Prize Puzzle – July 2012

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 2 (July 2012) by Alchemi

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

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Why not have a go at our second 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.

An interactive AcrossLite download for this puzzle is now available.  This will run on multiple platforms including iPads.
There is also a link to the site from which the software to run the puzzle can be downloaded.

A review will follow after the closing date (21st July 2012).

MPP - 02

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.


10 Comments

  1. pommers
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    What a fun puzzle – thanks Alchemi. Pitched just about right to get a large number of entries :grin:

  2. Tilly
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Great fun. Thanks Alchemi for brightening up a dull day.

  3. Brenda Reding
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this puzzle, particularly 7D, thanks to Alchemi for brightening an already sunny day

  4. Mike in Amble
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    An extremly enjoyable puzzle. Fav. clue 20 ac. Thanks very much Alchemi and BD. :D

  5. Rorschach
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Another great prize crossword! Good stuff! Thanks Alchemi and BD

  6. Senf
    Posted July 10, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    An enjoyable puzzle, but I am stuck on 24a. Even with the check letters from the down clues (assuming that they are correct, which I am pretty certain they are) and using combinations of all the other likely letters in the blank spaces I cannot come up with anything that fits the clue. Oh well, I have another 10 days to stare at it and hoping that the penny drops.

  7. axe
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    I must agree with Brenda 7d made me giggle.

    Senf , when you answer 24a it will also make you giggle.
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    I have completed the grid and have a credible answer , BUT, I am not able reconcile it with

    THREE HORIZONTAL LINES WOULD SUFFICE AS THE DEFINITION.

    • Posted July 12, 2012 at 11:15 am | Permalink

      Look at the grid more carefully, and remember how a lot of Ninas are hidden!

      • axe
        Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

        Many thaks but unfortunately It neither confirmed or denied, lets hope my reasoning for the answer is correct.
        very much enjoyed the challenge. many thanks to Alchami.and BD. Look forward to the review, Long may this continue.

  8. Franco
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Phew!! It’s taken a very long, long time – but I got there in the end. Well worth the effort! These setters are so very, very clever! Thanks to Alchemi for the “pleasure(?)” over the last 10 days or so!!

    For once I kept perservering! Glad I couldn’t cheat on this one!