MPP 051 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle – 051

August 2016

A Puzzle by Radler

This Radler puzzle was one of his more difficult, so many congratulations to our August winner Crucifer who can choose one of the Daily Telegraph Puzzle Books published by Hamlyn as their prize.

The completed grid will reveal a question and, with a little searching, its answer.   The question, found in the letters of the top row – WHODUNIT – was easy to find, the answer took a lot longer to be discovered.  If you haven’t found it yet, have a look at the grid at the end of the review.


9a           A vessel starting to show small cracks (3-6)
ONE-LINERS –  ONE (a) LINER (vessel) S (‘starting’ to show)

10a         Jerk evades justice producing Daisy’s bag (5)
UDDER – Daisy being one of the names one might give to a cow.  Remove the J (justice) from JUDDER (jerk)


11a         Overlooked wife wearing fleece, flip-flops, and no uniform (7)
DWARFED – W (wife) ‘wearing’ a reversal (flip-flops) of DEFRAUD (fleece) without the U (no Uniform)

12a         Outlining British Bobby’s brief: completion of enquiry … into this? (7)
ROBBERY –  Almost all of ROBERT (Bobby’s brief) ‘outlines’ or goes round B (British) the result followed with the ‘completion’ of enquiry

13a         Being relatively unsuccessful, managed by playing to audience (15)
UNDERPERFORMING – UNDER (managed by) PERFORMING (playing to audience)

16a/20a  Means excuse to get curtains (3,3)
THE END – double definition – the end justifies the means – or death (curtains)

18a         Faithful in congregation due out by Sabbath (7)  
DUTEOUS –  An anagram (in congregation) of DUE OUT followed by S, the abbreviation for Sabbath.

20a         See 16

21a         Tender derrière gets sun abroad (10,5)

24a         Realise everything about Bishop’s activity in court (7)
NETBALL –  NET ALL (realise everything) goes ‘about’ B (bishop)

26a         Half stripped dress off to tackle shower (7)
FLASHER – An anagram (off) of HALF and dRESs (dress ‘stripped’)

27a         Case handle gripped hard (5)
SHELL – SELL (handle) ‘gripped’ H (hard)


28a         Supermarket  hierarchy (4,5)  
FOOD CHAIN – double definition.

food chain



1d           I fell from boat pursuing Sir Henry (10)
WOODCUTTER – Someone who fells or cuts down trees.  WOOD (Sir Henry of Promenade Concert fame) CUTTER (boat)


2d           News reporter trapped by peripheral damage (6)
HERALD – Lurking in (trapped by) peripHERAL Damage

3d           Heating system worked hard, lost temperature, timber’s restricted (3-5)
OIL-FIRED – FIR (timber) is restricted by tOILED (worked hard, once you’ve removed the T for temperature) 

4d           One found by the wayside fallen on bug (4-6)
DEAD-NETTLE – DEAD (fallen) NETTLE (bug, irritate)


5d           Employer‘s bluster, wanting sandwich (4)
USER – Remove (wanting) the BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich from bluster

6d           Brown note placed on counter (6)
NUMBER – N (note) is placed on or before UMBER (brown)

7d           One track mind about sex! I feed it lines (4,4)
IDÉE FIXE –  Reversed (about) and hidden (lines [the inside of]) sEX I FEED It

8d           Flat conveyer‘s endeavour to house one (4)
TRAY – Something flat that conveys!  TRY (endeavour) houses A (one)

14d         Set menu? (6,4)
FROZEN FOOD – A cryptic definition

15d         Devout die and grief unleashed (3-7)
GOD-FEARING – GO (die) plus an anagram (unleashed) of AND GRIEF

17d         Any young person in speaking for majority (8)
EIGHTEEN –  A homophone (in speaking) of A TEEN (any young person)

19d         Much of Sabbath in essence, one’s church provides religious ceremony (3,5)
SUN DANCE –  SUNDAy (much of Sabbath) [O]N[E] (one ‘in essence’ or in the middle) CE (Church of England)

sun dance

22d         Could be done by you, informally dressed in black (6)
SUABLE – U (you ‘informally’) ‘dressed in’ or inserted into SABLE (black)

23d         How are the groups getting ready to eat again? (6)
REHEAT – An anagram (how… groups) of ARE THE

24d         Reflective light-sensitive screens put one inside another (4)
NEST –   Another hidden (screens) and reversed (reflective) lurker – to be found in lighTSENsitive

25d         Sentence, primarily factual, opening fiction (4)
LIFE –  The primary letter of Factual opening LIE (fiction).

Once again, many thanks to Radler, BD and Mrs BD, without whom….. To see the completed grid MPP_051


  1. Gazza
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I thought that this was a super puzzle so many thanks to Radler and to CS for the write-up and congratulations to Crucifer.
    I can just about remember looking for the answer and finding Beet lurking in the NE corner. Then I thought no, she can’t have dun it, she’s not that sort. So I looked further to find a far more likely culprit.

  2. Jane
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    ‘One of his more difficult’? When did Radler ever produce one that was easy!
    Many thanks, CS – you’re working extremely hard for us all at the moment.

    Never did come up with the right answer for 7d although I justified ‘idle time’ quite well to myself.
    I do hope that Radler pops in as I refuse to believe that my answer of Ernest Cline appeared purely by coincidence in the grid.

    Congratulations to Crucifer – enjoy your well-deserved prize.

  3. Expat Chris
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I did come up with the correct answer to the question, but fell by the wayside on 4D. I thought dead beetle was pretty good, myself. Thanks again to Radler, and to CS for the review.

    Jane, I can see the Cline (now that I know what 4D should be) but where’s the Ernest?

    • Jane
      Posted August 21, 2016 at 3:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The last two letters of 1d plus the answer to 24d.
      I thought I’d been so clever……….

  4. KiwiColin
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 7:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Crucifer.
    As someone who owned VWs in the 1960’s and 70’s I still think that DEAD-BEETLE is a better answer to 4d than the correct one. It made absolutely no difference solving the puzzle or answering the question either. A bit of research this morning shows me though, that the plant option justifies the hyphen in the enumeration but it is one I had not met before.
    Thanks again Radler and CS.

  5. Radler
    Posted August 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations Crucifer
    Thank you to Sue for the review and to all who provided feedback.
    Jane – Ernest Cline was a complete coincidence, and I’m not so sure that he would really be the prime suspect in a Who-dun-it. However, I like the idea of red herrings…

    • Jane
      Posted August 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh my goodness – your puzzles are sufficiently diabolical without you getting any ideas like that in your head!

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