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MPP 117

Monthly Prize Puzzle (Feb 2022)

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 (19th Feb 2022).

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.


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  1. When I saw the setter I thought I might have to set this aside until after today’s Six Nations matches, but once I spotted the theme the grid resolved quite readily. The theme and MPP challenge certainly helped me over the final hurdle or two. Thanks, Radler, for a very enjoyable puzzle. I will return to nominate my podium places, for which I have several candidates, when the review appears.

  2. Whenever I see the name Radler I know that there is some hard work in store. I was proven right once again. Twigged quite early on where it was heading but that did not make the journey very much easier. Eventually got everything sorted and a very satisfying conclusion.
    Thanks Radler.

  3. Phew! A few wings and prayers needed along the way but finally nailed it.
    Thank you for the brain mauling, my friendly fiend!

  4. You know that a Radler puzzle is going to be challenging but I thought this was going to be impenetrable after staring at an almost blank grid for quite some time. Then thankfully it all started to come together steadily, and I only needed to check one piece of very obscure (to me) GK to get it all finished.

    Many thanks for the enjoyable tussle, Radler.

  5. Must be the first time I ever finish a Radler.
    Really enjoyed the solve.
    3d made me laugh.
    Best of luck to the participants.
    Thanks to Radler.

  6. I was preoccupied with review and other works on Saturday and Sunday last and having taken up a new assignment since 3rd January, I am also engaged from Mondays to Fridays. So I had reserved today’s forenoon for solving this puzzle of Radler. Incidentally, I found it pretty straightforward, with several brilliant clues and a clear route to the final answer. I liked particularly 1a, 5a, 25a, 2d, 7d, 11d, 15d, 17d and 21d, irrespective of whether or not they contained a definition; the mother of all clues in this puzzle, as per my choice, being 20d. Tonnes of thanks to Radler for setting such a magnificent and stylish puzzle.

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