Monthly Prize Puzzle – 042
Pangra by Radler
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The instructions said: This puzzle is a pangram, except for one letter. Work out which letter is missing and follow the instruction hidden in the completed grid to find out where to place it. What word or phrase is created when you do that?
Congratulations to Geoffrey Telfer who worked out that X was the missing letter, followed the instructions round the outside of the grid, put the X in the space between MAN and CAT, making ‘MANX CAT’, the answer to the question posed by Radler. Geoffrey’s name was pulled out of the electronic ‘hat’ by Mrs BD and so he wins a Telegraph Crossword Book of his choice.
9a A little sensitive, Oliver below the waist? (4-5)
HALF-HARDY – If you looked at Oliver Hardy (he of Laurel & Hardy fame) below the waist you’d be looking at HALF [of] HARDY.
10a Brute breaking many a lady’s heart (5)
NYALA – It is a shame that lovely creatures like antelope are ‘brutes’ or lower mammals. This one is hidden in ‘breaking’ maNY A LAdy.
11a New religious teaching about vehicle to absolute enlightenment (7)
NIRVANA – N (new) , a reversal (about) of RI (religious instruction) VAN (vehicle) and A (absolute)
12a Controversial engineer’s initial basis for decision (7)
EMOTIVE – E (Engineer’s initial) MOTIVE (basis for decision)
13a Given drug in parties, took drug then died (5)
DOSED – DOS (parties) E (ecstasy, drug) D (died).
14a Grill within sight of burial? (9)
INTERVIEW – Split INTERVIEW (grill) 5, 4 and our setter is suggesting that you might be in view of burial?
17a Express newspaper heir (3)
SON – A homophone (express) of the SUN (newspaper).
18a Whereabouts of Douglas and one of his ilk (3)
MAN – Double definition – Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man; another person of Douglas’s type (ilk) would also be a man.
19a Lash around tree at the left (3)
CAT – A type of whip (lash) – CA (circa, about) and T (the left hand letter of tree).
21a Starts off in Vales, Yorkshire climber (3)
IVY – the ‘starts’ of In Vales Yorkshire.
22a Contest Irish town cut short after 31 days (9)
DECATHLON – DEC (December having 31 days) ATHLON
e (an Irish town ‘cut short’ or with its last letter removed.
24a Consumed by regret, turn back miscreant (5)
ROGUE – GO (turn) reversed (back) and inserted into RUE (regret).
26a Beadle’s About, getting caught in fiasco (7)
DEBACLE – An anagram (about) of BEADLE with C (caught) inserted.
29a Game bird clipped at hunt, second escaped (7)
CROQUET – CRO
w (bird ‘clipped’ or without its last letter) and QUEST(hunt), the S for second having ‘escaped’
30a Middle Eastern aid and US bombs (5)
SAUDI – An anagram (bombs) of AID and US.
31a Old couple can’t progress from here (9)
STALEMATE – STALE (old) MATE (couple)
1d Using qualification to leapfrog one rung (6)
PHONED – PHD (qualification) ‘leapfrogs’ or goes over ONE (from the clue).
2d Alto incurs abuse as notes out of range (10)
ULTRASONIC – An anagram (abuse) of ALTO INCURS
3d Modular hut erected heartlessly by slave state (8)
THRALDOM – A reversal (erected or put up in a Down clue) of two of the words in the clue with their middle letters removed (heartlessly) – MOD[u]LAR H[u]T.
4d Entirely absurd, or just the last two-thirds(10)
IRRATIONAL – Apparently a surd (the last two thirds of absurd) is an IRRATIONAL quantity in mathematics.
5d Everything reduced going up, it’s subject to inflation (4)
TYRE – Hidden and reversed (going up) in evERYThing
6d Under cover, I cross Norway from the South (6)
INDOOR – I (from the clue) N (Norway) and a reversal (from the south) of a ROOD (cross).
7d Toy with an interminable zip: Barbie? (4)
NAZI – Klaus Barbie, the Nazi war criminal (a definition by example) an anagram (toy) of AN plus ZI (zip [life] ‘interminably’ or without the P at the end).
8d What provides stomach with a course? (8)
TAKEAWAY – TAKE (stomach) A WAY (a course).
15d Utilise chance in IT training to become specialist (10)
TECHNICIAN – An anagram (training) of CHANCE IN IT.
16d Jerk arguing, is inhaling cocaine – a white powder (5,5)
ICING SUGAR – An anagram (jerk) of ARGUING IS ‘inhaling’ C (cocaine).
17d Took position roughly for extra food (4,4)
SIDE DISH – SIDED (took position) ISH (roughly).
20d Backfiring ordinary dry coal propelled engine (8)
TURBOJET – O (ordinary) BRUT (dry) reversed (backfiring) and JET (coal).
23d Unexpected movement masks Bill s approach (6)
TACTIC – TIC (unexpected movement) masks or covers ACT (Bill with a capital B indicating Act of Parliament).
25d Touring Tenerife without providing right of admission (6)
ENTREE – Remove (without) IF (providing) from TENER
IFE and then make an anagram (touring) of the letters you have left.
27d Broadcast blasted Tory (4)
BLUE – A homophone (broadcast of BLEW (blasted).
28d Lose sleep over part that s different (4)
ELSE – Reversed and hidden in part of losE SLEep.
Thanks to Radler, BD and Mrs BD for their parts in the November Prize Puzzle ‘process’.