ST 3259 (Full Review) – Big Dave's Crossword Blog
View comments 

ST 3259 (Full Review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3259

A full review by crypticsue

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on 7th April 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ***

The most difficult Sunday Prize Puzzle for quite a while – this may have had something to do with the unhelpful grid, where 53% of the clues started with a non-checked letter

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought


7a           Each on journey, energetically ambitious (2-5)
GO-AHEAD – A HEAD (each) goes on or after GO (journey)

8a           Stylish sprinting (7)
DASHING – Double definition, one more energetic than the other

10a         Man with stapler assembled comprehensive document (6,4)
MASTER PLAN – An anagram (assembled) of MAN with STAPLER

11a         Born with minimum of dosh in poverty (4)
NEED – NEE (born) with the first letter (minimum) of Dosh

12a         Wonderful, decisive blow (8)
KNOCKOUT – An informal name for a person or thing of outstanding attraction or excellence; a decisive blow

14a         Mother’s back pecked by animal — some chicken? (6)
BREAST – The R at the back of mother ‘pecked’ or eaten by BEAST (animal)

15a         Onion on stick for monkey (11)
RAPSCALLION – SCALLION (an onion with a slim bulb) goes on or after RAP (stick)

19a         Ring, where that woman enters fight (6)
WASHER – SHE (that woman) ‘enters’ WAR (fight)

20a         Complete appendage I got rid of (8)
FINISHED – FIN (appendage) I SHED (I got rid of)

22a         Piece from Chanel, a name for style (4)
ELAN – A piece from chanEL A Name

23a         Story about Spanish gentleman not too bad? (10)
PARDONABLE – PARABLE (story) ‘about’ DON (Spanish gentleman)

25a         Brush back (7)
SWEEPER – Something that sweeps (brush) or a defensive footballer

26a         Smudge with slime smeared in empty bath (7)
BLEMISH – An anagram (smeared) of SLIME inserted into the outside (empty) letters of BatH


1d           Chief having broken eggs leaves (7)
ROMAINE – MAIN (chief) having broken or gone into ROE (eggs)

2d           Talk given in French, a triumph (4)
CHAT – Hidden in the last three words of the clue

3d           E.g. mullet I had, or fishy! (6)
HAIRDO – An anagram (fishy) of I HAD OR

4d           Might one have you in a stew? (8)
CANNIBAL – A cryptic definition of an eater of flesh of their own species

5d           Loud sound hurt ears, initially shocking (10)
THUNDEROUS – An anagram (shocking) of SOUND HURT and E (ears initially)

6d           Popular part of song? The opposite (7)
INVERSE – IN (popular) VERSE (part of song)

9d           Updated draft of Lord’s cricket ground (3,8)
OLD TRAFFORD – An anagram (updated) of DRAFT OF LORDS

13d         Editor with stash of grass — one’s hooked! (10)
COATHANGER – CHANGER (editor) into which is inserted (with stash of) OAT (grass)

16d         Short of money, though secure? (8)
STRAPPED – Short of cash or secured by a strap

17d         Horse carrying short playwright (7)
MARLOWE – MARE (female horse) ‘carrying’ LOW (short)

18d         Small room, it will be accommodating small musician! (7)
CELLIST – CELL (small room) and IT (from the clue) ‘accommodating’ S (Small)

21d         Strand of pasta, old one cooked (6)
NOODLE – An anagram (cooked) of OLD ONE

24d         Large number describing a limb? (4)
ARMY – Your arm could be described as ARMY



1 comment on “ST 3259 (Full Review)
Leave your own comment 

  1. Thank you as always for these complete answers. Without this I would never ever have done 1down! Now I can stop thinking about it!

Join the Conversation, Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 2 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.