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Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2813 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.

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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    Studies kind of theft that involves plotting (10)
A four-letter verb meaning studies followed by a kind of theft these days usually associated with illegal copying

6a    Audible warning on course for boat crew (4)
Sounds like (audible) a warning on the golf course

9a    Unruly form tucked into favourite fish (7)
I know someone who will love this one! – just put an anagram (unruly) of FORM inside a favourite or darling

10a    Like organist, holding note, kept calm (7)
An adjective describing the position of an organist while playing around the second note of the diatonic scale of C major

14a    In OK position to achieve goal selected (6)
Where a footballer must be if he doesn’t want his goal to be disallowed, if split (2,4), means selected for the team

22a    How puzzles are solved at home — instruct one in gradual way (13)
A two-letter word meaning at home followed by a verb meaning to instruct, I (one) and an adverb meaning in a gradual way

25a    Ship making direct course to harbour in the morning (7)
A verb meaning to cause a vehicle, or ship, to follow a direct course around (to harbour) the two-letter abbreviation for morning

27a    Write that silly line about Olympic event (10)
A three-letter verb meaning to write followed by an anagram (silly) of THAT, L(ine) and a two-letter preposition meaning about


1d    Constable? Gallery’s conclusion: it’s not original (4)
A three-letter word for a police constable followed by the final letter (conclusion) of [galler]Y

3d    Upright piano, with arrangement of a prelude in C, right? (13)
P(iano) followed by an anagram (arrangement) of A PRELUDE IN C and R(ight)

5d    Lady-killer appearing in clubs as a star (8)
C(lubs) followed by AS, the A from the clue and a bright star

11d    Withdrawal of financial support as daughter’s ready for service? (13)
D(aughter) followed by a phrase (2,2,8) which could mean ready to conduct a service in church

16d    Foundation receiving short letter in Asian language (8)
A foundation around a four-letter short letter or note

18d    Record number accepting part of Bible in every respect (7)
A verb meaning to record the number of people present around (accepting) one of our usual parts of the bible

20d    Start off tiny, finish off likewise — how awful! (7)
Take an adjective meaning tiny, drop (off) the first letter (start) then take another adjective meaning tiny and drop (off) the final letter (finish)

21d    Room to accommodate piece cut by editors (6)
A piece around (cut by) the abbreviated form of editor, but this time in the plural

23d    Flourish without dish, finally, that’s health food (4)
Start with an eight-letter word meaning to flourish and drop (without) DISH from the end (finally)

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38 comments on “ST 2813 (Hints)

  1. Thanks to Virgilius and to Big Dave for the hints. Another super puzzle from Virgilius. Favourite was 20d. A new word for me in 11d, last in was 16d. Was 2*/4* for me.

  2. I really enjoyed this.
    Started off really well but then ground to a halt for a bit.
    Don’t think I’ve met 9a before – well, not as a fish!
    Wasn’t too sure about 14a but I’m sure that won’t come as any surprise to anyone.
    I found all three hidden answers today so feeling smug.
    Having seen the picture of 5d I’m quite surprised he had such success with women – I’m not keen!
    My last answer was 16d – just couldn’t get it for ages – almost gave up.
    I liked 26 and 27a and 3d. My favourite, eventually, was 20d – another one that took ages to understand.
    With thanks to Virgilius and to BD.

    1. 9a – I’ve never met him – but I think I know who you mean.

      If he doesn’t post a comment today … maybe tomorrow … or mañana?

      1. I’m almost sure you know who I mean, and also who BD meant in his hint.
        And, yes, if he doesn’t comment today I’m sure he will mañana!

      2. Yep, ’tis I. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a crossword before although MIKE turns up sometimes in clues as it’s in the phonetic alphabet.

          1. Do you really think I can remember a crossword friom three years ago? They aren’t important enough.

  3. Top half went in so quickly I wasn’t sure it was virgilius, but the bottom half proved more of a challenge, and there was much to like. I enjoyed 22a ( how puzzles are solved at home…), 27a (write that silly line about Olympic event), 3d ( upright piano….), and the tricky 20d (start of tiny…). And more…

    Many thanks virgilius and bd

  4. First time in a long time I have been able to give a crossword my total attention. I must admit I have been lurking a time or two. Very entertaining puzzle this. I would rate this as a 3/3 Thanks to BD for the review-as incisive as ever!

  5. Great crossword as usual for V. **/****

    Same result as you BD, but I interpreted 11d as abbreviated “daughter is” and then the other part as the two word 2/8.

  6. I found this to be a steady solve once after the top had gone in fairly quickly. Thanks to BD and Virgilius for the penny drop moments **/****

  7. Week after week, Virgilius delivers the goods. I loved it. Not too hard, but plenty of smiles and chuckles.

    I should have known 9a was a little fishy!

    Thanks V and BD.

  8. My main problem with Virgilius puzzles is that I like them so much that I hate it when I finish them.

  9. What a super puzzling weekend we are having. This was another delightful challenge. Thank you Virgilius and BD to whom I just avoided turning. I would not have referred to “last” in 19a. So many excellent clues that I can’t pick a Fav. Here’s to more of the same. ***/****.

  10. Great puzzle which had me going for a while after putting wrong answer in for 13d. Like Kath, had trouble with and still not sure of 16d wordplay. 3.5*/3.5* for me.

    1. 16d – the definition is a language. You need a four letter word meaning foundation or footing which contains (receiving) another four letter word meaning a short letter, as in, “I’ll drop you a **** about it”.

  11. Virgilius once again delivers a terrific Sunday crossword. I of course put myself in a lot of trouble by putting the completely wrong answer in 12a inspite of failing dismally to parse it. Dumb? Me? Yes…. again.
    But once I realised my error all was well. I too liked 20d and overall 3/4*
    Thanks to Virgilius and BD for his hints.

  12. Got a little stuck in the SE corner, but otherwise an excellent Virgilus offering. 3/4 for me too. Thanks to all.

  13. **/****

    liked 20D, although it took a while before I got it

    5D-the photo of this gentleman has appeared in a recent previous hint I think-popular fellow

  14. Usual excellent offering from Virgilius.
    I shot myself in the foot by putting the sound of warning in 6a instead of the boat crew. After a long time, I revisited it and realized my mistake and then I got the last ones in.
    Like Kath, I didn’t fancy the portrait of 5d, no appeal at all.
    Thanks to Virgilius and to BD for the review.

  15. I thought this a fairly stiff test. I had one to go, had to seek help in the Answerbank. 17 Across. I missed the anagram indicator and was trying to justify “optician” ! Good fun as usual. Thanks to setter and BD.

  16. Can’t say that I found this puzzle easy at first but tenacity paid off as I managed to finish it without BD’s review. Having said that I needed the hints to decrypt my answer for 20d and 23d so many thanks to BD. We ate a lot of 9a in India where you can get the white and black varieties, the white one being of a finer texture. My last one in was 17a as I missed the anagram indicator and was also trying to fit optician! Lots of brilliant clues but I will go for 11d as my favourite. 3*/4*. Many thanks to Virgilius for a great Sunday puzzle.

  17. Quiet here today – where are you all? Maybe making the most of the lovely weather – well, it’s been lovely in Oxford anyway.
    We’ve both been doing gardening at opposite ends/sides of the garden – not exactly sociable but very productive.
    Just about to have glass of wine and supper and talk about what we’ve each been doing!

  18. A steady plod of a solve here on Cartmell Fell at The Masons Arms on Strawberry Bank and yes it is as lovely as it sounds. Last one in 17ac as I completely missed the anagram indicator. Happy Birthday to me. Ta to all.

  19. The Sunday maestro on form yet again! 2*/4* by my reckoning, and favourite clue either 11 or 20 down. Having said that, 23d was very clever as well. Many thanks to Virgilius, and to BD for the hints.

  20. I thought 22a was the nicest compliment a setter would say about our solving capabilities.
    Thanks to Virgilius for the usual high standards.
    Thanks to BD for the blog and happy birthday to Miffypops.

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