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MPP – 090

Monthly Prize Puzzle (November 2019)

Seeking Ease 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 (16th November 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.

11 comments on “MPP – 090

  1. I’ve submitted an answer that appears to work but I don’t understand one aspect, so it may be wrong!
    Going to niggle me until I get it. Good fun Phibs, thanks

  2. That was certainly a challenge but it was a lot of fun. I’ve got one answer unparsed and, like LbR, I’ve submitted an answer for a new word which resolves the problem but without understanding how it relates to how Phibs might have felt after filling the grid.

    Many thanks, Phibs. I do enjoy your puzzles.

  3. I have been working at this on and off ever since it came on line and finally think that I have got it all sorted now. Certainly quite a challenge and really good fun.
    Thanks Phibs.

  4. I solved the crossword and drafted the review yesterday afternoon but had no idea why the word I could change fitted the ‘suggestion’. As this is one of the few MPPs where I can enter the competition, I perservated and have now seen what Phibs is on about. Phew – now I can get on with all the other things I’m supposed to be doing today

  5. Well behind you all – I’m short of two answers in the NE and can’t see how I’m going to fix Phibs’ problem even if those fall!
    Ho hum – maybe the light will dawn eventually.

  6. By Jove! I think I’ve solved it. The NE corner took a very long time!

    My admiration goes to Phibs for producing such a very clever puzzle … I felt the same as him when I found the letter to be changed.

  7. I think I had the answer even at half-way through and was satisfied with the real feeling of the word offering a suggestion of what Phibs felt when he had finished filling the grid. Now that my grid is full, I put it mathematically: my satisfaction is 200%. I am highly fascinated by 5a, 14a, 16a, 2d, 5d and 18d. There was overall a lot of fun in the challenge and all credit goes to Phibs for his wonderful creativity. Thank you so much, Phibs.

  8. Phew! Bit of a toughie was that! I have an answer but can’t relate it to how the setter might have been feeling, but maybe if I apply some lateral thinking it might come to me. Favourites were 14a, 31a, 18d, with top marks going to 8d. Thanks Phibs.

    1. No sooner than I had posted the comment above the explanation came to me. Very clever, Phibs.

  9. Very good achievement.
    Congratulations to Phibs.
    Sent in an answer but haven’t got much of a clue I’m afraid.

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