i Cryptic Crossword 2408 Monk

October 26, 2018

Monk has a reputation for setting challenging puzzles and anyone wanting a challenge won’t be disappointed by this. Whilst I needed help from both a dictionary and a thesaurus, it was only 7ac that needed a word finder and then from the many options I thought (wrongly) that Damage would be the best choice. No explanation of this clue is offered over on Fifteensquared where solvers were either defeated by it or resorted to the reveal option but the setter does apologise for it.  Quite a few were solved from the synonym and then reverse engineering to fit the cryptic and I was quite surprised by the lack of quibbles I had – 10ac got a bit of a tut and 23ac went in with a grunt of displeasure, but these were outweighed by the number of ticks that included some excellent anagrams – 20ac and 26ac in particular – but for COD

13ac   One could be up for this treat given time  (8)

There is a Nina but it will only mean anything to those who have knowledge of fairly obscure alternative rock bands.

8 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2408 Monk”

  1. Topsy said

    Well folks, the time has come. I have done crosswords for years and gained great pleasure from them but this latest offering has made me decide that I don’t need the hassle from these current smart ass setters. So I’m out. Cheerio and thanks for the blogs!!

    • jonofwales said

      If you’re looking for something more akin to the easier i puzzles – such as the IoS reprints, or something Mondayish – I’d recommend The Telegraph. An annual subscription to their puzzles site is also remarkably cheap.

    • Cornick said

      You’ve got a point Topsy – the last two days offerings being back-to-back was unfortunate to say the least.
      Heigh-ho, good to read your contributions, and maybe you’ll pop back from time to time 🙂

  2. jonofwales said

    Yes, 1ac. 🙂 I ended up guessing too, and got it wrong, along with a couple of other useless stabs elsewhere. As is often the case with Monk I feel like I’ve finished a particularly demanding exam by the close, with little in the way of laughs throughout. 20ac did, though, raise a smile. I know the band, and the singer, but failed pitifully to spot the Nina, focused as I was on the letters round the outside.

  3. batarde said

    Apology accepted for 7ac; not happy about 6d though. It’s a bit of a rum do when you need to spot a Nina in order to resolve an ambiguity – and of course I went for the wrong one. Bah. That said, I’m a chump for not picking up on it, the band and singer being familiar here too. On the whole I enjoyed this one and found it less daunting and more rewarding than the average Monk.

    Two recommendations: for “straighter” puzzles The Times gets my vote over the Telegraph because the latter can be pretty shoddy; and there’s “A Catty Response” on the letters page, which it would be a shame to miss. Rivals yesterday’s beaver story for a guffaw. 🙂

  4. Michaelatcobblerscottage said

    I put in MANAGE for 7A, as an educated guess. This was very tough indeed, and took three bites of the cherry to complete. Apart from 7A I could not follow the word-play for DRESSAGE or WEAPON. MOOING made me smile, though. All in all quite a challenge and as with yesterday I needed so much help that it failed to truly satisfy.

  5. Cornick said

    Quite enjoyed this until the last few – but VACATE and MOOING defeated me (I guessed manage and saying, with a misanagram for Ahpelean).
    Unfortunately the last 2 or 3 solved tend to have an undue influence of my impression of a puzzle, so I’m trying hard to ignore them.

  6. dtw42 said

    FWIW, I went for “damage” too.

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