i Cryptic Crossword 2287 Monk

June 7, 2018

Our second Saturday Prize Puzzle reprint of the week comes courtesy of Monk, who’s a setter I often struggle with. Today’s offering though proved to be more straightforward than some, though one where it paid (for me at least) to take a break half-way through and come back to some of the more difficult / obscure clues. 1d falls into the latter category most certainly, but could be little else. I was unaware of the definition used at 11ac, and struggled a little at the close with 21d, but everything else was clear, and always fair and above board. There’s a theme of letters that are repeated only once in each answer I’m guessing most solvers won’t have spotted and won’t be sorry to have missed. 🙂

COD? Lots to like, and lots of very nicely constructed clues, but for me at least 14ac, which is lovely and succinct, raised a smile – “Whipping fetish? (11)”.

To February 2014 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:

http://www.fifteensquared.net/2014/02/08/independent-saturday-prize-puzzle-8518-monk-1st-feb-2014/

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4 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2287 Monk”

  1. batarde said

    Sigh … good sudoku today, wasn’t it?

    Nope, only kidding, and I owe Monk an apology for my previous moaning because this was a smashing puzzle – proving that he can compile a satisfying crossword innocent of intractable obscurities with the best of ’em. Enjoyable from start to finish, with no need for the Big Red Book … great stuff.

  2. sprouthater said

    Well I certainly needed help from both Chambers and Roget
    especially 1dn a real “well I never” moment, likewise 23ac where I had not come across that definition before. 17dn wasn’t cryptic it abstruse in the extreme and was one of quite a few that went in with a ? Apart from a couple of groans, 15dn mainly it was all very good though.

  3. dtw42 said

    I needed a lot of help on this one, especially down the left-hand side (21dn conversely was an early write-in).
    Should have got 22ac quicker (was nearly at the end) having years ago done well in a clue-writing competition using a “seconds” style clue.Hey ho.

  4. Cornick said

    Another day where my paymasters had m working late into the evening, but plenty to enjoy from Monk. The theme is pretty nifty because it pertains to all 32 words in the grid – no men feat, that.
    I do love Monk’s habit of complete originality with clues like 17d and 26d (and I had thought 22a) amongst others.

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