Posted by Pierre on April 9th, 2012
Punk and I keep bumping into one another on a Monday morning, which I don’t mind in the least, because his puzzles always raise a few laughs and smiles, which is rather what it’s about, I think.
Some contemporary references in DOH! and DRUNKATHON, the usual smut and ribaldry, and a clue that might require a different answer in a month or so’s time. I found this one not overly difficult (a solver-friendly grid helped) and a lot of fun.
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) missing
1 Prisoner, rich and spoilt, shackled by eye or dubious legal authority
POWER OF ATTORNEY
A bit going on here: it’s a charade of POW (Prisoner of War) and an insertion of FAT and TORN in (EYE OR)* ‘Dubious’ is the anagrind and ‘shackled’ is the insertion indicator.
9 Tasty bird you might once have picked up?
Referring to the chocolate bar with the p-p-pick up a Penguin slogan. Are they still going? The ‘once’ suggests not.
10 Popular leaders of Italy and Denmark forced into the world
Nice misdirection: I’m guessing that most solvers, including me, had the urge to insert I and D into something meaning ‘world’. But it’s IN for ‘popular’, then DUCE for ‘leaders of Italy’ and D for ‘Denmark’, with the answer referring to INDUCING a baby’s birth.
11 Brickie’s helper knocked over – whoops!
Homer’s famous interjection is a reversal of HOD. It’s been in the OED since 2001, so spelled, but I’ve also seen D’OH! My only quibble is that if you’re a fan of The Simpsons, you will know that it’s generally used in frustration, when Homer has done something unbelievably stupid, whereas ‘whoops!’ is uttered if you’ve nearly had an accident. Typical Homer quote: ‘You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel.’
12 Legless round? Thank pub crawl!
This, on the contrary, is not in my dictionaries, but I presume it’s a back-formation from MARATHON, meaning a serious pub crawl (although presumably not the full 26 miles and 385 yards). (ROUND THANK)* with ‘legless’ as the anagrind.
14 Tease about record, as subject of musical
An insertion of EP for ‘Extended-Play’ record in JOSH, for the musical with the man in the technicolor dreamcoat. I did see EP clued as ‘old record’ somewhere else recently, which I suppose is more accurate.
15 Again prescribe ecstasy or first of drugs to put in water
An insertion of E OR D in RAIN.
19 “Pour” appeal, short of a drink
A charade of TIP for ‘pour’ and PLE[A].
22 Moment of bewilderment as underwear hit by lightning, perhaps?
A pun on BRA IN STORM. Wouldn’t be like Punk not to have ladies’ underwear in somewhere, would it?
23 Epitaph bringing tear
A dd. Requiescat in Pace and ‘tear’ in its verbal sense.
26 Gangster thus provided backing in communist
A reversal of SO and IF in MAO, the old Chinese Chairman.
27 Mocking about lightweight French leader
Not for much longer, if you believe the polls, although all 50kg of him is fighting back. An insertion of OZ for ‘ounce’ in SARKY.
28 No jack-of-all-trades is also perceived as flexible
(IS ALSO PERCEIVED)*
1 Transported by Tube, does one have 3.14 legs?
A whimsical way of suggesting that if a BIPED has two legs and a QUADRUPED has four legs, then a PIPED might have 3.14 legs, since 3.14 to two decimal figures is PI, the ratio of the the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It’s an irrational number, which means that the digits after the decimal point go on forever without repeating. An autistic savant holds the world record for reciting them from memory: he reached over 20,000 places.
2 Arm lifts Queen into toy
A charade of WINCHES and an insertion of ER in TRIFLE.
3 Summary, marginally ahead in boxing bout?
A cd cum dd.
4 Fine cooking expected, melted dish
A further charade of F, ON for ‘cooking’ (‘the roast beef’s on’) and DUE to give you the (mainly cheesy) dish you dip your bread into. It’s the feminine past participle, since you ask, of the French verb fondre, ‘to melt’. It’s linked to English words like FOUNDRY, where steel is melted.
5 Star does this act finally overcoming those picked out?
T for the last letter of acT and WINKLE, which lovers of seafood need to pick out of the shell with that little pin thingy.
6 Sorted out about fifty? He’s more experienced
(SORTED L)* ‘Out’ is the anagrind.
7 Radio personality discussing ministers going commando?
This was my joint favourite today. For maiden aunts, I should explain that ‘going commando’ is the act of venturing out without wearing underpants or knickers (don’t ask). So (presumably female) ministers or PARSONS would be ‘knickerless’, which is a homophone (‘discussing’) of NICHOLAS. NICHOLAS PARSONS is the slightly smug radio presenter, probably best known for chairing Just a Minute on Radio 4. He’s nearly as old as Araucaria, so there’s a good chance that you will have come across him, although overseas solvers might be a bit disadvantaged.
8 Eaten up by Chewbacca, doyen, Jedi master
One for Star Wars fans. Hidden reversed (‘up’) in ChewbaccA DOYen, YODA is indeed a Jedi master.
13/17 Sex up joint attended by Quaker
My other joint favourite. A charade of KNEE for ‘joint’ and TREMBLER for ‘Quaker’. Again for the benefit of maiden aunts, a KNEE-TREMBLER is an act of human coitus performed in a position at 90 degrees from the missionary option, often with a nightclub wall for support; hence ‘sex up’. We’ll move on.
14 Stick out, bearing fibre
A charade of JUT and E for East, a ‘bearing’.
16 Sparkler – one gets used around the 5th of November
I thought this was really clever, with a great surface. It’s an insertion of M for the 5th letter of NoveMber in (ONE GETS)* with ‘used’ as the anagrind.
18 Islanders b***** Irish upset a lot
A charade of B, RI for ‘Irish upset’ and TONS. I shall refrain from comment on the veracity of the surface.
20 Timeless, timeless, sick
21 Little plants – a social climber climbs one
The Japanese culturing of miniature plants is a charade of A SNOB for ‘a social climber’ reversed (‘climbs’) and I for ‘one’.
24 Home you occupied that’s waterproofed
An insertion of YE for ‘you’ in PAD for ‘home’ to give you the past tense of the verb ‘to pay’, one of whose meanings is ‘to waterproof’, I learned today (‘mainly nautical’, according to the SOED).
26 Shells, say in stream, molluscs
Hidden in streAM MOlluscs.
Entertaining and funny Bank Holiday puzzle; thank you to the setter.