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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2665 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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Why not have a go at our latest monthly puzzle?  You still have nearly a week in which to enter.

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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Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”.  Definitions are underlined in the clues.

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1a           Drugs expert parking at a grim school in turmoil (14)
An anagram (in turmoil) of P(arking) AT A GRIM SCHOOL

9a           Minute, it is found in damaged tree? (7)
M(inute} and IT inside (found in) an anagram (damaged) of TREE – the whole of the clue provides the definition of this insect which feeds on wood and damages trees

12a         One of many shops with tea coming soon (5,5)
Split as (3,2,5) this could mean that tea is coming soon

14a         Call about that woman’s fruit that’s not all picked (6)
… the last part of this clue refers to the selection of a few exceptional specimens, leaving the rest behind

17a         Conflict that’s indicated by points put on either side of bar (8)
This conflict can also be a mathematical operation cryptically described by the clue

18a         Cut off conversation, finally, in which bore regularly appears (6)
A verb meaning to cut off followed by the final letter of conversatioN gives a river, very close to where I live, which is famous for its bore

24a         Original language I brought back I included (7)
Reverse (brought back) the language of ancient Rome and the I from the clue and insert another I

26a         Mail Magna Carta revision with resorted letters (14)
An anagram (revision) of MAIL MAGNA CARTA


1d           One river or another going South in direction of another going North (7)
An Italian river “going South”, a preposition meaning “in the direction of” and a UK river “going North” – result: a US river!

2d           A game and amusement, rejecting current shorter form (8,7)
A charade of the A from the clue, a card came and an amusement without the I, the symbol for electric current

4d           Citizens of a republic making threats to king audibly (6)
These citizens sound like audible threats to the king in the game of chess

6d           Lots of explanations render plausible next answer? (10)
A verb meaning to render plausible followed by an example of 7 down, the next answer

7d           Cleopatra and Napoleon have one in common (4,2,3,6)
An example of this is hidden inside (have … in common) both Cleopatra and Napoleon

8d           Directions for writing as found in European city (6)
Split as (1,4,1) this European city gives the directions for writing AS

19d         Like small payment, the kind of change woman in union need not accept (7)
A woman who gets married has the choice as to whether or not she makes this kind of change, but most do

23d         Took a class, we hear, without any slacking (4)
A homophone of a verb meaning took a class of students

I’ve been a bit generous this week, but 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 Leonardo DiCaprio (38) and Demi Moore (50)
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30 comments on “ST 2665 (Hints)

  1. Enjoyed this once I got into it. Last in was SE corner but thx to the hint for 18a it all fell into place. Never heard of this type of bore but google supplied the answer. Best clue for me was 1a but lots of good ones today. Nice to see a science clue as a change from the literary ones.
    Thx to BD for the hint I needed and to the setter.

  2. Slightly trickier than usual for me, and it took me a while after I had finished to work out why a couple of solutions were what they were. Thanks to Virgilius for a great start to a lovely sunny Sunday morning and to BD for the hints.

  3. Excellent stuff today from Virgilius! And, indeed, a very generous blog from BD which has answered most of the wordplay that I failed to understand! Especially – 8d!

    But, in 1d what is the significance of “… or another …” ? Somehow thinking of the Gnomes’s Chinese river!

  4. A similar experience to crypticsue, where I finished the puzzle, and then had to come back and fully understand a few of my answers.
    Thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

  5. I started off really well and thought that this one was going to be a doddle – I should have known better!
    I ended up with answers for everything except 8d which I completely missed. I had never met 5d before. I didn’t understand my answers for 17a or 19d or the first five letters of 6d so I’m counting myself lucky that BD gave hints for all my problems. Thank you! :smile:
    I really enjoyed this but found it quite tricky.
    My favourites include 1, 9, 15 and 18a and 1, 2 and 5d.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Do hope that everyone had a good day in Derby yesterday.
    Lovely sunny day – going up the garden to rake some leaves.

  6. I found this a very enjoyable workout for a Sunday, and managed everything without a hint except 8d like Franco. I knew what the answer must be, but couldn’t see at all why. So many thanks to Big Dave for the helpful hint by way of explanation.

    1d & 6d particularly appealed to me.

  7. On the whole found this quite tricky and hard to grasp what the answer required. Loved12 and 18A, probably because they came to mind immediately and 8D,which I did not understand until reading the blog

  8. Found this one quite tough and had to grind it out over three sessions.

    Thanks to BD for hints, not needed, but it was a close run thing!
    Thanks to Virgilius .

    Glorious sunny day in Dover with nice light winds.

    The silence marked by the port siren and a cannon from the castle was very moving.

  9. Hmmmmm. I must be having several “senior Moments”. Despite the hints I am still stuck on 10 across. Plus 5 and 8 down.

    I will persevere and keep a very close eye on this blog. Many times I have found answers ‘between the lines’ here.

    Probably my main problem is the lack of red wine. France is 1 hour ahead of the UK so does anybody mind if I dive into a bottle of red earlier than usual Purely for medicinal reasons to help lubricate the little grey cells???????

    BTW. Lovely and sunny here today….unlike yesterday….

    Just enough time to edit. Now only stuck on 5d

    1. Have to be careful here Tim, otherwise I shall be sent to my room with no supper: [You got that bit right! BD]
      10a. Think about a blacksmith.
      5d. Think about *****.
      8d. Think about the capital of a European country ******************; the first and last letter are in the clue.
      Excellent puzzle. Thanks BD and Virgilius.

      1. Think about never giving hints that start with the word “think”. Your first one is borderline, the other two contain information that is not in the clue.

      2. Thanks for the help Buffer. I have managed to do all but 5d without further help. 5d is simply a mystery to me. The ****** (thanks BD) did not help.

        My little electronic helper tells me that no word is available with the letters I have. I am sure that I have the across clues correct.

        I probably need more red wine!

        BRILLIANT. During the 15 minutes ‘grace period’ I have managed to work it out. Reminds me about a prop in a film….Too much info BD???

        1. It’s definitely in the BRB.

          5d In awfully evil war, good acts come from this person (8)
          Inside an anagram (awfully ) of EVIL WAR insert G(ood) to get someone who provides acts in the legal sense.

  10. Worried, by getting only three clues from the initial read through, but the letters I had helped me get going. Some typical and absolutely wonderful clues from Virgilius today, but I needed BD’s hints to justify my answers to 6D, 7D & 8D – and really kicked myself when I saw the connection between the second part of 6D and the answer to 7D – which I’d put in, as it appeared to be the only sensible answer (did spend some time trying to look up Cleopatra’s birthday, though).

  11. Solved this after being glued to the box watching the cenotaph in Whitehall.

    Faves : 12a, 17a, 18a, 26a, 1d, 4d, 7d & 23d.

  12. It’s very quiet here today. Where’s Mary? No offence intended – clearly no connection, at all! :smile:

    1. Mary hasn’t been here since Thursday when she appeared to be her normal perky self. I do hope she isn’t poorly again.

      1. Yes – agree with all that. Can’t believe she has gone off in camper van again – surely it’s a bit too chilly for someone who doesn’t like the cold – who knows – just hope she’s OK.

  13. Thank you Virgilius and BD, very enjoyable as usual on Sundays. 8d required a bit of thought ! A lovely sunny morning here in Hexham and the pleasure of attending the Remembrance Service close to the Abbey with our son and grandson. Puzzle solved in fits and starts between family duties !

  14. Thanks to Virgilius and to BD for the review. Agreed on this being a bit more tricky than usual but was a fun solve.

  15. Thanks to Virgilius & Big Dave. Usual good stuff from Virgilius, I do enjoy his puzzles, just needed hints for 18a & 6d. 3*/4* for me. Favourites were 1,7,20d.

  16. I quibble with 17a.
    Points in the clue should be singular.
    Apart, brillant puzzle for a cold and frosty morning.
    Thanks Virgillius and BD.

    1. I didn’t understand 17a but, having read BD’s hint, I did. It’s the kind of stuff you learnt in junior school maths classes. Why the quibble?

      1. There is one, repeat, one dot either side of the bar. Not dots, plural.
        Although I got the right city, lazily I thought ‘points’ was to do with e n s.
        I was compelled to niggle because I didn’t get the right reason. :)

  17. PS – My answers to “Why not have a go at our latest monthly puzzle” are :-
    a) couldn’t do it
    b) can’t find it
    c) was lucky enough to be drawn out of the hat a couple of months ago so even if I could find it or do it I would not submit my answer as that must increase the odds for all the clever people who did manage to do it!
    Good luck to all of you!

  18. staying in lower case for fear of being seen to shout . but kath Y (dammit) you can , go seek, and why not? wanna go sleeps but janice long radio 2 just did some joy division now roxy music, at least the dogs in beds

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