Prize Puzzle – 037

Monthly Prize Puzzle (June 2015)

A Puzzle by Hieroglyph

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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 (20th June 2015).

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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.


17 Comments

  1. KiwiColin
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    All done and the answer submitted but must admit to being a little confused about quite how 2d works. Perhaps it will make more sense in the morning. Not too tricky to solve and good fun.
    Thanks Hieroglyph

  2. pommers
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Very clever and a lot of fun http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    It was an interesting mixture of a few gimmes and a few extracts from Don Manley’s compendium of obscure words but the clues are all fair and the answers findable. Knowing the real identity of the required pseudonym helped a lot.

    Favourite among a lot of good ones was 15d.

    Thanks Hieroglyph, I enjoyed it.

  3. Dutch
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Hieroglyph must have been annoyed by a recent clue in one of the main daily’s!

    • Posted June 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, Hieroglyph sent this to me a year ago and I filed it in the wrong folder.

  4. Expat Chris
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    All done. Held up a bit by blithely bunging in the wrong answer for 27A. A lot of fun and very clever. Many thanks to Hieroglyph.

  5. jean-luc cheval
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Battled a bit with the spelling of 13d but got there eventually.
    It was great fun.
    Thanks to Hieroglyph.

    • Franco
      Posted June 6, 2015 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      A very clever 2d !

      I only have problems spelling 13d when it’s in Яussian – Хрущёв!

      • jean-luc cheval
        Posted June 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

        The French version has 12 letters.

  6. dutch
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Lovely puzzle, first in was the important 2d! last one in was 1a, having at first tried to keep **** **** together.

    Plenty of wonderful clues, 9a (*****), 24a (****!), 4d (k****..), 15d (*****..), 23d (*****)

    Some interesting anagrinds: *********************

    Very entertaining, many thanks

    Jesus, I’ve only just now understood the relevance of 2d – FANTASTIC!

    • Posted June 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

      Too much information for a prize puzzle.

      • dutch
        Posted June 8, 2015 at 11:13 am | Permalink

        oops apologies

  7. Jane
    Posted June 6, 2015 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Very clever, Hieroglyph and very much enjoyed. The NW corner gave me SO many problems until the penny dropped re: 8a.
    Really liked 9,11&24a plus 26d – favourite goes to 15d.
    In company with Jean-luc, I found spelling 13d more difficult than I’d anticipated!

  8. Hilary
    Posted June 7, 2015 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Beaten into the cupboard under the stairs with my new box of tissues, when will I ever learn?http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_cry.gif

  9. Jane
    Posted June 7, 2015 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Hilary,
    I didn’t find this one a ‘walk in the park’ either. Best to stop before you have to resort to the tissues and then come back to it later – amazing what a break from the frustration can achieve.http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_yes.gif

    Why not have a go at the NTSPP? The theme is lovely and Prolixic’s pictorial review (with soundtrack) is guaranteed to brighten your day. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_bye.gif

  10. Kath
    Posted June 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Loved it – I always love Hieroglyph’s crosswords – especially the alphabet ones – when do we get another of those?
    Got 2d – that was pretty useful, not to mention a bit crucial.
    Then got *********** and did some guessing, et voila!!
    What I don’t have is an answer for 17d: I know what 13d ought to be but can’t spell it and I don’t understand my answer for 14a. Oh well . . .
    Thanks very much to Hieroglyph. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

    • Jane
      Posted June 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Kath – well, aren’t you the lucky one! 2d was my very last one in, followed by the penny dropping moment that justified it.
      On the upside – I did get 17d fairly early on. http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_smile.gif

  11. Rabbit Dave
    Posted June 8, 2015 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    http://bigdave44.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/smiley-phew.gif
    I had quite a tussle at the end as I had put in what to me was a totally justifiable answer for 2d which was however wrong and prevented me from solving 8a. In the end I got 8a by dropping each of my seemingly 100% correct checking letters one by one, which then created the big “d’oh” moment for 2d. More on this after the closing date!

    Despite a couple of obscurities, this was a superb puzzle – clever and entertaining. Quite tough to pick a single favourite but I’ll go along with Jane and plump for 15d.

    Many thanks to Hieroglyph.