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MPP – 101

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Oct 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 (17th Oct 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.


6 comments on “MPP – 101
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  1. Well that proved to be quite a battle, but I got there in the end with just one answer not fully parsed. By comparison finding the TV programme and the four characters, and answering the final question was relatively straightforward.

    Many thanks to Radler for the challenge which was most enjoyable and very satisfying.

  2. Agree totally with what RD says above. That took a very long time and a lot of work and needed Google to help get it all sorted.
    Thanks Radler.

  3. I have a feeling that I’ve made rather a mess of this one as I’m struggling to parse a handful of my answers. The characters and the programme fell readily enough but then it suddenly dawned on me that I needed to have a full house of correct answers before I could do the required letter count. The ‘fiend’ will not be surprised to learn that a few choice words were hurled in his direction!
    Ah well, I’ve committed myself now for better or for worse………..

    Thanks, Radler, I count that as a win for you!

  4. As usual, a fiendish puzzle from Radler. but got there in the end. It takes a lot of skill to clue three-letter answers without giving away the answer, but Radler has done well here, I think. I particularly liked 7a, 14a and 31a as examples of this. I found the thematic names and have an answer to the question, but having been the lucky winner of last month’s MPP, I won’t submit it, in order to give others a better chance.

    Thanks for the puzzle, Radler.

  5. Answer to the riddle submitted although I am a little uncertain of some of my answers and will have to wait for the review for confirmation of parsings.
    Thanks to Radler for giving us a ‘straight solve’ this month as much as that term can be applied to one of your MPPs.

  6. Figured out the theme and the names…..a blast from the past.
    Not at all sure of my parsings but I will submit an answer and hope for the best.

    Thanks to Radler.

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