ST 2549 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2549 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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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, 20th August.


Across

1a    Walk like our rulers (14)
A delightful double definition – walk for the benefit of one’s health and existing subject to fixed laws

14a    Slight addition to injury that makes situation worse (6)
This slight or affront, when added to injury, forms a phrase meaning makes the situation worse

19a    Part of whale bow of dinghy hit by accident (6)
Combine the lobe of a whale’s tail with the first letter (bow) of Dinghy to get a word meaning hit by accident – edged through the slips, perhaps


27a    Wife and nipper, perhaps, awfully brash youngster (14)
W(ife) followed by an anagram (awfully) of NIPPER PERHAPS gives a brash youngster

Down

1d    Discovered doing something wrong, as acrobat might be (6,2,3,3)
A phrase that means discovered doing something wrong could describe part of an acrobat’s performance

2d    Weapons inspectors turned up slightly odd clues in atomic centre (7)
The organisation that was represented in Iraq by weapons inspector Hans Blix is reversed (turned up) and followed by an anagram (slightly odd, as only a couple of letters are moved) of CLUES to get the centre of an atom

13d    E.g. fine region within which a trip could be risky (7,4)
Combine something of which a fine is an example with a region to get the part of a football pitch where a trip could be risky

25d    Propitiatory offering as usual way of doing things, initially (3)
A propitiatory offering spells out the initials of Standard Operating Procedure (usual way of doing things) – not an abbreviation that came readily to mind, but it is in Chambers

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!

42 Comments

  1. Prolixic
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Enjoyable puzzle from Virgilius today. I have found an iPhone app that will download the Daily Telegraph crossword if you are a Clued Up subscriber so did not need to get out of bed to do this one! Many thanks to Virgilius for the puzzle and to BD for the notes. Favourite clue was 19a.

    • gnomethang
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Do tell..!

  2. crypticsue
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle this morning, thank you Virgilius. I thought all the clues excellent apart from 11a which has nothing wrong with it apart from being a fine example of my pet hate. Had the answer but wasn’t sure why until I invoked Gnomethang’s law and then read the word “odds”!

  3. Nubian
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Friendly enough puzzle today with one or two teethsuckers but overall pretty enjoyable. 21d was a bit “well all right”.
    Fav was 22a. Thanks to Big Dave and Virgilius for all their work.
    Off to visit Gibside Hall, I’ve been promising to go for forty years and finally the day has come.
    Have a nice Sunday everyone.

    • Digby
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      Hope you enjoyed your visit – do you know that you can book in to stay there?

      • Nubian
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

        Just got back, wonderful place. Yes I noticed when we were there you could stay in the Banqueting House but couldn’t have a look as it was cordoned off. The Queen Mother should have kept the main house going thoigh, it looks like it was quite a pile.

        • Nubian
          Posted August 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

          £200 per night….ouch !!

  4. nanaglugglug
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Yep, agree with the above – not too simple and a few new words for us anyway. Favourite clues 8d and 22a. Can’t get the pic for the 19a -what am I doing wrong, BD? Thanks Virgilus for a good Sunday Morning.

    • Posted August 15, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

      Well, it did work! I’ve changed the picture.

      • nanaglugglug
        Posted August 16, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

        And very nice it is too! Thanks!

  5. Mr Tub
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    14a was my favourite today: by no means the hardest clue, but in my humble opinion very nicely written.

  6. gnomethang
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Triffic puzzle. 1a and 12a were tremendous clues.
    Many thanks to Virgilius and to BD for the notes,

  7. tilly
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    It’s so good to be back! First Elgar, then Prolixic and now this one. Great puzzle, Virgilius. Favourite clue 1a. Thanks to BD, too.

    Off to see what might happen in 13d this afternoon………..

    • mary
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      one all Tilly :(

      • tilly
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

        Better than one side losing … but I think we need some new players. not least a goalie.

  8. Geoff
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    12a is a cryptic clue ?? Strikes me as being in the wrong puzzle.

    • mary
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      At last someone has mentioned 12a, last to go in for me, never ever heard of it, but should have guessed from monarchs, but what has ER to do with anything?

      • Geoff
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

        I knew it would be a word I didn’t know. Fortunately, a classics friend, fluent in Latin and Greek, just happens to know it and could see it fitted with checking letters 1, 7, 9 and 11!

    • Libellule
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

      12a is an anagram (could be) of “APPLIED TO ER” and monarch is a reference to a type of butterfly….. a really good clue.

      • Geoff
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

        Oops … didn’t notice that. How embarrassing!

      • mary
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Libelulle, I really didn’t see that and I had looked at it for sooooooo long :) , yes now I can see it was a good clue, I was looking at all kinds of ways to use ER!

      • gnomethang
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

        “you’re my favorite!”

        • mary
          Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

          is that cryptic gnomey??

          • mary
            Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

            is the answer ‘Brucie’

            • gnomethang
              Posted August 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

              A typo alas. I was referring to the clue!

              • mary
                Posted August 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

                never mind :)

  9. mary
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi everyone, took me most of the morning to do this, but much too nice a day to spend a long time on a crosssword so thank goodness I finished it before we went off caravan hunting again :) fav clue 22a

    • Franny
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear, and 22a is one of the clues I’m now stuck on. Good luck with the caravan hunting. :-)

  10. Geoff
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    All done, in two parts either side of a jolly nice 1a in the sunshine by the river. It probably took me far too long, but I got there without asking for help – just!

    Thanks for puzzle and hints.

    • mary
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      Really well done a Sunday one too, what are you going to do for the rest of the week?? :)

    • mary
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

      Which river was that Geoff?

      • Geoff
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

        The Thames, but only a mile or so upstream and it becomes the Isis. Went downstream today and very pleasant too.

        • mary
          Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

          Does the Isis run through Oxford?

          • Geoff
            Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

            It does. Anyone remember the Morris Isis? A slightly bigger version of the Morris Oxford If I’m right. And that was a bigger version of the Morris Cowley, which is where the factory was built. The Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir, which I accompany, has its roots in the Morris factory, as many Welsh men came to work there during the 30’s.

  11. brendam
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Libellule, thank you!! Got 12a but had no idea why. SO obvious once you know! Good puzzle, enjoyable and thanks to setter and blogger

  12. pogglet
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Stuck on 12a and 7d – can anyone help please?

    • gazza
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

      12a See Libellule’s reply to comment #8 above.
      7d Medicinal plant from stall he always picked (7)
      The plant is a word hidden in the clue.

      • pogglet
        Posted August 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

        Thanks Gazza – got it now! Apologies for late reply :o)

  13. Franny
    Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    As you can see I started this very late, and have now done all but the SW quarter. Can anyone help with 22 and 24a or 16 and 18d? Many thanks, as I shall be in the South of France when Peter Biddlecombe’s solutions are printed.

    • Prolixic
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

      22a – green is the answer in the sense of conservation rather than a shade of green. It is an anagram of E cornfields with a final Y

      24a you want a shade of red found by putting a word means against around a word meaning lips.

    • Prolixic
      Posted August 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      16d – the answer is a word hidden in the clue

      18d – you want a word meaning connecting with the bank, as a boat may do overnight IS an abbreviation for hard to give a word describing someone from a part of Africa.

      • Franny
        Posted August 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

        Thanks very much, Prolixic. I was looking at the wrong end of the stick altogether, and at 25d had put what we give the waiter. Now I can go to bed. :-)