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Independent 6754 by Monk

Posted by NealH on June 9th, 2008

NealH.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed

I haven’t done a lot of Monk puzzles but those I have done I found relatively straightforward. This was no exception and I completed it fairly quickly (about half an hour, which is quick for me).   There was only one (13 across) which I could’t quite follow.

Across
1 Legal aid: E gala in Lid.
5 Tarmac: T + CAMRA< (CAMRA being the Campaign for Real Ale).
9 Crows foot: (Cow sort of)*
11 Dylan: Hidden in body language.
12 Tapioca: i[nt]o + CA on tap. The purists might argue with the indirect clueing of “on tap” as “readily available”, but it’s very clever.
13 Armoire: Didn’t really follow this – “Cabinet minutes pinched by girl dropped into river”. Looks like m inside a girl’s name inside a river, but I can’t work out the components.
14 Butterfingers: B + utter + fingers (handles as a verb rather than a noun). One of the better disguised clues.
16 Introspective: (priv[a]te section)*.
20 Shallow: hall in sow.
21 Sustain: US in stain. Another well-disguised clue.
23 Ibiza: Ibi[s] + ZA. South Africa is usually SA, so I was tempted to put Ibisa as a possible alternative spelling. However, ZA is also allowed (stands for Zuid Afrika).
24 Small beer: double definition.
25 Kennel: Ken + Len<. Man’s best friend = dog.
26 I dare say: Ares in I day.
Down
1 Locate: Double def. Although locate was the obvious answer, I had some doubts until I checked the dictionary definition to find it can mean to place someone.
2 Gloop: G + loop.
3 Lash out: La shout. Miles Kington would have been proud.
4 Isolated pawns: (L antipodes saw)*
6 Abdomen: (bemoan)* around d.
7 Millipede: cryptic (pins = legs).
8 Contessa: Cryptic. Took me a while to figure this one out (early = like an Earl).
10 Traffic island: Traffic + island. The “dodgy” looked a bit, well, dodgy since it isn’t really needed, but the dictionary does give “illegal or dishonest trading” as a definition.
14 Battalion: TA in bat + lion.
15 Lipstick: cryptic def (trap = mouth).
17 Oil cake: O I + c in lake.
18 Insular: (urinals)*.
19 Energy: (y green)* + &lit.
22 Avers: [R]avers.

8 Responses to “Independent 6754 by Monk”

  1. nmsindy says:

    There’s a little Nina there, I think.

  2. Paul B says:

    Excellent clueing, as usual, from another habitual observer of convention.

  3. Barbara says:

    Don’t be so mysterious, Nmsindy.
    What’s the Nina? I couldn’t find one.

  4. nmsindy says:

    Look in central row and column.

  5. Testy says:

    13A Well there’s a river Aire and Ro can be short for Roisin but I wouldn’t have thought that Ro was a common enough name to merit it as crossword fodder.

  6. Andrew says:

    Ro is also a reasonably common shortening of Rosemary.

  7. Colin Blackburn says:

    I did it again, I wrote in an answer to an early clue which was wrong but then had me stymied for a while. For 1d I had SETTLE (upon) = choose = find, vague connection!

  8. Richard Palmer says:

    In 10D ‘dodgy’ made me think the first element was an anagram of ‘trade on’ which held me back for a bit.

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