ST 2633 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2633 (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 more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

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Across

5a           Fool with strange device heading East (7)
A verb meaning to fool is derived from an anagram (strange) of DEVICE followed by the initial letter (heading) of East

11a         Fool corruptly dealt with cop (8)
This uncommon name for a fool comes from an anagram (corruptly) of DEALT with COP

16a         Time for silliness, unusually old as a folly (3,5,3)
The date which is the key to today’s puzzle is an anagram (unusually) of OLD AS A FOLLY

29a         Fool, perhaps, moving South into wasteland (7)
Fool is an example (perhaps) of this dish – to get it put S(outh) inside a wasteland

Down

1d           Religious work I do (4)
This religious work is simply a charade of I from the clue and a verb meaning to do (or to 5 across!)

3d           Two birds died in harbour area (8)
Combine two birds, the first is an alternate name for a black-and-white chattering bird and the second a small flightless South American bird, and add D(ied) to get this harbour area

18d         Against a background of Land’s End, with poor visibility? (6)
An adverb meaning against a background is created by putting the final letter (End) of LanD  inside poor visibility – where is the insertion indicator? Think of the poor visibility as a phrase (2,1,4) starting with “in”

27d         Appearance made by one of the Romans, escorted by soldiers (4)
This appearance or manner is created by putting the Roman numeral for one inside (escorted by) some soldiers

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 Debbie Reynolds (80)

67 Comments

  1. Prolixic
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Good morning – you are bright and early today.

    Lovely crossword. Having been called most of the across answers at some point or another, this was not too difficult. Thanks to Virgilius for the crossword and to BD for the hints.

  2. Nestorius
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    A very amusing, not too taxing offfering today. 3d was last in, the two birds being well hidden in the solution. I also struggled with the meaning of the 7d solution. The wordplay was clear enough but it took a while for me to realise that the verb is transitive. I am still a bit unsure. I’ll have to consult a dictionary.
    Thanks to the setter!

    • Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      It’s one of those strange verbs that can have opposite meanings.

      To complete successfully (a putt or shot) by causing the ball to run into the hole (golf)

      To invest, especially unprofitably or beyond easy recovery

  3. Tridymite
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    As Nestorius said, very amusing and cleverly constructed “well done” to the compiler. I hadn’t come across the answer to 11a before but it is quite descriptive and will be mentally filed for future use.

  4. Wozza
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Not too taxing but great humour and a joy to complete. A happy start to Sunday

  5. mary
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Good morning Dave, I really enjoyed this one, very clever to be able to incorporate all those different meanings for fool into one puzzle, a few I hadn’t heard of such as 11a but it was an obvious anagram, 3d was the last one in for me and 18d 2nd last, I needed your hints for those two, thanks, I hadn’t heard of 28a meaning this before either, off to hand out some more leaflets now, I will see us re-instated hopefully :-)

    • henostat
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Hope you get back in.

  6. crypticsue
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Superb start to SUnday once again from Virgilius. Many thanks to him. Too many favourites to choose just one or two but d’oh of the day ahs to be 7d with its obvious answer buit why?? Thanks to BD too.

  7. Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely puzzle! Trust Mr Greer to come up with something so well crafted. Seems strange that no-one has mentioned the NINA yet (Thanks Tilsit for putting me on to it!)
    Thanks also to BD and to Virgilius.

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Naughty G – it is past 12 ooon :D

    • Kath
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      That’s mean!! Have now just spent several minutes hunting and thinking that I must have got something wrong!! :grin:

    • mary
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      Funny gnomey, you had me looking for that :-D

  8. Kath
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this one very much – 18d took me ages and was the last one in – tried, unsuccessfully, to make it “smudgy” as I hadn’t got 28a, which was my second to last one in. 3d also took a while – had spotted the second bird and the “D” but just couldn’t think of another bird that would make sense of the clue. I had heard of 11a (almost certainly from a previous crossword) and understood 7d quite quickly. Anyway, finished now. Favourites include 10, 20, … actually too many to write them all down! With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Back into the garden and then later will carry on with what I suspect is going to be an unequal struggle with the NTSPP – I think the winner is a bit of a foregone conclusion!

  9. Jezza
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    It is just as well that the 1st of April falls (no homophone intended!) on a Sunday, because as gnomethang says above, Mr Greer has put together such a lovely puzzle!
    Thanks to him, and BD too.

  10. franco
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Virgilius for a great crossword!

    Don’t Laugh At Me …Cause I’m A Fool

  11. Brian
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Really enjoyed today’s with a clever if obvious theme but just unsure about the last clue 13a. What has the hero from the Iliad to do with being revered? Can see it as a mocking remark but the answer just doesn’t quite sit right. Am I going down the wrong path? I’m sure the answer will make me a bit of a 26a!

    • mary
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Revered person – two letter abbreviation – inside a word for mock 4 letters gives you this fool

      • mary
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

        don’t worry if you are a 26a he was quite cute :-)

        • Brian
          Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

          You say the kindest things :-)
          Hows the Principality today, nice and sunny I hope?

          • mary
            Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

            Sunny interspersed with cloud I’m afraid Brian, warm when the sun is out but too cool to sit out with all the clouds about :-(

            • Brian
              Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

              Bit the same in Bucks. Thx for the help I now see I was only totally he wrong track with Hector, I should have been looking for the court fool!

      • Kath
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for reply yesterday, Mary. Sorry to hear about all the flute tooting problems – good luck with your “cause”. :smile:

        • mary
          Posted April 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

          Thanx :-)

  12. mary
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Not a good day for Liverpool :-( , hope Swansea do better ;-)

  13. Denis
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    As always, I enjoyed today’s crossword. I had to read the hints & comments to get the wordplay in 3D.Best clue for me was24A. I have never known a 10A to be amusing.
    Thanks to B. D. and Virgilius (2 hidden words & one a latin plural!) O. K. for us ex altar boys.

    The Sun is back out In Cheadle Hulme but I am going to watch the end of the tour of Flanders cycling.

    Regards,

    Denis

    • mary
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      Cheadle Hulme what a happy sounding name :-D

  14. dogeatingpike
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Does anybody actually enter the prize crossword and if so are there any winners amongst us ?
    Is the pen worth the trouble or shall I pop into WH Smith ?

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      Pop into Smiths – especially with the stamps going up – you will be able to buy a pen for much less money than you will spend on sending off the crossword for weeks/months/years. Ask Digby – he has made a life’s career of it and still no pen :)

      • dogeatingpike
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

        Is this true Digby ?

    • Denis
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

      I always send ‘em in. I have won two pens in the last twelve months. It is also true to say ,I have won two pens in the last thirty years. I am as you will realise an optimist. For me the glass is always half full but the glass is also abit on the small side.

      Regards,

      Denis

      • mary
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        well done Denis :-)

      • dogeatingpike
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

        You won two pens and you still haven’t written .

        • Denis
          Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

          and I hav’nt Emailed or phoned.

          • mary
            Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

            why would you?

  15. Addicted
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this one but stuck on two clues if anyone can help without being sent to the naughty corner. Still can’t get 3d, despite the hints, probably because I don’t know any S.American birds and for the life of me I can’t think of the alternative name for that chattering black & white job. And neither can I make any sense of 2d. Thank you in anticipation…?!

    • mary
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

      The chattering black and white bird apparently is called also by the first three letters of its name and by the second three, you need the second three followed by a 4 letter bird followed by the d for ‘died’ this will give you something in a harbour area, hopefully once you have the first 3 letters plus the checking letter from 10a you will get it

      • mary
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

        2d another four letter word for a stake followed by a two letter word for raised gives you a term for a car crash

      • crypticsue
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

        Mary means the LAST three letters of its name :D

        • mary
          Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

          Yes of course because the second three are the last three ;-)

          • Denis
            Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

            Mary,

            Cheadle hulme is nice Cheadle is nice, Hulme is

            This new laptop, that I bought for my retirement is about as user friendly as a cornered rat

            • Kath
              Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

              The thought of a cornered rat makes me go cold, pale and sweaty! I’m totally, irrationally, terrified of them! :sad:

      • Addicted
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Mary!

    • crypticsue
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

      The last thee letters of the chattering black & white job can also be used as an alternative name. Have a web search for flightless South American birds and you should get that bit. The definition in 2 down is a crash involving more than one vehicle.

      • Addicted
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        Thank you CS – why didn’t I get that????!

    • wingnut
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Clever one today so well done setter. I need some clues for the bottom left and confirmation i had decoded 3d correctly -I’ve got it now so thanks. On with the bottom left.

      • wingnut
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

        Am i right with 20a having XX in it for soldiers?

        • crypticsue
          Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

          Yes but the other way round. I am going to XX out your letters as it could be giving away too much.

          • wingnut
            Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

            Thanks, i get it now and will file away for future reference. Back to square 1 with 18d!

            • crypticsue
              Posted April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

              BD has given a good explanation in his hints for 18d.

              • wingnut
                Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

                Finished it now. All i needed was to know the name of that river (another thing to file away), then all else fell into place.

  16. Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Finished with a struggle; how does one find the nina ?

    • mary
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      That was an April fool ‘joke’ by gnomey ann :-) there is no nina today

    • Kath
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

      I fell for it too and spent quite a few minutes hunting around, then convinced myself that I must have got something wrong, before I realised that I’d been completely “had”!!

      • mary
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

        me too!

  17. The Buffer
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Had to scratch the old grey thatch a bit today, but very enjoyable just the same. Thanks to BD and setter. Favourite today was 28a; a name for a fool kindly donated by our American cousins I believe. Was it first heard in “Starskey and Hutch”, I wonder?

  18. Derek
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks to Virgilius for a well-themed puzzle!
    Liked : 11a, 20a, 24a, 29a, 3d, 7d, 14d & 17d.

    Weather here sunny but cold!
    Some friends of mine who also live here are down at their second home near Bordeaux and tell me it is very cold overnight but warms up to 20^C in the sunshine.

  19. Adrian
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Still struggling on the first bird of 3d and 28a.
    Losing my touch!

    • Kath
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

      28a Think about Christmas and then look it up! :smile:
      3d Lots of hints above – not sure that I can do better but I’ll have a go – this is a black and white bird – it is better known by a six letter word – you want the last three letters by which it is also known. Just think of a black and white bird – they’re absolutely everywhere, or at least they are around here.

  20. andy
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I wrestled with this off an all day but enjoyed every clue and solving moment and got there in the end. Thanks to Virgilius and BD

    • henostat
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

      3d first bird ia a black and white one, male. Or blue and white, female. They collect shiny objects. This should give you a six letter bird. Just use the last three letters for the version that fits the clue. 28a you can eat them at Xmas.

      • henostat
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

        Sorry, meant to reply to Adrian.

      • Kath
        Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

        Sorry henostat – didn’t see your reply to Adrian until I’d already pressed send. :oops:

  21. henostat
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to the setter & Big Dave for the hints, which for once I didn’t need. Great puzzle, it gave me a laugh out loud moment when I said “All the across clues except one start with fool. ” No real favourites, just made me chuckle trying to get all the idiot words. Just as an aside, I bought a copy of the BRB a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to solve a Telegraph back pager, and got an answer, “grandeur “, needed to check the spelling, used my BRB for the first time, started thumbing through, and to my amazement the marker ribbon was already between the two pages I needed, 664 & 665!

    • Kath
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

      BRB is great! Ours is very old and rather falling to bits through use and falling onto kitchen floor from table – indispensable, as is the Chambers Crossword Dictionary – even older!

  22. dogeatingpike
    Posted April 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    time for bed said zebedee

    • Kath
      Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

      Me too. :smile:
      Sleep well all …

  23. Mystic meg
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Coo – that ‘against a background’ hint got me going (18d) – surely not? This one really held me up. Otherwise ok once I got going.