Posted by Pierre on March 11th, 2013
Punk is a regular contributor of the Indy Monday puzzle when Quixote’s having a long weekend, and I’m always pleased to see him when it’s my turn to blog. This was a tough one, though.
The usual contemporary feel to an Indy crossword, with trade marks and living people finding their way into the solution. And it wouldn’t be a Punk puzzle without reference to rude bits or a bodily function, would it?
cd cryptic definition
dd double definition
anagrind = anagram indicator
[x] letter(s) removed
definitions are underlined
9 Designer’s initial in hat, Spanish mark
An insertion of the first letter of Designer in TILE for ‘hat’ to give you the squiggly mark that goes above the letter ‘n’ in Spanish to change its sound to the one you hear in the middle of mañana, which makes it different from the one you hear in the middle of ‘banana’.
10 Domestic chore done at home, accessing corner
Corners tend not to be accessed in our house with this task, but that’s another story. An insertion (‘accessing’) of OVER for ‘done’ and IN for ‘at home’ in HOG for ‘corner’.
11 Good to bottle wine that’s fortified
Another insertion, of ASTI for ‘wine’ in BON for ‘good’. It’s French, of course, but I suppose we can let Punk off the hook for not signalling that specifically because we use it in phrases we’ve nicked from the French like bon vivant.
12 Italian dish is ridiculous wrapped in hide of rhino
Another insertion, of IS and OTT for ‘over the top’, or ‘ridiculous’ in RO for the outside letters or ‘hide’ of RhinO.
13 Yes, jolly gruesome boxing contests ultimately without cheer
And another: of S for the last letter of contestS in (YES JOLLY)* with ‘boxing’ as the insertion indicator and ‘gruesome’ as the anagrind.
14/21 Cook sweet food that is duck meat
I did like this one. It’s a charade of JAM for ‘sweet food’, IE for id est, that is, O for ‘duck’ in cricket, and LIVER for ‘meat’. The cook who gave us bish bash bosh and all that.
15 Limits of ultraviolet in dark, sticky stuff
The stuff that students are not allowed to use to stick their posters of Che Guevara onto the walls of their college rooms is another insertion, of UT for the outside letters of UltravioleT in BLACK.
17 Act of stopping a horse with heel in difficult case
Another insertion, of CAD for ‘heel’ in (CASE)* with ‘difficult’ as the anagrind. I knew this word in its sense of ‘jerking movement’, particularly when passing one’s eyes over words and moving quickly from one to the next. Punk’s equine definition isn’t in my SOED, but Collins gives: ‘a sudden check given to a horse’.
20 Water and wine, but no success for port
The south coast port is a charade of POOL and [WIN]E.
22 Man after wife adorned with feathers, perhaps – appearing like a parrot?
Well, that’s what parrots (apart from Norwegian Blues) do – a charade of SQUAW and KING for a ‘man’ on the chessboard.
24 Saying grace finally, a couple of animals
A charade of E for the last letter of gracE, PIG and RAM.
26 Methane gas leak, leak avoiding a running system
My CoD. A type of training regime derived from the Swedish for ‘fast play'; and a charade of FART and LE[A]K. Methane is a flammable gas produced by flatulence; but if produced through this route, I strongly suggest that you don’t try to set light to it.
28 Austere registrar, extremely unpleasant club official
(AUSTERE RR)* ‘Unpleasant’ is the anagrind.
29 Tack taken from pine, thin wood
Punk’s asking you to take PIN for ‘tack’ out of [PIN]E and then add BONY for ‘thin’ to give you the dark wood.
1 Knife nuts from below
Sounds extremely painful. A reversal of BATS for ‘nuts’.
2 Reaction to mild explosion by souls at sea gripping stern of frigate
Santé! Gesundheit! Gezondheid! (BY SOULS)* surrounding E for the last letter of frigatE, with ‘at sea’ as the anagrind.
3 Consider as intentional
4/18 Tom in cat from Sri Lanka that’s very much appreciated
THANKS A MILLION
One that you were likely to get from the enumeration and the definition, I fancy. It’s an insertion of the actor Tom HANKS in TAMIL LION.
5 Regularly, visibility not all there, say, for speccy child
I think, but only think, that this is the alternate letters of vIsIbIlIt[y], which would make four letter Is, which is a homophone of FOUR-EYES.
6 All bridge players seeking information
The four players at bridge are North, East, West and South.
7 One boy on top of another, preyed upon
A charade (since this is a down clue) of VIC and TIM, two boys. I’m not head over heels in love with VICTIM as the definition of ‘preyed upon’.
8 Turn a blind eye to Italian women going topless
[S]IGNORE Good surface.
13 Line in book
A dd. ‘What’s your line?’ in the sense of ‘What’s your job?’ and the Old Testament book.
14 Old actor in The Lighthouse?
Punk was on something when he set this, I swear. JACK WARNER is indeed an ‘old actor’, but you’d have to be of a certain age to remember him from Dixon of Dock Green. And of course The Lighthouse would be a warning to sailors, so whimsically a JACK WARNER.
16 Make Irish, not English, new language
(MAK[E]IRISH)* with ‘new’ as the anagrind.
19 Bird’s first home, brick if good?
The setter is relying on the fact that someone who’s a ‘good egg’ could also be described as a ‘brick'; both mean someone who’s ever reliable.
20 Somewhat fair
23 Junk with refuse centres on both sides, spread out
A charade of UN and FU for the central letters of jUNk and reFUse, followed by RL for ‘both sides’.
25 Wine picked up
A dd, but with two different pronunciations, of course.
27 Fight’s ending, as old bovine turned over
Another way of representing KO for ‘knock out’ is a reversal (‘turned over’) of O YAK.
Entertaining puzzle from Punk, to whom thanks.