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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2716 (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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1a           Complaint following proposal — still you don’t get it! (6,8)
A complaint or ailment after a proposal – read the definition as “you don’t get it when still”

Motion sickness

10a         Worker gets specific day in charge (7)
A worker (but not an insect this time!) followed by a specific day, perhaps on the calendar

11a         Orderly waiters heard signal to act (3)
Sounds like (heard) people waiting in an orderly fashion

12a         Farewell, in a manner of speaking, after very short drink (11)
A manner of speaking preceded by V (short form of very) and an alcoholic drink

15a         Spike securing small flier for writer (8)
A verb meaning to spike a drink around a small bird (flier)

22a         No point including girl’s name, in spite of that (11)
NO and a point or headland around a girl’s name

23a         Part of field in cricket match set back (3)
Reverse a verb meaning to set or congeal

26a         List operations going the wrong way, easily seen in theatre (7)
A verb meaning to list or lean followed by the abbreviated form of OP(eration)S, all reversed (going the wrong way)

27a         Form in which a person’s convictions are manifest (8,6)
Two definitions – the second one cryptically expanding on the first


1d           Such a vile man, I’m involved in this? (4,10)
An anagram (involved) of SUCH A VILE MAN I’M is loosely described by the whole clue

2d           Divergent line of thought, singularly touching (7)
Two definitions – the second one being a line that only touches a circle in one place

3d           Partial judgment, with court supporting old writer and composer (4,7)
The abbreviation for C(our)T follows O(ld), a writing implement and an Italian composer

5d           Crazed demoniac who wants to slay people? (8)
… by amusing them (he’s an anagram, indicated by crazed, of DEMONIAC)

7d           Finishes off in state — is one in Victoria, perhaps? (7)
A trademark Virgilius clue – drop the final letters (finishes off) from three words in the clue

13d         Set piece’s musical quality in foundational part (11)
A set piece in football followed by the S from ‘S and a musical quality

16d         Like winner of cup, left after dinner, holding book (8)
An adjective meaning left on the plate after dinner around B(ook)

21d         Scoundrel‘s wife, supporter of school board (6)
W(ife) followed by the structure that supports a school blackboard

25d         Foreign breed over in Melbourne, say (3)
A foreign breed of dog is also someone from the UK when a foreigner over in Melbourne, or anywhere else in Australia

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35 comments on “ST 2716 (Hints)

  1. Thank you Virgilius – always enjoy your puzzles. Thanks BD for the hints. Might have to try one of these emoticons sometime !

  2. Lovely start to Sunday morning as per usual. Thanks to Virgilius and BD

    This is me drafting the blog later this afternoon !

    1. Hear hear. An excellent puzzle but sadly no toast today: Mrs T brought me a McDonalds Apple Pie from her trip to NJ. What does this mean?

  3. This really was very, very good! One of the best puzzles I have solved for a long time. A vote of 5* excellence from me.
    Many thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

  4. Our clocks went back last night. I got up at what I thought was 4:30 ( quite usual for me) to find it was 3:30 on my computer. Ugh. So I did the crossword befote heading back upstairs. Lovely puzzle, even at 3: 30 am. I had a slow start and then gathered steam. Last one in was 16D, which I stared at for what seemed like an hour (just seemed like, but long enough). Lots of ticks by clues I liked, but 5D made me laugh.

    Thanks to Virgilius and BD. Now I need some coffee to wake up again.

    1. Daylight savings (and withdrawals) are indeed a strange phenomena around the world. Why can’t we all work on GMT?

    2. I, too, got 16d early on but for the life of me could not figure why … so eventually I wrote it in and immediately tumbled!

  5. Rating 3*/4*

    Absolutely first class as happily seems to be the norm on Sundays! Many thanks to Virgilius for the wonderful entertainment, and to BD for his hints which I didn’t need today.

    It’s so difficult to choose a favourite with so many great clues. After quite a struggle to decide, my short list is 1a, 1d, 5d, 7d, 16d and, my overall favourite, 20d.

  6. Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable and very well constructed puzzle from Virgilius as usual. I needed the hints for 15a & 16d. Favourites were 1&22a. Was 3*/4* for me. Nice and sunny in Central London.

  7. Loved this one, very entertaining and many satisfying clues. I never did get 26a and needed hint from BD to get it … how stupid, it was so easy. Thanks to all for good start to the day. I’m still on summer time, I suppose I’ll have to bestir myself and change the clocks.

  8. ***/**** for me. 7d couldn’t be anything else once checking letters were in, but needed the hint to satisfy myself. Great stuff for a Sunday afternoon.

  9. Dementia? Poor vocab? Faulty keyboard? Peer pressure? For such an erudite bunch it seems strange that our congregation uses emoticons at all. Or is it the desire to feel young again ?

    1. I think you and I may be a congregation of two, Tantalus! I like words much better. Yesterday, someone posted a quote on Facebook that had Mugwumpery in it. What a terrific word! I was smiling for hours after that.

      1. The brilliant (in my opinion anyway) Mamas and Papas started out as the Mugwumps. I loved them and all their music – Mama Cass had the most amazing voice.
        Sorry, but I still love all the ‘little faces’ although, as I’ve probably said before, our daughters would agree with you and Tantalus – and now, just to annoy you both here’s a little flower from me . . .

    2. You expats seem to have adopted the US sense of humour!

      Very little sense and even less humour!

      Which emoticon should I add?

      1. If I were you I wouldn’t hang around waiting to decide on a face – I’d just duck and run fast!

      1. The paintbrush is mightier than the sword?. Indeed. Particularly BD’s lift and separate pics.

  10. The usual pleasant Sunday treat from Virgilius!

    Aside from the outer 14-letter jobs, I liked 11a.

    Very mixed weather today here in NL – we had a thunderstorm earlier then it cleared up with bulky cumuli in patches of blue.

  11. Very late arrival – we’ve been gardening all day – proper autumnal weather – sunny and windy and a bit nippy.
    Being completely out of routine, ie starting the crossword late in the afternoon rather than in the morning, usually throws the cryptic bit of my brain into shutdown. Today was no exception so I took a while to get going.
    8d was the only one of the long answers round the outside that I got fairly quickly – the rest took a lot longer so I didn’t have many starting letters which definitely slowed things up.
    Anyway, the brain eventually got going and I just ended up staring at 24a and 16 and 25d – they took me as long as the whole of the rest of the puzzle.
    I needed the hint to explain why 22a was what it was – the first two letters were OK and I could see the girl but I thought the third letter was the ‘point’ which left me with three spares at the end. How silly!
    I really enjoyed this, as always. I liked all the four long ones and 7 and 21d. My favourite was 1d.
    With thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    Just waiting for it to be wine o’clock now.

      1. It certainly is and after what we have achieved in the garden today we deserve it! Of course the problem with your comment is that somewhere in the world it’s also 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am etc etc and that is heading towards alcoholism!

  12. Always my favourite crossword of the week.

    Always a nice mix of clues. Very rarely any obscure words. Always excellent surface readings.

    Thanks to Virgilius!

  13. V. enjoyable. I saw a red admiral butterfly in our garden yesterday and another one on the golf course this morning. (Unusual for November?) PS Why have we been invaded by those annoying little yellow creatures?

  14. For a brief while, my rationale for 15a was a 5 letter type of ***** (‘spike’) around the ********. ;-)

  15. What a splendid Sunday puzzle! ***** for enjoyment. :grin: Among the many lovely clues, I liked 1a, 1d, 3d, and 5d best. And its a lovely pic for 1a from you, Big Dave! I completed the puzzle without the hints, but I have found them valuable afterwards for explaining the workings of 26a and 7d. :smile:
    Appreciative thanks both to Virgillius and Big Dave.

    (Big Dave, the layout and emoticon of this post is doing strange things! My laptop or what?)

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