Monthly Prize Puzzle – April 2014
A crossword by Prolixic
Reviewed by crypticsue
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Congratulations to Milvus who solved this fine crossword (I thought there were some lovely surface readings) and then spotted “the who, where and with what” needed to solve the mystery and enter the competition, winning a choice of Hamlyn Telegraph puzzle books. If you still haven’t solved the crime, there is a handy grid at the bottom of this review which reveals all.
1a Hurried away to house bishop in nighttime accommodation (4,3)
BUNK BED – BUNKED (fled or hurried away) with B (Bishop) inserted.
5a It’s food and drink for French dynasty (7)
BOURBON – A triple definition – a chocolate biscuit which in my childhood was only eaten as a special treat at Christmas!; maize whiskey originally made in Bourbon County, Kentucky; or the French royal family ruling in France and elsewhere between the 16th and 20th Centuries.
11a Examine a shell (5)
TESTA – A zoological term for a hard shell – TEST (examine) followed by A from the clue.
12a Even I urge reconciliation with Arthur’s wife (9)
GUINEVERE – An anagram (reconciliation)of EVEN I URGE.
13a Get expert treatment (7)
PROCURE – PRO (expert, professional) and CURE (treatment).
15a To be in France welcomed by Judas in hideaway (7)
RETREAT – Insert ETRE (the French verb meaning to be) into a RAT (Judas).
17a Flannel coming from foolhardy comedian when exchanging introductions (7)
WASHRAG – Swap over the first letters (exchanging introductions) of RASH (foolhardy) and WAG (comedian).
19a One who serves composer touring Iceland with alto (7)
BARISTA – Insert IS (the IVR code for Iceland) into BART (Lionel, the composer) and finish with the abbreviation for Alto.
23a Nick‘s sample of Pinot Chardonnay (5)
NOTCH – Hidden in (a sample of) PiNOT CHardonnay.
25a Reportedly rests on legal rights (5)
LIENS – A homophone (reportedly) of LEANS (rests on).
26a Persuade one to replace commanding officer in meeting (9)
INFLUENCE – I (one) replaces CO (commanding officer) at the beginning of a
CONFLUENCE (meeting place).
27a Transform a sphere (7)
RESHAPE is an anagram (transform) of A SPHERE.
28a Escape from refuge carrying a King’s silver (7)
LEAKAGE – Insert into LEE (refuge, shelter) A (from the clue) K (King) and AG (the chemical symbol for silver).
1d Where to get on with breast surgery with a bit of silicone implanted (3,4)
BUS STOP – BUST OP (breast surgery) with S (a ‘bit’ – the first letter – of silicone) inserted.
2d Miserly son approaches (5)
NEARS – NEAR (miserly, tight-fisted) and S (son).
3d Put pressure on Brazil to adopt European measure (9)
BELEAGUER – Insert into BR (the IVR code for Brazil) E (European) and LEAGUE (measure of length).
4d Drive leaderless crowd into trail (7)
DRAGGLE – DR (drive) and GAGGLE (crowd) with the first G removed (leaderless).
5d More prominent Republican in Belgium briefly gets smashed (7)
BULGIER – An anagram (gets smashed) of R (republican) and BELGIU (briefly tells you to leave the M off).
6d Bones regularly seen in Rutland hospital department (5)
ULNAE – The regular letters of rUtLaN d and AE (the A&E department of a hospital).
7d Cooks touring garden without new guidebooks (9)
BAEDEKERS – BAKERS touring or going round the garden of EDE
n (without new (N) tells you that only the first three letters are inserted).
8d North America’s money is burgeoning (7)
NASCENT – NAS (North America’S) and CENT (money).
14d Witnesses objections about altar boy (9)
OBSERVERS – OBS (observations) with SERVER (altar boy) inserted).
16d A truant disturbed pupil with a spider (9)
TARANTULA – An anagram (disturbed) of A TRUANT followed by L (learner, pupil) and A (from the clue).
18d Divine encouragement for Eisenhower to imprison deputy lieutenant (7)
GODLIKE – The abbreviation for Deputy Lieutenant inserted into GO IKE, an encouragement for President Eisenhower, known as IKE.
19d Sinister like a Christian?! (7)
BALEFUL – Somewhat like the surname of the actor Christian BALE.
20d Articles about hinderance for Olympian (7)
ATHLETE – A and THE (articles) with LET (hinderance) inserted.
24d Secret society’s a friendly place (5
TONGA – TONG (a Chinese secret society) and A (from the clue) produces an archipelago affectionately known as the Friendly Islands
Entries with REV or REVEREND, GREEN, KITCHEN and DAGGER were entered into the draw. If you had as much trouble as me spotting whodunit – including a gnoment spent wondering whether the BEAR revealed in row 8 was VILE TO someone (row 12) in some strange previously unknown version of Cluedo – the grid below should hopefully make everything clear!
Thanks once again to both Prolixic and Mrs BD without whom this review would not be possible!!