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QPP 123 (Review)

Quarterly Prize Puzzle No 123 – Review

February 2023

Toilet Humour by Prolixic

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EV 1575 Hints

Enigmatic Variations 1575 (Hints)

Follow the Instructions by Kcit

Hints and tips by Phibs

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Georges Remi, the creator of Tintin, came up with his pseudonym by taking his first and last initials, reversing them, and turning the French pronunciation of the individual letters into the name Hergé. Today’s setter did something along the same lines – his first and last initials are PH, a reversal of which gives HP, an abbreviation for ‘hire-purchase’. This loosely equates to ‘credit’ or ‘tick’, and a complementary reversal  of the latter gives ‘kcit’. Simples!

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Toughie 2984

Toughie No 2984 by Elgar

Hints and tips by Dutch

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BD Rating – Difficulty ****/*****Enjoyment *****

This enjoyable puzzle from Elgar will keep you on your toes for a bit during the festive season and has a few simpler clues to get you going.… Continue reading

Site Housekeeping for July and August 2022 – for Bloggers and Setters

It looks like Big Dave will still be out of action for quite some time, so just a few bits of housekeeping for the next few weeks, and while the boss recovers.

We’ll assume you are all doing your normal arranged sessions, unless you notify me. If you find you are unable to blog, we should be able to find cover.Continue reading

EV 1542 by Stick Insect

EV 1542: Battle by Stick Insect – a Setter’s Blog

Extra letters give FIGHTING WITH HIM WAS LIKE TRYING TO SOLVE A CROSSWORD, from Red by TAYLOR SWIFT; the line ends ‘…and realising there is no right answer’, hence SWIFT is removed with the cells shaded red.

Some crosswords come from a subject dear to the setter’s heart, which he’s keen to share with others.… Continue reading

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

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