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Prize Puzzle – August 2014

Monthly Prize Puzzle No 27 (August 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 Chambers Dictionary (13th Edition) kindly donated by the publisher.

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 (16th August 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.


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11 comments on “Prize Puzzle – August 2014

  1. This puzzle is well within the ability of all the regular commenters I would think, and with the really great prize there should be a flood of entries this month. On top of that there is a huge laugh out loud available when the question is solved.
    Thanks Prolixic.

  2. Agree with KiwiCollin. Lovely puzzle, very doable, and the pun is terrific. thanks, Prolixic.

  3. I’ve found the famous song– which I now cannot get out of my head.

    I’ve submitted my answer even though I still have three clues unanswered – Is this cheating?

    1. I’ve also found the famous song/pun but have one answer which I think I have but don’t understand – 12d.
      I don’t want to cheat, let alone be excommunicated or executed or anything else beastly http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif so I’m planning on just sitting tight for a while.

      1. You only have to submit the answer to the question not the solved grid. I did point out when I tested this puzzle that it was possible to enter without solving the whole crossword.

  4. No wonder I’ve got brain ache this evening.
    I thought the (inside) back page cryptic was tricker than usual and then I found that it’s the “Devious Duo” on duty with the NTSPP and the MPP.
    I’ve enjoyed all three of them – not sure that I’ve ever done three cryptic crosswords in one day before – the addiction is obviously getting worse.
    The pun is like three day’s worth of quickie puns and then find the answer. Well, I think I have it but . . .
    My favourite could be any one of 14, 19 and 24a.
    With thanks to Prolixic for the entertainment on a wet afternoon.

    1. Is gazza still in charge of Cryptics Anonymous? Help is at hand!

      But seriously … it does become addictive …

      (But I still can’t solve them!)

    2. Been incapacitated by a possible fractured rib or muscle/cartilage problem so quiet activities only today between sleeping….cryptic, MPP, NTSPP, Quickie and then when I got bored the Gruniuad Quiptic. I feel like Cryptic Sue on an average day ( puzzle solving volume, that is, not idling!)

  5. Nearly forgot about this one! I started well, but it took quite a long time to complete – or almost complete, rather: I just can’t fathom 12d. Unless I can work it out, it’s going to bug the life out of me until the review! Thanks Prolixic, and thanks in advance to whoever does the review and relieves me of my torment :).

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