Posted by twencelas on May 14th, 2011
Full marks to Monk this week – if you get my drift.
Well 20 out of 20 anyway.
Some highly original touches in the grid this week, which I’ve tried to summarise in the bullets below. To fully understand the clues in this crossword, you need to complete the grid with which could appear to be a paradox.
- The completed grid reveals Twenty down each side, which is referred to in two clues as “Both sides” (19 across and 4 down).
- 26 across refers to 2 down and vice versa
- Two further clue (17 across and 13 down) require the answer to 19ac and 26 ac to solve
- In addition to the crypticism above, there are some delightfully cryptic clues – 1ac was a joy, as was 27ac.
Thanks Monk, my personal favourite crossword for quite some time, especially with the Indian Premier League in full swing, and not overly difficult.
Key * (Anagram); Rev. (Reverse); DD (Double definition)
1 Cryptic definition GASTRIC JUICES – Clue – “We process admissions for the corporation” Corporation meaning belly, admissions meaning food
8 Trout (Old lady) around y (unknown) = TRY OUT (Test)
9 (it later)* + l (ultimate in alcohol) = ILL TREAT (Abuse)
10 Wag (carry on) + e-work (labour) = WAGEWORK (By which you’d make ready)
11 Skit (hoax) + w (women) around o (love) = SKI TOW (that uplifts those on the slippery slope)
12 Hidden ( brokE THE News) = ETHENE (gas)
14 Rev. (Rene (Frenchman) within e-fit (identikit)) = TENERIFE (Island)
17 Naked (flagrant) + eye (attention) = NAKED EYE (for which 20-20 vision is unbeatable)
19 VISION (Both sides (as in Twenty-Twenty introduce best example of this – 20-20 vision))
20 Rev port (left) + I (one) + c (about) = TROPIC (some latitude)
23 S (second) + trident (missile) = STRIDENT (urgent)
25 (you may go)* = YOUNG MAN (For whom nun may go crazy?)
26 Went (left) in ty (Torquay – orqua) = TWENTY (2 down is score)
27 T (temperature) + he (helium) in turntables (rotating discs) = TURN THE TABLES (Change the expected)
1 gaga (lady of sorts Lady Gaga – pop star) + (aunt)* around r = GARGANTUA (A giant)
2 R (right) supports co (company) in se (kent – south east) = SCORE (26 across i.e.Twenty that’s right here)
3 (r(right) + (to decree)*) = RETROCEDE (Grant back)
4 Both sides meet gives Twenty-Twenty in the final grid = CRICKET (before this game)
5 (slug)* around I (one) = UGLIS (fruit)
6 Cor (my) + bieres (drinks from France) = CORBIERES (One of its AOC areas)
7 Shak (Almost Shake (rouse)) + o (old) = SHAKO (Soldier wearing this?)
13 DD = EYE OPENER (hair of the dog and to improve 19 (vision))
15 (avatar ran)* = NAVARATRA (Hindu festival)
16 Foot (base) + Rev(set on (attack)) = FOOTNOTES (comments)
18 Essene (jewish sectarian) around c (cold) = ESSENCE
21Run Out Of Steam That (starts of) = ROOST (settle)
22 Co (small firm) + met (dealt with) = COMET (high-flyer)
24 D (daughter) + well (comfortable) = DWELL (Think about)