NTSPP – 108

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 108

A Puzzle by Bufo

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Welcome to the latest in our series of puzzles, which have now been running every week for over two years.

It’s been nearly a year since Bufo’s last NTSPP puzzle – but it was worth the wait!

The puzzle is available by clicking here:

NTSPP - 108

Feel free to leave comments about this puzzle on this post.  A review will be published in due course.

Congratulations are also due to Alchemi – he has secured a regular fortnightly slot on the excellent Cricinfo webset where he will be setting cricket related puzzles under the alias Hemical (another anagram of his first name).




  1. crypticsue
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable, perfect for lunchtime solving, crossword from Bufo. Thank you and ‘more please’!

  2. Prolixic
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Ditto to the above. I will post a review later.

  3. Isla3
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Having shared a beer or 15 with The Big Easy (one beer for me, about 15 for him) on the Saturday evening of a tournament when he was in contention, I admire the all-in-oneness of 29 down.

  4. Colmce
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Bufo, really enjoyed it.
    (and with very little electric help!).

  5. Tilly
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Bufo, for a very enjoyable crossword.

  6. Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Very enjoyable however I will have to wait for Prolixic’s review to understand why 11a, 7d,13a are what they are.
    Thank you Bufo

    • Posted March 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink


      11a – add on to your answer to get the capital of the U.S. state of New Jersey
      7d – O(f) + some soldiers (men) inside some animals
      13a – the French for “of” + head of S(tate) + a word meaning having agreed with a member of an opposing party to abstain on a motion in parliament

  7. Alchemi
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle, Bufo. I loved 30A especially.

    As to my Hemical puzzles on Cricinfo – they are actually going to be fortnightly. Thanks to all here for their encouragement and help: without it, I wouldn’t have had the nerve to pitch the idea at Cricinfo.

    • Franco
      Posted March 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Alchemi, thanks for the info regarding your puzzles on Cricinfo.

      I have managed to find the puzzle directly via a Google search (cricinfo + Hemical + crossword), but I cannot find it via the Cricinfo home page.

      Is it possible to print the puzzle? I have never become accustomed to doing them on-line.

      I’m sure that all the Cricket loving ladies on this blog will be delighted to have a go!

      • Alchemi
        Posted March 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

        CI aren’t keen on a direct-to-print option: they want to retain eyeballs. And under the terms of our agreement, I can’t republish somewhere else with a print option for another few days yet.

    • Posted March 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

      @ Alchemi

      I should have checked with your email – now corrected.


      The puzzles can be accessed from “Page 2” of Cricinfo – just follow the link I posted above.

  8. gazza
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Bufo for a very enjoyable puzzle with very smooth surfaces. My favourites were: 6d, 11d and 29d.