Posted by PeeDee on August 1st, 2012
A difficult but very rewarding puzzle. Monk at his best.
I really enjoyed this, a good stiff challenge. I did go astray a couple of times. Having spotted X, Y and Z etc in the grid I decided this was going to be a pangram and wasted a lot of time time trying trying to get Q and J to fit into the remaining solutions. I was also sure 2dn would be an &lit. I wonder if these were deliberate from Monk to trick us?
Notwithstanding me being the world’s worst person at spotting Ninas, I have finally managed to see one – SUPERMAN written down the right hand side of the grid. Hurrah! I wonder if Monk has also included something else in here too?
I am still puzzled about 22 across, any help appreciated.
Thank you Monk.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|1||MAGNUM OPUS||MAGNUM (two 75cl bottles worth) O (of) SUP (drink) reversed (knocked back)|
|7||LEAS||SALE* – a lea is a meadow, in which flowers may be found|
|9||XMAS||SAM (a fellow) X (a cross) reversed (about)|
|10||ART NOUVEAU||VOULNTARILY* (ruined=anagram) missing LILY (plant) then EAU (water in French, at Vichy for example)|
|11||YONDER||contrarY tO expectatioN turneD thE corneR (at last=last letters of) – definition is ‘that one’|
|12||RYDER CUP||RYDER sounds like (announced) “rider” (jockey) by (next to) CUP (half a bra, a lone supporter) – I think ‘cup’, though both clever and amusing, is going a little too far. It is a bit of a crossword in joke, not guessable unless you know that supporter=bra in crossword land.|
|13||ZEPPELIN||PP (by proxy) getting ELI (high priest) in ZEN (branch of Buddhism) – Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, founder of the Zeppelin airship company.|
|15||OCHE||ricOCHEt – the line from which darts are thrown, i.e. “darts away from this”|
|17||PACT||sounds like “packed” (in the bag)|
|19||THRILLER||anagram (shot) of HITLER R and L (both hands)|
|22||TABULATE||LATE (dead) placed on TABU (forbidden) – definition is ‘altar frontal’. I can’t figure out the definition here, Chambers gives tabula as altar frontal, not tabulate.|
|23||NAPALM||baNAna (middle letters) PALM (tree)|
|25||LOCH LOMOND||cryptic definition – reference to the chorus of the famous Scottish song: O you’ll take the high road, and I’ll take the low road And I’ll be in Scotland afore ye For me and my true love will never meet again On the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.|
|26||OKRA||part of dARK Orange reversed (round)|
|27||KATA||Knew All These Answers (originally=first letters)|
|28||SOFT SPOKEN||anagrm of STEPSON F (fine) working=anagram, outside (without) OK approval – definition is ‘affable’|
|2||ARMHOLE||cryptic definition – a cock-up when trying to put a jumper on, for example. I wondered if there might be some fiendish &lit in here somewhere, but I can’t see it.|
|3||NOSED||DES (Desmond, a chap) ON (leg side, cricket) reversed (over)|
|4||MEAGRELY||MEG (girl) outside (without) A then RELY (bank)|
|5||PETER AND THE WOLF||PETER (safe) with AN (one) D (duke) (WHO LEFT)* unexpectedly=anagram – composition by Sergei Prokofiev|
|SHODDY||ODD (rum) that has SHY (lacking) containing it (bottling) – definition is ‘inferior’|
|7||LIVERPOOL||LIVER (one who lives, exists) POOL (to accululate) – definition is ‘port’|
|8||AT A PUSH||TA (Territorial Army, volunteers) PUSH (advance) underneath (to the south of, on a map) A (area)|
|PETRUSHKA||RUSH (euphoric feeling) in KEPT* (cast=anagram) before A|
|GRENADES||GRENADinE’S (pomegranate syrup’s) missing IN – definition is ‘pineapples’|
|AMAZONA||AMAZONs (most of strong women) A (are, metric measure) – a genus of parrots|
|ENLARGE||GENERAL* anagram=ground – definition is ‘swell’|
|21||FAROES||FOES containing (capturing) A (area) and AdmiRalty (centre of) – definition is ‘islands’|
|24||PROMO||PRO (for) a MO (moment, a little while) – definition is ‘small plug’, small=abbreviated|