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MPP – 084

Monthly Prize Puzzle (May 2019)

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 (18th May 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.

17 comments on “MPP – 084

  1. Hmm. I have a completed grid and I think I might have the answer to the question. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

  2. Probably one of the most straightforward Prolixic puzzles ever, assuming that I have solved it correctly, but the riddle . . .

    Perhaps a penny will drop some time in the next two weeks.

    Thanks Prolixic (I think).

  3. Without giving too much away, I would point out that the answer is not a general term but one which applies solely to the nine solutions which form the grammatical sequence. It can be determined by keying all nine, or as many as you can identify, of these solutions into a search engine.

  4. Thank you for the hint BD, I would never have got there without it (if I have correct answer). Thank you too Prolixic, very clever indeed.

  5. Knew there was trouble lurking in the wings when much of this one slotted together relatively easily – ‘easy’ and ‘Prolixic MPP’ do not strike me as being compatible bedfellows!
    Much water has flowed beneath the Menai Bridge since I embarked upon the task of conjuring up a plausible answer but it may be that I have finally arrived at a possibility.

    Thank you, Prolixic, I’m sure I can catch up with the housework tomorrow!

  6. Oh dear is all I can say for the umpteenth time on this blog.
    There I was happily doing what I THOUGHT was the NTSPP – when I’d nearly finished it I decided to look at a few of the NTSPP comments which, needless to say, didn’t make much sense to me . . . .
    Back later, or certainly in the next few days . . . unless I’ve been carted off somewhere in meantime!
    Oh dear, but at least I have a while to think about it! Damn!

  7. A technical question.

    I filled most of the grid yesterday and made sure that I pressed “Save” repeatedly. Only to discover that when I started again this morning, the grid was empty.

    This was on an iPad using Google Chrome. Where are the puzzles saved or not as the case may be?

    Anyway, enjoying doing it all over again! Even if it has shown me that my short-term memory is even shorter than I thought.

  8. Much later than usual getting on to this one.
    I’ve got a filled grid but like everyone else it seems, struggling to make further progress. As it is from Prolixic I am sure it is a very clever answer so will definitely persevere with it.

  9. As others have said this was relatively straightforward for a Prolixic puzzle even though I still have one answer that I can’t parse. Answering the question however was a very different kettle of fish but, thanks to BD’s hint, I think I’ve got there.

    Many thanks to Prolixic for a very enjoyable challenge.

  10. I’ve got about 90% of the clues solved – but no idea where to even start with the question. Still, there’s 2 weeks to go to try hundreds of combination of answers in Google!!

  11. Very nice indeed. Thanks to Prolixic. Thanks also to BD for the hint. Keyed all the nine words, appearing sensible to me, at one go and Google Sir got me what I wanted. It makes me feel sad when I now think as to why I did not try earlier, but it also makes me feel happy when I begin to think that it was ‘better late than never’. Shall patiently wait for the review.

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