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MPP – 064

Monthly Prize Puzzle (September 2017)

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 (16th September 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 provide any help for other solvers or mention any detail about the puzzle, especially references to individual clues, until after the closing date.

16 comments on “MPP – 064

  1. I got thoroughly bogged down trying to solve the puzzle on its own so went looking for as many names as I had. This put me on the right track for who the rest might be and this was enough to get me going again and eventually get it all sorted. Really challenging and really good fun.
    Thanks Radler

  2. Another Radler under my belt – yeah!

    I actually finished up with quite a large assortment of first names but then started out searching for the required answer by trying to classify them into the totally wrong sort of ‘literary groups’. Ah well, ’twas ever thus with Mr Radler and one particular first name eventually gave me a way in.

    There are a couple of bits of parsing that I’m not overly confident about but at least I’ve got an answer to submit.
    I think *** raised the biggest smile here.

    Thanks to Radler for another challenge.

  3. I’ve worked out the groups but dislike them so much I refuse to bother working out who’s missing. I enjoyed solving the puzzle, though.

  4. Thanks Radler,

    finally finished and i think i have the two missing characters. I did look at various other literary sources but it all makes sense now. Great fun

  5. :phew: That was very tough, requiring several stop-start cycles to complete.

    I’ve got three half-parsed answers which will need to wait for the review, but overall this was a most enjoyable challenge.

    Many thanks, Radler.

  6. I admit to being well and truly stuck.
    I’ve almost done the top half but seem to have ground to a complete halt – oh well, I’ve done more than I usually can with a Radler crossword.
    I think I need to do something else and try again later, or another day.
    14a made me laugh.

  7. HUGE penny drop moment (while I was making pesto). Now I know what I’m about, I may even finish the puzzle.

      1. Snap! I have so much Basil this year, including volunteers that popped up from last years planting. The weather has been just perfect for it. I have to get as much as I can processed into pesto, soups, and Bolognese before it starts to get chilly overnight.

  8. A great distraction from the miserable grey wet smoky world outside. One of the answers provided the nudge which set off the avalanche of comprehension – but I’d better not say more this side of the closing date. Many thanks Radler.

  9. All done now and I know who’s missing. My hold up was *************. Thoroughly enjoyable challenge, but no walk in the park. Thanks to Radler.

    1. Gosh, I’m sorry. I had no idea my comment on my spelling capabilities could in any way be construed as a hint.

  10. Got it now – but it didn’t half take a while.
    The trouble, for me at least, is always doing the crossword and then getting the head around the question and the answer.
    I think this might be the first of Radler’s crosswords I’ve ever completed so feeling a bit smug. :smile:
    Thank you, Radler.

  11. What a fight I had with this one…it won in that I have not fully competed it, but I do have an answer.

    Thank you Radler.

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