i Cryptic Crossword 3329 Monk

October 8, 2021

Difficulty rating (out of five): 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (or 🌟🌟 if it all seemed a little familiar).

I was feeling rather smug about my solving prowess this morning, as I positively rattled my way through what I thought should have been chewy clues, the answers coming to me as if from nowhere. A couple of entries made me think “oh, that was in another crossword not so long ago…”. Then the penny dropped. It was long enough ago for me to not to recognise the clues, but recent enough for me to recognise the entries.

So here’s what was said four weeks ago:


13 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3329 Monk”

  1. thebargee said

    Well that explains the quick finish!

    Didn’t understand 21dn then, and still don’t, even though the clue in today’s dead tree version differs from 225.

    Enjoyed the experience of rattling through a Monk, but it sort of felt like cheating.

    • Saboteur said

      It’s O + B (a pair of letters from “objects”) + T (the beginning of “turn”) + USE (“end”). This clue is certainly much easier to parse than the one on 225.

    • Borodin said

      ‘Pair’ in a cryptic clue is often shorthand for ‘the first two letters’ so it’s OB from ‘objects’ + T from ‘turn’ + ‘end’ as a synonym for USE (Chambers Compact Thesaurus lists ‘end’ for ‘use’ as in ‘of no practical use’)

  2. jonofwales said

    Well, despite blogging this a month ago, it was only on spotting the Nina that I remembered the puzzle. This, despite knowing what had happened, and being on the lookout. πŸ™‚ As I finished with a 2* for difficulty, though, at least part of my brain had evidently recalled something.

    Eimi passes on his apologies. πŸ˜‰

  3. Willow said

    I spotted the very recent reprint after completing just one clue, and remembered my previous comment that The The is the worst band name ever.

    This is not good. The way puzzles have been chosen for publication over the past fortnight also raises questions. Should the crossword editor consider their position?

    • Grodnik said

      Surely not looking for another new job already!

    • Willow said

      Almost immediately I realise that I have been very unfair here. I apologise. None of us know Eimi’s position or circumstances or what is going on their life. Maybe things are great – maybe they aren’t. Anyone can make a mistake. I have made one here.

      Incidentally, crossword editors are presumably, like the rest of the workforce, entitled to at least four week’s holiday per year. Maybe someone is covering for Eimi?

    • jonofwales said

      I hope not, it’s the first time it’s happened. πŸ™‚ The scheduling of puzzles over the past couple of weeks isn’t what we’re used to, but when I look at average difficulty across the week, it is averaging out as per normal, so the editor is continuing to provide a good range of puzzles, just not necessarily on the days expected.

      • Cornick said

        Having communicated with setters who publish in multiple newspapers, I can assure you that Eimi is widely held to be the very best of all British crossword editors.

      • jonofwales said

        Oh, for a like button on here! Agreed, ten-fold.

  4. Cornick said


    But agreed on the star rating πŸ™‚

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