Posted by nmsindy on December 20th, 2007
Monk is a setter whose puzzles I seek out, so Christmas came early to see that pseudonym in the Indy today. Almost every clue has something special. Solving time: 43 mins. There is a theme: in case anyone wants to look at the grid again, I’ll refer to it after the clue explanations.
* = anagram < = reversed
9 ANY OLD IRON Old London music hall song (London air y – yes primarily = 1st letter)*
11 HA(REBEL)L Hal = Henry rebel = mutiny (vb)
12 AUTO (car) TYPE I think this refers to the Jaguar E-type of the 60s ie its top off = take away the E.
16 TENG HSIAO-PING Better known perhaps as Deng Xiaoping – effective ruler of China in 80s, 90s. (going apeshit)* containing n = note
19 ST(R)EAM Great misleading surface, playing with’ ‘burn’
21 EMOTI(C) ON Another great clue. Definition is perhaps (the emoticon shown). C = caught (cricket) opening means put it in ecstasy = emotion
23 IMP LICIT
27 DOTTED LINE If you use Morse Code for sissies, you get a line of dots.
1 FLOCCULENT (On c = cold fell cut)*
2 EVEN SONG Going for a song ie cheaply
3 Gordon RAM SAY A ram butts
4 M(one)Y TH(e)
5 ALFRE(d)’S CO Another classic Definition = outside d = Duke
6 TIMBRE cf timber
7 SOIL Lio(n)s< n = new
13 (Car M) ELITE
15 CONSORTIUM (monitors Cu = Copper)*
18 P (RIM) ROSE
20 EOLITH (hotel i = one)*
24 M (O) OT Tom<
25 TRIO First letters
Theme: Top and bottom rows spell Fermat’s Theorem. Fermat’s (last) Theorem is well known in pure mathematics. He left a note that he’d solved it in the 1600s, but had not time to write it down. I think it’s still not been solved, but if anyone knows more about it, please correct me. I saw it after about 19 mins, which did speed solving after that.