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MPP – 100

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Sep 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 (19th Sep 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.


13 comments on “MPP – 100

  1. I have a completed grid but still no idea about answering the question. Certainly had to work hard to get this far and hope that overnight cogitation will produce a result by the morning.
    Thanks Prolixic.

    1. Overnight cogitation (and doing the Jaffa NTSPP) did the trick and the penny has finally dropped.

  2. Bottom half went in reasonably ok but i struggled with the top, especially NE. Got there in the end, all parsed
    I have a thought about the link, but I’m not convinced it is correct.

  3. I have a completed grid but I am yet to get what links every solution. I wonder whether I will even get it before the closing date. But my research will go on for my own satisfaction. A whole-hearted thanks to Prolixic for the entertainment that is not yet over!

  4. Well……….. think I’ve got there but one or two of the links seem a bit tenuous to say the least!
    I had a few battles in the NW corner and 7a was new to me. I also confess to not previously knowing about the Higgins Trust, maybe I should be grateful for that.
    The old EU leader’s long teeth made me laugh although I can’t find a photo with them on display so couldn’t possibly comment!

    Many thanks, Prolixic, I may as well commit to submitting an answer as I doubt anything better is likely to occur no matter how long I cogitate.

  5. :phew:
    It was quite a challenge both to complete the puzzle (which was very satisfying), and then to answer the question (although I’m not totally convinced that I have got this right).

    I can’t remember coming across a wordplay component before which requires the solver to find a synonym and then use every alternate letter. Although nothing like as extreme as an indirect anagram, this does seem rather oblique but I assume it is kosher as Prolixic will undoubtedly know better than me.

    Many thanks, Prolixic.

  6. Found it really difficult to complete the grid…..but then there was the link.
    Penny dropped eventually.

    Thanks to Prolixic

  7. Just scraped in before the deadline (again). Thanks Prolixic for lots of entertainment both before and after the grid was completed.

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