# Fifteensquared

## Independent 8,154 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/12/12)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 8th, 2012

Monk always puts us through our paces, and this week’s puzzle was no exception.

I spent most of the week on this one, and in fact didn’t quite manage to finish it off by blogging day. The biggest problem was of my own making, having written in WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL at 16, and not finding reason to revisit it.

There are some very nice clues in there, of course. I don’t see anything obviously thematic, but the unchecked letters in the top and bottom rows do all happen to be musical notes. Perhaps the notes CEGCEGGCE and DGBDFABD will mean something to someone, or perhaps it’s entirely a coincidence.

* = anagram; [] = removed; < = reversed

### 5 Responses to “Independent 8,154 by Monk (Saturday Prize Puzzle, 01/12/12)”

1. allan_c says:

“Monk always puts us through our paces, and this week’s puzzle was no exception.” I’d agree with that, but nevertheless this was an accessible puzzle with nothing obscure. I thought we were heading for a pangram but in the end there was no K or Q.

One quibble regarding 19dn; I wouldn’t equate “assorted” with “classified”. I’d have thought an assortment of things was more likely to be unclassified and they’d need to be sorted to be classified. But I haven’t checked Chambers or Collins so I’m open to correction.

Thanks, Monk and Simon

2. Monk says:

Thanks, Simon H, for excellent blog, to whom: the top and bottom rows (a seed, rather than a Nina) are respectively the (first eight) “blow” and “draw” HOLES (22ac) on a diatonic HARMONICA (20ac, my instrument of choice) in the key of C. To allan_c @1, the first definition of “assorted” in Chambers is “classified”.

3. Wil Ransome says:

Isn’t this crossword 8154? Certainly that’s what the paper says.

4. Gaufrid says:

Hi Wil
You are absolutely right. I’ve made the correction.

5. Graham Pellen says:

16A is not (Baathists + weighe[d])* but (Baathist[s] + weighed)*.

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