Monthly Prize Puzzle – 033
Mousetrap – A puzzle by Prolixic
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Prolixic returns to the MPP slot, this time with a puzzle that required you to have heard of the game Mousetrap. People like me who had played the game were at a distinct advantage when finding the nine component parts of the game hidden in the solutions to the puzzle. I remain quite disappointed that there wasn’t a chance to clue the ‘Thing-a-ma-jig’!
I wonder if this month’s lucky winner, Nigel Walters, was a player of Mousetrap or an investigoogler to find the nine game pieces hidden in the puzzle? Congratulations to him – I hope he enjoys whichever Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle books he chooses as the prize
1a Record most recent sign (1-5)
L-PLATE – LP (long playing record) and LATE (most recent).
4a Charms when describing dream (6)
AMUSES – AS (when) ‘describes’ or goes round MUSE(dream).
9a City toured by Frankie Vaughan (4)
KIEV – Hidden in the middle of (toured by) FranKIE Vaughan.
10a Harmed after a little red is drunk (3-7)
ILL-TREATED – An anagram (drunk) of A LITTLE RED.
11a 25% of Uranium found in river (6)
FOURTH – U (the chemical symbol for Uranium) inserted into the river FORTH.
12a Star leaving Britain with speed (8)
CELERITY – Remove B for Britain from CELEBRITY (star).
13a Journey – one touring Iran and Tyre (9)
ITINERARY – I (one) and an anagram (touring) of IRAN and TYRE.
15a American composer‘s notes (4)
CAGE – The musical notes C A G and E.
16a Pledge assistance (4)
HAND – Double definition
21a Excellent singer’s trade (8)
PLUMBING – PLUM (excellent, choice) and BING (Mr Crosby, the crooner).
22a Come down heavily on young man meeting Ethyl (6)
BUCKET – BUCK (lively young man) followed by ET, the chemical symbol for Ethyl.
24a Past Beatles song with much longer ending! (10)
YESTERYEAR – Change the ending of the Beatles song YESTERDAY by replacing the DAY with that much longer period of time, the YEAR.
25a Frighten duke away from relative (4)
AUNT – Remove the D (duke away) from DAUNT (frighten).
26a Goes back to wrap up South American plaything (6)
SEESAW – A reversal (back)of WEES (goes) into which is inserted (wrap up) SA (South American).
27a Old king wears expensive French necklace (6)
CHOKER – O (old) and K (king) inserted into CHER, the French word for expensive.
1d Took measures to call up public (4,3)
LAID OUT – A reversal (up) of DIAL (call) followed by OUT (public).
2d Force outcast to leave quietly for Vatican City (5)
LEVER – Remove the P (the musical instruction to play quietly) from a LEPER (outcast)and replace with V (the IVR Code for Vatican City).
3d Author finally crushed by article about best seller “On the Far Side” (7)
THITHER – An adverb meaning ‘on the far side’. HIT (best seller) inserted into THE (definite article) put on top of (crushed by) the final letter of author.
5d Hard mother reportedly spent endlessly (6)
MARBLE – MAR (a homophone – reportedly –of MA, mother) followed by the first three letters (endlessly) of BLEW (spent).
6d Ace involved in scariest manoeuvre in flight (9)
STAIRCASE – A (Ace) involved in or inserted into an anagram (manoeuvre)of SCARIEST.
7d Cover provided by Scots Heather (7)
SHEATHE is hidden in ScotS HEATHEr.
8d Eccentric earl and gent come on time to get attractive object (13)
ELECTROMAGNET – An anagram (eccentric) of EARL GENT COME followed by (on) T (time).
14d Distance from Northern Angola’s remote ruins (9)
NANOMETRE – N (northern) A (Angola) and an anagram (ruins) of REMOTE.
16d Henry adjusts women’s bodices (7)
HALTERS – H (the SI Unit, the Henry) and ALTERS (adjusts).
18d Spiritual awakening of revolutionary group in Croatia (7)
REBIRTH – Insert a TRIBE (group) into HR (the IVR code for Croatia) and then reverse (revolutionary) the result.
19d Scout is less productive after college (7)
CLEANER – C(college) and LEANER (less productive).
20d Old car for Romeo’s follower (6)
SIERRA – The name of this old car is the letter that follows Romeo in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet.
23d Turn cold and rank (5)
CRANK – C (cold) and…. er… RANK – this clue originally had the word ‘foul’ instead of rank.