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MPP 101 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 101 – Review

October 2020

A Puzzle by Radler


Congratulations to our October winner– David Broatch – who wins a Telegraph Crossword Book of his choice

The instructions said:

Visible among the across solutions are the partial names of four characters and the title of the TV programme they were in. Count the instances of the letter mentioned in that title in the completed grid

The usual tricky Radler prize puzzle, not least because although I’d seen quite early on the name of one of the A Team at the bottom of the grid, I then had to struggle to solve the SW corner of the crossword in order to make sure that I’d found all the [16] instances of the letter A in the completed grid


1a    Find dog unconscious on the way back (3,2)
DIG UP – A reversal (on the way back) of PUG (dog) ID (unconscious)

4a    Subject to representation (5)
TOPIC – TO (from the clue) PIC (representation)

7a    End of road for Scotland? (3)
AIM – The road to Scotland is the A1 M

9a    Top knight declared fine champion (7)
SURFACE – A homophone (declared) of SIR (knight), the abbreviation for Fine and ACE (champion)

10a    Box discovered in stable containing a head (7)
MANAGER – MANGER (box discovered in stable) ‘containing’ A (from the clue)

11a    “Confronting rumours” I said to myself (3,2,3)
EYE TO EYE – A homophone (rumours) of I, TO (from the clue) and another homophone (said) of I

12a    Fancy that, it’s a repeat! (4,2)
DÉJÀ VU – A cryptic definition

14a    Les anglais et leur boisson à Paris? (3)
THE – The English definition article is the French word for tea

16a    One ultimately can’t be bothered (3)
ATE – A (one) and the ultimate letters of can’T and bE

17a    “Sorry” means hear case for pardon (7)
AMNESTY An anagram (sorry) of MEANS and the outside letters (case) of TrY (hear)

18a    Judge requires early conclusion in perjury (3)
ELI – A Biblical Judge is obtained by taking LIE (perjury) and moving the letter at its conclusion to the front of the word

19a    Once more car outside hospital for International religious leader (3,4)
AGA KHAN – AGAIN (once more) into which is inserted KA (Ford car) and then replace the I (international) with an H (hospital)

21a    Posh person in ditch switching banks (3)
NIB – So we’ve all heard of nobs but I didn’t know nibs – switch the banks or outside letters of BIN (ditch)

23a    Quantity of unusual pistols used by one in range (3)
ALP – Hidden as a quantity of unusuAL Pistols

25a    Ruled out in place of evil (6)
FORBAD – FOR (in place of) BAD (evil)

26a    Pose by short couple performing duet (8)
ATTITUDE – AT (by) Tie (short or truncated couple) and an anagram (performing) of DUET

29a    Go back into alehouse at close, boring landlady (7)
REENTER – The ‘close’ of alehousE ‘boring’ RENTER (landlady)

30a    They dropped off fish (7)
KIPPERS – People who dropped off to sleep or fish

31a    Turn over stuff to Glaswegian (3)
TAE – The Scottish way of saying to is a reversal (turn over) of EAT (stuff)

32a    Reserved all bar last object (5)
DEMUR – DEMURe (reserved) all bar its last letter

33a    Bob’s place by the waterfront (5)
DOCKS – Bobs in the sense of cutting hair


1d    Line becoming square inside (7)
DESCENT – DECENT (becoming) with S (square) inside

2d    Base of flowering hybrid rose bush (5)
GORSE – The last letter or base of flowerinG and an anagram (hybrid) of ROSE

3d    Good loan goes bad, depressing amateur player (7)
PIANOLA – PI (good) and an anagram (goes bad) of LOAN, ‘depressing’ or going on top of [in a Down solution’ A (amateur)

4d    Small American city heads slash state support first (5-5)
TEENY-WEENY – NY (New York, American city) precedes (heads) WEE (slash) NY (state) with TEE (support) going first

5d    Trainer‘s full line-out (4)
PUMP – Remove the L (line ‘out’) from PLUMP (full)

6d    Stopping studies, money to blame (7)
CONDEMN – M (money) ‘stopping’ or going between two words meaning study CON and DEN

7d    Addicts drinking e.g. rum seen guzzling a Greek drink (6,3)
AEGEAN SEA – AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) ‘drinking’ EG (from the clue) and an anagram (rum) of SEEN ‘guzzling’ A (from the clue)

8d    Freddie a little under the influence, admits copper (7)
MERCURY – MERRY (a little under the influence) ‘admits’ CU (chemical symbol for copper)

13d    I’m careful! Having removed top in dark, off with panties (10)
PAINSTAKER – Remove the ‘top’ or first letter of dark and then an anagram (off) of ARK and PANTIES will produce your solution

15d    In rear: here after first being translated (2,7)
EN ARRIERE – An anagram (being translated) of IN REAR hERE (‘after first’ indicating not to use the H)

19d    What limits space inversely and time originally (2,5)
AT FIRST – AS (what) ‘limits’ a reversal of RIFT (space) and then T (time) is added at the end

20d    Mark wrapping gift, seated in the middle (7)
HEARTED – HEED (mark) wrapping ART (gift)

22d    Kissed after Bishop made unexpected aberration (7)
BLIPPED – LIPPED (kissed) goes after B (Bishop in chess notation)

24d    Contents from power contracts (7)
PLEASES – P (power) LEASES (contracts)

27d    Sample from impure icicles of liquid waste (5)
UREIC – A sample from impURE ICicles

28d    Much amusement about haircut (4)
TRIM – A reversal (about) of much of MIRTh (amusement)



Thanks as usual to Radler and the BDs

14 comments on “MPP 101 – Review

  1. Thank you for the review, CS, and heartiest congratulations to David – don’t recognise the name, are you one of our regulars? I do hope so.
    I made two mistakes in this one – a wrong guess for 31a and an apparent inability to count correctly!

    You won, Friendly Fiend, I take my hat off to you!

  2. Congratulations David.
    You can almost guarantee a tough challenge when you see ‘Radler’ at the top of the page and this was certainly the case for me. However I did manage to eventually get it all sorted and counted correctly.
    Thanks again Radler and CS for the review.

  3. I enjoyed this a lot, as I always do with a Radler puzzle. Thanks to him, to CS for the review and to the BD family. Congratulations to David Broatch.
    I spotted the programme name early on. This was just as well as I never watched the programme and had no idea of the characters’ names – luckily I didn’t need to know the names to complete the puzzle and proceed to the arithmetic phase.

  4. Thanks Radler and CS and congratulations to David.
    All answers correct but like Jane I can’t count!

  5. Well done David and thanks for the review CS.
    For 19A please can you explain why KA is split up when put inside AGAIN?

  6. Well done to David Broatch

    Thank you as always to CS, Mr & Mrs BD and of course everybody who provided feedback with their comments

    I’d filled the grid with The A Team as a theme hidden within the solutions before realising I could make it a prize puzzle by asking you to count the As. So perhaps not as imaginative an endgame as many in the MPP series, but I hope that didn’t matter. (And as Jane observed in the original puzzle comments, you needed all the answers in order to be sure you’d got all the As.)

  7. Thank you Radler, Cryptic Sue, BD & Mrs BD for the hosting, setting, solving and selecting.
    jane, (sic) you need to look at the historical winners list to see me as I rarely comment! (No excuse – just idleness!)
    As a non-viewer of the programme I had to search online for the characters’ names and even then I missed ‘Bad Attitude’ – I assumed it was simply ‘BA’.
    Thank you to all for your kind words.

    Lymey (David Broatch)

  8. Congratulations to Lymey!

    I inexplicably had pressed for 24d….why ? As I said, inexplicable….so I only found 15 As.
    Otherwise a cracker if a puzzle that I am pleased to have almost solved.
    I remember the A Team….Saturday early evening viewing I think. Used to enjoy it very much.
    Thanks to Radler and to everyone else involved.

  9. Heartiest congratulations to David Broatch on his win. Thanks to Radler for setting such an entertaining puzzle, to Crypticsue for the review and to BD and Mrs BD for hosting the event. Incidentally, it was the heart of that simple, teeny-weeny word of three letters of 16a that I couldn’t find and that made the difference.

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