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MPP – 074

Monthly Prize Puzzle (July 2018)

Pangrammatical Error by Phibs

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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 July 2018).

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.

18 comments on “MPP – 074

  1. I’m not giving anything away when I point out that this puzzle is a tour-de-force. The “adjusted” grid is a quadruple pangram, containing four separate 7×7 grids, each of which is a pangram.

  2. Well that kept me out of mischief for a considerable time. Eventually I got the total grid filled and then came the challenge of answering the question and that took some more time.
    Well done Phibs and many thanks.

  3. Quite tricky, and I’m not convinced I have the right answer as I can see two possibilities – If I have filled the grid correctly.

    Not to worry, I have another 200 puzzles to solve now, courtesy of BD, for which I am very grateful.

    Thanks for an intriguing challenge, Phibs .

  4. It’s amazing how you can be convinced that you’ve worked right through the alphabet only to discover that you’ve managed to miss one letter! Mind you, I hadn’t helped myself by printing this out with the printer set to grey-scale so only the SE corner looked any different to the rest of the grid……….

    Just two answers that I needed to verify, quite an achievement for a setter to produce a multi-pangram without plumbing the depths of obscurities.

    Have to mention 10a as my favourite – still smiling about it.

    Many thanks, Phibs.

  5. A tour-de-force indeed, as BD has said, and a very enjoyable challenge that was never easy but very satisfying to solve. Maize now has a worthy rival for “king of the multiple pangrams”!

    My favourite clue was also the longest answer in the grid, 20a. Great surface.

    Unlike LBR, I can see just one possible answer so I’m about to press the magic button…

    Huge thanks to Phibs.

  6. Only done half of it so far and have an answer that might fit but I think I better do a bit more before submitting.

    1. Well I now have a full grid but even more doubts about parsing and spelling than before.
      Got to agree with BD though the adjusted grid that is a quadruple pangram, one in each quadrant is a thing of rare beauty that even surpasses Paul’s 15 letter lurker from the other day.

  7. Gud buy krul whirld

    I have searched through this crossword several times and have failed abysmally to solve one clue, I give up.

    1. That’s a shame – perhaps if you put it down for a few days and then see if inspiration strikes

      PS: Your secret is safe with me ;)

  8. What a great puzzle!
    Hats off to Phibs!

    And a doable crossword too…even by me (with electronic help).

    Thank you, Phibs, what a hero!

  9. Congratulations to Phibs.
    Quite an achievement indeed.
    Thanks for the great fun and I’m now going to enter as I am an Utterly Keen solver.

  10. I don’t think I can put it any better than BD – this was a veritable tour-de-force. Ingenious and challenging but not impenetrable and a lot of fun. There were only a very few meanings that I needed to check in my BRB for verification and I have just one answer not fully parsed for which I will need to wait patiently for the review.

    Many thanks and very well done, Phibs.

  11. Well done Phibs, great fun and i’m not too sure I would have finished as quickly without the pangram knowledge.

  12. Keats said, “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.” But each of the quadruple pangrams is, indeed, a thing of rare beauty, as John Bee has rightly pointed out and only Keats could have truly penned what a thing of rare beauty is. To me, the pulchritude of the four pangrams, can be compared to the four elevated minarets of the majestic Taj Mahal! A real masterpiece! Hats off to Phibs! I liked 5a, 8d, 30d and 31d, but my favourite was 34a. After adjustment, that doubled the double pangrams, I could find only one answer, which I submitted.

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