Prize Puzzle – January 2014

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 20 (January 2014) by Prolixic

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?  The winner will receive a copy of The Telegraph Centenary Crossword Collection, kindly donated by Phil McNeill, the Telegraph Puzzles Editor, and signed by Phil and six of the Telegraph setters who are featured in the book  (Elgar, Roger Squires/Rufus, Micawber, Peter Chamberlain/Cephas, Notabilis and Don Manley/Giovanni).

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 (18th January 2014).

MPP - 20

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. spindrift
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    The PDF link does not appear to work. I’ve tried 3 times and it cannot be found using Chrome. Thanks.

    • Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:54 am | Permalink

      Should be OK now – I changed the location of the files and missed that one.

    • spindrift
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      All fine & dandy. Thanks BD.

      • Posted January 4, 2014 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        The original directory was getting a bit full so I created a new one – I thought I had updated all the links but missed a couple.

  2. pommers
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Very, very clever and a lot of fun. Thanks Prolixic.

  3. Ian
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Solved the crossword but haven’t figured out the hidden question yet. Grrrr.

    • crypticsue
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      Did you print off the pdf version? If so, have a look at it very carefully. When you spot what you are supposed to see, it is quite a D’oh moment!!

      • Ian
        Posted January 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

        Got there, thanks CS. Talk about clever!

  4. tonyjoe
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this Prolixic, and the host site BD. As ever a good source of entertaining diversion. HNY

  5. KiwiColin
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    WOW! Absolutely brilliant.
    Thanks Prolixic.

  6. Kath
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m still battling with the last four answers – I still can’t find anything that looks like a question and it’s driving me barking mad. Talking about barking I would like to say that, as a collie owner, there is no such thing as a ‘gutless’ one! (16d) Only joking – I know what he’s getting at and I’ve got that answer.
    I will ‘perservate’!
    Thanks to Prolixic.

  7. Jezza
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to Prolixic for the entertainment. As others have said, very clever.

  8. stanXYZ
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I finished this crossword last Sunday … but I’m still completely in the dark as to the answer to the question!

    What Question?

    Looking forward to the review. Thanks to Prolixic!

    • crypticsue
      Posted January 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

      I can’t tell you about the question or I will be in a big trouble – all I can say is keep looking and make sure you are wearing shin pads because it is going to hurt when you kick yourself.