Monthly Prize Puzzle No 17 (October 2013) by Prolixic
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A review by crypticsue
Dave Howell is having quite a weekend. Not only did he finish in fourth place in the Times Crossword Championships, he has today become the first person to win our Monthly Prize Puzzle Competition for the second time. He solved the puzzle and then spotted that the football team Charlton Athletic was hidden in the solution. If you couldn’t find it, have a look at the grid at the end of the review.
This month’s prize is an extra special treat – a copy of Mick Twister’s There Was an Old Geezer Called Caesar: A History of the World in 100 Limericks kindly donated by Tilsit and signed by the author.
1a Shoot between the legs of head girl (6)
NUTMEG – An informal football term meaning to pass the shot through the legs of an opposing player – NUT (head) and MEG (a girl’s name).
4a Bankers confused about American state (8)
NEBRASKA – An anagram (confused) of BANKERS and A (American).
9a Cruel leprechaun finally left the end of the rainbow? (6)
VIOLET – The ‘end’ colour in a rainbow is obtained by removing an N (leprechaun finally) from VIOLE
10a Description of “latest prices”! (2,6)
IN QUOTES – What more can one say but ‘D’oh!’
12a Athenian character swallowed by small monster (8)
MINOTAUR – The Greek (Athenian) letter TAU is swallowed by, or inserted into, MINOR (small).
13a Reportedly produced a seat (6)
THRONE – A homophone (reportedly)of THROWN (produced, as a potter does when making a pot on his wheel).
15a Please relent over death (7,5)
ETERNAL SLEEP – An anagram (over) of PLEASE RELENT, split 7, 5.
19a After serious disease, old lady consumed a bit of soft fruit (12)
POMEGRANATES – PO (an informal adjective, a shortened form of po-faced, serious) ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis (the illness more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome) GRAN (old lady) ATE (consumed) and S (a ‘bit’ or the first letter of soft).
22a Looks for key musicians (6)
AWAITS – The musical key of A followed by WAITS (people who welcome Christmas by playing and singing out of doors at night).
23a Burn out a terrible car (8)
RUNABOUT – An anagram (terrible) of BURN OUT A.
26a Backs adopting depth and length for axes (8)
SPINDLES – Insert D (depth) and L (length) into SPINES (backs). Axes, of course, being the plural of axis – axis and spindle being examples of things around which something turns. KiwiColin did wonder (in a comment) whether the last word should have been axles but apparently leapt out of bed when he realised his error and BD saved the day by removing the comment!
27a Daily with cake making actress (6)
WASHER – W (with) and ASHER (Jane Asher, the cake-making actress).
28a Businessman’s one working for unity (8)
COHESION – CO (company, business) HE[‘]S (man’s) I (one) ON (working).
29a Medicinal science is curtailed (6)
PHYSIC – Curtail or omit the last letter of PHYSIC
1d What one might receive before Oscar? (8)
NOVEMBER – That is if one was listening to someone explaining the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
2d Punished one leaving undercoat in poor condition (8)
TROUNCED – Remove A (one leaving) from UNDERCOAT and an anagram (in poor condition) of the remaining letters will provide the solution.
3d Right to support former European’s struggle (5)
EXERT – EX (former) E (European) RT (right).
5d Allegedly make a bird (4)
ERNE – The sea-eagle sounds like (allegedly) a homophone of EARN (make).
6d Uncouth whore hung around (5-4)
ROUGH-HEWN – an anagram (around) of WHORE HUNG.
7d Programme described by transit company (6)
SITCOM – Hidden in (described by) tranSIT COMpany.
8d A superior catches up with Jane, perhaps (6)
AUSTEN – A (from the clue) U (superior, upper class) and a reversal (up n a down clue) of NETS (catches).
11d Opening moves for ruffians (7)
BULLIES – It took me a while to see that BULLIES refers to bullying off (opening moves) in a game of hockey, probably because I hated playing hockey when I was at school!
14d Signal raised in sudden outbreak of violence (5-2)
FLARE-UP – FLARE (signal) and UP (raised).
16d Number performing movements around 12 each day (9)
NOONTIDES – NO (number) ON (performing) TIDES (movements).
17d Criticisms about ambassador in Greek choruses (8)
STROPHES – Insert HE (the abbreviation for His Excellency the Ambassador) into STROPS (criticisms).
18d Secret Central American support for oriental drinker (8)
ESOTERIC – E (eastern, oriental) SOT (heavy drinker) and ERIC (the ‘centre’ of AmERICan).
20d Resolve constant distance (6)
PARSEC – PARSE (analyse, break down) and C (constant in maths).
21d Expression of contempt about a rector and his responsibility (6)
PARISH – Insert A (from the clue) and R (rector) into PISH (an interjection of contempt or impatience).
24d Head of Homerton follows a graduate’s shame (5)
ABASH – A (from the clue) BA[‘]S (graduate with degree of Bachelor of Arts) followed by H (the ‘head’ of Homerton).
25d Heartlessly release a toy (4)
LEGO – Remove T in the heart or middle of LE
T GO (release).
Many congratulations to Dave, many thanks to Prolixic for the crossword, Mrs BD for her expert ‘casting of the sacred runes’ and to Mick Twister and Tilsit for this month’s prize.
Oh… and the football team… it’s here!