Posted by Simon Harris on November 19th, 2011
I’m usually pretty excited to see a (relatively rare) appearance from Monk pop up, especially on a Saturday. Unfortunately, and probably simply to do with the challenges of being self-employed now, I got absolutely nowhere with this one. So I’m left trying to improvise a blog post based on the answers provided online, for which I apologise, since it doesn’t really do the talented Monk justice.
There’s something Nina-ish going on, with NICKEL and SODIUM appearing in the unchecked squares of columns 1 and 15, along with HYDROGEN in the bottom row. Readers will perhaps be able to tell me what else I’ve missed, or maybe even what those three elements combine to make.
A couple of clues remain unresolved for me, which I’ve reproduced inline.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||PRESBYTERIANS – (SNIPER BETRAYS)*. I think “police” is the anagrind, though one sort of has to suspend one’s disbelief to make it work.|
|8||NOON – [after]NOON. “12″ is the definition rather than a cross reference to the clue.|
|9||INEQUITIES – (QUIT + I) in SEEIN[g]*.|
|10||IRRIGATE – RIG in IRATE. I think the “water” in the clue is simply there for the surface.|
|11||BORNEO – BORNE + O.|
|13||CENSORIOUS – ORIO[n] in CENSUS.|
|16||OWED – (W + E – West and East are partners in bridge) in DO<.|
|17||KRAB – (B + ARK)<. A new term for me.|
|18||CINCINATTI – no idea at all:
Supreme commander in military alliance finally turned on US city.
|20||EXOTIC – (OX in CITE)<.|
|22||BLESS YOU – (SU[e] BOYLE’S)*.|
|24||LONGFELLOW – LONG + FELL + OW[ed], I think. Does FELL mean “cruel”?|
|26||TRIM – dd.|
|27||HYDROGEN BOMDS – (DOG + HENRY)* + BOMBS. The “mushrooms” seem a bit random, unless I’m missing something.|
|1||PROPRIETRIX – (TRIPE OR)* in PRIX.|
|2||ENNUI – [duba]I UNNE[rving]<.|
|3||BRIC-A-BRAC – (I + C.A.B. in (B + RAC). Interestingly, I headed over to the Citizens Advice website to check how they apostrophise their name; apparently they simply don’t.|
|4||THERETO – ([mo]THER-TO-[b]E)*. Remove MOB in order to “shun” the “crowd”. “Resorting” is another curious anagrind.|
|5||RHUMB – no idea at here either, I’m afraid:
Point one inch above crowd.
|6||AFTERNOON – TERN in (A + F.O. + ON).|
|7||SHE – S[ig]H[ts]E[er].|
|12||ELECTRONICS – (CELTIC + NORSE IS)*.|
|14||SABOTAGED – BOAT* in DEGAS<.|
|15||SPIDER WEB – I can only read this as (IDE in SPR) + WEB, but that leaves the question of how “sapper” becomes SPR.|
|19||NEBULAE – BEN< + [n]U[c]L[e]A[t]E[d].|
|21||CREDO – RED in CO.|
|23||SHTUM – H[u]T in SUM. Is SUM the same as “chief points”?|
|25||OOH – [p]OOH.|