MPP – 065

Monthly Prize Puzzle (October 2017)

A Puzzle by Prolixic

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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.

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 (21st October 2017).

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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.


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7 Comments

  1. Expat Chris
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    Well I have a full grid and I have the ten related solutions, but I’m unsure yet as to the odd one out. I will ponder some more. Loved 11A! Thanks Prolixic. This was fun and saved me from pulling more hair out over yesterday’s toughie.

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted October 7, 2017 at 10:59 am | Permalink | Reply

      Ditto!
      This was great fun! I’ll keep staring at my list of ten …
      Many thanks, Prolixic.

  2. KiwiColin
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink | Reply

    Excellent fun. I worked out fairly early on what I was looking for which was a help. The challenge came at the end, sorting out the odd one.
    Thanks Prolixic.

  3. jane
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well – I’ve got a completed grid, found the ten ‘relations’ and think I know the odd man out. Whether he will prove to be the one Prolixic had in mind remains to be seen!

    Many that I really liked but 2d probably takes the laurels.

    Thank you, Prolixic – another fine puzzle.

  4. Senf
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A very enjoyable puzzle; however, I would again question where/how Prolixic obtained his knowledge of recreational pharmaceuticals for 22a and 21d, not to mention knowledge of the oldest profession for 7d.

    Making the bold assumptions that I have:

    1. Identified the ten solutions correctly, and

    2. Identified the odd one out correctly,

    this was one of the easiest MPP ‘riddles.’

  5. Posted October 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Yes, a rare MPP where I didn’t need to do any research. I’m sure my subconscious spotted the key words early on but it didn’t talk to the conscious part of my brain until after I’d finished, at which point it jumped out at me and said “BOO!” I’ve found a reason to call one the odd one out, and will have to wait and see if I’m right.

    I trust that the above isn’t spoilery. I don’t think I’m allowed to list favourites until after the review so will put them in a safe place until then, and just say now that I enjoyed this. Many thanks, Prolixic.

  6. Posted October 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

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