Monthly Prize Puzzle – 030
Missing Link by Prolixic
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Despite BD reminding people to read the instructions very carefully, over 60% of the entries had an incorrect answer to this month’s ‘question’: “Seven answers (clued normally) form a series from which a name is missing. Solvers should provide the missing name”. The series was, of course, English royal dynasties and the missing one was SAXE-COBURG-GOTHA – the correct entry drawn out of the electronic ‘hat’ came from someone well known to fans of Rookie Corner – Beet. Congratulations to her, she wins a choice of Telegraph puzzle books published by Hamlyn.
Incidentally, if it wasn’t pointed it out to you, would you have noticed that no anagrams were rearranged in the process of setting/solving this crossword? No? Me neither!
1a Form of low life subject to evolution (11)
UNDERGROWTH – Under (subject to) GROWTH (evolution)
7a Held men fleeing from revolution (3)
BIT – Remove OR (Ordinary Ranks of soldiers, men) from
9a Fibre brought back from Douglas Island (5)
SISAL is hidden and reversed (brought back) in DougLAS ISland.
10a Cavalryman carries a good man into plane (9)
LANCASTER – Insert A (from the clue) and ST (saint, good man) into LANCER (cavalryman).
11a Plots charge with Home Secretary after setback of arrest (3,6)
BAR GRAPHS – Reverse (set back) GRAB (arrest) and then follow with RAP (charge) and HS (the abbreviation for Home Secretary.
12a Heartless instructor strangles duke in house (5)
TUDOR – Remove the T at the middle of TU
TOR (heartless instructor) and replace it with a D for Duke.
13a The foreign insult about Labour leader is clear (7)
LEGIBLE – LE (the French [foreign] word for the) and GIBE (insult) with L (Labour leader) inserted.
15a Cut a channel in short path (4)
ROUT – Remove the last letter (short) from a ROUT
18a What may be yellow changes hands in city (4)
YORK – A YOLK is yellow – change the L (left hand) for a R (right hand) to get the city and one of the themed solutions.
20a Chinese people finished in London square (7)
HANOVER – HAN (Chinese dynasty) and OVER (finished)
23a Fish barrel next to gutted fleet (5)
TUNNY – TUN (barrel) and N
avY – gutted tells you to remove the middle letters from the fleet.
24a Articles written by healer in state church (9)
CATHEDRAL – Insert into the abbreviation for the State of California, A and THE (articles) and DR (doctor, healer).
26a Bold musical covering Hair returns without second tenor (9)
ASSERTIVE – The musical EVITA covers
TRESS (hair) but you have to lose the T from Tress before you reverse the resulting letters as instructed by the ‘returns without second Tenor’.
27a Train characters returning from another universe (5)
INURE – Hidden and reversed in anothER UNIverse.
28a Film I love in extended version (3)
TEN – Express I O (I love) as a word rather than a number (in extended version).
29a Works with a man to house European leader (11)
PLANTAGENET – PLANT (works) A (from the clue) and GENT (man) with the ‘leader’ of Europe inserted.
1d Without it a French caption is coarse (8)
UNSUBTLE – Remove the IT from UN (a in French) and SUBTITLE (caption).
2d Pretty girl teases cleaners (8)
DISHRAGS – DISH (pretty girl) and RAGS (teases).
3d Head of state maybe healthier after heart transplant (5)
RULER – Change the D in the middle of RUDER (in robust health) for an L.
4d Erecting trellis without one leads to setback (7)
REPLAPSE – Remove the I (without one) from ESPAL
IER (trellis) and reverse (erecting) the remaining letters.
5d Gain honour with queen in her home town? (7)
WINDSOR – WIN (gain) DSO (honour, – Distinguished Service Order) and R (Regina, queen).
6d Discover convert welcoming bishop with ill feeling? (9)
HEARTBURN – HEAR (discover) and TURN (convert) the latter ‘welcoming’ B for bishop.
7d Happen to live with tenor (6)
BETIDE – BE (live ) and TIDE (tenor here meaning general run or course).
8d Bullfighter involved in store romance (6)
TORERO – Hidden (involved in) sTORE ROmance.
14d Error by revolutionary group making explosive device? (5,4)
BOOBY TRAP – BOOB (error) followed by a reversal (revolutionary) of PARTY (group).
16d Squash detailed proposal on Norway (8)
OVERTURN – OVERTUR
E (detailed instructing you to remove the last letter) followed by N (the IVR code for Norway).
17d Funniest toy is in France around the end of October (8)
DROLLEST – DOLL (toy) with the end of October inserted and then followed by EST (‘is’ in French).
19d Spirit of Kelvin’s American friend (7)
KACHINA – An ancestral spirit of the Pueblo peoples of North America. K (the abbreviation for Kelvin, an SI base unit). A (American) and CHINA (cockney rhyming slang for a friend).
20d Prophet touring Troy sits on the throne? (3,4)
HOT SEAT – HOSEA (the Old Testament prophet) goes round T (Troy weight) and the result finished with T (a dialect form of the).
21d Little mouse (6)
STUART – The mouse hero of the children’s film – Stuart Little.
22d Agreement with a child of the educational system?! (6)
UNISON – A UNI SON (son of the educational system).
25d Supplementing on-line 3D? (5)
EKING – Split the solution 1-4 and you’d have a way of describing an on-line 3D.
Thank you to Prolixic once again for another great prize puzzle – his fans will be pleased to know that ” I’ve seen the future” and you probably won’t have as much trouble with the puzzles in the pipeline as you did with this one.