Monthly Prize Puzzle No 15 (August 2013) by Alchemi
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A review by crypticsue
To find the answer all (!!) we had to do was solve the crossword and then ADD UP (27) THE N (16) UMBER (7) S IN G (18a) RID (28) – some obvious and some extremely well-hidden – to reach a total of 150. This was far from easy, even at the testing stage…. “You appear to have added up only three of the eight numbers in the grid, so you don’t have the sum right” !!! I wasn’t alone – less than a quarter of the entries were correct. Still confused? Have a look at the end of the review.
Mrs BD has kindly once again picked out a winner – the lucky person this month being our occasional blogger , Jon Delfin. As he lives in New York, however, he joins the rank of those entering for the HAG (Honour and Glory) and the prize rolls over to next month.
1a The better establishments ignore a lot of the fracas in Osaka (7)
CASINOS – Hidden in fraCAS IN OSaka.
5a You heard books by baseball player are fiction (7)
UNTRUTH – U (a homophone ‘heard’ of you) NT (Books of the New Testament) and RUTH (Babe Ruth, the baseball player).
9a To grab the attention of right drip, beat regularly (5)
RIVET – R (right) IV (intravenous drip) and the regular letters of bEaT.
10a Recalling essentially everything (3)
ALL – The essential or middle part of recALLing.
11a One up in arms about sound measure (5)
REBEL – RE (about) and BEL (a unit of sound measurement).
12a News channel has power to cover a collision (6)
CANNON – a collision or strike on the rebound – Insert A from the clue) into the news channel CNN, and finish with ON (has power, is working)
13a Little flag showing Widdecombe wearing a hat (8)
BANNERET – Insert ANN (Widdecombe) into a BERET.
15a Smashing of beakers by archdeacon results in no loss (6,4)
BREAK S EVEN – An anagram (smashing of) BEAKERS followed by VEN (Venerable being a title used by Archdeacons.
16a Chicken on time in the past (4)
THEN – A HEN is placed on or after T (time)
18a Tell all about record the French discarded (4)
SING – Remove the French word for the from a SING
19a Flake needed for one short of a ton (10)
NINETYNINE – One number less than a hundred (a ton) is the name given to a type of ice cream cornet with a Cadbury’s Flake bar stuck in the top.
23a Extra bit of hesitation after active theologian’s death (8)
ADDENDUM – A (active) DD (theologian, Doctor of Divinity) END (death) and UM (hesitation).
25a Stature of ambassador taking computers round Ghana (6)
HEIGHT – HE (His Excellency the ambassador) followed by IT (information technology, computers) into which is inserted GH (the IVR code for Ghana).
27a American dude occasionally happy to make sense (3,2)
ADD UP – A (American) DD (the ‘occasional’ letters of DuDe) and UP (happy, excited).
28a Republican papers are free (3)
RID – R (Republican) and ID (identity papers).
29a Medical practitioner feared by many discards books, being a believer (5)
DEIST – Remove the NT (New Testament) from a DE
NTIST (a practitioner feared by many).
30a Cross, I rush back to get rid of American (4,3)
DEEP SIX – An informal American expression meaning to get rid of or eliminate. X (cross) I and SPEED (rush) all reversed (back).
31a Depressed by first leisure centre for cruel people (7)
SADISTS – SAD (depressed) IST (first) and S (the ‘centre’ of leiSure).
1d Croon about riding in taxi without a pipe? (7)
CORNCOB – Remove the A from a C
AB (taxi) and replace with an anagram (about) of CROON.
2d Not quite a majority understood about fair conclusion of assessment (9)
SEVENTEEN – Eighteen being the majority or full legal age. SEEN (understood) with EVEN (fair) and T (the ‘conclusion’ of assessment) inserted.
3d What some fishermen do is make business contacts (7)
NETWORK – Split 3, 4 to get what fishermen do.
4d Talk about twelfth kill (4)
SLAY – Insert L (the twelfth letter of the alphabet) into SAY (talk).
5d International body’s permission to bring up study that won’t cause a rising (10)
UNLEAVENED – UN (United Nations, international body) LEAVE (permission) and a reversal (bring up in a down clue) of DEN (study).
6d Run about in the lavatory (6)
THRONE – Insert R (run) and ON (about) into THE.
7d Brown somewhat outnumbered (5)
UMBER – A shade of brown is hidden in outnUMBERed
8d Goalpost deviously stolen by brewer (7)
HOLSTEN – A rugby goalpost looks like an H and this should be followed with an anagram (deviously) of STOLEN.
14d Play I sexed up – or ruined! (7,3)
OEDIPUS REX – An anagram (ruined) of I SEXED UP OR.
17d Have a discussion about hollow grandeur in joints for lockkeepers (9)
HAIRGRIPS – A lock can be defined in several ways but here refers to a piece, strand, tuft or ringlet of hair for which something is needed to keep t in place. Insert into HIPS (joints) AIR (have a discussion) and GR (the outside letters of grandeur, hollow tells you there is nothing in the middle).
18d Society event’s first prize has a marine destination (7)
SEAWARD – S (society) E (event’s first) AWARD (prize).
20d Wild-eyed, reckless women leave, having surrendered (7)
YIELDED – Remove W (women leave) from
WILD-EYED and make an anagram (reckless) of the remaining letters.
21d Occasionally mess with stripped-out engines around rubbish cars (7)
ESTATES – The even letters (occasionally) of mEsS, TAT (rubbish) and the outside letters (stripped out) of EngineS.
22d Hollywood guy fixes up every third obelisk (6)
SNIPES – Wesley SNIPES (Hollywood actor) A reversal (up) of PINS (fixes) followed by the third and sixth letters of obEliSk.
24d Avoid party with top BBC man before election begins (5)
DODGE – DO (party) DG (Director General at the top of the BBC) and E (the first letter of election).
26d Poetry humble at heart (4)
ODES – The heart of mODESt.
Thank you to BD for providing the following very helpful grid.