ST 2543 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2543 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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It shouldn’t take long to spot today’s theme!  As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the better clues and provide hints for them.

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.

Peter Biddlecombe’s full review of this puzzle will be published at 12.00 on Friday, 9th July.

Across

8a           US general giving computer to President (9)
This American general was Commander of Allied forces in the SW Pacific during the Second World War – to get his name combine an Apple computer with the US Vice-President who became President following the assassination of James Garfield

11a         Day for celebration, like the 7th of January, 8th of February, and 3rd of May (3,6,2,4)
Work out which letter is indicated by the clue and apply the formula to the only other month containing that letter – presto, a day for celebration

26a         Crazy person finally back in Texan city (5)
Put the last letter (finally) of back inside a Texan city, the scene of a siege in 1993, to get one of the spellings of a word meaning a deranged or eccentric person

27a         Top US golfer demolished milk scone (9)
This name of the current U.S. Masters champion is an anagram of MILK SCONE

Down

1d           Drop out of old American university (4)
A word meaning to drop out is built up from O(ld) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5d           In non-U American way, help party with a supporter’s badge (2,1,5)
This phrase meaning to help is spelt, in the American way, without the “U” – a charade of a party, A and a badge or knot of ribbons that is given or worn as a mark of support

16d         Clearing vehicle in US currently parking without haste outside (8)
The American spelling of a vehicle used for clearing roads in the winter is built up by putting a synonym for currently and P(arking) inside a word meaning without haste

25d         American setting up king? No (4)
Strictly speaking a citizen of the New England States, or an inhabitant of the Northern United States, as opposed to the Southern, this term is used in the UK for any American – reverse K(ing) and a form of the word no.

If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.

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

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24 Comments

  1. crypticsue
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Definitely 5* enjoyment. Didn’t take long to spot the theme or complete the puzzle. Too many good clues to pick a favourite.

  2. Ann B
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Good puzzle & yes theme obvious. Raining all morning here in Northumberland so got on with CW over inside Coffee!
    Lots of good clues husband helped with The Golfer tho.

  3. Patsyann
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I really dislike puzzles that are so heavily themed. This one required a lot of general knowledge, which should not be necesssary in a cryptic crossword

  4. Lea
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed it – theme was predictable given the day and nothing was out of the realms of straightforward – even the golfer

  5. Prolixic
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Great fun to solve – many thanks to Vigilius for the crossword.

  6. Mr Tub
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    It could’ve been worse: it could’ve been about Wimbledon.

  7. BigBoab
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Dave, you have given the answer to 1d.

    • gazza
      Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, BigBoab – i’ve amended it for BD.

    • Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Whoops – went back into weekday mode momentarily!

  8. Geoff
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I’m with patsyann on this. Didn’t like it. You could look up most of the answers in google or wiki.

  9. Posted July 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Good fun this…….
    – BD, am I right in thinking the Sunday setter lives in the US ? – if so he can be fully excused since the 4th July doesn’t fall too often on his Sunday slot.
    At first I thought milk scone was very dodgy anagram fodder, but googling seems to establish it as a fixture of Scottish cuisine. Still a long way from US giolfers, though…..

  10. Sarah F
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Having just recently started to try the ST crossword, I was disappointed to see it so heavily themed. Fourth July, American Pie—Bye, Bye, not for me this week!

    Still, there is always last week’s one to work at, so am trying it instead.

  11. Barrie
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Quite enjoyed this, unlike others I do enjoy a themed puzzle. Not finished yet as I suspect there are a number of Americanisms that I am unlikely to see ie 12d, 19a, 17d and 22a. But then I couldn’t see 28a phrase in yesterdays and still can’t and that was supposed to be English!

  12. Nubian
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I was expecting this today. As Patsyann says, Gen Knowledge will get you through most of it.
    16d, is that the way they spell it over the pond ?
    Oh well, just had a pleasant afternoon at Revel, walking up and down the ‘vide grenier’. In the UK they would it a car boot sale without the car and the boot. Mostly farming impliments and clogs.
    Ah well, after all, tomorrow is another day…fade music

  13. gnomethang
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    A brief holiday from the usual Virgilius complexity but a fun themed puzzle.
    Thanks to him and to BD.

  14. Barrie
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Finished at last, not quite sure exactly what 21d has to do with cowboy gear but hey ho! Enjoyable little celebration of todays US Festival.

  15. brendam
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Not very happy with SO many themed clues! And is 1d really “drop out”, don’t like it. Thanks for the hints B.D. couldn’t get 16d till reading your blog. Americanese is so familiar but so alien!

  16. Nora
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Can somebody please explain 2d – I got the answer from the intersecting letters, but can’t see why.

    • Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      The Baltimore singer is a bird.

      • Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

        And my last in earlier. I was looking for a crooner first, but then remembered watching the Toronto Blue Jays vs the Milwaukee Brewers in the late 90’s. And have just been listening to the call of Golden members of this genus/species in central France (Libellule-land, as the other day I got a great photo of a bright red dragonfly on the banks of the Charente), but never managed to see one…….the bird, that is.
        Back in Lincs now.

    • Franny
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      I think the Baltimore ******* are a baseball team.

  17. Clanargyl
    Posted July 7, 2010 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Can someone give me a hint for 3d its the last one and my mind has been churning americania for too long now ta!

    • Posted July 7, 2010 at 11:05 am | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Clanargyl

      3d Union leader, dramatic Irishman (8)
      This is a double definition – General Philip Henry was a Unionist General during the American Civil War, Richard Brinsley was an Irish playright