ST 2713 (Hints) – Big Dave's Crossword Blog
View closed comments 

ST 2713 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2713 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

Don’t forget that there is a Monthly Prize Puzzle and there’s still time 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.

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 One may be full of beans, after short time behind bars (3,3)
The abbreviation (short) for T(ime) followed by a colloquial phrase meaning behind bars (2,3)

4a Dime novel used in major movie, resulting in widespread complaint (8)
An anagram (novel) of DIME inside a major movie

10a Times appearing after minimal change in paper’s content (5)
Some times or periods after the smallest coin that might be in one’s change

14a Typical  MP, for instance (14)
Two definitions

17a Instruction for players that indicates where coach is heading (5,9)
This instruction given to players in the theatre could describe where a horse-drawn coach is heading

23a Cautious piano tuner perturbed about key (7)
The adjective that was incorrectly ascribed to Gordon Brown’s stewardship of the Exchequer is derived from P(iano) followed by an anagram (perturbed) of TUNER around a musical key

25a Either part of hardback writer’s pronouncement (5)
Take either of the two definitions that are run together – hard and back – to get a word that sounds like (pronouncement) the surname of the writer of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy

27a Ill-fated sailor‘s change of course (6)
An anagram (change) of COURSE


1d A person who’s trying, in attempt to make woven fabric (8)
The A from the clue and a trying or troublesome person inside an attempt

3d A bishop only accepts very limited pardon for sins (7)
The A from the clue, B(ishop) and a word meaning only around (accepts) the abbreviation (limited) of V(ery)

6d Like Antarctica, say, cold (7)
An adjective that could (say) describe how far away it is to Antarctica also means cold or remote

8d Were sailors coarse in speech? (6)
Sounds like (in speech) an adjective meaning coarse

9d Cowards holding French city finally released author (7,7)
Some cowards around (holding) a French city and the final letter of released

18d Progressive leader in Indian state? (2-5)
Split as (3,4) this could be a leader in an Indian state

19d Craft seen in conjurer’s first trick taking one in, right? (7)
This craft is the kind that is used by the Royal Navy – the initial letter (first) of Conjurer followed by a trick around (taking … in) I (one) and finally R(ight)

22d Appeal of Daily Mail’s leader (5)
A daily cleaner followed by the initial letter (leader) of Mail

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 any ANSWERS, whether WHOLE, PARTIAL or INCORRECT, or any ALTERNATIVE CLUES in your comment.

Please read these instructions carefully. Offending comments may be redacted or deleted.

Today it’s Happy Birthday to Paul Simon (72) and Nana Mouskouri (79)
ARVE Error: need id and provider
ARVE Error: need id and provider
… and a special mention for the lovely Jane Teather (Mrs Enigmatist)

51 comments on “ST 2713 (Hints)

  1. It looks like I’m first, surprisingly.Favourite was 8d.And I never did get 25a, until now , of course.Thanks to Virgillus and BD.

  2. For me, perhaps the gentlest puzzle i’ve ever solved from Virgilius, but it still warrants 5* for enjoyment.
    Many thanks to him for the entertainment, and to BD for the hints.

    1. Gosh Jezza,you mean that when my solving time halved, it wasn’t because I’d improved ? grrrrrrh !

  3. I usually enjoy the Sunday puzzle, but not so much this week. I thought it was a bit flat, and sorry Virgillus but 25A was an “Ugh” moment when I read BD’s needed explanation.

  4. I think the setters are obsessed with Tristram Shandy!
    Could someone explain (within the conventions of a prize puzzle) the wordplay for 7d. It was my last in but still don’t really see it.
    Apart from that a very enjoyable puzzle. For me about the usual level of difficulty for a Sunday.
    Thx to all concerned.

    1. You’ll kick yourself Brian

      7d Set up part in movie by American, possibly (5)
      Hidden (part) and reversed (set up in a down clue) inside the clue

    2. And I thought that I was the only one who always misses that kind of clue – I did it again today – one day I will learn! :roll:

    3. I also struggled being able to understand the “why” of 7d, and, yes, I did kick myself when I worked it out.

  5. quiet here today, thanks for hints Dave, though I didn’t need them today, I enjoyed this one, with two favourite clues (wonder if Kath is about) 1d and 22d :-) I am off now to try playing my flute in a wind band, I have only ever played in our small church choir, don’t know if a band is for me but have promised to go and see!! (really don’t think I’m anywhere near good enough)

    1. How fab, Mary! Hope you spent a most enjoyable afternoon with the wind band. Sounds like it might be good fun… :grin:

    2. Thanks all, turned out it wasn’t a wind band, but a band with every musical instrument, I was completely lost and out of my depth but nobody minded so I will go again, and Merusa, I didn’t learn to read music or play the flute until 5 years ago, so it’s never too late :-)

  6. I hate to be critical of Virgilius, my favourite setter, but I found this far too easy today! I have loads of free time on Sunday mornings so I was hoping for something a bit more challenging!

    However, impeccably clued as ever! Thanks!

      1. I did enjoy it, but as Leo Tolstoy once said:-

        “If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

  7. I agre with several above comments, generally easy but I wasn’t sure about 25a. I liked 7d because it is well hidden, and at first I thought that 10a was an anagram until I found it didn’t fit with 2d.

  8. Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. I managed the left hand side ok. Then got a bit stuck. Needed the hints for 25a, 6d, 8d & got 7d from the blog. Took me ages to get 11a, had to laugh when the penny eventually dropped. Very enjoyable puzzle, was 2*/5* for me. No football on the telly, feel like a fish out of water.

  9. Thanks for the hint explaining 18. I had a different interpretation ..still the same split ..and came up with the same for ‘leader’ but thought the clue should have read ‘after’ and not ‘in’. Excellent crossword…

  10. Finished with a couple of hints here, but remain bemused why 12A has anything after the comma. Clue seems complete without that, and indeed contradictory with it!

    Odd one, really. 11A also seems extremely weak, and and 6D was dreadful! However, 17A was my favourite – cryptic and cryptic inside cryptic.

    1. Do you mean after the question mark? The first part of the clue can be read in two ways: either “Newcomer’s dog put in(to) pound”, in which case the “just the opposite” is needed, or “Newcomer’s dog; put in pound” in which case it isn’t.

  11. Very pleasant Sunday solve.

    Faves : 17a, 25a, 27a, 2d, 6d & 9d.

    Pouring with rain all day here in NL

    My son and pal have been here a few days – my daughter and family are coming soon and we shall all have dinner in a restaurant close by!

  12. Fairly typical Sunday IMO… 25a was the last in, thanks for the explanation of why it was right.

  13. Does the paper version have the same mssing letter in the first word of 18d that the online version does???

    1. I don’t know what the online version is but the clue in the paper is “Progressive leader in Indian state?” (2-5)

      1. The online version is missing the second R . I only noticed because I’m drafting the review and the spellchecker underlined it in red.

        I had put ‘see BD’s hint’ but he’s only gone and corrected the spelling mistake! :)

          1. Its because we are conditioned to see what we think we should see and don’t question it.

      1. I didn’t – the Word document spellchecker did!!

        PS: Your avatar appears to be in a thick mist – either that or its vanished altogether :)

        1. Oh! Dear!

          The wrong use of “its”.

          Who goes to Pedants’ Corner?

          The pedantic one or she who has made the grammatical mistake?

          Where’s Rabbit Dave when one needs a ruling on such matters? :grin:

    2. Have just looked again – the paper version is also missing the second R. You’re right about being conditioned. Have you ever seen the thing that just gives the consonants of the words in a sentence and your brain can still read it? That’s not expressed terribly well – oh dear!

  14. This was one of those that I found quite tricky while I was doing it but, now that I’ve finished, I don’t know why.
    As usual I missed 7d for far too long. I was also stupidly slow with 27a – hardly the trickiest clue so no excuse for that one. I needed the hint to explain where the first letter of 10a came from.
    I enjoyed this very much.
    I liked 17 and 24a and 2 and 9d. My favourite was 11a.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Have had better days – Mum still causing trouble – it’s chucking it down in Oxford – wet, bored and grumpy collie! :sad:

    1. Oh, dear, sorry about Mum. Having no family, I have no one to niggle and annoy. I tried practising shouting at Sadie but she just wagged her tail and licked me!

  15. I loved this, probably because I had no real problems and had my faith restored! I tried to find a shock treatment for psychosis at 11a, then tumbled once I had all the letters. Favourite was 9d. Thanks to setter and hinter for enjoyment.

    1. Blimey – whatever time do you wake up on a Sunday morning? Don’t even think about answering that or it will give people an idea about how long it takes you to do the crossword!

  16. Thank you Virgilius, good fun as usual. Last in 25a. The penny dropped eventually. Thank you BD for your hints. Back to NW tomorrow after great time in Norfolk.

  17. Thought this was one of Virgillius’ slightly easier puzzles, but none the less excellent for that. Definitely ***** for enjoyment. :smile: Plenty of super clues. 25a was my absolute fave, but I also much liked 17a, 27a, 1d, and 9d, to name but a few.
    For once, I think I have managed to reason out my answers correctly! Looking at the lucid hints you’ve given here, Big Dave, I know that I did at least work these ones out properly. Hope the same will hold for the remainder …
    Very big thanks to Virgillius and to Big Dave.

  18. Quiet here today for a Sunday – where are you all? Do hope that you haven’t all drowned in the heavy rain.

  19. Have to agree with Jezza and Stan ,my favourite compiler but when Brian eases off the difficulty level he normally increases the amusement level and for me at least did not do so today despite the usual immaculate clues .
    However still looking forward to next Sunday ,
    Thanks to Virgilius and BD .

Comments are closed.