Prize Puzzle – September 2013

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 16 (September 2013) by Radler

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?  The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

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 (21st September 2013).

MPP - 16

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. crypticsue
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Although you think ‘Oh it’s a Radler’ and you need a lie down after just reading the instructions, it turns out to be one of his easier puzzles and an enjoyable time was had.

    He very kindly doesn’t send his MPP candidates to me to test which means I can enter the competition too. :)

    • Colmce
      Posted September 7, 2013 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Grown man crying time again, have had a really good go at this and have got three answers, and I’m not sure about them. Still will persevere.

      • crypticsue
        Posted September 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        As BD says, it will get easier once you work out what is going on.

  2. stanXYZ
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Joie de vivre? Au contraire!

    Not enjoying this at all – c’est trop difficile pour moi! But I will struggle on!

    • Posted September 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      It gets a lot easier once you work out what;s going on.

  3. Only fools
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Memo to self …….read instructions 3 times before undertaking MPP ,particularly a Radler ,
    Took ages even after I’d caught on which did not come swiftly !
    Worth it for one major penny dropping moment which has left my desk with an imprint of my forehead !
    Off for a kip !

  4. KiwiColin
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    That was fun. Impossible until I had worked out what was going on and then manageable, but never easy. I re-read the instructions and re-checked the result 4 times before submitting.
    Thanks Radler.

  5. Kath
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    What fun but what a beastie.
    I started yesterday with the mind set that I usually have when attempting a Toughie “I know I can’t do Toughies/ Radler crosswords but what the hell – have a go”!
    I read the instructions and was none the wiser – read through all the clues and managed a couple of answers but it wasn’t until I got to the very last one, 28d, that I thought I might have an inkling of what was going on.
    This is way beyond my ability – I don’t remember ever spending so long on a crossword – have now finished apart from four – it’s ‘doing my head in’ but now I can’t leave it alone!
    With thanks, I think, to Radler, but I’m not sure that husband would agree!

  6. Jezza
    Posted September 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was quite good fun. Once I realised what was going on, it was fairly straightforward to complete (he says hoping that he hasn’t got it all wrong :) )
    Many thanks to Radler.