i Cryptic Crossword 3585 by Monk

August 4, 2022

Difficulty rating (out of 5): ☆☆☆☆
As Jon is on holiday I’m afraid you’ve got to put up with me again today. And today it’s a reprint of a Saturday puzzle by Monk so I was expecting a struggle which would only yield results 11ac. But in fact it proved quite tractable and I was left debating whether to rate the difficulty as 3 or 4 stars. Judging by one or two comments over on fifteensquared, 8ac, 19a, 15dn and the (to my mind) inelegant 3dn may have been tricky for some solvers so we’d better go with 4*. There was also some ambiguity about 2dn although the definition ‘hole’ should lead to the right answer.
11ac, already mentioned, was a candidate for CoD, along with 13dn, but my final choice is 16dn: ‘The bill for transport accommodated by this? (5,3)’
Oh, and by the way there’s a nina. I won’t go into what it’s about as you can discover that at http://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2018/may/16/what-do-you-hear-in-this-audio-clip-yanny-or-laurel-takes-internet-by-storm-video and there’s further explanation from Monk himself in a comment on the original blog at http://www.fifteensquared.net/2018/07/07/independent-9901-by-monk-saturday-puzzle-7-july-2018/

2 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 3585 by Monk”

  1. Cornick said

    Can’t believe it! Judging by my comment 4 years ago I evidently used to be a devout Laurelist, but now all I can hear is Yanny.
    #mindmessedwith

  2. dtw42 said

    Yuck to those last few in the top left corner.

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