A personal take on the best dozen Times crossword clues from the last 5 years
Part twelve of a thirteen-part series of blogs

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 December 2017

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2nd position (from Sunday Times puzzle 4659)

In second position in my list, this anagram:

Before income tax, this is what police heard about (11, 4)

To understand this clue, you'll need to know the Monopoly board:

Whitechapel Road

What comes before Income Tax? Whitechapel Road, of course.

 

It turns out that WHAT POLICE HEARD, when mixed "about", gives WHITECHAPEL ROAD, the answer. 

Although it's not number one on my list, this is probably the most perfect clue, and I take my hat off to the setter.

For another clue which requires inside knowledge, try this one from puzzle 25642:

Where one can find a portcullis going up quietly? (5)

The answer, PIANO, is the musical term for quietly, but is also ON A 1P backwards (or upwards, if a down clue).  Still confused?  Have a look:

One penny piece

A one-penny coin, with portcullis.

 
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