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MPP 122

Quarterly Prize Puzzle (Nov 2022)

Enigmatic Variations by Phibs

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Why not have a go at our latest Quarterly 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 Nov 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. What a wonderful surprise to find a superb puzzle by Phibs here this morning – many thanks to him.
    I wasn’t convinced that I’d calculated my answer in the correct way until it seemed to be confirmed in a very neat manner.

  2. Very nice QPP, I wasn’t convinced I had a correct grid fill, but the very neat manner convinced me I had the right answer.

  3. Late starting as it took some time to notice it was on the site.
    Solved the whole puzzle before looking for what the end game might be and then the penny dropped with veritable clunk.
    Very clever and huge fun.
    Thanks Phibs.

  4. Agree with Gazza – superb puzzle with an incredibly neat end-game (and quite remarkable grid-fill to achieve it!) Many thanks Phibs!

  5. I always find Phibs’ puzzles very challenging but I always enjoy them, and this one was no exception. As usual, there were several clues where the parsing took far longer to unravel than working out the answer, but persistence paid off and slowly but surely I got a full grid with everything parsed.

    Finding the final answer to the mercifully brief question was relatively straightforward.

    Many thanks, Phibs. This was terrific fun and congratulations on such a clever creation.

  6. This was my final puzzle tackled from the weekend backlog and, echoing the Vanessa Williams song, I saved the best for last :smile:
    My page is littered with tick marks (and copious parsing notes). I also learned a new word, after having said to myself, ‘Surely that can’t be a word, can it?’ – and it was! Initial progress was made in the SE corner and it wasn’t long before the intent of the riddle became clear. Then, just when you think it can’t get any better, the “very neat manner” of the end-game provided the icing on the cake (and confirmation of my last couple of entries).
    Thank you, Phibs, for a QPP masterpiece.

  7. Wouldn’t have opened the puzzle if it were not for the title – and what a happy surprise! Quite a little poser, thoroughly enjoyable on noticing the theme… excellent puzzle – even my cat Gemini was thrilled, lol. ;)

  8. I found some of this excellent puzzle quite a challenge. I did enjoy it very much, though! My fave is 9a.
    Many appreciative thanks, Phibs.

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