Posted by Gaufrid on March 11th, 2009
A most enjoyable puzzle with, as is usual for Monk, some excellent surfaces. Unfortunately I am unable, as yet, to explain the wordplay in 14d. Edit: now explained by Nmsindy, see below.
1 PERSONA NON GRATA AN in *(PATRON RAGES)
9 TRAGEDY AGED (old folk) in TRY (judge)
10 TENACES cd&d
11 SAMOS SAM (missile) OS (very large) – not sure where the ‘base for’ comes in.
12 SEPHARDIC *(CHAP RIDES)
13 ESPLANADE PLAN (map) in [d]E SADE (marquis heading off)
15 OMAHA hidden in ‘tOMAHAwk’
16 OUNCE [b]OUNCE (bob’s headless)
18 TASK-FORCE T (time) ASK FOR (request) CE (church)
20 ECCENTRIC CENT (coin) in CIRCE (sorceress) reversed
23 ORLOP RL (hands) O (love) in OP (work)
24 RISOTTO OTT (too much) O (old) SIR (gentleman) reversed
25 SCOTTIE SCOTT (explorer) IE (for example)
26 STARS AND STRIPES STARS (Norma for example) AND (with) TRIPE (rubbish) in SS (ship) – Norma is a small southern constellation.
1 PATES DE FOIE GRAS *(GEAR) in *(SAFE-DEPOSIT)
2 ROAD-MAP D (England ultimately) in ROAM (ramble) A P (a page)
3 OVERSTATE [c]OVER (screen) STATE (say)
4 ABYSS BY (near) in ASS (fool)
5 OCTUPLETS *(CLOUTS PET)
6 GANJA NAG (horse) reversed JA (yes, in German)
7 ARCADIA CAD (bounder) in ARIA (song)
8 ASSOCIATED PRESS ASSOCIATED (connected) PRESS (iron)
14 AFTERNOON P (little pressure) M (married) - Edit: thanks Nmsindy for the explanation of this one.
15 OFF-COLOUR cd&d
17 NICOSIA *(CASINO I)
19 ROLL-TOP ROLL (bread) TOP (lid)
21 NATES ATE (scoffed) in NS (poles)
22 COSTS CO (company) ST (good man) S (succeeded)