Posted by PeeDee on January 4th, 2012
A good crossword with quite a wide variation in the difficulty of the clues. Thank you Monk.
I got most of the solutions quite easily, but then took a long time to get to solve the remaining clues. One could view this as inconsistency in setting, or one could see it as offering something for everyone. Take your pick, I enjoyed it either way.
There were a lot of ‘first letters of’ devices, which seemd a bit repetative, ‘circa’ was repeated too.
Pelham Barton points out this is puzzle is a triple pangram (every letter of the alphabet used three times). Very impressive! I am normally somewhat underwhelmed by the idea of pangrams, but a triple pangram is really something else.
CLUE OF THE DAY – my favoutite was 6 down, click the ‘vote’ link to vote for your clue of the day. See the results so far here
Hold mouse over a clue number to read the clue.
|1||JACKANAPES||vote||JAPES (jokes) around A King in CAN (prison) – definition is ‘cheeky sort’|
|7||QUIZ||vote||QU I (Qu. 1 – first question) Z (unknown, in mathematical equations) – not knowing the first question is a bad start in a quiz|
|9||WHAT NEXT||vote||W (wife) H (husband) and E (note, musical scale) inside A TEXT (passage) – definition is ‘question about future’|
|10||AVATAR||vote||two three-letter portions of AVAlsiTARb (Bratislava reversed)|
|11||LEGACY||vote||EG (for example, say) with LACY (frilly) around the edges – definition is ‘hand-me-down’|
|12||HOLDFAST||vote||D F A (three notes of the scale) inside (penned by) Gustav HOLST (composer) – definition is catch, as a noun|
|13||JAWS||vote||Double definition – ‘chat’ and the 1975 film about a rubber shark|
|14||FLOPPY DISK||vote||FLOPPY (limp) with anagram (out) of Strategic Defense Initiative and K (beginning of kick) – definition is ‘redundant hardware’|
|16||HIGHJACKED||vote||HIGH (on drugs) JACK ED (two men’s names)|
|18||CRUX||vote||C (circa, about) RUX sounds like “rucks” (ungainly piles of sweaty bodies, rugby union)|
|19||FU MANCH||vote||A inside (MUCH FUN)* – character in Sherlock Holmes novel|
|21||GHARRY||vote||G (grand) and King HARRY (King Henry V) – Indian carriage|
|22||BUYERS||vote||Sounds like ‘byres’|
|23||LIBERACE||vote||LIBERAl (party member, almost all the letters) with CE (Chuch of England) – former flamboyant and celebrated pianist|
|24||PAXO||vote||Double definition -
|25||AUSTERLITZ||vote||Left in AUSTERe (severe, most of) RITZ (luxury hotel) – site of battle|
|2||ASHKENAZI||vote||ASH (remains) KeEn (odd letters of) on NAZI (persecutor of Jews) – a Rhineland Jew|
|3||KIT CARS||vote||(KIT CARS)*|
|4||NEEDY||vote||DoYEnNE* (anagram=bum) – definition is ‘poor’|
|5||PATCHWORK QUILTS||vote||PATCH (an update to a computer program, software repair) WORK (function) and faiLure (middle letter, heart of) in QUITS (even) – definition is ‘covers’|
|6||SCALLOPED||vote||SPED (rushed) around ALL (everything) in COt (bed, unfinished) – definition is ‘with ornamental borders’|
|7||QUAFFED||vote||coFFEe (some=some of the letters) in QUAD (part of a college, for example)|
|8||IMAMS||vote||heads (first lettters) of Israelis Met At Mount Sinai|
|14||FRANCESCA||vote||FRANCE (country) CA (circa, about) caontaining (imprisoning) Southern|
|15||SQUARE CUT||vote||SQUARE (boring person) with CUT (blow, punch) – well defined facial features|
|17||HEAVE HO||vote||Double definition – ‘give someone the heave-ho’ and ‘sailors call to work’|
|18||CHABROL||vote||A BRO (little brother) in Cool Hand Luke (opening letters of) – prolific French director|
|20||UVULA||vote||vUVUzeLA with three letters removed – part of the mouth|
|21||GABLE||vote||Buckle (beggining of) in GALE (strong wind) – definition is ‘part of wall’|