Prize Puzzle – 042

Monthly Prize Puzzle (November 2015)

A Puzzle by Radler

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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 (21st November 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.


  1. silvanus
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I enjoyed this immensely, despite thinking initially that it would be extremely daunting. Knowing that it was a near pangram did help considerably, especially with 20d.

    It is hard to choose a favourite, given that the standard of cluing was so uniformally good, but I’ll go for 1d – I loved the construction.

    I think that there is a small typo with 16d – the final word of the clue should be “powder”, but that didn’t cause a problem.

    Many thanks indeed Radler, great entertainment.

    • Posted November 7, 2015 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      I’ve now corrected the typo – thanks. It obviously didn’t cause a problem for me either as I solved it without noticing.

  2. Doughnut
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    9 was new to me, but guessable before all the crossers were in.
    Nice mixture of clue-types; 1, 8, 16 & 29 my favourites. Can’t for the life of me parse 4 – yet!

    Thanks, Radler. Ingenious idea and good fun.

  3. Expat Chris
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    I have a completed grid, know the missing letter, and I’m sure I have the word or phrase. But I can’t work out how the hidden instruction (which I do see) works!

    • Doughnut
      Posted November 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

      Do you mean you don’t know how it works physically, as it were? You don’t literally follow the instruction, you just write the word or phrase you have as the answer. (I think so anyway.)
      Apologies if I’m misinterpreting you.

      • Expat Chris
        Posted November 7, 2015 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

        Thanks, but that’s not what I meant. I do understand that the word or phrase is all that’s needed to enter for the prize, though being overseas, I’m not eligible for the prize anyway so I don’t enter. I did once or twice in the past, but I’ve stopped. But for my own satisfaction I like to resolve all the bits of the puzzle, and that includes finding and following the instructions too. Anyway, I’ve sorted out my problem since I posted!

        • Doughnut
          Posted November 8, 2015 at 2:43 am | Permalink

          I did think after I posted that I was probably underestimating your crossword experience. It’s more likely that I’m the one who has messed it up! :-)

          • Expat Chris
            Posted November 8, 2015 at 2:48 am | Permalink

            Goodness! Where are you located? It’s almost 3: 00 am in the UK!

            • Doughnut
              Posted November 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

              Wales – aka Western Insomnia. :-D

              • Kath
                Posted November 9, 2015 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

                This blog has so many insomniacs. I’m not one of them but it fascinates me to see the times that people post their comments.

  4. Jane
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Definitely needed to guess the instruction to help with the last few – 6,7,8&28d!
    As is often the way with a Radler, once I’d finished I couldn’t work out why it had seemed so difficult although I did come across a couple of new words at 10a&3d.
    Best of the bunch for me were 9,14,29&31a.
    Thank you, Radler – I really enjoyed this.

  5. jean-luc cheval
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Got everything I think.
    Just not too sure about 19a.
    Got the letter, followed the instructions. Still none the wiser.
    Justin Bieber is live on TF1 for the NRJ ( energy) Music Awards. Can’t concentrate anymore. Oh my god. He just spoke French. “Je vous aime”. So do we.
    Need to think a bit more before I send my answer.
    Loved the construction of 14 and 24a.
    17d wins my vote. Made me laugh.
    Thanks to Radler.

    • dutch
      Posted November 8, 2015 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      19a is essential and i think you would know if you got it right. the checking letters should be a big help.

      • jean-luc cheval
        Posted November 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Dutch.
        I think I was trying to make the answer more difficult than it seemed to be. Anyway, I have now sent my reply and will collect my prize in London in January.

  6. Expat Chris
    Posted November 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Apologies, Radler! Forgot to thank you. 9A and 17d are my favorites.

  7. 2Kiwis
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    A clever puzzle and lots of fun.
    Thanks Radler.

  8. Rabbit Dave
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    After three days of what were for me disappointing back-pagers, I decided to have a go at this. What a good decision that was! I thought this was an excellent puzzle, with a very nice mix of clues of differing difficulty. The NE corner was the last to fall, and 4d was my favourite.

    Many thanks to Radler for an inventive and enjoyable puzzle.

  9. dutch
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    very nice, many thanks Radler. wasn’t sure “utilise” was needed in 15d, love jerk in 16d. breaking in 10a? took me a while to see 7d! and needed to convince myself of 17d and 8d. A lot of fun, i enjoyed doing this in the pub with a friend. great stuff.

  10. Hilary
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Too hard for me – subscriptions towards a very big box of tissues would be gratefully received.

    • Hilary
      Posted November 15, 2015 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Back for umpteenth time but despite all my best efforts 7d has proved to be my nemesis. Roll on the answers.

  11. Maize
    Posted November 8, 2015 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    Clues were all very good – even if I did find it hard to get on to Radler’s wavelength – but the grid was marvellous; to get Nina plus pangram without using any weirdy-weirdy words is a rare and very welcome achievement.

  12. Beet
    Posted November 9, 2015 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Well since I won last month then I think I’ll be fair-minded and not enter this month. Nothing to do with only being able to finish about half, nothing like that.

    Thanks to Radler though, and lots of clues that I did like once I’d figured them out

  13. Kath
    Posted November 9, 2015 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    For the first time ever, I think, I’ve finished a Radler crossword!
    7d and 12a were my last answers.
    Having finished it I was still completely sunk with finding the instruction – husband saw it eventually. I was looking for something even more devious along the Alchemi lines!
    Lots of wonderful clues but 17d was my favourite – anything with that ending always makes me laugh. I also loved 9a.
    Thanks to Radler for a great crossword which has kept me quiet and out of everyone’s way for ages.

    • Jane
      Posted November 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

  14. Rahmat Ali
    Posted November 10, 2015 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    An almost pangram with an enlightening Nina made the task easy, though I was stuck for a long time in the NE corner, particularly with 7d. 10a and 3d taught me new words and I liked the overseas right of admission of 25d. I also loved the constructions of 14a, 24a, 29a, 1d, 5d, 7d and 28d. However, I’ll go for 17d as my favourite where I got to learn the colloquial ‘roughly’. Finally, tonnes of thanks to Radler for this sumptuous entertainment.