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MPP – 097

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Jun 2020)

A Puzzle by Radler

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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 (20th Jun 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.

11 comments on “MPP – 097

  1. KiwiColin is absolutely spot on.

    My goodness that was a challenge but one which eventually yielded to a lot of persistence over several sittings. I have a question mark by one definition which thankfully doesn’t affect the solution and I’ll need to wait two weeks for enlightenment!

    Many thanks, Radler. This was very clever as always and an ideal diversion while the rain outside was at last watering my garden.

  2. Very nice, Radler, many thanks. It took me a while. SW especially. The series helped.

    I particularly liked 15a 20a & 22a

  3. Radler is always a hard nut to crack but after all these years, I am getting better at finding the definition and the often complicated wordplay.
    Didn’t spot the requested series until quite late in the solving process but it did help closing the few gaps rapidly.
    Favourites for their definitions are 8d, 16d and 20a.
    Thanks to Radler for the great fun.

  4. Well done to all of you who have thus far reported completions. I’ve filled the NW and SE corners but the rest of the grid remains complete virgin territory. Will keep going but I fear that the Radler fiend may well have beaten me this time!

  5. That was a toughie and as usual Radler has made me work hard, but it paid off in the end. Favourite clue was 19d. 16d was a new word to me, as was 25a.

  6. Brilliant MPP as usual. Thanks, Radler!

    For some reason I’m not surprised to see that Jean-Luc commented on this puzzle before me.

  7. Thanks Radler, that was a Toughie and a half. It comes close to the hardest puzzle I’ve ever done. Some brilliant clues, too many to single out.

  8. I remained in the midst of conundra until the very end as I could not satisfactorily parse two clues in the western border that also affected parsing of two across clues. But that did not deprive me from arriving at a guess (perhaps not wild) for the answer after spotting some special words inside the grid. Through participation in quizzes, I had known 16d long before I tied the nuptial knot. I liked 25a, 9d, 16d, 19d, but my favourite was 14a. Finally, thanks Radler, I shall be patiently awaiting his next puzzle after a review of this one.

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