i Cryptic Crossword 1754 Monk

September 22, 2016

The most difficult puzzle we’ve had in a long time I believe. All perfectly fair and above board, though, and I got there in the end, solving in dribs and drabs. On my first run through I had 11ac and nothing else and figured I might be in trouble. The longer entries proved, though, to be the key to getting into this, with a few long anagrams that turned out to be pretty solvable. It’s also a pangram, though for a long time I was looking for a double pangram after two Q’s appeared in quick succession.

COD? 3d – ‘Facetiously uses them all (6)’.

Back to February 2012:


6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 1754 Monk”

  1. AndyT said

    Pffft. Yes, I suppose it’s all fair and above board … blooming unhelpful though. 6d could be pretty much anything without the checking letters, and 2d was an “oh for crying out loud” clue. A bit of wit would have sweetened the pill, too.

    Still, it’s what one expects from Monk, and there’s a fair measure of satisfaction to be had when the last one goes in and the newspaper flies across the room with an accompanying snort.

  2. sprouthater said

    Very tough, luckily though a few on the easier side like 8a and 11a but the rest needed working at. LO’s I were 16a and 17d I just couldn’t see them, some I still can’t properly parse but what is really annoying me is my inability to see the inappropriate word mentioned in the blog:-)

  3. Cornick said

    T U R D runs diagonally across the top right hand corner but, as Monk says, this is purely coincidental. K E R R runs down the right hand edge, I notice, W A R across the middle and doubtless we could see a few more if we bothered looking.

    Weirdly I found this much easier than yesterday’s Dac. Maybe because with Monk – rather like with Klingsor – the clues are of the logic puzzle wordplay that needs unpicking variety, rather than the having to think of an obscurity or stretched synonym sort, where I struggle.

    Or maybe just different solvers click with different setters…

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