ST 2715 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2715 (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

1a           Spread in breadth, say (6)
B(readth) followed by a verb meaning to say

4a           Mighty hunter‘s sleeping quarters at home turned over (6)
A four-letter abbreviated form of some sleeping quarters and a word meaning at home, all reversed (turned over) – 10a/12a may provide some additional help!

10a/12a                Pieces by 21 Down, such as 4 — and 22? (6,10)
These pieces were written by the composer who is the answer to 21d – 4a is one of them and 22a can be derived from this answer

16a         Miles covered by fellow, one sailing in competition (12)
M(iles) inside a fellow and followed by I (one) and a phrase meaning sailing (2,4)

22a         Mischievous young woman finally detonating an explosive device (6)
The final letter of denotinG followed by the indefinite article and an explosive device– 10a/12a may provide some additional help!

24a         Score under 100 — that’s significant when opener’s dropped (6)
I loved this one! – the value that is a score under 100 is derived by dropping the initial letter (opener) from an adjective meaning significant

25a         Alarm time set by mistake (6)
T(ime) followed by a mistake

Down

1d           Occasion for celebration, often involving light blow-out? (8)
A cryptic definition of an occasion at which lights are often blown out

2d           No-win situations besetting mass publication (5)
Situations in which neither side is winning around (besetting) M(ass)

7d           Set piece generally spotted in each half (6)
Or to put it differently – a piece, which is part of a set, on which each half of the face has a number of spots (usually!)

9d           Page with line inserted in necessary rewrite for scripts (11)
Insert P(age) and L(ine) inside an anagram (rewrite) of NECESSARY

15d         Having left, is about to catch up, one hears (8)
L(eft) and IS followed by the reversal (up in a down clue) of words meaning about and to catch

18d         Too old to have romance and passion? Not 50, for a start (4-3)
A charade of words meaning romance and passion from which the initial L (50 in Roman numerals) has been dropped

21d         Composer turning fifty in years, right? (5)
The reversal (turning) of the Roman numeral for fifty inside a number of years is followed by R(ight)

There are two events very cleverly interwoven into this puzzle, which can be solved without knowledge of either.

RIP Lou Reed – (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)

If you need further help then please ask and I will see what I can do.

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Today it’s Happy Birthday to John “Elgar” Henderson (50) and John Cleese (74)

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48 Comments

  1. Rabbit Dave
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    2* Difficulty/5* Enjoyment for me today :grin:. To quote Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly Come Dancing, “One word : A- MAY- ZING”.

    This was a brilliantly entertaining puzzle as ever for a Sunday. I was very much in the right frame of mind having completed the NTSPP yesterday evening, which helped my thinking with several of the clues.

    I made nice steady progress with lots of smiles along the way, but finally got held up with my last two answers – 1a and 2d. I needed to take two breaks before both pennies dropped, and then the inevitable self-questioning – why did I find them so difficult? I’ve no idea, but full marks as usual to Virgilius for a potpourri of amusing, tricky, devious and topical clues.

    10a/12a was my favourite, with the wonderful twist at the end of the clue; but many more got short-listed including 13a, 24a, 1d, 15d, and, once I had worked it out, 1a.

    Many thanks to Virgilius and to BD.

  2. mary
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Not finished this yet but as luck would have it I am practicing 4a for Remembrance Day service with the band!!

  3. mary
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Happy Birthday to *****!!

    • Rabbit Dave
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      And to all of his many alter egos!!

  4. Una
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Unlike Rabbit Dave, I found it hard going.Once I saw the number clueing, my heart sank. After getting the composer in 21d, things improved. I’m not sure I agree that 22a definition is precisely the answer, no doubt I’ll stand corrected. Other “8a” ‘s.Perhaps I should get out more.Thanks to Virgillius and BD.

    • Kath
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      I can’t see anything wrong with 22a.

      • Una
        Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        See reply to stanXYZ below.

  5. Jezza
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Another fine Sunday puzzle, with a timely theme, and some excellently constructed clues. Many thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.
    Happy Birthday to JH.

  6. crypticsue
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Young 21d is a lucky chap – so many crosswords for one birthday. Even without the two themes, this would have been a splendid puzzle anyway, but knowing the significance of some of the clues made it even more superb.

    Thanks to Virgilius and BD and Happy Birthday to John (and John).

  7. Expat Chris
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely loved every minute of this, particulalry as I had a go at the NTSPP yesterday. First one in was 1D and that got the ball rolling. 10/12A was the runaway favorite…until I came to 22A and that one pipped 10/12 at the post. I even found both of the events! ***** for enjoyment from me. Many thanks to the setter (Virgilius?) and to BD for the review.

  8. mary
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Finished at last, must say would never have got 22a normally but I think the inter connection of all those clues although very clever was a bit of a toughie and admit I would not have solved them if I hadn’t joined a band a few weeks ago!!

  9. stanXYZ
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Excellent stuff from Virgilius as usual!

    As others have said, doing yesterday’s NTSPP was a great help. I experienced a few déjà vu moments which somewhat reduced the D’Oh factor!

    “Great minds think alike ” springs to mind – thanks to Virgilius and all the other setters from yesterday.

  10. Heno
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. A super puzzle, got most of the composer clues, but stuck on 22a and 7d. Any help would be much appreciated. Was 3*/5* for me. Favourite was 4a. Wind getting up now in Central London, fingers crossed for later.

    • stanXYZ
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      22a – ************** (See 10 & 12)

      • Una
        Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

        Well something very pecular happened when I “submitted ” my effforts on line and the computor accepted a wrong answer for 22a, where I had “******”, which I couldn’t work out, and it put me in bad form.This new solution puts a glossier slant on the whole thing and it is a much better puzzle than I thought. Thanks , Virgiius and stanXYZ. I wonder what else the computor shouldn’t have accepted.

        • Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

          There’s nothing wrong with your computer. The answer you gave (which I have now deleted) is correct. Even if it had been wrong, I have specifically asked that you do not post incorrect answers.

          • Una
            Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

            Sorry !

      • Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

        You can say “apply 10/12 to get 22”.

        • Una
          Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

          New problem, 17d has to be correct but that doesent fit stanXYZ deleted solution ! I give up !

          • Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

            StanXYZ did not give a solution, but used information from the answer to 10/12 not from the clue itself.

            • stanXYZ
              Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

              Guilty as charged! Mea Culpa! Sorry! :cry:

              Any cake?

              • crypticsue
                Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

                No cake today. Pears from the garden stewed with vanilla syrup, with home made chocolate sauce any good? Mr CS is rescuing as much fruit from the garden as he can before the storm blows it away.

                • mary
                  Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

                  Mmm yummy what time shall we all meet in the naughty corner :-)

                  • Kath
                    Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

                    Are you still planning on going away tomorrow? Haven’t seen an official request for time off . . .

                • Kath
                  Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

                  Made upside-down pear tart last night – there was one little tiny bit left over but husband ate it for breakfast to help his hang-over! :roll:
                  Spent morning trying to make garden as storm proof as possible.

                • Merusa
                  Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

                  You must have a huge orchard … first of all exquisite peaches and now pears. Anything else?

        • Heno
          Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

          Thanks to all, got 22a now. I didn’t intend to overpopulate Naughty Corner :-)

      • Kath
        Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Totally confused of Oxford! :sad:

        • Una
          Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

          More totally confused , Dublin.

  11. spindrift
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant! Nuff said.

  12. Kath
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    A really good crossword as usual. I thought it was going to be a tricky one to begin with but then got going.
    I had 23a wrong to begin with – was just about to ask someone to explain but have now seen the error of my ways. My answer meant the same but had a double letter in the middle.
    16a took a while – had the first five letters but couldn’t get any further for ages. 15d was my last one.
    I liked all the clues that were linked together and 13a.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Going to carry on with NTSPP – didn’t have enough time yesterday but not sure that I’m going to be able to finish it anyway.

  13. gnomethang
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant puzzle and another lovely tribute to the Birthday Boy. Thanks to Virgilius and also to all involved yesterday.

    • andy
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

      indeed, I raised a glass again (maybe 3) at sheffield tap whilst solving this morning, huge thanks to all involved with yesterdays bash, and Gnomey External and Toby for the curry and beers at silly o’clock :)

  14. Derek
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    A very enjoyable puzzle from the Sunday Maestro!

    In the clue for 10a & 12a shouldn’t this read ….such as 10 – and 22? I cannot see what 4a has to do with 21d!

    Got all the clocks on to winter time – 99% yesterday and was relieved to see today that my large-screen TV is automatic after getting nowhere with it yesterday!

    Fish and chips for dinner with a drop of rosé from the Var – brought here by my son who is still down there! Then blueberries and cream.

    • Posted October 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Look up the pieces that comprise the 10a/12a!

      • Derek
        Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

        Thanks BD – All is now utterly clear!

  15. Merusa
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    This was a great puzzle and I loved it. My heart sank on first reading when I saw the clues within clues, not my favourites, but when I got 21d, everything then fell into place. How clever was all that, and appropriate, a huge thanks to Virgilius. I must also thank BD for some hints to explain the why, in particular 24a.

    As an aside and off subject, I just hope all of you keep safe in this forecasted “hurricane”. We’ll be thinking of you over here and hoping for no power cuts or floods.

  16. neveracrossword
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    V.clever stuff. I’ve just realised how 22 fits in with today’s theme.

  17. Senf
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this one, although I needed help on 7d and 22a. I thought the linking of 10a/12a, 4a, 21d (and 22d) was brilliant – 4a is my favourite of 10a/12a. Thanks to Virgilius and BD. Hope this week’s puzzles are not too much of a challenge – as BST ended overnight, and the US does not “fall back” until next weekend, there will be one hour less of solving time before lights out each day.

  18. Sweet William
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Virgilius. Managed to do most of this in bits and pieces during the long drive to Cornwall. Having arrived, I couldn’t finish it and needed your help BD with a couple in the NW corner which I could not see at all – many thanks for your help – also with the wordplay explanation for 9d. It is certainly rather breezy here on the N coast of Cornwall !

  19. angel
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Appreciated your guidance today, BD, on one or two clues dotted around the puzzle so I’ll share the prize with you – some hope! At least one doesn’t have to waste a postage stamp these days to enter. Now to batten down the hatches for the night in case the forecasters have got it right this time!

  20. Kath
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    It’s now raining quite hard in Oxford but no sign of much wind – can’t help thinking ‘wolf wolf’ but could have changed my mind by the morning – who knows? Whatever! Just be careful and stay safe to all of you.
    Quiet here today . . .

    • crypticsue
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      Its been very windy here all day in Kent. It’s raining now too. Waiting to see what the morning brings.

  21. Kath
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    PS Sad about the death of Lou Reed – ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ would be in my list of top not quite sure what – not ten but possibly twenty, and if not that not far off.

    • Una
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      :-D, grin about his music , sad about dying at only 71.

  22. andy
    Posted October 27, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Kath Perfect Day is one of my Desert Island Discs…..

    • Kath
      Posted October 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      :smile:

  23. Catnap
    Posted October 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    This was an absolute joy! :grin: ***** for enjoyment. Very difficult to choose a fave clue. Loved the theme.
    Big thanks to Virgillius for a superb puzzle and to Big Dave for his excellent hints.
    Belated but very Happy Birthday to John Henderson. (I have only ever attempted one puzzle, a ***** difficulty back-pager. I completed it but it took days!)