ST 2696 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2696 (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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7a           Excited outside court, producing incendiary material? (8)
A verb meaning excited or inflamed outside a verb meaning to court a young lady

10a         Girl making Indian drink with last of ice (6)
An Indian drink made with yoghurt followed by the final letter (last) of icE

11a         Fortune’s corruptly made within ineffective organisation (4,4)
A word meaning fortune or destiny around an anagram (corruptly) of MADE

19a         Approve of word today’s youngsters overuse? (4)
A word overused as an interjection by today’s youngsters

20a         Edge in a politician with record showing bias (14)
A three-letter word meaning an edge followed by the IN A from the clue and a Conservative politician and preceded by a gramophone record

27a         Depose from position in Security Council (6)
Split as (2,4) this could be a position in the Security Council

28a         Person in boat in ocean — it’s turbulent (8)
An anagram (turbulent) of OCEAN IT’S


1d           An Indian, oddly, appearing in Verdi opera (4)
The odd letters of the first two words in the clue

2d           Western supporter of board, treacherous type (6)
W(estern) followed by the supporter of a blackboard

3d           Repeated undertaking in church over large object of worship (4)
An undertaking given by a bride and by a groom (repeated) in church followed by L(arge)

5d           Intelligent primate training another (8)
An intelligent primate followed by training on the parade ground gives another primate

6d           Union negotiator who works in light manufacturing? (10)
…  a union between two people

8d           What may be furiously blown in convenience store (3-4)
Spit as (3’1,3) this may be furiously blown!

16d         Issues in stupid uprising, done at the wrong moment? (8)
A verb meaning issues inside an adjective meaning stupid all reversed (uprising in a down clue)

26d         Where red setter makes shepherd happy? (4)
A cryptic definition of the direction in which the sun sets to give a shepherd the delight of a red sky

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 Lamont Dozier (72) and James Bolam (77)
Written by Holland–Dozier–Holland


  1. mary
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dave and Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers on this blog :-) , I found this quite easy today but the top half more difficult than the bottom, last one in being 10a, once again no real favourite clues, it’s a horrible day here today, I really hope we haven’t had all our summer!

    • Kath
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

      Not a bad day here – not what I’d call summer but not raining (yet) and the horrible wind seems to have gone.

  2. una
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Lovely puzzle,solved after lots of lateral thinking and lots of time.( I wonder if I’ll ever finish in the time suggested by the ST ). I” liked ” all the clues, most pleasure from the last few in, 5d and 6d. Thanks to Virgilius and BD.

    • mary
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

      yes , if I had to pick favourites, I would agree with you Una

      • una
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

        As to the weather, Mary, we have to think positively.We are going to have another very long spell of glorious sunshine.

        • mary
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

          We are….???? Oh yes of course we are, PMA

          • Kath
            Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

            PMA? Or am I being dim yet again?

            • una
              Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

              I wondered , too. Positive mental attitude ?

              • una
                Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

                I just heard a weather forecast ,something about a 24 hour deluge!

                • Kath
                  Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

                  We had one of those yesterday!

              • mary
                Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink


  3. Kath
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Ooh – never been the first to leave a comment – bet I won’t be by the time I’ve made more coffee and done typey typey for a while.
    I thought that this was Virgilius at his most devious but not necessarily his most difficult – ie there were no words that I didn’t know,only one vaguely ‘crickety’ clue and none of the dreaded hidden-in-the-middles.
    A lovely puzzle for a Sunday morning. I’ve really enjoyed it.
    I was very slow to begin with and then got going and ended up with a few that took a bit longer – mainly in top right corner.
    I liked 17 and 23a and 5, 6, 16 and 26d. My favourite was 19a.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.

    PS I always think it’s odd that a primate is a bishop or archbishop and the same word means monkeys!

    • Kath
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      I knew it – pipped at the post!

      • mary
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

        Sorry Kath, it’s such an awful day, I’ve been lingering ;-) ,by the way have I missed your birthday??

        • Kath
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

          I’ll forgive you for sneaking in first – one day I WILL be!
          Sorry the weather is beastly in Wales – it’s been pretty awful around here for what seems like ages. I’ve spent so much time loitering that I’ve been learning to do things like bold and italics – hope that you’re suitably impressed with this ‘technotwit’!
          Birthday was a couple of weeks ago – we had a lovely weekend with both daughters and elder one’s partner.

          • mary
            Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

            Glad the ‘terchnotwit’ had a good time, very belated birthday wishes :-)
            I am impressed actually, I can’t do it!

            • Kath
              Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

              Yes – you can. For a start if I can anyone can and anyway all you have to do is follow what younger daughter, when very little, would have called the ‘destructions’!

              You do then whatever you want in italics and for bold you just swap the ‘i’ for a ‘b’. It’s all up at the top somewhere, probably in the FAQ bit.

              • Kath
                Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

                That was silly! Forgot that all the fiddly bits didn’t show up!! :roll: Have a look in the FAQ stuff.
                It’s just lots of arrowy things and slashy things.
                In case anyone hasn’t guessed it’s now raining in Oxford which is why I’m ‘playing’ here!

                • mary
                  Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

                  Thanks Kath, I’ll look, rain stopped here but still not very nice

  4. Expat Chris
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Looks like it’s Ladies Day so far. All the dads must be having a lie-in. I will wish some of our sunshine your way. It promises to be glorious here.

    A straightforward puzzle. I was slow to start (well, it was 5 am) and then things went at a good pace. Liked several today, inbcluding 20A, 27A, 8D and 16D. Thanks to the setter and to BD.

  5. Colmce
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was a fairly gentle puzzle,as always very well clued and fun to do.

    Thanks to BD for the hints, not needed today :-)

    Thanks to Virgilius for a good start to the day

  6. Brian
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Nice puzzle for Fathers Day. Not sure i can pronounce 12a :-)
    Also I thought 10a was a ****** **** but Mrs B assures me it is an Indian Drink.
    Thx to all.

    • Brian
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Oh dear i shall probably be sent to the Naughty Corner for this, is there any cake?

      • Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t want to disappoint you!

      • crypticsue
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        No cake today for the corner Brian, I am too busy baking for a cake sale in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on Wednesday. A colleague is doing a 2 day 26 mile total walk along the Gower Peninsula.

        • Balliejames
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

          A beautiful walk, hope she enjoys it.

        • mary
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

          The weather’s not too good there at the moment but the scenery is stunning

          • Balliejames
            Posted June 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

            Mary, I have spent so much time on the Gower, even foul weather would never spoil it for me. We have had no rain for ages and none forecast. Which is worse?

        • Expat Chris
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

          As a 3-year survivor, I salute all those who walk and all those who support them.

  7. SheilaP
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    We have been in the Scottish Borders & my lovely Northumberland for the past fortnight, & the weather has been really quite good, which is important with 2 dogs in a motor home. Enjoyed today’s puzzle. Thanks to setter & hinter.

    • Brian
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Just finished walking Hadrians Wall, what a beautiful part of the world, we were both enchanted.

      • mary
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

        Always fancied doing that but never got round to it

        • SheilaP
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

          I went to school in Hexham & walked part of Hadrian’s wall as a school trip. In those days that was about as far as you got on a school trip.

    • mary
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sheila we are thinking of taking our motorhome to loch Ewe in Scotland in September, we only have the one dog now but when she’s wet the motorhome seems much smaller!!

      • Merusa
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

        Lucky you! Godson’s parents live in Achanalt and I just love that area; Loch Maree too. His sister, Jo Hamilton, wrote a song about Loch Maree, I think it’s on her CD “Gown”. Hope you have good weather!

  8. Addicted
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    4d and 9a have defeated me – can someone help, please?

    • mary
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      9a you are looking for the name of an American president anagram of Grenada without the ‘D’ for democrat

      • mary
        Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

        4d the definition is ‘war zone’ you need a 5 letter word for which assault is a type of followed by the one letter abbreviation for area

        • Addicted
          Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

          Thank you Mary – I had the first half of 6d wrong, which was of course throwing me on 9a!! All is now clear and finished.

  9. Derek
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Another pleasant end to the week from Virgilius!

    Faves : 10a, 19a, 23a, 27a, 2d, 4d, 8d & 13d.

    A sunny start to the day here but now the sky has greyed over.

    THe trees in the woods across the road have lost being emerald green and darkened quite a bit.

  10. steve_the_beard
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    What’s all this talk of bad weather – it’s Father’s Day and I STILL had to mow the lawn! Mind you, at 6 PM yesterday I was up a ladder clearing out the gutters when it started to rain on me, so maybe today isn’t so bad :-)

    What certainly isn’t so bad is this crossword! Only two-star hard, but about eleventy-seven stars for pleasure, and a new word to boot.

    Much praise to Virgilius, and thanks to BD too (BTW, I have a lovely picture in mind for 22D).

  11. Heno
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. I very much enjoyed this, it brightened up a dull day in Central London. Started with 3d, finished with 10a. Favourites were 7,17&25a. A penny drop moment with 8d. Was 2*/4* for me. Still waiting for the Cricket to begin, but at least the Tennis should start soon.

  12. Merusa
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    A great puzzle, no problems. Loved 6d and 8d, though it took a long time for penny to drop for 8d. Thanks to all, now to watch Grumpy Murray.

  13. Rabbit Dave
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Late blogging for me today, having been out since early this morning.

    This was a great puzzle **/**** for me. Like Mary I found the top half a bit more tricky than the bottom.

    I made things more difficult for myself by putting Lady Luck for 11a and Dusk for 26d, but soon spotted they were wrong.

    I tried the Cryptic Sue method today of putting a star by clues that I really liked as I went along and I marked 9a, 19a, 6d & 8d. In actual fact I liked many more, but those four were the stand out ones for me. I was delighted with 19a because the youthful overuse of that word is a particular bugbear of mine, and I assume Virgilius agrees with me!

    Many thanks to Virgilius and BD.

    • Kath
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      I agree about 19a – thankfully neither of our daughters uses it, let alone overuses it. Just practicing the bold stuff again! :smile:

  14. neveracrossword
    Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Daughter home for the weekend with new boyfriend, for Father’s Day. We approve – not a single 19a passed his lips (unlike daughter’s ex).

    • una
      Posted June 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      How difficult it is to get it right with potential in-laws ! Is this temporary or long term ?Are my children introducing us so as to admire their catch or do they wish me to offer my opinion ? I find the whole thing a mine field.

      • Expat Chris
        Posted June 17, 2013 at 12:43 am | Permalink

        I bonded with my future father-in-law over the Sunday Telegraph cryptic! First introduction to the family was Sunday lunch. We were having the pre-lunch sherry (one and only one was allowed by future ma-in-law) when I noticed the unfinished puzzle. I daringly asked this rather intimidating figure if he was stuck. “Yes” he said. “Can I help?” says I, brazen hussy that I was. And we finished the puzzle together. We were firm friends and partners in crime thereafter. I never did let on that I’d already completed the puzzle at home.