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Prize Puzzle – 040

Monthly Prize Puzzle (September 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 (19th September 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.

33 comments on “Prize Puzzle – 040

  1. It is bedtime for me now. I have a totally completed and parsed puzzle but absolutely no idea what the series is yet. Hope for inspiration by the morning.

    1. Morning here now. Sleep did not help at all with inspiration but a few of the comments pointed me in the right direction to start a Google search. Have come up with an answer that I had never heard of before, but seems to fit the requirement and duly submitted.
      Thanks Prolixic, it was a good fun puzzle to solve.

  2. I have a completed grid minus one letter, but no clue what the theme is. I will be back later to scan the comments for clues. Thanks Prolixic I loved 6 and 17 down and 20 across

    1. It will be impossible to comment enough to help without being deleted and sent to the naughty corner.

      Hopefully BD won’t get too cross if I say you need to show your completed grid to someone who was a teenager at the same time as me

  3. Hmm… the puzzle is showing “The competition is now closed” for me, with no submission box for the series title available. It was fine earlier this morning. Is it me, or everyone?

      1. Ah, thank you. I’d obviously wrongly presumed it was okay at first because I was able to fill in the grid, but I probably hadn’t scrolled all the way down at that stage.

        Enjoyed this, but there are still some I can’t fully parse – 11, 22 and 28. (Thought there might have been a one-letter typo in the 6th word of 22!) 24 took me a while to work out afterwards, so I’ll get there eventually, presuming I haven’t made errors in the first place. Also didn’t realise the device in 15 could be used without the traditional linguistic pointer. I liked 5 a lot! Thanks, Prolixic.

        1. Doughnut, I would like to help you with 11, 22 and 28 … but as this is a prize crossword … my lips are sealed.

          15d – Moi aussi? So I’m sure I must have missed something?

            1. Thanks – checked Chambers and it’s in there. That’s my one new thing learned every year ticked off!

  4. Sitting on the other side of the fence at this end – I’ve only got eleven answers in but they must have been just the right ones!

    1. Finished it off now and liked 20&28a most of all.
      Many thanks, Prolixic – I’d forgotten all about that one!

  5. My poor little brain hurts, I thought after my complete wipe-out last month I would take up my trusty pencil in my paw in the hope that light might dawn. Think there must have been a power outage as there was not a welcome flicker on my first read through. Returning through the morning a few answers appeared but sheer bung-in. Think I have an idea dredged from the depths but needs a bit more research. Have a nice weekend from a real 1a. Naughty corner here I come.

  6. When I saw who had set the puzzle I was keen to give this a go, and I’m really glad that I did. I was particularly intrigued to see that one of the hidden words matched one of those appearing in my Rookie effort last Monday, and its component parts were almost identical too. What a coincidence!

    I may have been extremely fortunate in the clues I chose to answer first, but like Jane I had a strong suspicion as to the series concerned after only about eight or nine answers. I have not yet completed the puzzle, but nothing has so far led me to think that my initial supicions were wrong!

    I doubt if Beet would have ever seen the programme, even the repeats, my guess is that anyone would need to be aged at least 45+ to have seen it (and that definitely rules out Beet!). Further research even suggests that all but one of the principal cast members are no longer with us.

        1. Haha, thanks Kath – no reason for you to recall that clue particularly, but I do have a distinct advantage in remembering it!

          I’ve now completed the grid and pressed the magic button, I’ve gone with my initial thought.

          Many thanks to Prolixic for a very entertaining puzzle.

    1. Thanks for your comment which enabled me to finish, you should see the lovely bruises where I kicked myself for being so stupid.

  7. My grid is complete, though not entirely parsed. I’m not too sure about my answer for 5, though. I am in the dark as to the theme. One answer brings to mind an old series, but i can’t see anything related, so perhaps I’m mistaken. Anyway, I enjoyed the puzzle, especially 28A, so many thanks, Prolixic.

    1. Hi Chris,
      If you think one of your answers might relate to an old series try asking Mr. Google about it – you might be pleasantly surprised.
      Come on, Chris – this is your one chance of giving a UK address to claim your prize!

  8. Got the series (I think) but shall have to wait until the 19th for the missing middle letter in 29d…

  9. Completed the grid but stuck on the theme. I’m old enough, I think, but only got to the UK in 1992. Will have to do some research.

    1. When you do find it, your 12 year old may be amused by what we were entertained by in the ‘olden days’

  10. Finally finished this one, apart from the middle letter of 29d.
    I don’t yet have the first idea about the series and, as I’m pretty much the same age as CS, it’s nothing to do with being too young.
    Oh well, will keep looking before passing it over to husband to see if he can shed any light on the problem.
    I enjoyed the crossword very much, and that’s the main thing so thanks to Prolixic.
    My favourite was 1a – loved it!

  11. Thanks to Prolixic for a very entertaining puzzle. I liked 11a, 20a, 6d, 7d and 21d, and had to be relieved for that ‘release’ of 15d only after going for ‘xxxxxxxxxxxx’, but my favourites were 19a, 24a, 28a and 5d. However, till the last, I remained stuck on the theme as I came across different solutions pointing to different series; though simultaneously had to console myself by guessing one of them as my answer.

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