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ST 2589 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2589 (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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A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.


1a Athlete filmed in front of golf club (4-6)
To get this field athlete put a word meaning filmed in front of a golf club

10a Occupy shortly, without husband (7)
A word meaning to occupy is created by putting a phrase meaning shortly (2,1,3) around (without) H(usband)

12a Creative discussions note origin of heavy fall in German capital (13)
These creative discussions are a charade of the seventh note of the diatonic scale of C major, the origin of a heavy fall or precipitation, IN and G (German capital)

15a One’s put on before one’s taken off (4,4)
… especially important in a 23d!

22a Loveless marriage, say, with one bloke? That’s foolish (13)
Start with a word meaning a marriage, remove the O (loveless) then add a verb meaning to say, I(one) and a posh word for a bloke to get an adjective meaning foolish or half-witted

27a Get awfully drunk, finally, and streak — like this (5,5)
An anagram (awfully) of K (drunK, finally) AND STREAK gives a description of a streaker, drunk or sober!

ARVE Error: need id and provider


1d Dismissal in place of retirement (4)
A double definition – dismissal from a job and a place that one hits when retiring for the night

7d Sink warship north of port, perhaps (7)
A word meaning to sink or cave in is a charade of an underwater warship and the part of a ship of which port is an example (indicated by perhaps)

20d Business group’s short time in New York, missing centre (7)
This business group of people with a common interest is created by inserting T (short time) inside NEW (Y)ORK

21d It introduces alternatives, i.e. number over one (6)
A word that precedes two alternatives which are separated by “or” is created by putting a number or anaesthetic around I (one) – the use of number as an anaesthetic is a popular setter’s trick and appeared in DT 26509 by Giovanni, among many others!

23d Lose control, in a way, as small child (4)
A word meaning to lose control, of a car on an icy road perhaps, is a charade of S(mall) and a child

ARVE Error: need id and provider

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!

Today it’s Happy Birthday to Morrissey (52)

29 comments on “ST 2589 (Hints)

  1. Super puzzle! One of those where I filled in the grid, and then came back to fully understand the constructs of a couple of clues, in particular 22a. Most enjoyable – thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

  2. Excellent CW today. Wild & windy with periodic downpours up here in Northumberland. April not may weather. No heatwave here this weekend!!!!
    Cheers all

  3. I’ve enjoyed this crossword but am totally stuck on two clues – 5 and 16d – can’t explain what I’ve got for 18d either. I’m assuming that the second letter is the ‘king’ in the clue but can’t make sense of the rest. A bit of help would be very much appreciated. I’ve never heard of 1a. Particularly liked 15, 22, 24 and 27a and 4, 7 and 13d. Thanks to Virgilius and Big Dave. Very windy with occasional heavy rain showers here – we need the rain but could do without the wind bashing everything around. Back up the garden now that it’s stopped raining again.

    1. Think of the saying once …………… twice shy I think – with R for king in

      I’m one short can’ for the life of me get 8d

      1. You will kick yourself on 8d. A word meaning completely is hidden in the last four words of the clue.

        1. Yes I am – thanks for that – can’t stand it when I have one left looking at me :)

    2. 5d think of bible connection
      16d start with another type of 17a then anagram on I set

    3. Greetings from Luxembourg! I’m a newbie here and have to say the blog is ace. Great puzzle today.

      To Kath for 18d think of the saying “once ******, twice shy”.
      16d: The first four letters are a type of 17a. Take the letter I and an anagram of set to get being somewhere first.
      I can’t give much of a clue on 5d but it is a contributor to a well known (book or collection of books).

      I hope I haven’t said too much there… I’m sure I’ll get edited out if I have.

        1. Thanks gazza. I have been a silent observer for a while. Hopefully I will be able to contribute more often.

    4. Thanks to all for the help on 5 and 16d and the explanation of 18d – really appreciated and apologies for very late acknowledgement – more gardening has been done and a visit to ancient Mum in the interim. Hope you all have a good Sunday evening.

    1. Hi Dennis – welcome to the blog.
      15a One’s put on before one’s taken off (4,4)
      It’s what a driver may ask you to put on, for safety reasons, before he/she takes you off on a journey.

  4. The usual great crossword from Virgilius. Many thanks to him for the fun and to BD for the notes. As CS is sunning herself on holiday this week, I will be back with a full review on Friday.

  5. Nice one from Virgilius as usual!
    12a, 15a, 22a, 27a, 3d, 11d & 19d were my favourites

  6. Great stuff, another excellent Sunday puzzle.

    Many thanks to the setter, and to BD for the blog.

  7. Back from visiting Mum – VERY quiet here today – where is everyone? I was hoping for an absolute torrent of comments and heated discussions to read!! :smile:

    1. As you say Kath lots of ‘lurkers’ coming out which is great for the site, congrats on your first anniversary, I am just about coming up to my second, almost two years now of doing cryptics and sometimes I think I am back to square one! this site along with everyone on it is brilliant, lots of the ‘regulars’ absent lately probably because of holidays etc. I know I am off quite a lot this year and will be away again from Friday for just over a week, keep up the ‘chat’ line Kath our regular chats are all part of the fun :-D Now the football season is over I am expecting even more cricket clues!

  8. Late today because of Grand Prix and football!
    Excellent crossword and a little tricker than usual for Virgilius – or has my brain been worn out by all the excitement today?
    Thanks to Virgilius and BD.

  9. PS Lots of “lurkers” coming out (assuming that I’m still allowed to say that) at the moment! As one who has just had a “first anniversary” (I think that I summoned the courage to write my first comment just over a year ago, having been reading the hints and comments for a while) I would like to say welcome to a wonderful blog. Thanks to Big Dave, yet again.

  10. Great puzzle again today and much more satisfying to solve than the pesky quickie. Had to leave everything to go to the footie at St. James so late with an acknowlegement to setter and BD. Thanks both. I presume the quickie was also set by Virgillus????

  11. Nice puzzle, although I don’t know how I’ve ended up sitting here at this time of night doing it…

    Favourites were 12a, 8d and 27a.

    Goodnight all.


  12. By Heck – that took some doing! Thought it was going to be a doddle after I got 3d & 11d straight away but soon came to a slithering halt & had to refer to BD’s hints. Thanks to BD for those & to Virgilius for a good cerebral workout.

  13. i cannot finish this puzzle.

    And yet oddly, I’ve completed the Enigmatic Variations (968)- It’s a good puzzle and worth a go. Anyone capable of the daily puzzle could finish this too.

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