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ST 2565 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2565 (Hints)

Hints and tips from 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.

A full review of this puzzle will be published on Friday, 10th December.


1a    Supporters having no right to become such addicts (6)
Take a word meaning supporters or allies, drop the R(having no right) to get these addicts or fanatics

17a    One depends on current supply as source of rock (8,6)
This instrument depends on a supply of current to play rock music

26a    Character fault one’s shown in mile race (8)
A character fault is constructed buy putting I (one) between M(ile) and a race

27a    Queen accepting European vote as constructive addition (6)
Put an eighteenth-century queen around (accepting) E(uropean) and a mark made to register a vote to get a constructive addition to a building


1d    Informative response not going beyond characters in first eleven (8)
An informative response is made up of letters in the range A-K – is there more to this? I looked at not giving the ball to a forward, but can’t quite fit it in

5d    What can be included repeatedly at OU? (5,9)
An all-in-one clue where an anagram (what can be) of INCLUDED AT AT (repeatedly at) OU is described by the whole clue

20d    It can be got from tree, primarily medicinal (6)
This healing ointment is a charade of a tree that produces very light wood and M (primarily Medicinal) and is described by the whole clue

22d    Missing British spy chief at Pentagon, say (5)
A word meaning missing or taken away, when split (1,2,2), could be James Bond’s boss visiting the Pentagon

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

As this is a Prize crossword, please don’t put whole or partial answers or alternative clues in your comment, else they may be censored!

50 comments on “ST 2565 (Hints)

  1. Judging by emails from my fellow Advanced CC members and the odd comment about today’s puzzle on yesterday’s page, I might be in the minority today as apart from one and a half clues, I didn’t struggle with this lovely Sunday puzzle. Like BD I was slightly confused by 1d and had a problem with 4a as I was trying to fit two ‘diamonds’ in the answer.

    Thank you Virgilius for the lovely crossword which (sorry people) I completed in the usual quick time for a Sunday puzzle. Thanks to BD for the hints too.

  2. I can’t get past your explanation for 1d, BD – perhaps not the greatest of clues. Otherwise. Very enjoyable puzzle.
    Thanks to BD and Virgilius.

      1. A real 4* ‘toughie* for me today, had loads of help, electronic, books, brother, BD, once it was finished it left me wondering why it had taken so long! Tough but clever IMHO not an easy one for CC today!

      1. In 1d the second word alone is the answer, so why would we need the first word, if you get my meaning?

  3. A most enjoyable puzzle today. Fav by far was 4 as it took me ages before i f- sorry worked it out. Loved 14 and 17 and most of the others as well. Come on Mary – what about SSP – it happened in Buxton!

  4. I seemed to make heavy weather of this. It took a long time to get going but once I had a reasonable number of crossing letters it all fell into place.
    Guessed 1d and didn’t even pick up on the first eleven characters bit and it took me longer to understand 4a than it did to finish the crossword. A definite A-ha moment.
    Overall really enjoyable, though I would say harder than usual.

  5. Must be having an off day because I found this quite a bit trickier than recent Sundays! Now the answers are in I wonder what was tricky about it – too much wine yesterday?!
    Still, got there in the end so thanks for a good puzzle Virgilius.
    I,too, cannot see anything else for 1d.

  6. In 1d, informative could be the definition, response could be the first half of the answer, not going beyond could be the second part, i.e. behind/**** , characters in first eleven means not beyond K ……….. maybe?

  7. I always find Sunday crosswords harder than the other days, except perhaps Fridays, but for the third time in a row I have at least finished it so am quite pleased. Didn’t understand 1d and to begin with had the wrong four letters at the beginning which made 10a tricky but sorted that out. Also missed the anagram indicator at 5d. Not quite sure that I understand 12a – I think that what I’ve got has to be right but can’t make sense of the first four letters – does it really mean “profit”? Am probably being a bit dim, again! Liked 4, 13,14, and 17a and 3, 8, 9, 15, 18 and 19d – I’m running on again! Actually really enjoyed the whole crossword. Thanks to Virgilius and Big Dave.

  8. Well that was a Sunday special, I almost lost the will to live. Had to go into the big city with Mrs N for lunch,Caeser salad with anchovies,I hate anchovies! its like eating lumps of salt. Anyway 12a was in a toughie last week I think, and the rest seemed to fight all the way to the finishing line.
    The Toon got beat 3-1, dinner was not enjoyable and I’m under stoppage of Brandy. I’m sure there is a bottle of blue sapphire kicking about somewhere. I wish the snow would go away as times are now becoming desperate. I am turning into a Royal Naval Officer, is there any Angostura darling ?
    Thanks to Virgilius and Big Dave

  9. Finally got round to this after a delighful weekend in Kent. I assume that I have plumbed the depths and worked out 4a correctly, but I can’t for the life of me see why. Anyway, thanks for the hints, banter and to our Sunday Setter.

      1. Sorry BD – you beat me to it! And while I’m still in front of the computer I STILL don’t get 12a even after Mary’s help. I know that we had this one yesterday but I can’t understand the first four letters being synonymous with ‘profit’.

        1. If you plumb the depths of Chambers you will find:

          transitive verb
          To give profit or advantage to

          noun (obsolete)
          Any reparation or compensation paid (OE law)
          Booty (Shakespeare)

    1. Digby – re 4a – yes, you have plumbed the depths! First letter is the usual one letter abbreviation for ‘feminine’, the next six letters mean ‘in’ ie not out – easier to split it into 2 and 4 – and the last letter is the usual abbreviation for ‘diamonds’.

          1. Not at all Kath. The BBQ operates year round here – we never use the oven for cooking meat. Even the Christmas turkey is roasted thereon! Tonight it a speciality I came across in Canada – a chicken with a beer can full of wine & herbs where you would normally put the stuffing. Try it – well worth the effort!!

  10. Found this really tricky today – can anyone help me with 15d (which I think I have but don’t know why) and 25a which I made up but don’t think is a word!) Thanks

    1. 15d Support, putting in time for Conservative followers (9)
      Start with a verb meaning to support and put in T(ime) in place of C(onservative) to end up with a word meaning followers.

    2. 25a Final stage appearance as Shakespearean villian grabbing maiden (5)
      Start with the villian of Shakespeare’s Othello and insert (grabbing) M(aiden) to get the final stage of an insect’s development.

  11. I enjoyed this puzzle. Can’t think of any other explanation for 1D than that suggested above, and it seems like a fairly weak clue. Didn’t detract too much from the overall experience though. Some nice clues today.

  12. Tackled this today after a very enjoyable Sinter Klaas weekend with my daughter and family with two visits to Amsterdam.
    A lot of good clues : I liked 12a, 14a, 17a, 27a, 1d, 8d, 9d, 15d, 18d & 20d.

    A slight thaw here in NL – but not 100% yet.

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