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MPP – 068

Monthly Prize Puzzle (January 2018)

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.

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 (20th January 2018).

The competition is now closed

The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

Please read the instructions carefully. 

The following notes may help:

  1. For the benefit of Pointless viewers, not all of the countries whose capitals are involved are covered by the phrase “by country we mean a sovereign state and a member of the U.N. in its own right”,
  2. One of the capitals is referred to by the Anglicised version of its name,
  3. The page Countries, their Capitals Cities and International Vehicle Registration Codes in The Mine could be useful.

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.


9 comments on “MPP – 068

  1. There certainly are some weird and wonderful sounding places in the world and I’ve looked at quite a few of them this morning :phew:
    Loved so many of the clues but think 19a produced the widest smile.

    Many thanks, Radler – my geographical knowledge has improved no end!

  2. Hi Radler

    quite a tricky puzzle with many nice twists and an equally tricky endgame ( I got the 4 single word anagram capitals soon enough, but then to get three more from some combination of the remaining six shaded entries – oh boy, muuuch harder) – but then it all came together very nicely with the two nominal indications.

    Many thanks

  3. That was a lot of hard work spread over a couple of sessions. I now have a filled grid and I’m sure I have the right answer from most of the capitals and the nominal indications mentioned in the instructions but there is still one capital and its initial letter that is giving me strife. Ah well, I’ll submit it anyway and come back to it later.
    Thanks Radler.

  4. Have now got it sorted. The grid was showing that 1d was shaded (because it had the pointer on it) and I had been trying to anagram that answer. No wonder it did not make sense. Happy now.

  5. Thanks Radler for some great entertainment – I really enjoyed cracking it – and improving my geography too!

  6. Crikey that was tough. I thought I would never get started but it all came together very slowly with just one answer not quite parsed.

    Many thanks Radler for a most enjoyable tussle.

  7. Filled the form a few days ago and forgot to comment.
    As usual, I find Radler very hard to crack and still have some incomplete answers in the NW.
    That didn’t stop me from finding all the Capitals and the answer.
    Thanks to Radler for the round trip.

  8. Managed to complete the puzzle last weekend but have spent some hours on finding the capitals.

    Thanks Radler – my geography is awful!

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