I Cryptic Crossword 1701 Monk

July 22, 2016

Its  a puzzle from Monk today, we seem to get one a month from this setter, who can set some extremely difficult puzzles. This one however seemed, with the exception of 16a which I had never come across before, fairly accessible. There was a lot of devious wordplay involved but thanks to the inclusion of a couple of the more straightforward sorts of clue like 1d and 2d the checking letters helped me solve even if I didn’t fully understand (25a) the rest. Like the original blogger I could see no way of solving the 1a/27a duo without the checking letters for at least one of them. Generally though I found this a really enjoyable puzzle with COD going to

4d   City block on which pet is decapitated (9)

All the solutions and comment are here http://www.fifteensquared.net/2011/12/01/independent-7840monk/

4 Responses to “I Cryptic Crossword 1701 Monk”

  1. AndyT said

    Either I’m getting the hang of Monk (unlikely), or else this was one of his gentler ones. Thoroughly enjoyable, in fact, with a few fun clues – “fun” not being a word I generally associate with this compiler. 10 and 25 both particularly amused me.

  2. dtw42 said

    I ground my teeth over some of the weird clue constructions, and didn’t understand the parsing of one or two, but still managed to have this finished by around 10.30, so … what AndyT said, I suppose.

  3. Cornick said

    Three quarters of this was perfectly pitched for my humble abilities, but the tricksy NE corner took considerably longer (5d, 10a, 13a) and 16a required recourse to electronic help which, in my book, constitutes a sort of failure.
    25a was terrific, I thought and the 1a/27a a refreshing idea I’m surprised to have never seen before.

  4. jonofwales said

    Definitely on the easier side for Monk, though with a sting in the tail at 16ac. Luckily, as I was supposed to have been packing at the time. 😉

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