ST 2499 – Hints

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2499 – Hints

Selected hints by Big Dave

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

This is the latest in a long run of excellent Sunday puzzles.  Excellent surface reading and an underlying humour are two of this setter’s trademarks.  Make sure that you don’t miss the allusion to Virgil’s Latin epic poem The Aeneid in 13 down that led to the popular saying “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” among others.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

Starting this week, Peter Biddlecombe is going to be reviewing the Sunday puzzles instead of the Saturday ones.  His full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 4th September.

1a Marsupial primarily found in island, a native running wild (9,5)
The answer to this wonderful all-in-one clue is found by putting the first letter (primarily) of Marsupial inside an anagram (running wild) of ISLAND A NATIVE

19a European pest could be annoying (3,3)
This pest is found throughout Europe, not just in the UK – and it’s cryptically defined as “could be annoying”

1d Knowing what others have in mind, yet putting one’s foot down (7-7)
This is how charades should really be done! – combine a synonym for yet with a word meaning putting one’s foot down and you have the process of knowing what others have in mind

If that’s not enough to help you finish, just ask and I will see what I can do. But don’t expect much of a response until the Belgian Grand Prix has finished!

Please don’t put whole or partial answers in your comment, else they may be censored!



  1. Lea
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    It was a good puzzle today.- enjoyed it. It took me a while to get 1a – before your hints were up but the one I liked best was 10a.

    • Lea
      Posted August 30, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Correct that – I meant 1d. 1a was the first one I got – need to go back to sleep….

  2. Edi
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    wonderful xword today. what a fantastic way to spend a sunday morning. felt like a member of 8d.

  3. mrpauly
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve only just started but I’m already chuckling. What a witty clue 22A is!

    Island, despite what Donne said (3)


    • Posted August 30, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      We covered this in another puzzle some time ago but, as you say, it still makes you smile. If you who have no idea what this is all about, have a look at literary allusion in the Crossword Guide.

  4. nanaglugglug
    Posted August 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t mind your reasoning behind 12a, BD? It would be an alcohol related clue, coming from me wouldn’t it? Favourite clue 13d

    • gazza
      Posted August 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

      Hi nanaglugglug
      12a. The answer is a description of a 5-letter alcoholic drink the name of which you get by obeying the clue exactly!

  5. dramhampton
    Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Surely the 3d merits special mention for managing to conceal an 11-letter word in the clue!! Has anyone ever seen a longer one?

    • Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:54 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog dramhampton

      I’m sure that it has been done before, but can’t recall one.

    • Posted September 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      I can offer a famous 12-letter one, probably from the same setter: “Some job at hand – we’ll soon see” for BATH AND WELLS, the name of a diocese=SEE.