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MPP 120

Monthly Prize Puzzle (May 2022)

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 (21st May 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.


11 comments on “MPP 120

  1. Pretty straightforward and I am having a completed grid to my satisfaction. I liked 10a, 16a, 22a, 23a, 5d, 6d, 17d, 19d and 26d. Till now, I have been encountering with homophones and sometimes, or rather rarely, with homonyms in solving a clue or two in a crossword puzzle. And here, the prize puzzle question is concerned with heteronyms. At first glance, it seemed very easy, but now I am pretty sure it’s going to be an arduous task for me to detect the total number of solutions that form the heteronyms. However, there is plenty of time and I will keep on working out whenever I am at leisure.

  2. Think I’ll quit whilst I’m ahead – if I concentrate too much I’ll find all manner of possibilities to worry about!

    Thank you for a very different MPP, Prolixic.

  3. Well, I have a completed grid, and not by using the Sir John Gielgud method, but I have a number of not sures so I will return later and review what I have before plunging into the riddle.

    Thanks Prolixic for a somewhat gentler puzzle compared to some recent MPPs and I hope that the riddle is in the same vein.

  4. Very clever puzzle, the theme of which definitely helped with the solve where a couple I wasn’t entirely sure of were more or less confirmed by it.
    Thanks Prolixic for the fun.

  5. One last word stopped me getting a completed grid last night but think I have it sorted now.
    Have made a first count of heteronyms but will wait a few hours for reconsidering before submitting my answer.
    Thanks for the fun Prolixic,

  6. Very nice, thanks Prolixic. I’ve submitted an answer but not at all confident – there were a couple I wasn’t sure about. (Not sure of parsing on one either, though I thinl it has to be…)

  7. We completed the puzzle which was really enjoyable and we have hopefully submitted the correct answer. Thank you for the challenge Prolixic. Good fun.

  8. Thank you, Prolixic, for a very enjoyable MPP. I like the riddle you have devised, although there is still one word that I am umming and erring over. After the debate on ‘naphtha’ I’m not sure if I am having my own ideas on pronunciation or whether there is a ‘Queen’s English’ definitive version, and I am rather intimidated by the hieroglyphics used in dictionaries for ‘correct’ pronunciation!
    Favourite clues were 3a, 12a, 29a, 4d and 26d.

  9. Oh dear…great puzzle/ riddle but have I found them all ?
    Time will tell.

    Thanks , Prolixic.

  10. I came to this one quite late, but it was good fun and not as challenging as this setter can be, even though a couple of the parsings took some teasing out.

    Many thanks to Prolixic.

  11. Only one clue remains unresolved but it doesn’t look like it could be a heteronym.

    Don’t know why I have spent so much time on this puzzle as I’m only in it for the Honour & Glory.

    Thanks to Prolixic.

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