ST 3257 (Full Review) – Big Dave's Crossword Blog
View comments 

ST 3257 (Full Review)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3257

A full review by crypticsue

+ – + – + – + – + – + – + – +

This puzzle was published on 24th March 2024

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Dada back in ‘how many anagrams can I fit in this crossword’ mode, not to mention ‘what word can I insert into another?’

Please leave a comment telling us what you thought


1a           Yell, like great soprano! (6)
CALLAS – CALL (yell) AS (like)

4a           Popular musician in Australia having saturated market (6)
MOZART – OZ (Australia) having ‘saturated’ MART (market)

8a           Boxer with cut covering up, tho’ woozy (8)
SOUTHPAW – SAW (cut) ‘covering’ an anagram (woozy) of UP THO

10a         Fashionable dance music (3-3)
HIP-HOP – HIP (fashionable) HOP (dance)

11a         Sign of old injury, frightening cut (4)
SCAR – SCARy (frightening) with its last letter cut

12a         Chief criminal element in campanologist? (10)
RINGLEADER – LEAD (element) in RINGER (campanologist)

13a         Search is around country for underwear (12)
COMBINATIONS – COMB (search) and IS (from the clue), the latter going around NATION (country) – the BRB defines this underwear as “a warm undergarment covering the whole body with long sleeves and legs”

16a         Unfriendly attitude in Arctic bear (4,8)

20a         I chop, as it’s chopped nuts! (10)
PISTACHIOS – An anagram (chopped) of I CHOP AS ITS

21a         Cold wine unfinished — a little sweet? (4)
CHOC – C (cold) HOCk (unfinished wine)

22a         Con elected ally (6)
INMATE – IN (elected) MATE (ally)

23a         Plant in Grenada I built (8)
GARDENIA – An anagram (built) of GRENADA I

24a         Man on left I love (6)
LIKING – KING (chess ‘man’) going on or after L (left) and I (from the clue)

25a         Steward originally found in bus garage, tyrant (6)
DESPOT – S (the original letter of Steward) found in DEPOT (bus garage)


1d           Loco partner of Bill smuggles in illicit whisky (4-4)
CHOO-CHOO – COO (partner of Bill in Bill and Coo) ‘smuggles in’ HOOCH (illicit whisky)

2d           A little secret always turns up in due course (5)
LATER – Hidden in reverse (turns up) in secRET ALways

3d           Tablet poisoning animal, one runs home (7)
ASPIRIN – ASP (poisonous animal) I (Roman numeral for one) R (cricket abbreviation for Runs) IN (home)

5d           Too upset about a nightmare play (7)
OTHELLO – An anagram (upset) of TOO goes about HELL (a nightmare)

6d           Arranged ASAP, April review (9)
APPRAISAL – An anagram (arranged) of ASAP APRIL

7d           Line in lease looked up for one of those residing in toolshed? (6)
TROWEL – ROW (line) inserted in a reversal of LET (lease)

9d           Twins eating out, sampling drink (4-7)
WINE-TASTING – An anagram (out) of TWINS EATING

14d         Change one’s tune in second song (9)
BACKTRACK – BACK (second) TRACK (song)

15d         Party animal, teacher is into the dancing (8)
HEDONIST – DON (teacher) and IS (from the clue) inserted into an anagram (dancing) of THE

17d         Stand in line on centre ground (7)
LECTERN –  L (line) goes on (in a Down solution) an anagram (ground) of CENTRE

18d         See irregular verbs in middle of poem (7)
OBSERVE – An anagram (irregular) of VERBS inserted into OE (the middle letters of pOEm)

19d         Cue is raised and brown finally pocketed by girl (6)
SIGNAL – A reversal (raised)of IS (from the clue) and N (the final letter of brown) inserted into (pocketed by) GAL (girl)

21d         First of chords, large number — for a song! (5)
CHEAP – C (the first letter of Chords) HEAP (large number)

1 comment on “ST 3257 (Full Review)
Leave your own comment 

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.