Posted by twencelas on June 18th, 2011
What’s so special about the eleventh of June? Well it’s another Monk puzzle to blog.
Some lovely clues again from Monk – 11ac, 28ac, 15ac, 7dn and 23dn are probably my top five, but they are in fine company.
So what if anything is hidden in the grid – the top reads TOPSPOT, the bottom RACECAR and the sides GLENELG and REPAPER, whichever way you read them – four palindromes for a palindromic day as the date of the puzzle is if you ignore the hundreds and thousands. 11611.
A pleasure as always.
Key: Rev. Reverse, * Anagram, (Definition in clue)
8 “r” (right) to stop “game” (match) without “end” (goal) = GENDARME (Officer)
9 Hidden wild wEST HERo = ESTHER (“Book title” – biblical)
10 ease (rest) in l (end of hospital) and d (end of bed) = LEASED (let)
12 hEiDeGgEr regularly = EDGE (Threshold)
13 closed (united) by shop (split on) = CLOSED SHOP (Work policy)
15 non (on one unlimited) + slip (coupon) = NON SLIP (“Making purchase “as in grip)
17 (romance)* = CREMONA (City of music in Italy)
20 men (folk) buried in (easterly – s(spades))* = ELEMENTARY (Simple)
22 lum (chimney) + p (pots beginning) = LUMP (Bulge)
24 don (fellow) = loner (solitary) = LONDONER (City dweller)
26 UPDATE (report) and cryptically as in a student goes up to university at start of term (roughly 1st October)
27 greys (horses) + e (energy) moving r (run) = GEYSER (spring)
28 twit (dope) + cher (singer) = TWITCHER (who’d like a lark as in a bird watcher)
1 t + e (starts to transmit electronic) + lead (clue) = TELE-AD (Classified ad)
2 ody (headless corpse) + ss (ship) + Rev Sue (girl) = ODYSSEUS (Hero of the Greeks)
3 p (pressure) + red (showing embarrassment) + fiction – f (dis-covered lie) = PREDICTION (Forecast)
4 Not totally sure here – Rev (notes) statements around from delay (dilute) up (attack) but then where is the definition= SET UPON (attack)
5 peri (half choked i.e.perished) = PERI (spirit)
6 jotters (pads) – j (scratch head) = OTTERS (animals)
7 a + spoon – n (de-tailed) in ten (10) = TEASPOON (measure)
14 Cryptic definition EARLY MUSIC (refers to european music up to 1700 – barred as in musical scores)
16 looker (attractive person) with on (leg) over = ONLOOKER (observer)
18 Rev(idol) (star) in (came)* = MELODICA (musical instrument)
19 Rev(ran)(tore) + rate (estimate) = NARRATE (Recount as in tell)
21 med (sea) + usa (america) = MEDUSA (jellyfish)
23 (me + to + hr (sides of Hoover))* = MOTHER (Dam)
25 n (new) + arc (bow) = NARC (“Fuzzy type” as in slang expression for police)