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Prize Puzzle – 036

Monthly Prize Puzzle (May 2015)

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books published by Hamlyn.

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 May 2015).

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.

19 comments on “Prize Puzzle – 036

  1. Well that was a lot of fun. When I had solved the puzzle I still had absolutely no idea what I was looking for. Eventually a tiny light bulb flashed and it all made sense. I reckon that the puzzle, although it has some tricky bits, is well doable by all the regular commenters so expect that there will be a record entry this month. It deserves it.
    Thanks Prolixic.

  2. I realised quite early on what I was looking for but would agree with KiwiColin’s other comments and thanks to Prolixic.

  3. Another ditto to the above. In my case I had no clue what I was looking for for ages, then with a few stubborn answers remaining I had a good look at the grid and finally twigged.

    I very much enjoyed this – thanks Prolixic.

  4. I have a completed puzzle and really enjoyed . Thanks, Prolixic! And I have an inkling of what I am looking for. I have to give it more thought.

  5. Great fun.
    Wouldn’t miss one of Prolixic’s crossword even if I’m automatically out of the competition.
    Hope that everyone on the blog participates too.
    Thanks again Prolixic.

  6. Everyone seems to be lying low about this one so maybe I’ll stick my neck out and make a start.
    I thought that the crossword itself was relatively straightforward – I think that I have the right answer in the right place for all the clues.
    Making sense of the instructions at the top is a different matter altogether – this could take a while . . .
    Still can’t quite sort out my answer for 30a.
    I had to ask Mr Google about the 21d 1970’s group – don’t remember them.
    Clues that I liked – well, most of them really but in particular 4 and 31a and 1 and 5d.
    Well done, yet again, to Prolixic.

    1. Kath, people aren’t lying low. It’s just that BD has put two posts up where one can comment, there’s half a dozen comments on the other one.

  7. As Kath says this was fairly straightforward but nevertheless very satisfying and good fun. Well done and many thanks, Prolixic, for managing to set such a good puzzle while building in such an inventive brain-teaser.

  8. One silly mistake and I finished up with three pairs sharing a common property and four words to submit for the answer! Took ages to see where I’d gone wrong.

    All sorted now and I really did enjoy this one. Favourite could be any one of 1,7,18 & 29d plus 14a.
    Many thanks, Prolixic.

    1. Sent in my answers but haven’t so far had an acknowledgement – do I try again or will that cause chaos?!!

      1. Jane

        Your email was received but the acknowledgement bounced as you had omitted the “s” from your email address. Try sending it again and, when it is received, I will delete the first one.

        As far as your earlier question about notifications of blog postings is concerned, you are still subscribed so the emails could well be going to your junk mail folder.

        1. Thanks, BD – I’ll re-send. As for the emails – nothing in my junk mail either!

  9. Greetings from the cupboard under the stairs, will someone please nip out and get me another box of tissues.

    1. Panic over, think I have cracked it. Just off to enter answer, only the second MPP I have managed to finish.

      1. Well done, Hilary! I’ll hang on to the box of tissues for now – let me know next time you feel in need of same.

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