Fifteensquared

Independent 8116 / Monk

Posted by Bertandjoyce on October 18th, 2012

We found this a relatively straightforward work-out for a Thursday puzzle.

The clueing was all very fair, with good surface readings, but we did need some assistance to check some unusual definitions and words we have never come across before, e.g in 12A, 2D, 4D and 23D. The answers were, however, all clear from the wordplay.

9 Responses to “Independent 8116 / Monk”

1. flashling says:

Where is everyone (anyone?) as you say not too bad for a Monk, was struggling for a while but there was a chain reaction of clues falling with help from each other.

Monk often has some sort of device to be seen but other than the edges all being 9,3 can’t see one.

Thanks B&J

2. Bertandjoyce says:

Thanks for the comment flashling – we’re pleased that there is at least one other person out there!

Bit of tumbleweed blowing through here today, which is a pity, since this was a really enjoyable puzzle from Monk, who we don’t see terribly often these days. Certainly not as hard a some of his previous offerings, but plenty to enjoy. TWEETER and SHEPHERDS PIE were ones that did the business today.

Judging by his photo in the ‘setters’ link above, Monk has a fine moustache of his own, so perhaps he is the proud owner of a 9dn. Whatever, thank you to him for the puzzle.

4. nmsindy says:

Thanks B&J and Monk. I looked for a theme/Nina too but have seen nothing so far – noticed a few Zs all right. Pleasing puzzle, not particularly hard. BTW, I read INTERSECT as definition = cross between = inter and nearly all denominations = sects with last letter s off.

5. Bertandjoyce says:

Thanks nmsindy – we think your parsing of 25ac is more likely.

6. Monk says:

Thanks for blog and comments. Very uninspired “theme”: this was annotated Monk-93-for-Indie, ergo (9,3) in all perimetric long answers. Parsing at 25ac is [ inter- = between ] + [ sect(s) = nearly all denominations ], i.e. a sneaky suppression of the hyphen. Never owned a 9dn in my life, and once gave a post-lunch lecture with an entire pea nesting in my (then-huge) tache: for almost an hour I wondered how differential equations could be so hilarious to otherwise-stoic students.

7. Bertandjoyce says:

Thanks Monk – only wish you had photographic evidence to add to the comment! Joyce remembers (not too fondly) her assignment on the solution of partial differential equations – IF she remembers the title correctly!!

8. Monk says:

B&J@7: title is spot on. Whenever I see a blog by PeeDee, my autopilot suggest “partial derivative“. How could J not be fond of PDEs? They describe every aspect (mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, financial, technical, …) of the world around us!

9. Bertandjoyce says:

I can’t remember mine being like that! Do they also describe loss of memory? – Bert says interest as well but I beg to differ!

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