Prize Puzzle – April 2014

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 23 (April 2014) by Prolixic

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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 (19th April 2014).

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. stanXYZ
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I think I’ve Dunnit? But I’m not sure …

  2. KiwiColin
    Posted April 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Have completed the puzzle but still working on the answer to the question. Bit of a challenge that. I can see what I suspect is the answer but need further thought before submitting. Good fun.

    • Kath
      Posted April 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Don’t worry about it – we already have an admission of guilt (the obvious culprit is stanXYZ – he just said he was the one who dunnit!)
      I’m quite a long way off getting to grips with this one.
      Back tomorrow, or the next day or . . . .

  3. Expat Chris
    Posted April 6, 2014 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    Finally got the clue that has been eluding me. The grid may be complete but the mystery remains unsolved so far.

    • KiwiColin
      Posted April 6, 2014 at 4:42 am | Permalink

      I’m afraid that after hours of working at it the answer to the question, “Can you solve the mystery?” in still unfortunately “NO”.

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 6, 2014 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        I hope I am not going to be told off for saying this, but all you need to help you solve the mystery is to look at the title of the puzzle!

        • Posted April 6, 2014 at 9:00 am | Permalink

          Obviously it wasn’t obvious!

      • KiwiColin
        Posted April 6, 2014 at 9:53 am | Permalink

        Thanks to both of you for trying to be helpful. I’m sure the penny will drop eventually and I don’t want you to give things away that could spoil it for others. Besides, I have learnt a lot about a game that I have never played. Bed time now, perhaps inspiration by the morning. Cheers.

  4. Catnap
    Posted April 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Haven’t yet had the pleasure of attempting this. Seems like it will be very tricky!

    Mind you, Prolixic did warn us with this little message (NTSPP 210, 15 Feb 2014), & I quote:

    ‘Setter at work – notice evil grin’

    • Senf
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      Based on my experience, solving the crossword is not too difficult. But, I am going to go cross-eyed staring at the grid trying to solve the mystery.

    • Senf
      Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

      Well, I now have a plausible collection of letters that appear to solve the mystery; so, entry sent!

      • Catnap
        Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

        Well done! I’ve only just started the puzzle…

  5. KiwiColin
    Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Well at long last I reckon that I have the question answered. However as I had some extra help along the way have decided not to submit an entry this month.
    Thanks for the challenge Prolixic, enjoyed the puzzle, some really clever clues.

  6. Expat Chris
    Posted April 8, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    The mystery remains just that for me. I have an inkling I might have part of the solution, but that’s about it. Not giving up just yet.