i Cryptic Crossword 3304 Monk

September 9, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Saturday reprint from Monk today which means on both counts that you’re to expect something a little testing, though not overly so I thought, this being on the gentle side for Monk, with lots of easier ones to give you a toe-hold in the grid, and a few definitions that will have jumped out. There are words (and a band in the bottom row) that involve three letter repetitions, that helped no end with the film star to the NW and to the SW with 22ac and 24ac where I was struggling at the close. Things to like in particular were the misdirection regarding the Grieg opera and the anagram at 9d, with lots elsewhere worthy of praise. Monk and the i crossword at their best?

COD? 19d I thought was very nicely done – “Last exposure and future picture do this (6)”.

To July 2017 for all the answers and parsing of the clues:


11 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3304 Monk”

  1. Cornick said

    Excellent wasn’t it? The peripheral Nina helped a lot – very Monkish indeed. LOI was the author at 7a at the end of a very absorbing solve. Enjoyed that!

  2. Saboteur said

    Excellent. Chewy in a very enjoyable way, like a large chunk of treacle toffee.

    I needed to consult the internet to parse REPROACH, and I struggled a bit with parsing ABOARD, but sort of understood it. Loved ENDURE, a worthy CoD.

    But what’s going on in the margin? Bottom row in particular.

  3. Willow said

    This was indeed quite difficult and I confess I felt rather frustrated at times. Nevertheless, it kept me hooked and I finished in the end with some sense of satisfaction. However …

    There were many very tangential ‘synonyms,’ if I can use that term in an all-encompassing sort of way. For example ABROAD for CURRENT. I’m not convinced you can simply substitute one for the other in a sentence, but I’m sure other bloggers will advise. Fortunately, I knew that Grieg didn’t compose any operas. PAUL in 12 could be just about anyone with that forename. CAPTURE for LAND strikes me as being specific to catching fish. The fact that THUG featured in a clue in which the answer contained those letters was quite confusing, and ROUGH and TOUGH are almost synonymous as well. Also the clue in my version of 21 (OBTUSE) is subtly different to that given on Fifteensquared, and I’m still not entirely sure how it works. Something to do with OB and USE being some form of OBJECT, and T being the beginning of TURN?

    Spotting the peripheral Ninas helped – I wouldn’t have been able to complete the puzzle without that assistance. And I have heard of THE THE – it has always struck me as being absolutely the worst ever name for a band. Professor Longhair and his Shuffling Hungarians is perhaps a close runner-up.

    Although I have been a bit grumbly here, I did enjoy this overall! Thank you.

    • Saboteur said

      I parsed it as OB from “pair of objects” ( a pair of letters from “objects”) + T from “beginning to turn” + USE from “end” (as in “purpose”). Obtuse = blunt.

      Abroad from current had me scratching my head, but it is there in Chambers, albeit marked as archaic

  4. thebargee said

    Well that was great, but wasn’t it TOUGH? Not in the best humour after having to sit in a jam on the A303 for 90 minutes earlier today, but this definitely took my mind off it.

    I was lucky enough to spot the Nina after filling in most of the RHS, I don’t think I would have finished otherwise. It definitely helped with 12, 22 and 24. I was fine with REPROACH (I was a teenager in the 1960s after all😊), but had to guess 22a and 21d, my last two in. I sort of get ABOARD, although I’m not familiar either with ABROAD=current or ABOARD=alongside, but the parsing of OBTUSE completely eludes me. I’m obviously too 21d.

  5. Borodin said

    Starting this late at night was not a good idea; my first pass yielded only 20ac, 2dn and 10ac. But the subconscious was obviously at work overnight as the intersecting long answers came fairly easily and after that it was a bit of a slog but I got there with a little help. Didn’t spot the nina but I’m not sure it would have been much help, except for 1dn although in any case the clue suggested that M would be the first letter. And I’ll go with Jon’s suggestion for CoD.

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