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FT 12,797 Monk

Posted by smiffy on June 18th, 2008


Always gratifying to lock horns with Monk on his all too infrequent FT appearances. Fortuitously, I seemed to be on a similar wavelength to him today, which isn’t always the case. Also, solving 19A and 5D early helped to suggest a pangrammatic grid which, in turn, helped my solving time marginally.

6 PL(EBB)Y – “of scum”, although probably not the technical term employed by sociologists.
9 SH(R)I(M)P – An interesting device.  “parted in” indicating a fragmented content for the container/contents structure.
11 GRID – Dirg[-e] (rev)
12 S,T(RINGVES)T – (serving)*.  Rab C. Nesbit might dispute the definition of “underwear”!
14 ASBESTOS – cryptic def’n
16 NINE – In Roman numerals IX (or 2/3s of SIX)
18 A,XIS – “boundary”=Six (rev)
21 SUB,ROUTINE – I always tend to spell “programme”, in the IT/software sense, witohut the  “-me” ending, which didn’t help matters
24 F(LAP)JACK – not sure how far the international renown of the flapjack reaches?
28 YO(GHOUR)T – (rough)* in toy (rev).  An unorthodox spelling,  to me at least.

2 [-p]USHER
5 MISTRESS QUICKLY – (slick yet squirms)*. “Character” is a pretty non-specific definition.
6 POM,ON,A – (mop) rev. I recognised the name, but couldn’t recall job title (goddess of fruit and orchards).
8 BUM,P(SIN)TO – P.T.O = please turn over, in the fast-fading art of letter writing.
13 VENUS,DE MILO – (I model)*. Cliche-busting brownie points to Monk, for avoiding all mention of arms/unarmed in this clue. Thank you!
20 C(U)RATE – “gun uncovered” =[-g]U[-n]
23 EULER – “Oiler”: a little behind the times this one. Houston’s NFL team is now the Texans. The erstwhile Oilers franchise is now plying its trade in Tennessee, as the Titans.

One Response to “FT 12,797 Monk”

  1. Medici says:

    Very nice article, thank you hopefully useful at a later time

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