Monthly Prize Puzzle No 11 (April 2013) by Prolixic
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A review by crypticsue
Congratulations to Pete Cohen who was the winner of this month’s prize of one of Hamlyn’s Telegraph Puzzle Books [Pete has declined the prize, which will be carried over to the may competition. BD]. His name was drawn from the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD as he was one of the solvers who had correctly spotted all the excuses (6d’s) that are used for travel delays (listed at the end of the review) – our Prolixic being a person who commutes to work by train, I am sure he has heard these many more times than he would like!
1a Defeated destitute Knight (6)
BROKEN – BROKE (destitute, poor) followed by N (the abbreviation for knight in a game of chess).
4a Excitement about return of the Spanish sword (6)
TOLEDO – A sword made in Toledo, Spain. Insert a reversal of the Spanish word for ‘the’ – EL – into TO DO (excitement)
8a When society philosopher becomes an examiner (7)
ASSAYER – AS (when)S (society) and AYER (the philosopher A J Ayer, who apparently promoted logical positivism!)
9a Unlimited work out worried coach (7)
EDUCATE – Remove the outside letters (unlimited) from dEDUCe and follow with ATE (worried) – coach here being a verb rather than a noun.
11a Capital charge levied on neo-gnostic organization (10)
CONGESTION – The charge for travelling through Central London is an anagram (organization) of NEO GNOSTIC.
12a Fatty tissue regularly seen in students (4)
SUET – The regular or odd letters of StUdEnTs.
13a Direct process (5)
TRAIN – Double definition – to direct/aim ; to process or bring along.
14a Cities go amok displaying selfishness (8)
EGOISTIC – an anagram (amok) of CITIES GO.
16a Article removed from dirty book in America? (5,3)
UNCLE SAM – Remove the AN (article) from UNCLE[AN} and follow with an abbreviation for the Book of SAMuel in the Bible to get the personification of America.
18a Calm welcome for Caesar (5)
SALVE – A verb meaning to calm or soothe is also a Latin interjection used as a greeting – the Roman Emperor Caesar would have received many such greetings.
20a Party opponents at a disadvantage (4)
DOWN – DO (party) followed by two of the opponents in a game of bridge, West and North.
21a Batsman wearing headphones found in the kitchen (3-7)
CAN-OPENERS – Insert OPENER (a batsman who opens or starts the innings) into a slang term for headphones – CANS
23a Deny part of word is a vowel (7)
DISAVOW – hidden in part of worD IS A VOWel.
24a Fuel and air mixture results in breakdown (7)
FAILURE – an anagram (mixture) of FUEL and AIR.
25a Sediment covers bible pages (6)
LEAVES – Insert AV (the Authorised Version of the Bible into LEES (sediment that forms in an ageing alcoholic drink).
26a Diminutive girl drinking gin cocktail is a siren (6)
SIGNAL – Insert into the diminutive girl SAL a cocktail or anagram of GIN.
1d Polish king dismissed chorister (5)
BRASSO – Simply remove R (Rex, king) from BRASSO, the polish I think our mothers used more than we do these days, to get a bass singer in a choir.
2d Ali got a terrible complaint (7)
OTALGIA – Earache is a terrible anagram of ALI GOT A
3d Archdeacon blocks on-line music perhaps for services (9)
EVENSONGS – Insert the abbreviated title for an archdeacon –VEN[erable} into E-SONGS (on-line music perhaps).
5d School denied harbouring antique (5)
OLDEN – Harbouring indicates that there is a hidden word in schoOL DENied.
6d Overlooks old stubborn man taking drug (7)
EXCUSES – EX (old)followed by CUSS (stubborn person) into which is inserted E (ecstasy).
7d Where washing may be at risk (2,3,4)
ON THE LINE – An all-in-one or a double definition – either way it is a very nice clue.
10d Where, in Cumbria, rats are drowned in brief ceremony! (5,4)
RIVER MINT – A Cumbrian river I didn’t know but the wordplay is clear. Insert VERMIN (rates) in RIT(e) (an abbreviated or ‘brief’ ceremony).
13d Performing well in audition of barbers (9)
TONSORIAL – Insert into TRIAL (audition) ON (performing)and SO (well).
15d Tubes of goo I shape improperly (9)
OESOPHAGI – An anagram (improperly) of GOO I SHAPE.
17d Flower described by plant anatomy (7)
LANTANA – A tropical American shrub is hidden in, or described by, pLANT ANAtomy.
19d Wool extract delivered by road or rail after docking (7)
LANOLIN – Truncate or dock (remove the last letter or tail of) LAN[e] O[r] LIN[e].
21d Many enjoy spice (5)
CLOVE – C (hundred in Roman numerals) and LOVE (enjoy).
22d Pastoral painting maiden left for king (5)
RURAL – Change the M (maiden) at the front of MURAL to an R (Rex).
Commuters can be frustrated by ‘Leaves on the line’ ‘Signal failure’ a ‘broken down train’ and, for road commuters – ‘congestion’.