Monthly Prize Puzzle – June 2014
A crossword by Alchemi
Reviewed by crypticsue
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Congratulations to David Whisstock whose name was drawn out of the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD. David solved the crossword, spotted the words ‘No Nobel’ in column 6 and then (if he was anything like me!) did a bit of investigoogling and found that the only author named in the grid who hadn’t been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature was Peter Ackroyd.
1a Author with weird ankle fur (8)
FAULKNER – An anagram (weird) of ANKLE FUR.
5a Writer with time to pad out long recipe (6)
PINTER – PINE (long) with T (time) inserted (pad out) and R (recipe) added at the end.
10a Niggle starts about way to work 24/7 (7)
NONSTOP – N (the start of Niggle) ON (about) ST (street, way) and OP (operate, work)
11a A group of words heard in riots (7)
AFFRAYS – A homophone (heard) of A PHRASE (a group of words).
12A Game fails to get underway on East German land (5)
HESSE – Remove the first letter from the game of CHESS (fails to get underway or start) and add an E (East).
13a It will cover church after religious text is found in pub (9)
INSURANCE – Insert SURA (a chapter of the Koran, religious text) into INN (pub) and finish with CE (Church of England).
14a Writer‘s request for composer to use different keys? (7)
LESSING – Split 4, 2, 1 this writer’s surname could be a request to a composer not to use the key of G.
16a Writer Brad tours Pyrenean city (7)
NAIPAUL – Misleading capital time. A brad or NAIL has the Pyrenean city of PAU inserted.
18a When the news used to be about Scottish sides getting over evidence of cold (7)
ATISHOO – AT IO is when the news used to be, insert S and H (the sides of Scottish) and finish with O (over in cricket scoring).
20a Old author begins with nice new books (7)
ANCIENT – A (the beginning of author), an anagram (new) of NICE and NT (the books of the New Testament).
22a Bites neck, irritating author (9)
STEINBECK – An anagram (irritating) of BITES NECK.
24a Author from Scottish island (5)
LEWIS – A double definition.
26a In the 80s, Jimmy Knapp did back keeping zero armour (7)
ROUNDEL – In the 1980s Jimmy Knapp led the National Union of Railwaymen – reverse (back) LED NUR and insert an O (keeping zero) inserted.
27a Applause for Athenian losing money on eggs (7)
OVATION – OVA (eggs) and TI
MON (of Athens) losing the M for money.
28a Woman kneels, occasionally dropping bits of Middle Eastern bread (6)
SHEKEL – SHE (woman) and the ‘occasional’ bits of KnEeLs.
29a North Leeds is badly affected by unemployment (8)
IDLENESS – A badly affected anagram of N (north) and LEEDS IS.
1d Solemn ceremony gets honoree deputising for Queen in Madeira (7)
FUNCHAL – In a FUNERAL (solemn ceremony) the Queen’s cipher – ER – should be replaced with CH (the abbreviation for a Companion of Honour).
2d Headless fishes containing 50 bones (5)
ULNAS – Remove the T (headless) from TUNAS and insert an L (containing [the Roman numeral for] 50).
3d Thinks tie is horrible but playful (9)
KITTENISH is an anagram (horrible) of THINKS TIE.
4d Discerning oriental agent gets home with moneybag in the end (7)
ESPYING – E (Eastern, oriental) SPY (agent) IN (home) and G (the end letter of moneybag).
6d Reason friend nearly collapses (5)
INFER – An anagram (collapses) of nearly all the letters of FRIEND.
7d Melted fat rare in contents of buffet car? (5,4)
TRAIN FARE – The ? indicates a cryptic definition – an anagram (melted) of FAT RARE IN.
8d Author‘s publisher in the end needs American market (7)
RUSSELL – R (the end of publisher) US (American) SELL (market).
9d Norwegian author‘s highly-rated manuscript stolen by mediaeval warrior (6)
HAMSUN – Insert into HUN (mediaeval warrior) A (the letter used to indicate a high rating of something) and MS (manuscript).
15d Old mathematician’s assistant tempted one to get up in the middle of maths lesson (5,4)
SLIDE RULE – A reversal (to get up in a down clue) of LURED I (tempted one) into the middle letters of mathS LEsson.
17d I can’t clue strange word for “drill” (9)
INCULCATE – to drill something into someone by frequent repetitions – an anagram (strange) of I CANT CLUE.
18d Guarantees playing, then takes action over resistance (7)
ASSURES – AS (then) SUES (takes action) with R (resistance) inserted.
19d A sick American author (1’5)
O’NEILL or split 3, 3, ONE ILL (a sick).
20d Returning toward York, camels carrying author (7)
ACKROYD – Hidden (carrying) and reversed (returning towards) in towarD YORK CAmels.
21d Instruction to stop slouching includes reasonable drinks (7)
TISANES – An instruction to stop slouching would be to SIT up, here indicating the need to reverse SIT and then insert SANE (reasonable).
23d Gently push golf in bare surroundings (5)
NUDGE – G (golf) surrounded by NUDE (bare).
25d Australian author and chessplayer (5)
WHITE – And a double definition to finish.
Thanks to Alchemi, Mrs BD and Hamlyn Books for their parts in this month’s Prize Puzzle Competition.