Prize Puzzle – June 2012

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 1 (June 2012) by Zaphod

In association with Hamlyn Books,
the publishers of Telegraph Crossword Books

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Why not have a go at our new Monthly Prize Puzzle? The winner will be able to choose any two of The Telegraph All New Cryptic Crosswords Books or The Telegraph All New Toughie Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

A review will follow after the closing date (16th June 2012).

MPP - 01

The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

I’ve left this post open for comments, but if you don’t want your comment to be deleted then avoid asking for or giving help with the clues.

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40 Comments

  1. pommers
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Whoever Zaphod is he/she/they set a fine puzzle! Particularly liked 8a :lol:

    Thanks for the fun Zaphod, and you never know, I might even win something!

    • spindrift
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      You mean you’ve done it already?! I’m still trying to get to grips with it.

      • pommers
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink

        Took me longer to work out the ‘competition entry’ than it did to solve the puzzle!

    • pommers
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Sorry, forgetting manners – thanks also to the sponsors and Big Dave!

  2. crypticsue
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    It is a fine puzzle, hopefully the first of many such in this new monthly spot. Thanks to the deadly duo and the sponsors and BD too.

    • pommers
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      Deadly duo? That would explain the Zaphod bit – him of the extra head :lol:

      • crypticsue
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        I will email you and explain!

  3. Brian
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Would love to have a go but the site uses Java which is not compatible with any Apple device.

    • tilsit
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

      I have sent you a copy of the puzzle. Enjoy!

      • Brian
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

        Many thx, don’t know how tough it is but always worth a go :-)

        • Brian
          Posted June 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

          Well I managed six answers which is probably all I am going to get. I think this is probably a competition for you experts only. Most of the clues are totally beyond a mere mortal. Ah well at least I tried.

  4. Colmce
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Finding this a real struggle 3/4 completed some with no degree of confidence and now completely bogged down bottom left corner.

    Will be interesting to see what the difficulty rating is in the review.

    Still fun though, will revisit over the next few hours.

    Thanks to the setters and to the sponsors.

  5. spindrift
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Would it be possible to have hints provided for the harder clues as per Saturday’s & Sunday’s puzzles? I know that would mean even more work for BD but this particular solver wannabee would be extremely grateful.

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      We decided not to do that, sorry.

  6. Tilly
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Really fun puzzle for the miserable weather! Thanks to all concerned for brightening up the day.

  7. Franco
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    How is the prize winner chosen?

    First correct answer? Last correct answer? Or, just random?

  8. Rorschach
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Clarification: are the four names in order or jumbled up?

  9. Rorschach
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Boom! Got it. How do I submit?

    • crypticsue
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

      There is an entry box under the puzzle.

  10. spindrift
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Well I’ve finished the blighter (I think) but can I work out the names? Can I bu**ery!

    • crypticsue
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      apparently if you can spot one (just keep looking round the edge) , the interweb will help you!

    • Franco
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Surprised myself by finishing this one & also got the names – even though I’ve never heard of them!

      Thanks to the deadly duo !!!

    • Franco
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      spindrift,

      ******! Or is this Verboten? Expect a deletion!

      • Posted June 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

        I didn’t want to disappoint you!

  11. eXternal
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    A fun puzzle, thanks all involved. I, too, never heard of the people. Fingers crossed for a prize.

    • crypticsue
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

      We are obviously all too busy solving crosswords to concern ourselves with such matters.

  12. Colmce
    Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    Just curious, why on a web based puzzle is there such a long lead time, can understand on a postal based one.

    Basically I just want to be put out of my misery, still stuck bottom left and can’t make head nor tails of any of the names :(

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

      It’s a monthly puzzle, so two weeks is actually quite a short lead time.

      • Colmce
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for reply, makes sense.

    • crypticsue
      Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      I would imagine (a) to give people a longer time to keep cogitating on the crossword and then work out the names and (b) because of the Bank Holidays. Today’s DT puzzle has a closing date of 14 June for the same reason.

      Some of the bottom left took me a while to get – I actually put the puzzle down and went back to it some hours letter before the pennies dropped.

      • Colmce
        Posted June 2, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

        Been there, solved Gazza’s lovely puzzle, looked again, had some tea, looked again, had a beer, looked again.

        Sadly no clanking coinage!

  13. Mike in Amble
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I thoroughly enjoyed my Saturday afternoon tackling this most excellent puzzle. The peripheral names meant nothing to me but ,as crypticsue suggests, the interweb eventually reveals its secrets when stimulated enough. Thanks Zaphod and all others concerned. :D

  14. spindrift
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Unless two of the names are Welsh & the others Lithuanian then I’ve got something wrong. Roll on the 16th!

  15. Dickiedot
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Tinkle tinkle, the sound of penny dropping! got there in the end but it’s taken a couple of days with lots of returning and assistance from Google for the connection of the names, jolly good fun, many thanks to all involved.

  16. Heno
    Posted June 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the Sponsors 7 to Big Dave. have managed to complete the bottom half, and have two answers in the top, now I’m stuck, I’ll need a bit more perservation ! Found it quite enjoyable.

  17. Heno
    Posted June 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Got ’em all bar 1d, but I do have a theory for it. May as well enter.

  18. Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    ***** [deleted]

    These are the names that form the perimeter in your puzzle of June 2012.

    • Posted June 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Raju.

      Please don’t give away the answers to a prize puzzle (you were wrong anyway).

      You were asked to send the link between the names, not the names, and to use the contact form on the same page as the puzzle.

  19. Senf
    Posted June 15, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    I surrender! 2 A’s and 3 D’s incomplete, and going absolutely nowhere. I look forward to the review/solution for release from my frustration. But, thanks to all involved – long may this new tradition last.