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MPP – 067

Monthly Prize Puzzle (December 2017)

In Memoriam by Alchemi

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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 (16th December 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 – 067

  1. It’s by Alchemi so of course it is challenging.
    Eventually got it all sorted and am feeling hopeful that I have got the name sussed.
    Thanks Alchemi.

  2. I haven’t got as far as looking at the crossword yet but just had to pop in to say that I’m sorry about your cat, Alchemi. There’s nothing quite like a ginger cat and it’s a lovely photo.

  3. Like KiwiColin, I found it reasonably challenging too, the left-hand side much more so than the right. There is one answer I can’t seem to parse and will await the review for that. My favourite clues were 10a, 2d, 5d and 8d.

    A very enjoyable puzzle and a lovely tribute to a clearly much-loved pet.

    Many thanks, Alchemi.

    1. My thoughts exactly. I am not a betting man but I’d put money on it being the same answer that I can’t parse!

      Many thanks Alchemi, and so sorry for your loss.

  4. Like Kath, I haven’t tackled the puzzle yet – too obsessed with guessing the name of the cat!
    What a lovely tribute, Alchemi, obviously a much-loved pet.

      1. You were right – I’d never have guessed!
        Submitted my answer through somewhat misty eyes……..
        RIP special cat.

  5. This wasn’t originally composed as an MPP. It was just a way of working out some grief after the 17-year-old had a heart attack and had to be put to sleep.

    But it then occurred to me that I could get a lot of people to write his name even though they had never met him by looking at the completed grid and using a little sense by offering it as an MPP.

    Today in cat heaven, a marmalade cat with a white waistcoat is basking in your tributes.

  6. Thanks alchemi, and sorry for your loss, we have lost our two cats.

    I have all but 14a. Name is clear, assuming we have name and description.

    Surface-wise I really liked 17d, excellent, also 15d, really nice.

    For my own learning and sanity (not complaining), in 1a is ‘are’ really legit as a (wordplay) are (definition) link?

    Many thanks, and thanks for sharing a personal puzzle.

  7. Very enjoyable, although I did need some electronic assistance but not for the two long down clues.

    Thanks to Alchemi and my condolences also.

  8. What a good name for such a beautiful cat and a really good crossword too.
    10a really made me laugh.
    One of the answers reminded me of a setter who we haven’t seen in the NTSPP slot for far too long.
    With thanks to Alchemi for the entertainment – it’s kept me out of everyone’s way for longer than it should have done.

  9. So sorry for your loss.
    I too have a ginger cat whose name is ginger of course. So much easier.
    Managed to find yours though not without head scratching as the left side took a while.
    Loved the lurker.
    10a made me laugh.
    Hesitate between 1a and 2d for the top spot.
    Thanks to Alchemi and good luck to all the people allowed to enter the draw.

  10. What a touching story Alchemi, and a lovely tribute – just the right degree of difficulty for us too.

  11. I completed this fine tribute with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. You’ve created a very special memorial for your very special and very beautiful Marmalade cat, Alchemi.

    I thought it an excellent crossword. 1a and 2d were my among my last in. Very clever clues. I was intrigued by 24a, which is new to me but was gettable from the wordplay. Plenty to like in this puzzle. Hard to choose a fave, but I think it must be 10a.

    Thanks, Alchemi.

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