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MPP – 092

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Jan 2020)

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 Jan 2020).

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.

8 comments on “MPP – 092

  1. Took a little time to get started but once I twigged the connecting factor it flowed more smoothly.
    Good fun.
    Thanks Prolixic.

  2. Thank you Prolixic for a ‘gentle’ puzzle with a ‘gentle’ riddle (that is assuming I have arrived at the correct answer).

  3. Thank you for that one, Prolixic, the ‘X-factor’ made me smile!
    Hadn’t heard of 25a previously and had my usual problem where 27a was concerned but all else flowed smoothly.
    I particularly liked 6&16d.

  4. Getting some of the connected answers helped me spot the others.
    Not sure about the riddle though but I will have a go anyway as I am disqualified from the start.
    Love the word in 25a. Silly really.
    Biggest penny drop moment was in 5d.
    Can’t parse 27a yet. A right bung in so far.
    Thanks to Prolixic and good luck to all the participants.

    1. Hi J-L,
      It was the medical terminology that almost scuppered me as well!
      Love your Christmas street lights – wish ours were half as good.

      1. Hi Jane,
        The Xmas angels were on Regent Street.
        The illuminations in Hyeres were rather poor and the Norman Firs left bare as people complained about the flocking.

  5. Many thanks, Prolixic. This was very clever and very enjoyable. It involved a few trips down memory lane. I assume 24d is just a blast from the past and not still current?

    6d gets my vote as favourite, not least because it reminded me of my much loved 1966 Ford Anglia.

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