Posted by beermagnet on October 8th, 2011
Is it a Double Pangram? – Yes it is!
First pass 10 answers in 10 mins which is good going for me, and by the end of the first session I was stuck with only 8 to go. I have certainly tackled tougher crossies by Monk, and tougher Prize Puzzles. But there was a reason for getting on so well with this one – Monk has acheived the remarkable feat of producing a DOUBLE Pangram using interesting but mostly accessible words.
After solving a few such as ZION and QUEEN OF SHEBA I suspected there might be a Pangram and actually went looking for answers with the tricky letters in mind. This approach helped with answers such as BLACKGUARD and ONYX. Then when I was struggling with the last few I did a count-up to conclude the Double was possible which certainly helped spot TECHNOJUNKIE. I did wonder if the triple was on, but there are only two Js (for example).
But thanks to Monk for a nice workout.
|1||MOONQUAKES|| Maria might be somewhat moved by us (10)
Cryptic Def. The Maria here is not the girl that’s just been met, but the “seas” on the Moon
|6||ATOM|| Very small piece of artillery turned all sign of resistance away (4)
(MO[r]TA[r])< A MORTAR is a piece of artillary. Take out all the R’s and turn it around
|9||OXYGEN MASK|| One assisting with O2′s admission procedure? (6,4)
Cryptic Def. relying on the misdirection of the double meanings of O2. The clue is worded to suggest the concert space (previous known as the Dome) rather than the chemical symbol of Oxygen (more properly O2 with a subscript). Was I misled? Course I was.
|10||ZION|| One is charged by an unknown state (4)
Z (unknown) ION (one is charged). Def: State. Hmm. Are we going to about whether Zion is a proper State as in political entity? No I’ll just point out this was the first I wrote in – well, pencilled in – and was happy to see it hold up.
|12||TECHNOJUNKIE|| Practical expert, mostly genuine and no-nonsense, bound by obligation (12)
Def: Practical expert. ECH (mostly genuine) and NO JUNK (no nonsense) inside TIE (obligation) Well that sounded authoritative – I’m sure at the time I rationalised ECH from “mostly genuine” but now I’m doing the blog I can’t remember how
|15||LANGUE D’OC|| Old language using uninitiated jargon and universal system of symbols from the east (6,3)
[s]LANG (uninitiated jargon) CODE< (universal system of symbols from the east) I’d've struggled with this one if I hadn’t being rading about Occitan / Langue d’Oc recently
|17||ENNUI|| English news unit regularly hacked bore (5)
E[nglish] NN (news -two of ‘em) U[n]I[t] Def. bore. It was the def that gave this away very quickly
|18||CHIMP|| Former sort of party member taps one serving member? (5)
CH (taps – Cold and Hot in this case) I (one) MP (serving member) Def. refers to the Chimps’ Tea Party, a regular 4 p.m. attraction at the London Zoo of my youth.
|19||VIDEOTAPE|| Record time held by half of 8 and most of 24 (9)
Def: Record. Wordplay: T[ime] between VIDEO (ref 8D) and APE (most of 24A).
|20||GREEN GODDESS|| Naive cook dodges smoke, primarily to find special fire extinguisher (5,7)
GREEN (Naive) (DODGES)* AInd: cook. S[moke] Insert joke about untrained squaddies &/or you’d have thought someone might have painted them red by now.
|24||APEX|| Top copy with sign of error (4)
APE (copy) X
|25||OSSIFEROUS|| It could describe spine of issues or otherwise (10)
(OF ISSUES OR)* AInd: otherwise
|26||DUTY|| Service tax (4)
|27||WYKEHAMIST|| Boy in college ski team – why get worried? (10)
(SKI TEAM WHY)* AInd: get worried. An Old Boy of Winchester College is a Wykehamist, e.g. my son-in-law
|1||MEOW|| Queen’s comment upset short ladies (4)
(WOME[n])* AInd: upset. This one really fooled me and was indeed the last answer I entered. It took a while to recall the a female cat is a queen.
|2||ONYX|| Stone found in old and new axes (4)
O[ld] N[ew] YX (axes – cartesian coordinates)
|3||QUEUE-JUMPING|| Waiters will be irritated by this going forward (5-7)
Interrelated Double def. one of them cryptic-ish. A “waiter” in a queue who gets jumped might get irritated, and queue-jumping is going forward.
|4||ALMAH|| Dancing girl in Durham, lass from the south (5)
Hidden reversed in durHAM LAss. I had to check it but it’s there in Chambers: Alma/Almah – Egyptian dancing girl
|5||ENSONCED|| Finish coating candle holder that’s fixed (9)
SCONCE (candle holder) inside END (finish). Fixed – as in “ensconced in the loo”
|7||TWICKENHAM|| Football club needing strip instead of extreme sports venue (10)
TOTTENHAM with OTT (extreme) replaced by WICK (strip). My clue of the puzzle – how had I never noticed the large commonality of letters in these two places.
|8||MONTEVIDEO|| Check up one old Ford model outside foreign capital (10)
VET< (check up) I (one) inside MONDEO (old Ford model). Capital of Uruguay
|11||QUEEN OF SHEBA|| Her arrival was famously noted (5,2,5)
“The arrival of the Queen of Sheba” is one of the most familiar pieces of music by Handel.
Link to Youtube example
|13||BLACKGUARD|| Denounce two defenders for crossing line (10)
BACK and GUARD (two defenders) around L[ine] I doubted this till it had to be as I knew Blackguard only as a noun. In Chambers I find Blackguard can be a verb meaning vituperate, thus denounce fits.
|14||INSIDE LEFT|| Sporting position where you’d find English female and nothing else? (6,4)
The wordplay here is very unusual. E[nglish] F[emale] gives EF. EF is all that is inside LEFT. So there’s nothing but EF inside left. Geddit.
|16||DEVIOUSLY|| You’ve slid awfully, behaving thus? (9)
(YOU’VE SLID)* AInd awfully.
|21||DRIVE|| Urge Romeo to enter den of iniquity (5)
R[omeo] inside DIVE
|22||ZORI|| 10 cutting leg without gold sandal (4)
OR (gold) inside ZI[on] (10A is Zion, the leg side is the “on” side (cricket term) so 10 cutting leg is ZI) DEf. sandal. Again had to check that a Zori is a shoe
|23||PSST|| Brutal guards in exercise say this to get attention (4)
SS (Brutal guards) inside PT (exercise)