Monthly Prize Puzzle – 039
A puzzle by Radler
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A particularly difficult challenge from Radler for the August MPP slot – I am not alone in the view that, if he hadn’t made the misprinted words bold, it would have been impossible to solve the puzzle
Take all the ‘changed’ letters – I A M O F A L L I S U R V E Y and if you know The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk you will know that the solution to 17a MONARCH is the missing word you needed to put on the entry form for the August competition. The top and bottom Across rows are a Nina with part of the poem’s third line.
Many congratulations to Jane who did just that and wins a Hamlyn Telegraph Crossword Puzzle Book as a prize.
9a Quiet Scotsman punches raver (5)
PIANO – IAN (Scotsman) inserted into (punches) the river PO.
10a I lead, heading off Penny by road transport (9)
AEROPLANE – Here the I is changed for an A which is followed by [h]ERO (lead with its ‘heading’ off) P (penny) LANE (road).
11a High-powered Jessy Green’s name rejected (9)
ENERGETIC – Change Jessy to Messy, an anagram indicator, telling you to rearrange GREEN, and then follow the result with a reversal (rejected) of CITE (name).
12a Broad concern (5)
ISSUE – Change broad to brood which can mean issue in the same way as concern can.
13a Right winger’s article written in trance (5)
TITLE – trance changes to France – so TIT (winger) and LE (definite article in France).
14a Competition clearer by design (5,4)
RELAY RACE – by changes to AY which with CLEARER is used to make an anagram (design).
15a Spice used for dishwasher powder (3)
ASH – Spice becomes slice – slice here being a hidden word indicator as ASH (powder) is hidden in dishwASHer.
17a 24 hours say, as a butterfly (7)
MONARCH – say changes to sly – sly = ARCH, which then goes after MON (Monday, 24 hours)
20a Tame retiring animal like a rabbit (not horse) (3)
ERA – tame becomes time – remove the H (not horse) from a HARE (animal like a rabbit) and reverse (retiring).
21a Full fat, suitable for all (9)
SATURATED – fat becomes SAT plus U RATED (suitable for all).
24a Wind up, claimed note, and drag to extend (5)
RANGE – RAG (wind up) claiming N (note) and E (drug not drag).
26a Hums song, principally after sex, getting alarmed expression (5)
REEKS – sex changes to Rex – R (Rex) EEK (alarmed expression) S (song, principally).
27a Mary teaches it. That s pleasing (9)
AESTHETIC – Mary changes to vary, another anagram indicator telling us to rearrange TEACHES IT.
29a Ride for Bobby and Carole, part driven fast away (6,3)
PATROL CAR – Fast changes to east – An anagram of CAROL PART (the E (east) at the end of Carole having been driven away)
30a Wears shirt, ironed at the edges (5)
TIRED – wears becomes weary – T (shirt) and IRonED (the edges of ironed).
1d Niche programs on the radio (4)
APSE – A homophone (on the radio) of APPS (programs).
2d Complain about fast drinks before noon (6)
LAMENT – LENT (fast) drinks AM (before noon).
3d Above medium, more extensive time-framing (4-4)
LONG-TERM – LONGER (more extensive) framing T (time), the result going above (in a Down clue) M (medium).
4d Lost men hunting bird (6)
RAPTOR – RAPT (lost) OR (men, ordinary ranks of soldiers).
5d Count 500 to zero, arithmetic perhaps ambiguous (8)
ORACULAR – Change the D (Roman numeral for 500) at the start of Count DRACULA for an O (zero) and put an R at the end (arithmetic being one of the 3 Rs).
6d Cocky Jack ahead of Ruth (6)
UPPITY – UP (in the sense of jack up prices) and PITY (ruth).
7d Controversial USA Senate initially suppressed revolt (8)
NAUSEATE – An anagram (controversial) of USA ENATE (Senate being ‘initially suppressed’).
8d Champagne’ s from VIP, having reduced price to ease up (10)
DECELERATE – DE (the French, as used in the champagne region, word for from) CELE(b) (‘reduced’ VIP) and RATE (price).
13d Copy animation of completely unloved cartoon strip (10)
TRANSCRIPT – Remove the Os (completely un’loved’) from CART
OON STRIP and make an anagram (animation) using the remaining letters.
16d Previously top-selling record The Undertones, Kicks covers (8)
HITHERTO – HIT (top-selling record) H ERTO (tHe undERTOnes with the outside letters (covers) removed).
18a Block plan to expose one of the singers (8)
NUTHATCH – NUT (block) HATCH (plan)
19a Firm failed maths, losing lead for US Conservatives (4,4)
HARD HATS – HARD (firm) followed by an anagram (failed) of [
M]ATHS (‘losing lead’ tells you to remove the M).
22a Forgetting the sequence, others had another go (6)
RESHOT – An anagram (forgetting the sequence) of OTHERS.
23d Fancy daughter meeting father online? (6)
DESIRE – D (daughter) E-SIRE (on line father?)
25d Woman s bottom, fully-developed, no top Mother? (6)
NATURE – N (the ‘bottom’ of woman) and MATURE (fully developed without a top or first letter).
28d Unplanned turning leaves husband in passage at end (4)
CODA – AD HOC – (unplanned) reversed (turning) having left out H for Husband .
Thanks to Radler, Mrs BD and Hamlyn Books for their parts in this month’s Prize Puzzle competition