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ST 2576 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2576 (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    In which one’s routed differently (6)
An anagram (differently) of ROUTED gives somewhere In which one is routed differently!

11a    Wanted to have sink put in, as contemplated (9)
Start with a word meaning wanted to have something owned by someone else and insert a verb meaning to sink to get a word meaning contemplated

17a    Matthew’s threat badly concerned inquiry (5,3,6)
When you see names in a clue it often, as here, means that they are part of the fodder for an anagram – MATTHEW’S THREAT is an anagram (badly) of a concerned inquiry

27a    It’s part of e-mail, not a letter (6)
Inside email is a character that is not a letter


1d    Elegant piece of furniture put up during broadcast (8)
A word meaning elegant is derived by reversing (put up in a down clue) a piece of furniture (3) and following it with a phrase (2,3) that means during a radio or television broadcast

5d    One form of good book — possible way to get over sin (7,7)
An English translation of the Bible issued 1881–5 could be read as an instruction to create OVER SIN

9d    What makes story a success or extraordinary hit in many quarters (14)
To get what makes a story in the paper a success put OR and an anagram (extraordinary) of HIT inside many quarters of the compass

22d    Extremely energetic person who’s working hard on promotion? (5)
A double definition – an adjective meaning extremely energetic and a person who’s working hard on the promotion of a product

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!

91 comments on “ST 2576 (Hints)

  1. Lovely vintage Virgilius. Lots of favourite clues including 21d, 27a (those ones catch me out every time!), 5d, 6d and 9d, but my top favourite is 17a because that’s what I always think when my Matthew makes one of his rare telephone calls home :) Thanks to Virgilius for the great start to Sunday morning and BD for the hints and illustrations.

  2. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish with too many clever clues to pick a favourite although 4a & 6d stand out

  3. Morning Dave I enjoyed this today but I still though it was hard and some of the clues deserved toughie status, don’t understand where the last two letters in 3d come from unless its meant to be part of the three things youngsters need to learn? liked 10a, 25a, 27a, not sure if I liked 9d, thought 5d was clever and 22d I have never heard that used to mean a person who’s working hard etc. not an easy one today but enjoyable IMHO

  4. Yet another fine puzzle from Virgilius today. I found most of it straightforward, but did get a little stuck in the SW corner for a while.
    Thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.
    Off to West Sussex this afternoon for a week, to entertain the young ones during half term – Hope the weather improves!

  5. I’ve done most of the NW and SE quarters and am now thoroughly stuck despite the hints. Will have to come back to this later.

      1. One of those picture puzzles eg HEAD placed above the word HEELS which translates to head over heels.

  6. Oh dear, only done a handful and struggling with this one. 2d, game of cricket? 18d, hidden word?

    1. Hi Geoff, yes 18d is a hidden word its the kind of stormy outbreak a child might have!

      yes 2d could be a game of cricket

      1. Thanks Mary. So what does striker have to do with 2nd word? One of my kids used to have 18ds, real banging fists on and kicking the floor stuff, always on Mondays; turned out to be caused by tartrazine, the colourant in the orange squash he had in church on Sundays.

  7. I view of BD’s comment the other day on how he gets to star ratings I would have to give this 5*!
    Enjoyed it though and got there in the end without help.
    Thans muchly Virgilius – trust you to keep me on my toes!

  8. Well stuck on todays, found it very tricky indeed. Any help with 24a and 11a would be much appreciated :-)

    1. Hi Barrie

      You are looking for a word for contemplated, you need a 6 letter word for wanted as in a jealous sense with a three letter word for sink inside it

      this unusually gifted person is often found in childrens magazines/comics, you need a 6 letter word for a meal, which at the heart has a double letter, remove one of these and follow with *** as it actually says in the clue followed by a letter for a circle

      1. Still can’t see 11a. Only have checking letters from 5,8d and because of 5d I’m stuck on the ten commandments word, which is 5 or 7 letters for /current/past tense.

        1. the second word of 5d is an anagram of ‘over sin’ Geoff, the first word really is the anagram indicator if that makes sense?

        2. 11a If you wanted something that someone else had in a jealous sense you would have ****** them put a three letter word for sink as in collapses in the middle inside to get a word for contemplate

      2. Thanks Guys, thought of the Batman type character but couldn’t see the fit. never thought of the jealous type want either so had little chance of 11a.
        Only another 12 to go!!

    2. In 24a, the unusually gifted person may be found in a comic or Sci Fi movie. The a late evening meal and remove one of the double letters in the middle. Add on the her from the clue and a final letter that is a circle for the answer

    3. 11a – the wanted word is to do with when you’d wanted something belonging to someone else… and the inserted ‘sink’ word is a three-letter word which is what a souffle will do if I cook it.
      24a – Clark Kent, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne … their alter-egos.

      BD – hope that’s not too much for the clues.


  9. Good puzzle today. Thank you to Big Dave and Virgilius.

    I enjoyed this more than yesterday’s puzzle – seems like I am closer to the general mood today. Maybe I just slept better last night…

      1. You need African capital, which is the first letter followed by another way of saying ‘won’t’ I at least I think that’s correct

    1. Can I move to your house? We haven’t got torrential rain like yesterday, just very chilly mist and drizzle.

          1. 1st day this year over 20 – it’s beginning to look as though Spring may have sprung! You never know though, it can be cold and wet in March.

  10. Late on duty today as I was waiting for Mary’s tips. Favourite was 5d but I also enjoyed the rest of the puzzle. Where is Kath?

  11. Finished quicker than usual for a Sunday – but, assuming I’ve got it right, can someone please explain 20d to me??
    Don’t know where the rest of you live but it’s cold, grey and dark here in West Berkshire and has been all day!

  12. Another enjoyable puzzle from Virgilius with a good mix of clues.
    Best for me were : 11a,13a, 21a, 27a, 2d, 5d, 6d,19d & 20d.
    I solved this one diagonally! NW corner then SE then NE and finally SW.
    The NW was relatively easy and then I got the four 14-letter jobs out of the way and then pressed on as noted.
    Here in NL, the weather is generally dry but we have a chilly east wind.
    Don’t kid yourselves that Spring is here yet – remember the March equinoctial winds often bring cold and snow!

  13. Dave in 21a what actually tells us that we are looking for another way of saying ‘won’t I to follow African caital?

  14. I’ve finally got here – visitors gone now.
    Found this one quite hard and have ended up completely stuck on three clues – 4a (which seems to be quite a favourite judging by previous comments) 6d (likewise) and 14a – thought I had the first word of that until I got 9d. Any help please?
    Clues that I have enjoyed today include 10, 17 and 27a and 5, 7, 19 and 20d.
    Thanks to Virgilius and Big Dave – and, in advance, to anyone who can help me to finish these last three clues!!

    1. Hi Kath nice to see you’re back to normal

      14a, inside job as in the programmes you see on tv doing up rooms
      4a You need a word for entrances, i thought this was a difficult one, you need a four letter word for affectedly playful, (I wouldn’t have thought of this particular word) followed by a 4 letter word for kinds of behaviour,
      6d you need a word for goes quickly, a three letter word for consumes followed by what the 4 Xs are

      hope that helps but it doesn’t seem very clear sorry

      1. 4a and 6d were the last two in for me…. but they were real ‘penny drop’ ,moments and I enjoyed the wordplay.

        Affectedly playful… think ‘saucy’ and a raised eyebrow … ?

      2. Last 2 for me and did not see either of them… even with the help!! Got there at last! many thanks… think I am now wel linto another club.. other than the Clueless one….Is there one for ‘I still can’t see i despite the help club t’????? maybe the glass of wine did not help? Have found it hard this week!

  15. I know I shall kick myself but can anyone help me with 6d and 4a? Just can;t see either of them at all :-(

    1. 6d Quickly goes and consumes XXXX (7)
      The definition is quickly goes. Think of each X as a Roman numeral.

            1. You’re nearly there. It’s a 3-letter word meaning consumes followed by the plural of what you now have.

  16. Thanks to your helpful hints above, I have now managed to do all but five clues. The ones remaining are 13 and 26a and 6, 20 and 22d. It’s a bit of a struggle, but I’m having a busy day.

      1. 13a Female articles put in case (7)
        This is a verb meaning to put something in a case. It’s a feminine pronoun followed by two articles (one indefinite and one definite).

        1. Thanks, got that one at least :-) Only 3 to go including that irritating 6d which I am still no nearer getting!

      2. 7d It’s a dreadful feeling, being held by gangsters (5)
        This feeling of dread is hidden (held by) in the clue.

        1. Thanks got them all at last. Wouldn’t have got 6d without your help if I had lived to be 100!!

    1. Hi Barrie
      The word meaning quickly go is a bit old fashioned – not used in everyday conversation nowadays. XXXX is four what?

        1. With the prize crosswords I’m never quite sure what oversteps the mark. I suppose on this one I didn’t include anything that isn’t already in the clue?

          1. What to avoid is what I call an alternative clue, which is a clue that has the same answer but has little to do with the original clue. If the clue is describing, say, “Yesterday”, then avoid saying “Think of a Beatles song”.

            1. OK, think I may have got it at last! I’ll sleep better now because the naughty corner ain’t that comfortable!

    2. Earlier post ( shown below)…. totally understand! Want to join me in a new club??

      ‘Last 2 for me and did not see either of them… even with the help!! Got there at last! many thanks… think I am now wel linto another club.. other than the Clueless one….Is there one for ‘I still can’t see i despite the help clubt’????? maybe the glass of wine did not help? Have found it hard this week!’

      1. Hi Lizwhiz
        IMHO not the easiest of puzzles today but a typical Virgilius. At one point I thought I might have been beaten but then the penny suddenly dropped on those pesky XXXX!
        What’s causing you’re problem?

  17. Enjoyed both weekend puzzles very much – keep up this standard please DT & ST. A few days off now seeing the sites of Athens – back in time for next weekend’s delights. Thanks to setters, boggers & commentators all!

  18. BD, just been reading your hints on this and nowfully understand 5d. Got the answer but couldn’t work out where the 1st word came from. It’s one of those ‘reverse anagrams’ which I always miss – there were 3 in Friday’s Firefly Toughie I think! Didn’t expect one to come up in a cryptic!

  19. Thanks BD for your reply – 14 above – only just back in this blog. Of course! It makes all the sense in the world – now!

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