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Independent 6903/Monk (Prize puzzle 29-11-08)

Posted by neildubya on December 5th, 2008

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It’s been a while since we last saw Monk in the Indy so this was, for this solver at least, a welcome return. Just one query at 3.

Across
1 POST,P ONE – “The Independent’s leader” is page one or P ONE.
6 hidden in “sELF INdulgence”
10 O,NE(LINER)S[-t] – excellent clue with a well-disguised definition.
11 TH[-is],ROW
12 DR(E)AM
13 (MAKE DO THI[-s])* – THE MIKADO.
14 NEWS,HOUND
17 SMACK – double definition.
18 B(L)IN,I – I didn’t realise this was the plural, with blin being the singular. Anyway, they’re those tiny pancakes that taste lovely with caviar or smoked salmon and sour cream.
20 ROM<,(BECAME)* – MORECAMBE, Eric, the comedy partner of Ernie Wise. ROM is a computing acronym for Read Only Memory (as in CD-Rom)
22 RETRO,[-m]USSE[-l] – a nose that turns up at the tip.
24 RUMMY – Lummy with the L replaced by R.
26 IRON,Y
27 CAT LITTER – Great clue. Jerry is an old colloquial word for chamberpot.
28 TIT,EG (going back) – GET IT.
29 LAND,FILL
 
Down
2 alternate letters in “Or BeEr ShE”
3 TRIUMPH – don’t understand this one: “Horse ridden by one wearing cap gains victory”.
4 [-c]OVERT
5 EAS[-t],TENDER – Bowman must mean somebody from Bow, which is in the East End of London.
6 ENT[-r]AILS
7 F(I REAL)ARM
8 (WRON[-g] KEY)* (twice) – NEW YORK NEW YORK
9 LONDON’S BURNING – “in bars” is a reference to the fact the answer is a song.
15 WAI(S,T,CO,A)T – just twigged why the definition is “non-army uniform” – a WAISTCOAT has no arms!
16 bUrNt,MUSICAL – “cats” should really be “Cats”, although my take on that is that this particular clue was easy enough for the lack of capital to be misleading but not that misleading. I expect others may disagree.
19 I,S,HO (going up),YET – tough word but the wordplay is straightforward and leads nowhere else but ISOHYET
21 CARD,I,FF
23 EATEN – sounds like “Eton”. “School report” is an excellent indicator.
25 M,ET AL

2 Responses to “Independent 6903/Monk (Prize puzzle 29-11-08)”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    3d I (one) in (wearing) TRUMP (cap, to outdo or surpass by following with something better, ie trump in a card game) over H (horse ridden by).

  2. beermagnet says:

    3D TRUMP (cap) around I (one) on top of H (horse)

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