20 down: Goddess Gyllenhaal — or how to describe her unusual… (DUO) (6)
25 down: (ATHENA) …coupling you heard during gala (3)
Ellipses have been the subject of discussion on this blog because of their inconsistent use. Sometimes they indicate that the sentence meaning of the clue follows onto or from the next or previous clue; other times they indicate that the answer from the previous or next clue is needed to complete the sentence meaning and derive the answer of said clue.
I find it annoying enough that you never can tell just what the ellipses are indicating, but their inconsistent use is such a standard feature of crosswords that I have to grin and bear it.
What I think definitely crosses the line is the the inconsistent use of ellipses in two clues that are thus related. In 20-down, the answer to 25-down is required to get the answer to 20-down out; in 25-down, the answer to 20-down should be completely ignored.
Quite frankly, I think that’s bullshit, and I post this thusly to air my grievance.
Update: OK, so I have been hasty in thinking 20-across needs the answer to 25-down to work, but that doesn’t change the fact that I hate ellipses!