ST 2690 (Hints) – Big Dave's Crossword Blog
View closed comments 

ST 2690 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2690 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Don’t forget to enter our May prize crossword.

As you may have read here earlier this week, James Leonard, aka Rustic, Citrus and Mr Lemon, died last weekend.  As a tribute the Telegraph have republished the first ever EV, Greetings by Rustic. Why not try out this puzzle?

Today we can celebrate the success of yet another NTSPP setter.  The Independent on Sunday has published a debut puzzle by eXternal.  Congratulations to him.

As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a few of the more difficult clues and provide hints for them.

Don’t forget that you can give your assessment of the puzzle. Five stars if you thought it was great, one if you hated it, four, three or two if it was somewhere in between.

Could new readers please read the Welcome post and the FAQ before asking questions about the site.

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.

A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submission


1a           Leaves container, as told, for assistant on course (6)
Two definitions – what sounds like (as told) a container for tea leaves is actually someone who carries clubs on the golf course

4a           Friendly interviewer, initially, in morning TV, sort of (8)
The initial letter of Interviewer inside the two-letter abbreviation for  morning and a sort of TV

12a         Start off rabble-rousing in form of literary work (7)
Drop the initial letter S from a word meaning rabble-rousing

13a         A bunch of lies, possibly, in dispute (2,5)
Split as (1,6) this could be a bunch of, for example(possibly), lies

14a         Second point about composer’s problem with movement? (6,8)
A four-letter word for a second or short period of time and a point or headland around the composer who’s work was dramatically used by Torvil and Dean and the S from ‘S

21a         Person who charges an addict carrying small volume (7)
This person who brings a charge against another is constructed from an addict together with his indefinite article around a small metric volume

25a         Final word from tyrant, cruel fellow (5)
Allegedly the final word spoken by Julius Caesar, referring to one of those responsible for his assassination

27a         Copper, for example, retaining name in head (6)
The type of material of which copper is an example around N(ame)


1d           Recorder mishandled test case (8)
An anagram (mishandled) of TEST CASE

2d           From a country in Africa, a boy upset religious leader (5,4)
One A from the clue followed by an African country, the other A from the clue and a boy, all reversed (upset in a down clue)

3d           Positioned to overlook church fire (7)
Split as (2,5) this could mean positioned to overlook a church, but it’s actually a verb meaning to fire or encourage

7d           Fraudulent coach holding game up (5)
A three-letter word for a coach around the reversal (up in a down clue) of a board game

8d           Book duplicated in libraries — there’s the reason (6)
This book of the Old Testament is hidden twice (duplicated) inside the clue

15d         Brief on legal action that includes a couple of clubs, say (5,4)
An adjective meaning brief followed by a legal action gives a term used in bridge for  a hand that includes only one or two cards of a particular type (a couple of clubs, say)

16d         Kind of light setter and solver will okay! (4,4)
A kind of light or flare fired into the air from a pistol followed by what could replace “setter and solver will” (2’2)

19d         Like clue, only including what’s within it, note (7)
A word meaning only around LU (what’s within it / cLUe) and a musical note

20d         Corporation placing article in old magazine (6)
… don’t forget that corporation can also mean a pot-belly

22d         Recoil from someone who’s intimidating? (5)
This could be an agent noun for someone who intimidates – it’s not in the dictionary+, hence the question mark

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 Adele (25) and Michael Palin (70)
ARVE Error: need id and provider
ARVE Error: need id and provider

30 comments on “ST 2690 (Hints)

  1. Best puzzle of the week for me; i thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

  2. Great start to our Sunday – thanks to V and BD. Mrs T’s fav was 1a – quite ironic really.
    (and we humbly request a change of BD font colour).

    Thx – Mr & Mrs T

  3. I worked very hard at this and got there in the end , with lots of help from BD, thank you ! I suppose I have been spoiled by the last few weeks of let’s say more user friendly puzzles. 25a probably my favorite.Thanks to Virgilius .

  4. After last Sunday’s much easier crossword I found this one to be back to the usual standard of difficulty for a Sunday.
    Having read through all the across clues I only had two answers and didn’t do much better with the downs so thought that I was going to have a real battle but then got going.
    I was slow to get two of the four long answers and then, having finally got 14a, it took me for ever to do the untangling. I spent ages trying to get a double ‘B’ into 8d before seeing it. 19d also took a while to understand.
    I liked 10, 11, 25 and 26a and 7, 8, 9 and 20d.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Back to the garden.

    1. I think you said you like Ray T ‘s double entendre, so try the guardian’s 25938, 16a. A good example ,I think ,from araucaria

      1. Thanks una – have just awarded myself a day off tomorrow so will print that one out and try it then.

  5. Tough one today, needed lots of perservation.
    Def a two sitter. Not enjoyable as such but very satisfying to complete.
    Thx to BD for the hints for 25a and 27a.

  6. As enjoyable as ever – did anyone else spend the same time on the SE corner as they did on the whole of the rest of the puzzle, or was that just me?

    Thanks to Virgilius and BD and to whoever arranged this gloriously warm, cold easterly wind-free, day.

    I’m off to admire the garden through my closed eyelids :)

    1. Yes (SE corner) including forgetting that flipping light yet again !
      Impossible not to enjoy ,usual class puzzle .
      Thanks very much .

    2. Was just about to agree with you about SE corner – then worked out that that is the bottom RIGHT corner! :roll: So, no, my last problems were on the other side.
      Our garden would look much better through closed eyes than it does any other way . . .

    3. Whizzed through the rest, but bottom right hand corner was like swimming through molasses. Who could forget the light!

  7. Enjoyed this very much. Two new bits of knowledge for me – 15d gives me yet another phrase pertaining to a game I don’t play and also the light alluded to in 16d. I will file the knowledge away for future reference! Thanks to setter and BD (especially for the light which I so show missed when first checking my answer in Chambers). Best wishes to all for a pleasant long weekend.

  8. Another enjoyable Sunday puzzle from Virgilius.

    Faves : 14a, 17a, 23a, 24a, 2d, 8d, 16d & 19d.

    My daughter and family returned from a week’s sojourn in Abu Dhabi – a six hour flight.
    My son-in-law will be posting the photos on the internet as usual.

    Beautiful sunny day here in NL.

  9. Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. I really enjoyed this one, but I needed the hints for 19d & 12a. Favourites were 23a, 8&9d. Was 3*/4* for me. Cloudy now in Central London, but was sunny earlier when I was running.

  10. I agree with Jezza. Finished the SE corner before the NW but I’ve always been a rebel.

  11. Like most others, it seems, I was steaming through until I hit the SE corner Finally got 15D but 19D and 25A eluded me completely. Lots to enjoy, though. Liked 6D, 16D ( I saw the light!), and 27A. Loved 13A, 14A and 20A. Many thanks to the setter and to BD for unraveling those last stubborn two.

  12. Another fine puzzle from Virgilius.

    Can I echo Big Dave’s suggestion and encourage solvers to have a go at the EV, it’s probably the easiest one ever.

    1. That sounds like a really good idea – the only hitch is that I’ve never even understood the instructions so have always shied away from them.

    2. Thanks to BD & Tilsit for pointing me in the direction of Enigmatic Variations!

      It took me an age to twig what EV meant – so I had no hope of solving it, even though it’s probably the easiest one ever.

      Nice to see that all will be explained on Fifteensquared next week! Maybe I will have finished it by then.

      ps! Yet another excellent crossword from Virgilius!

  13. Couldn’t get the first word of 9d until Ifinally gave in and came to the computer and – eureka! – as I sat down it “came to me” – doh!!! Just as well as BD hadn’t hinted that one! Most enjoyable puzzle – thanks to setter for a good Sunday one.

  14. All went reasonably well, then shuddered to a halt with three to get.
    Then, eventually, one to get, 15d, which I constructed and proved to be right.
    Never heard of the term before.
    19d was a brilliant clue, I thought, got it after staring and staring…..then Duh…
    Many thanks Virgilius for the tussle, and BD for the review.

  15. Took your advice BD and tried the historic “Greetings” puzzle by Rustic. A lot of fun and eventually managed to complete. Must admit that the BRB had a lot of work to do, but in deference to the age of the puzzle, refused to touch electronic aid.
    Thanks for pointing us towards it BD.

  16. Good fun, took a while but got there in the end. Favs were 18d (made me smile) and 2d.

  17. A bit late to the party – long drive home from Suffolk and the sun is shining in NW ! Thank you Virgilius, always good fun and thank you BD for hints. Used a few to get going and enable progress. Garden looks like it needs attention after 2 wk break so the Rufus puzzle will have to wait !

Comments are closed.