ST 2569 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2569 (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.

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1a    Liberal policy for each point added to message (14)
This liberal (with a small l) policy is a created from “for each” and a point or headland around (added to) a message

11a    Skill needed in aircraft-carrier left, right, and centre (3)
This skill is spelt out by the left, right and centre letters of aircraft-carrier, in that order

15a    Military HQ where sides meet obtusely (8)
Each of the sides of this American Military HQ where meet at 108°

27a    Principle partially applied to fold flag (6,8)
A principle which is unfairly applied in different ways to different people is a charade of to fold in two and a flag


1d    Group of artists rebuilt atelier, perhaps (3-11)
The group of artists, founded by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and Sir John Everett Millais, who practised a truthful, almost rigid, adherence to natural forms and effects is an anagram (rebuilt) of ATELIER PERHAPS

3d    Fill in for medic, somewhat ignorant (3-8)
This adjective meaning ignorant is brilliantly hidden inside the clue!

7d    Trying to discover what cat can do? (7)
A verb meaning trying to discover, when split (3,4), gives what a cat can do according to a well-known (to some) expression – note that you need a synonym for the first word!

13d    Former Tory leader annoyed, then mad (7,4)
This former Tory Prime Minister is an anagram (mad) of ANNOYED THEN

25d    Released on bail, heads off to commit a crime (3)
The initial letters (heads off) the first three words give a word meaning to commit a crime

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!



  1. Nubian
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    An excellent crossword today with many enjoyable clues, lots on the favourite list. Thanks to Big Dave and the Setter.

  2. crypticsue
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Took me longer than usual to solve, but that might be because I had just got back from a 4 mile walk and was trying to sort out veg for lunch at the same time. Quite tough but very enjoyable with lots of good clues including 11a, 6d and 7d. Thanks to Virgilius and BD.

    • Nora
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Champagne´s not responsible today then? I enjoyed this crossword. It´s always satisfying to get long answers in early.

      • Kath
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

        That’s where I went wrong – I DIDN’T (ie couldn’t) do the long ones – so it all seemed a bit difficult ….

      • crypticsue
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

        Champagne is a once in a blue moon thing in my life – its just I was given three bottles for my special birthday and, as Mr CS, says there isn’t a lot of point leaving them on the wine rack :)

        • Kath
          Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

          Absolutely not – I agree with Mr CS – do hope that you enjoyed the Champagne … :grin:

  3. Prolixic
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Cracking start to the year. Many thanks to Virgilius and to BD for the notes.

  4. Spindrift
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Struggling but will persevere…Mrs Spindrift is on duty at the hospital for the 4th time since Christmas so no distractions of a Sunday Roast with a decent bottle of red for me, unfortunately.

    I’m not sure of the reference to the well known expression in 7d although I can work out what the answer must be.

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Click on the picture!

      • Spindrift
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

        Thank you – now firmly logged for future reference

  5. Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The usual finepuzzle from Virgilius to start the New Year. Many thank to him and to BD.

  6. Rednaxela
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    A very good Sunday work-out, with plenty of excellent clues. 6d had me stuck for a while [a 3-letter word!] until the penny dropped after re-reading the clue several times. Thanks to the setter and BD for this excellent site.

  7. Digby
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    The recuperative power of crosswords! Having been struck by the dreaded flu on Boxing Day, just folding the paper to the back page was too much effort. So to complete this without resort to help is a very positive sign that all is almost well again. A winning start in Sydney later today would be the icing on the recovery cake. Thanks BD & V, and a belated Happy New Year to everyone.

  8. Spindrift
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Cracked it! Albeit with the help of Big Dave’s hints. Engaging smug mode…

    • Digby
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      The solution is a drink that traditionally washes down a juicy rib of beef. From the answer you can work out the word-play – that’s what I did.

  9. Nathan J
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi all

    Brilliant puzzle as always from Virgilius.

    For some reason I can’t figure out 26a.

    Any hints would be greatly appreciated.

    I am looking forward to more great blogs this year on this fantastic website.

    • Spindrift
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      This took me a while as well. Try the usual crosswordland word for “revolutionary then take the first of “warship” then…

      • Nathan J
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

        Got it! Thanks Spindrift. Finished now.

  10. tilly
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    11a and 6d were my favourite clues in a really great puzzle. Thanks to Virgilius and BD.

  11. Collywobbles
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t see 6d from yesterday but finished the rest

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      I’m surprised you haven’t spotted by now that hovering over the pictures accompanying hints usually reveals something!

      • Collywobbles
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        Actually I have spotted it but still couldn’t see the relevance other than **** was in the answer. It’s the peanuts that I can’t fit

        • Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

          It’s a poor clue because having entered the answer you can’t be sure that you are correct. Also, as a “definition by example” it should be followed by “perhaps” or a “?” or something similar.

          • Collywobbles
            Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

            Right, I agree

  12. Frank Devine
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Not my first visit to the site, but the first time I’ve had to ask for help !! just can’t figure 24a

    • Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to the blog Frank

      24a Display work the writer put back in stores (7)
      It’s a reverse charade – take words meaning to display, a musical work and the setter of the puzzle (3,2,2) and reverse them to get these stores or large shops that sells a wide variety of goods

      • Frank Devine
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        Got it ! Many thanks BD

  13. BigBoab
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyable and not overtaxing for the Festive time of year.

  14. Kath
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Found this a bit more difficult than the last few Sundays. Have now finished but needed hints and some of the comments and replies for a few explanations – 11a 26a and 7d. Oh well – it’s not that long ago that I hardly ever looked at the crossword on Sundays because I just couldn’t do it so I MUST be improving. :smile:
    1a and 1d both took me a long time so I didn’t have lots of starting letters which could account for how long the whole crossword took – who cares – what’s the hurry? It’s Sunday!
    Favourite clues today – 19 and 24a and 3, 6 and 18d.
    Thank you to Virgilius and Big Dave.

    • Franco
      Posted January 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

      Kath, Nice “carriage returns”. :smile:

      I must get rid of this old typewriter.

      • Kath
        Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

        See – I can and do learn! :grin:

        Do you mean double carriage returns (which is what you seem to do) because if you don’t it looks even worse?!

        As I said yesterday, some of my comments would take up SO much space …

  15. Claire
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Bit tricky today – but very enjoyable. Favourites 6d – took me ages to see that one – and 11a – one of my first (smug smile!!) Thanks Virgilius for the ‘work-out’ and BD for the hints.

  16. Derek
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Knocked this off quickly after dinner tonight!
    Of the four outer 14-letter jobs I found 8d to be the best.
    Also liked 10a, 19a, 24a, 7d & 16d.

  17. Qix
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Just finished this one.

    Simple to complete, but some very nice clues. 10A was my favourite, and took me ages to figure out, followed by a particularly severe self-kicking.

    Thanks to setter and BD; the latter, in particular, for the “Ophelia” pic in the hint for 1D.

    • Posted January 3, 2011 at 12:19 am | Permalink

      I particularly remembered the picture from the recent TV mini-series – the poor girl spent hours lying in a bath of water while Millais painted her.

  18. Posted January 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink


    You didn’t provide your return email address when you wrote via the Contact page.

    8d Dog in manger perturbed pastor (6,8)
    This dog is an anagram (perturbed) of MANGER followed by a pastor, one who looks after a flock!