MPP – 083

Monthly Prize Puzzle (April 2019)

Faulty keyboard by Alchemi

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Clues are normal.¬† However, when composing the grid, one of the keys on Alchemi’s keyboard was stuck, so he just left that letter out. Had the stuck key been Z (it wasn’t), PIZZAS would have appeared as PIAS and ZOOLOGY as OOLOGY. Most answers (though not all) are affected, and the results are rarely real words.
When you have finished, count the number of letters omitted and put that number in the box provided.

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Enumerations have been intentionally omitted from this puzzle.

Solvers should enter the number of letters, and nothing else, in the answer box below.¬† There is no need to send a completed grid or solution, or to explain your answer. Closing date for entries is midnight on April 20th 2019. The winner will receive their choice of any of the Telegraph Crossword Books. In the event of two or more entries being received from the same solver all of these entries will be disqualified, except that mistakes can be corrected by using the box below and clearly requesting that the earlier entry be withdrawn. The winner will be drawn at random from the correct entries. Editor’s decision is final.

Please note that, due to punitive postal charges, while the competition is open to all, the prize is only available to UK solvers.

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A review will be published after the closing date.

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