Monthly Prize Puzzle – 049
A Puzzle by Prolixic
Many congratulations to Maize, the winner of the June Prize Puzzle competition, who wins one of the Hamlyn Telegraph Puzzle books as his prize.
If MPP’s had subtitles this one would definitely be called “What a coincidence” – regular readers of the blog will be aware that every time a setter calls a particular chess piece a castle, there will be a number of comments from the pedantic about how it isn’t a castle, it’s a rook. Rooks have appeared in a number of crosswords over the last few weeks, leading some readers to comment on the coincidence and others to wonder what on earth they were going on about. Interestingly, when searching for a picture of a rook, most of the illustrations are very castle like, including one where there are instructions as to how to draw a ‘chess castle’!
The undefined clues were all connected to the game of chess, so even if you didn’t manage to solve all the clues, once you’d worked out the theme and solved 1d, you could fill in the entry form and submit it.
1a Extensive penalty on financial centre (8)
CITYWIDE – WIDE (penalty in a cricket game) goes on or after CITY (financial centre)
5a Fruitcake consumed by tipsy choir (6)
PSYCHO – Hidden in (consumed by) tiPSY CHOir
9a Poorest sister foolishly welcomes soldiers (8)
SORRIEST – An anagram (foolishly) of SISTER ‘welcomes’ OR (Other Ranks, soldiers)
10a Maybe 7 includes film cell (6)
GAMETE – The solution to 7d is a GAME into which is inserted (includes) Crosswordland’s favourite film, ET
12a Disreputable cur has change of heart (5)
LOOSE – Change the middle letter (heart) of LOUSE (cur) to get LOOSE.
13a Informs sanctimonious person about boxes (3,6)
TEA CHESTS – TEACHES (informs) goes about ST (sanctimonious person)
14a Broken hip bones opponents left behind (6)
BISHOPS – An anagram (broken) of HIP BONES without the opponents in a game of bridge: N and E.
16a Maybe Darwin’s not first to be without affectation (7)
NATURAL – Darwin was a NATURALIST so all you have to do is remove the IST (first)
19d Want to hold back sheep for French evolutionist (7)
LAMARCK – LACK (want) holds a reversal (back) of RAM (sheep)
21a Works of Mozart close with final part of minuet (6)
KNIGHT – Mozart’s works are listed with K numbers; follow the K with NIGH (close) and the final part of minuet
23a Introduces book about timeless fashion designer touring island (9)
ACQUAINTS – ACTS (the New Testament Book) goes about [Mary] QUANt (t for time-less fashion designer) into which is inserted I (touring Island)
25a City college invested in bank (5)
BLACK – The American city of Los Angeles – LA and C (college) inserted into BK (bank)
26a Class clipped coins (6)
SPECIE – Clip or remove the last letter of SPECIES (class) and you get coined money
27a They may allow access to texts in deadlock situations (8)
IMPASSES – IM (instant messaging, texts) PASSES (they allow access)
28a Officer‘s fury about nationalist resistance (6)
RANGER – RAGE goes about N (nationalist) and then R (resistance) is added at the end
29a Good sieves and other kitchen equipment (8)
GRIDDLES – G (good) RIDDLES (sieves)
1d Tense lecturer involved in dispute (6)
CASTLE – T (tense) and L (lecturer) ‘involved in’ CASE (dispute)
2d Note broken mirrors creating a source of danger (9)
TERRORISM – TE (musical note) and an anagram (broken) of MIRRORS
3d Suspicion, not very strong, over leader of the English (5)
WHITE – WHIff (suspicion without FF, the musical notation meaning very strong) goes over T (the leader of the) and is then followed by the abbreviation for English
4d Newspaper department’s better computer system (7)
DESKTOP – DESK (newspaper department) TOP(better)
6d Just the captioning is redesigned for this junction (9)
SPAGHETTI – An anagram (redesigned) of JUST THE CAPTIONING produces the name of this JUNCTION
7d A bit of cloth material Scotsman discarded (5)
CHESS – C (a ‘bit’ of cloth) HESSian (material from which IAN the Scotsman) is discarded.
8d Made too much of silver balls at first (8)
OVERSOLD – OVERS (balls in cricket) goes first before OLD (older people eg silver surfers)
11d Women found in part of toilet (4)
PAWN – The abbreviation for Women inserted into PAN (part of toilet)
15d Giving great encouragement to republican French film maker in south coast resort (9)
HORTATIVE – An adjective meaning encouraging or inciting – Insert R (republican) and TATI (French film maker) into HOVE (south coast resort)
17d Helium and Argon in powerful light shown up in test run (9)
REHEARSAL – HE (helium) and AR (argon) in a reversal (shown up) of LASER (powerful light)
18d What an American theatre orderly does using this? (8)
CLEANSER – Split your solution 6,2 and you’ll see what the theatre orderly does.
20d Slowing down without support (4)
KING – Remove the BRA (without support) from BRAKING (slowing down)
21d Report of material in troubled region (7)
KASHMIR – A homophone (report of) CASHMERE (material)
22d Supports European country supplanting British edicts (6)
UKASES – The B in BASES is supplanted by UK (European country)
24d Question over colour (not grey) (5)
QUEEN – QU (question) goes over [gr]EEN (colour without the GR for grey)
25d Poet describes love BOARD –
BARD ‘describes’ or goes round O (love)
Thank you to Prolixic, BD and Mrs BD for their roles in the Monthly Prize Puzzle production.
PS: If you’ve never seen the delightful Lewis Chessmen at the British Museum, I highly recommend that you do so soon.