i Cryptic Crossword 2317 Monk

July 12, 2018

So Monk today, who has a deserved reputation for being one of the tougher setters in the i. I got off to a speedy start in the NW corner, and made good progress elsewhere, and for one moment thought that either Monk had gone soft on us, or that I’d finally got the hang of his puzzles. Not to worry, I swiftly ground to a halt on such oddities as 15d, 21d and 23ac. The poor checking on clues such as 17ac is something I often complain about, but usually for some of the particularly appalling grids out there. And that’s one I got without too much ado, so… 😉 Overall a pretty tough challenge where I thought Monk was often asking rather a lot of us. But it is a Thursday reprint, where such things are often the case.

There’s a Nina which is personal to Monk and explained in the comments over on the other side.

COD? I’ll go with 11ac – “What might involve kippers in two ways (3,3,9)”.

To March 2014:



6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2317 Monk”

  1. batarde said

    Aha, a lighthearted gambol through a grid filled with mawmetries and aptotes, and many a chuckle along the way – was my immediate unkind reaction to seeing Monk’s name. It was a bit like that too, but blow me down if I’m not beginning to relish the challenge. Good job I limbered up with that fiendish little Saga magazine puzzle last night. Anyway, all done and dusted without recourse to wordfinders, but it took a lot of thinking about. Credit where it’s due: this is an exceedingly tight crossword, and a clever one to boot. My personal favourite was 18d.

  2. Topsy said

    because I have to use help to complete cryptics I was snookered by 5d because supercretaceous fits perfectly.

    • jonofwales said

      13d may also have caused you some issues depending on where you were looking. 🙂

  3. sprouthater said

    I needed a bit of help to finish, the cryptic parts of both 5dn and 15dn proving unfathomable. 17ac got a grimace but my LOI 14ac of a round of applause.

  4. Cornick said

    Really enjoyed it, though I did have to resort to a wordfinder to get my last two, the intersecting Sass and Gosht.
    My personal favourite was 4a, Bass Guitar – brilliant. We can suppose that Monk, who plays a wicked harmonica apparently, knows John Mac through the world of jazz, a world which captivates more than one in the setting community.

  5. dtw42 said

    I didn’t finish – six or seven beat me in the bottom half of the grid.

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