## Monthly Prize Puzzle (February 2019)

## Following On 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 (16^{th} February 2019).

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.**

That was quite a challenge. Solving the puzzle took a lot of time and effort and that was only the start of the challenge.

Think I have it sorted now so answer submitted.

Thanks Phibs, well done.

I have a filled grid but can’t see the first part of the solution to the poser yet…

A very enjoyable challenge. Now, assuming that I have filled out the grid correctly, I have the rest of the two weeks to decode the riddle.

Phanks Phibs.

Same here..filled grid but nothing else yet.

I’ve been pondering over the ‘chain’ for quite some time now and reckon I’ve reached the point of overthinking the whole thing. Anyway, I quite like my answer so here goes with the ‘submit’ button.

Thank you, Phibs, that kept me busy!

I always enjoy Phibs’ puzzles, which are tough but yield gradually and are very rewarding. This one was no exception with a lot of great clues, especially 2d. Many thanks, Phibs.

I think I’m there with the chain but I’m going to sleep on it before putting in my answer.

Thank you Phibs, excellent puzzle and plenty of favourites with 3D the winner. My answer would have been submitted much earlier had 17A not taken longer than the rest of the puzzle, and deciphering the two word answer, put together!

thanks phibs. a not too difficult puzzle with some nice clues, 10a, and 2d was interesting

i found 8 solutions with an obvious 2-part element, and started combining them, but i don’t have a full string yet.

I enjoyed this! Thank you Phibs.

Enjoyed the solve, putting the chain together, and the final answer. Bravo, Phibs, and thanks!