i Cryptic Crossword 2239 Monk

April 12, 2018

So Thursday, and as expected a Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint, and one by Monk at that. So it’s going to be on the tough side… Thankfully the puzzle is more accessible than perhaps might have been expected, as solving conditions today are far from ideal – sitting in a car park in the middle of Cardiff. Thankfully I have the WordPress App and a Bluetooth keyboard to hand to blog with. 🙂

The puzzle? A nice long anagram at 8ac to start filling the grid, and a few easier clues dotted here and there – 4ac particularly handy up in the NE corner, and 2d opposite it. The AC/DC references will have screamed BI to seasoned solvers over in the NW corner, and see, well, think dioceses… Some nice cryptic definitions elsewhere elicited suitable groans, and I kicked myself when I eventually spotted what bread and wine we needed to remove a T from for 13ac.

All in all then an enjoyable, challenging solve.

COD? For the definition alone, 14d – “Distraught UN left eastern beach on which Castro may have stood? (5,4)”.

To November / December 2013 for all the answers and analysis, and an explanation from Monk himself:



Now to find somewhere I can get a decent coffee…


4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2239 Monk”

  1. batarde said

    But don’t you always say that Monk’s puzzles are more accessible than expected, Jon? 😉 True in this case I think, and actually quite enjoyable with the occasional sign of humour, even. Perhaps a bit heavy on the cryptic definitions, and there were a few trademark cases where meanings were severely stretched. By the way, remind me – what colour flags do anarchists wave? Thought so …

    • jonofwales said

      I think it must be the relief every time upon actually managing to solve one of his puzzles. 🙂

  2. sprouthater said

    Well I failed, my own fault, whilst I had never heard of 9dn it was at least an anagram that I could solve but even then I wrote it in wrongly making the bloomer which again was new to me impossible. Once again Monk provided a puzzle with quite a few obscurities and some tenuous definitions, no I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

  3. Cornick said

    A stiff test in the latter stages indeed.
    Pleasantly surprised to find I’d bunged in the correct answers for 15a and 16d, as I has parsed neither. I also resorted to the dictionary for 9d and Chambers Word Wizard for the flower in 13a – also kicking myself when it appeared.
    Very much agreed on COD.

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