Prize Puzzle – February 2013

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 9 (February 2013) by Radler

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Why not have a go at our ninth Monthly Prize Puzzle?  The winner will receive their choice of any of the current Telegraph  Crossword Books.  As we have been unable to contact the previous sponsor to be able to secure further supplies, this month’s prize has been donated by Tilsit.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges,  while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

A review will follow after the closing date (16th February 2013).

MPP - 09

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.



  1. Alchemi
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle. Trouble is, even though I’ve spotted the theme, I can’t spot all 10 so I don’t know the answer.

    • crypticsue
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

      Glad to hear that – I thought it was just me!

  2. crypticsue
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I have spotted all the numbers now and for the first time in the series, I hadn’ seen this puzzle before this morning (I tested all the others) so I do hope this means that I can enter the competition.

    So exciting – a Radler puzzle I finished in one session (Radler will probably agree with me that that’s a miracle in itself) and a chance to enter the competition too.

    • Prolixic
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      BD says enter away :)

      • crypticsue
        Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        Thank you both – I have.

        Hope you are all having a lovely time and not missing me too much!

  3. 2Kiwis
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    We solved the whole puzzle before we picked the theme. Found it with the very last clue. A very clever puzzle. Entry submitted even though we know we are just playing for the HAG. (Honour and Glory).
    Thanks Radler.

  4. Only fools
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Same as 2Ks completed the puzzle before understanding the theme which is totally unfamiliar to me .Therefore took nearly as long to identify the numbers .
    Look forward to the review as frankly have a few solutions I know are correct but have not the faintest idea why .
    Thank you .

    • stanXYZ
      Posted February 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

      Only Fools, I discovered the theme quite early which was a great help in finishing this one. But, like you I haven’t the faintest idea about some of the wordplay! I’ve folded up the puzzle and placed it in my BRB so that I wont lose it when all is revealed in the review later this month.

      Now for the difficult bit – adding up the numbers.

      Nice one Radler!

  5. Denis
    Posted February 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I am about three quarters of the way through. Radler is working hard, NTSPP last week and now the MPP !
    Two of the clues, so far, are ,in my view, worthy of Virgilius.
    I think I know the theme but I have a few more clues yet to solve.
    I hope the London betters & sloggers went well. I am sure it did.
    I have met Radler at two of the Northern Events ( Now there’s name dropping )
    Thanks to B. D. et al.



  6. Jezza
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    This kept me busy for quite a while this afternoon! Thanks to Radler for a proper mental work-out, which was very enjoyable.

  7. axe
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to Radler for an excellent themed puzzle. Some of the wordplay is still a mystery to me

    including one of the themed clues, so therefore I am unsure I have the correct answer, time will tell.

    Looking forward to the review.

    • andy
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Verbatim axe.