Q20) The Village that keeps One who is locked in without a key.
Yet another example of the "cruel" CoC making fun of us hunters (smile). Note the "The Village" and the word "One", which all begin with capital letters. Is there any significance in those capital letters?
Well, as in the case of the previous post where Jay used a capital "L" in the word "Labour", the capital letters in the above clue had no significance whatsoever. It's just his way to lead the hunters off the correct path. This clue, as are all of his clues, involves several levels of cryptic complications.
First, it is double container puzzle; and although everything is thrown into a single sentence, actually, there are two puzzles here. I am not ashamed to admit that I was totally defeated by this clue. I think this kind of clue would be suitable for a virtual hunt where one is able to spend weeks to mull over the puzzle(s) in the comforts of his home, as opposed to hunting on foot under the hot sun and under time pressure. Anyway, coming back to the puzzles, this sentence could be separated into 2 components:
The Village that keeps...; and
One who is locked in without a key.
In order to solve the question, the solver must first decide how to deal with the second sub-sentence above. It is quite clear that this puzzle involves a container operation because of the container indicator, "locked in". Of the words "One" and "who", which should contain which? Looking at the flow of the sentence, perhaps it is more promising to guess that the "One" should be containing the "who". If that is indeed the intention of the CoC, then we have 2 possible configurations:
O-WHO-NE or ON-WHO-E.
In this case, the solver has to guess between the two possible outcomes above.