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ST 2772 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2772 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, I will select a number 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.

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”. Where the hint describes a construct a “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.

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

Some hints follow:


1a    Carriage in railway station (8)
This type of carriage is also a railway station in London

11a    50 per cent of unions delayed protest, not acting with others (12)
The first half (50 per cent) of UNI[ons] followed by an adjective meaning delayed and a protest or demontration

13a    Family man initially representing his country (5,3)
The initial letters of this family man, who is a personification of his country, are the same as the abbreviation for that country

15a    It keeps time for organ (6)
This slang word for a timepiece is also a slang word for an organ of the body

18a    Dull religious book that’s been abridged (4)
This adjective meaning dull is also the abbreviation for a book in the New Testament

21a    Cover protecting beautiful woman that’s defamed (8)
A cover for a jar around (protecting) a beautiful woman

23a    Great care, however, in poetry, is followed by uneven quality (12)
A three-letter poetical word for however followed by an uneven quality

28a    In the red, I typically find what parents pass on (8)
Hidden inside the clue


2d    Doctor in nude? No, that’s a malicious suggestion (8)
An anagram (doctor) of IN NUDE NO

5d    It includes a part of Russia, not the Western part (4)
A clever all-in-one clue that describes a continent which contains the Eastern part of Russia – the A from the clue is followed by [Rus]SIA without its Western part

6d    Creative type at home opening circular letter? Right (8)
A two-letter word meaning at home followed by an opening or aperture, the circular letter and R(ight)

12d    Did Ma’s child cope when mistreated? (12)
An anagram (when mistreated) of MA’S CHILD COPE

16d    Person showing favouritism as trophy is in bag (8)
A colloquial word for aa trophy or cup and IS inside a bag or catch

17d    Sweet, like some sugar that woman’s put in (8)
An adjective meaning shaped like some sugar of the kind usually provided in restaurants around the pronoun meaning “that woman”

22d    Provider of drink in empty beer jug (6)
This provider of alcoholic drink is derived from B[ee]R without its inner letters (empty) followed by Crosswordland’s favourite jug

25d    Heard greeting moment of success (4)
This two-letter greeting sounds like a moment of success

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21 comments on “ST 2772 (Hints)

    1. I’d agree with that rating. Mostly easy but some tricky clues that required some careful thought. Thanks for the review and excellent hints.

  1. I found this one a fairly easy romp but enjoyable. I often find this is true on Sundays.

    1*/4* for me.

  2. Is it me improving … or is it Virgilius becoming the easiest crossword of the week?

    Enjoyable but it was all over far too quickly!

  3. Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. A very enjoyable puzzle but quite a gentle one. Favourites were 23a & 22d. Last in was 27a. Was 1*/4* for me. Nice to see a Thistle today

  4. Pleasant Sunday crossword; not as hard as some, I’d agree, but still enjoyable. 2*/4*.
    I liked 5d – although it seemed one of the easiest for me, I thought it was elegant in both the superficial and cryptic reading. For today’s happy meander up the garden path, 24d is my nomination.
    Many thanks to Virgilius and BD.
    (Sun’s out in Dorset today, too.)

  5. This was by no means a cake-walk for me but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed tackling it. Once again a clever clue for a 4-letter word (24d) steered me in the wrong direction and I needed to seek help – d’oh! Thanks Virgilius and BD. ***/***.

  6. Thank you Virgilius. I always look forward to the Sunday puzzle and I enjoyed this one. I agree – perhaps on the easier side of average, but good fun. Thanks BD for the hints. Family dispersed now back to Newcastle and Sheffield. A few hours of clearing up now

  7. quick but very clever and fun puzzle. I particularly liked 8d for simple elegance, 28a for a lovely hidden clue that first had me looking for an anagram, and 4d for a lovely subsidiary definition

    many thanks setter and BD

  8. Dumb day, spent longer parsing 5d than the rest of the puzzle put together, how silly. Fine puzzle from Virgilius and review by BD

  9. 1.*/4* for a fun but not difficult puzzle today. 24d was definitely my favourite, with 12d a close second.

    Many thanks to Virgilius and to BD.

  10. Not too difficult – a bit easier than the usual Sunday fare.

    A very sporty day today – I’ve already watched Southampton v Man City, I’m currently watching Tottenham v Everton and I’ve got Valencia v Barcelona to come later – it’s all go!

    Onward and upward – roll on Herculis!

  11. Great Virgilius puzzle, as usual. He always seems so logical and leads you to the answer in a reasonable line.
    I didn’t get the nuances of 5d, I had just bunged it in as it couldn’t have been anything else, so thanks Big Dave for that enlightenment.
    Fave was 8d, or was it 23a? I don’t know, all good.
    Thanks Virgilius and to BD for taking his time again on the weekend.

  12. Virgilius prods one gently.
    Sometime one needs two, three or four such prods.
    Very enjoyable, especially liked 5d and 16d.
    Many thanks, and to BD for the review.

  13. Quite gentle for a Sunday! No problemsl and for my favourite, 3d floats my boat.
    Thanks to Virgilius and BD for the hints.

  14. I suppose 2*/3* is about right, but l was well over halfway through it before l stopped writing so l was expecting a 1* completion. 23a gets favourite clue status. Thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

  15. Great fun, took a while to get going but then a steady solve. Many Thx for the reminder of the boy Lineker, a great player at all his clubs. And such a gentleman.
    Thx to all.

  16. No doubt I will now read a host of comments about how easy this one was, but I’m 2 in 2 for the weekend; which considering I had never completed one until yesterday, and only started attempting without assistance in the last week, can’t be bad.

    1. That’s really impressive, Carlos – well done

      I have a strong feeling that in the very near future, you’ll be posting here about how easy the crosswords have become… Keep it up!

  17. Soft and gentle, but enjoyable. Virgilius always gives us something good and today was no exception even if it was over quick, giving me no excuse to extend breakfast this morning. 5d has to be favourite. My thanks to the setter and to BD :).

  18. I would have preferred more of a challenge, but as others regularly point out, you cannot please everybody.
    1*/3* for me. Thanks to Virgilius, and to BD.

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