP in (ALEC + TIC[k]). Alec Guinness, of course.
7 WI-FI – WIF[e] + I.
9 JINGLING JOHNNY – J[apan] + [t]INGLING + JOHNNY (Cash). A completely unfamiliar term, I must admit.
10 SCRAPE – dd.
11 PASSBACK – (ASS + B[east]) in PACK.
13 SHAH – SH + A[nd] + H[um].
14 CARE WORKER – (ARE + W) in CORKER.
16 GRAPE SUGAR – G + RAP + E + (Alan) SUGAR.
18 WEPT – [t]W[o] E[x]P[a]T[s].
19 DYE-WORKS – YEW in DORKS.
21 SHOFAR – “so far” as perhaps pronounced by someone slightly the worse for wear.
22 WHAT’S EATING YOU? – (GOT UNEASY WITH A)*. I wasn’t sure why this was a “subsequent” question, but I might simply be splitting hairs.
23 BOSS – B.O.’S S. “Pen and ink” being cockney for “stink”, and thus “Stink from a person” being B.O.
24 STEPHEN FRY – F in (STEP + (Lenny) HENRY).
Down
2 PRINCE HARRY – (N in PRICE) + HARRY.
3 PUGWASH – PUG + WASH.
4 EMINENCES GRISES – couldn’t follow the wordplay here, although I guess CRISES comes into it.
5 TOG UP – reverse cryptic. “Got” is TOG<.
6 CROSS SWORDS WITH – (S in CROSSWORD) + SWITH[in].
7 WINE BAR – (A BREW IN)*.
8 FLY – dd.
12 CHEAP LABOUR – cd.
15 REG – RE + G[i][rl].
17 PAWPAWS – PAW + SWAP<.
18 WRONG ‘UN – W + RON + GUN.
20 SLADE – hom. of “sleighed” and a pleasingly misleading reference to Noddy Holder.
22 WOO – WOO[d].

3 Responses to “Independent 7,220 by Bannsider (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 5/12/09)”

  1. nmsindy says:

    4 down is, I think, (ShellS IN EMERGENCIES)* Agree this was a very tough puzzle, some great clues, eg SLADE, CROSS SWORDS WITH, DYE-WORKS etc etc.

  2. Allan_C says:

    Thanks for the explanation of 23a. I thought it had to be ‘boss’ but couldn’t see why.

    3d – excellent clue, but one for aficionados of children’s TV of yesteryear!

  3. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    I found this a tiny bit harder than the last Bannsider, but was solving without books. Helped by knowing “jingling johnny” and remembering the captain – I guess references like this are generation-specific but I like to see stuff like this mixed in with the higher-brow material. I guess the same goes for Noddy Holder, though we do get to hear him every Christmas.

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