Monthly Prize Puzzle – 035
A puzzle by Radler
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Congratulations to Rabbit Dave who wins his choice from the range of Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Books, having correctly worked out the anagram of the letters round the outside of the crossword and knew that the answer to the question in the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: ‘What is the meaning of “Life, the universe and everything?’ is forty-two, the solution to 12a in Radler’s tricky Monthly Prize Puzzle for April. BD informs me that before Mrs BD delved into the electronic hat, he included entries with forty-two, “forty two”, 42, 12, 12a, 12ac, 12 across or any combination thereof as correct answers.
8a It’s used in signs, any we’re told (4)
NEON ‘any’ sounds like (we’re told) the chemical symbol for Neon – NE.
10a Ruler applied Euclid’s Elements (2,4)
IL DUCE An anagram (applied) of the ‘elements’ or letters of EUCLID.
11a General de Gaulle’s to go first, this’ll provoke a reaction (8)
ALLERGEN de Gaulle spoke French so you need ALLER, the French word for to go first and then GEN, the abbreviation for general.
12a A number speaking extremely loudly out of turn (5-3)
FORTY-TWO A homophone (speaking) of TOO FORTE (too loudly), the words being swapped over (out of turn).14a Went and scraped bed? (6)
WEEDED WEED (went) and bED (scraped indicates the removal of the top or first letter).
16a Change egg supplier that dropped egg (4)
VARY The letter that resembles an egg is dropped from an OVARY (egg supplier).
17a Solution needs one dimension but has three (5)
SOLID has three dimensions – SOL (solution) and ID (one dimension)
18a Deal out capital assets after takeover (4)
PACT Hidden and reversed (after takeover) in ouT CAPital.
19a Becoming witness, relating to me stealing pound (6)
SEEMLY SEE (witness) and MY (relating to me) with L (pound) inserted.
21a Fat Patty’s a whopper (5,3)
PORKY PIE PORKY (fat) PIE (patty).
23a Hospital failed man, dead from manual labour (8)
HANDMADE H (hospital) followed by an anagram (failed) of MAN DEAD.
26a Flyer, last to complete circle, bear to the left (6)
HOOPOE E (last letter of complete) O (circle) POOH (bear) all reversed (to the left).
27a 0.5 ___________ is half breach (10)
INFRACTION If you express 0.5 IN [a] FRACTION it would be a ½ (half).
28a Little pressure towards posh car (4)
TORR A unit used in physics to express very low pressures – TO (towards) RR (Rolls-Royce, posh car).
1d True position appropriate to another (10)
REALLOCATE REAL (true) LOCATE (position).
2d I’d adopted name Rusty Rogue in business (8)
INDUSTRY ID (from the clue) ‘adopts’ N (name) and is followed by an anagram (rogue) of RUSTY.
3d Impression of fresh coffee? Duck out for sip of tea (6)
EFFECT An anagram (fresh) of COFFEE once you have removed the O (duck in cricket scoring) and replaced it with a T (a sip of or one small part of the word tea).
4d Woman called Karen in a meeting (4)
ANNA If you merge together (in a meeting) KAREN IN A , you get the surname of the ANNA, the title character of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. Brilliant!
5d Cry in pain, he’d head off bruised perhaps (8)
YELLOWED YELL OW (cry in pain) and ED (he’d without its first letter or head).
6d A street in Paris, making Earl time to be unfaithful (6)
UNTRUE UNE RUE (the French word for street is feminine so needs the E at the end of UNE) then change the E (earl)at the end of UNE for a T (time).
7d Climbing evergreen ivy plant (4)
VINE Reversed (climbing) and hidden in (a plant) evergreEN IVy
13d Old conjurer s finish cut deck at the bottom (5)
ORLOP O (old) R (the finish of conjurer) LOP (cut).
15d Secretary of State imprisons Conservative during violent riots (10)
ESCRITOIRE A secretary here being a type of desk – EIRE (state) imprisons C(Conservative) and an anagram (violent) of RIOTS.
17d Condiment provided that yummy initial freshness (3,5)
SOY SAUCE SO (provided that) Y (the initial letter of Yummy) SAUCE (freshness).
18d Hot, lumpy stew and port (8)
PLYMOUTH An anagram (stew) of HOT LUMPY.
20d In second place, run into home (6)
MODERN MO (moment, second) DEN (home) into which is inserted R (run).
22d Suspended, again for hunger breaks (6)
REHUNG An anagram (breaks) of HUNGER.
24d Broken care homes brought about problem for teenagers (4)
ACNE is hidden and reversed (brought about) in brokEN CAre.
25d The last big thing, now on the way out? (4)
EXIT EX IT (the last big thing?)