MPP – 059

Monthly Prize Puzzle (April 2017)

A Puzzle by Radler

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Why not have a go at our latest Monthly Prize Puzzle?

The winner will receive a signed copy of Mick Twister’s There Once Was a Man with Six Wives: Our Kings and Queens in Limericks, donated by the author

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 (15th April 2017).

The competition is now closed

The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

Please read the instructions carefully.

I’ve left this post open for comments, but if you don’t want your comment to be deleted then do not mention any detail about the puzzle, especially references to individual clues, until after the closing date.


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13 Comments

  1. Rabbit Dave
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    After a slow start this all came together nicely and proved to be a very enjoyable challenge although I’ve still got two answers not fully parsed. There are too many great clues to list them all but I’ve got double ticks by *** & *** and my favourite, which gave me a real LOL moment, was ***.

    Many thanks, Radler – brilliant!

  2. jane
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Don’t believe for a moment that I will ever gain mastery over Radler’s puzzles so have to concur with CS’s comment on the other side that this was probably at the gentler end of his spectrum. I am grateful for small mercies!

    Thoroughly enjoyed the solve and had several laugh out loud moments along the way. I suspect that *** has something of the old chestnut about it but it still raises a smile – my podium places went to ***,*** &*** with the gold medal bestowed upon ***.

    Many thanks, Radler – this was great fun.

  3. Dutch
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks Radler

    I was focussed on the wrong fourth word but soon found the right one.

    some tough definitions, e.g. ***. Not sure *** worked for me.

    i was going to say i hadn’t parsed *** but i’ve just seen it

    I particularly liked ***, ***, ***, ***, ***, and many more

    great stuff, many thanks

  4. Posted April 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Please observe the restriction on comments about individual clues.

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted April 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Very sorry BD. I thought the rule was not to talk about any details of the clues but I couldn’t see the harm in saying which clues you liked or didn’t like. But, your site – your rules. It won’t happen again (I hope).

  5. Posted April 1, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Lots of fun. I started at an encouraging pace (not exactly fast, but making steady progress) but then struggled, finding it much stiffer towards the top.

    My longlist is long, my shortlist is a sextet (***,***,***,***,***,***) and my favourite, beating off ***, is … ***. You’ll just have to guess what goes under those asterisks!

    Many thanks Radler.

    • Posted April 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      And Kitty’s comment was not redacted. :smile:

  6. jane
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear – looks as though the naughty corner is going to be a bit crowded today. If the male offenders will bring the booze, I’ll sort out a cake!
    Not sure that I understand why listing clues that were particularly enjoyed spoils either the fun for others or the competition element but BD doubtless has his reasons – he who pays the piper and all that…………!

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted April 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      I’m on my way now …

    • Posted April 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      Because the line has to be drawn somewhere. Wait for the full review.

  7. KiwiColin
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Radler’s reputation for tricky puzzles is still firmly intact as far as I am concerned. I went to bed with about a third of the grid empty, but as often happens, overnight cogitation did the trick and it all fell into place this morning. Good fun.
    Thanks Radler.

  8. Expat Chris
    Posted April 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    All done, with the phrase sorted before the last two answers went in, which helped. I had several clues ticked but since the naughty corner is already full I’ll keep them to myself. Thanks, Radler.

  9. jean-luc cheval
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Not often that I can solve a Radler.
    Had to put a small dot on the pale blocks as they were as pale as all the others.
    Must buy some ink.
    Thanks for the great fun.