Monthly Prize Puzzle – 032
A puzzle by Radler
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The ‘casting of the sacred runes’ (thank you Mrs BD) has resulted in a second MPP win for Pegasus – congratulations to him. He wins a choice of Telegraph Puzzle Books from Hamlyn. All we had to do was find all the hidden money in the grid and add it up to get the sum of £1,633.01 – if you didn’t get the right total, all is revealed at the end of the review.
1a They take on board outside broadcast; decide what to wear (10)
PICNICKERS – A homophone (broadcast) of PICK KNICKERS (decide what to wear).
7a Jazz group terminates after bandleader means to part (4)
COMB – A COMBO or jazz group terminates after the B (band ‘leader’).
9a Device to view mole attached to skin of girl’s bottom (8)
SPYGLASS – SPY (mole) G L (the skin or outside letters of girl) and ASS (bottom).
10a Goofy’s eaten third of cashew nuts (6)
INSANE – INANE (daft, goofy) ‘eating’ the third letter of caShew .
11a He drives quickly, though not in reverse (6)
BUTTON – BUT (though) and TON (a reversal of NOT).
12a Pretends to be ready by one, note recalls (8)
IMITATES – A reversal (recalls) of SET (ready) AT ONE (by one) MI (musical note).
13a Team leader goes on last day of month (4)
IDES – Remove the ‘leader’ of SIDE (team) and replace it at the end of the word.
15a Scraps paper becoming good for unions (3-5)
LEG-OVERS – G for Good replaces the FT (as the Financial Times is commonly known) in LEFTOVERS (scraps).
18a Killer Queen by Queen succeeds hit comeback (8)
MURDERER – A reversal (comeback) of DRUM (hit) followed by ER (Queen) succeeding or going after ER (Queen)
20a Take exercise, it could help you sleep (4)
DOPE – Split 2, 2 you get DO PE (take exercise)
22a Barcode reader sham helping thieves primarily (5,3)
LIGHT PEN – An anagram (sham) of HELPING plus the T from thieves (primarily).
24a Advances heartlessly, new Y-fronts and stockings (6)
NYLONS – N (new) and Y (from the clue) ‘front’ or go before LOANS with the middle letter removed (heartlessly).
26a Dawn air men inhaled (6)
AURORA – OR (other ranks of soldier, men) ‘inhaled by’ AURA (air).
27a Coloured ring with dark centre covering Uranium metals (8)
IRIDIUMS – IRIS (coloured ring in the eye) with DIM (dark) ‘covering’ U (uranium).
28a While heading West, withheld information, but not all of it (4)
IDLE – a word meaning to while away some time is reversed (heading west) and hidden in (not all of) withhELD Information.
29a Hat’s lighter, shown by nearby tie (5,5)
DERBY MATCH – DERBY (an American hat similar to a bowler hat) and MATCH (lighter).
2d Seizes first person upon breaking into doctor’s (8)
IMPOUNDS – I (first person) followed by MD[s] (doctors) into which has been inserted an anagram (breaking) of UPON.
3d Nearly time? It’s late! (5)
NIGHT – NIGH (nearly) and T (time).
4d Groovy American’s open to legally enhanced tripping (9)
CHANNELED – The American spelling of a word meaning with grooves is an anagram (tripping) of L (the opening to legally) and ENHANCED.
5d Guaranteeing right away or later (7)
ENSUING – Remove the R (right away) from ENSURING (guaranteeing).
6d Some made-up scientific stories (3-2)
SCI-FI – Hidden and reversed (up in a down clue) in scientIFIC Stories.
7d Took lead with salad, Jack has beetroot (2-7)
CO-STARRED – COS (lettuce eaten in salad) TAR (Jack, sailor) and RED (beetroot).
8d Fool‘s got 1000 in funds (6)
MONKEY – K (1,000) in MONEY (funds) Thanks Rabbit Dave.
14d Building plot with house down under? (5,4)
SOUTH POLE – An anagram (building) of PLOT and HOUSE.
16d Each scratches head, Radler’s penetrating, probing and piercing (4,5)
VERY NOISY – Scratch or remove the ‘head’ from EVERY (each) and then insert I (how Radler would refer to himself) into NOSY (probing).
17d Having a name like Hamlet (alternatively, copy mine) (8)
EPONYMIC – An anagram (alternatively) of COPY MINE.
19d Rained, flowing into river, becoming hotter (7)
RANDIER – An anagram (flowing) of RAINED plus R (river).
21d Madame’s who’s filled bottomless pool, with this? (6)
LIQUID – The French (madame’s) word for who – QUI inserted into the first three letters of LIDO (pool).
23d Up a mountain, I’d dress for the Highlands (5)
PLAID – A reversal (up) of ALP (mountain) followed by ID (from the clue)
25d Clear ink was used intermittently on sacrificial animal (5)
LAIKA – The alternate letters of cLeAr InK wAs – ‘sacrificial’ animal because she was the first dog sent into space by Russia.
The amounts of money are: