Clues written by D. F. Manley
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D. F. Manley4473739371186523Feb 1970May 202252y 3m
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2603TERAS def. PRATT (Wrong Number)SecondGrowth not healthy, Sunak rated ‘duff’, and UK drifting apart?duff; anag. less anag.
2599DESIDERATAVHC‘Essentials’ Asda tried launching to be spiked by Waitrose ultimately?e in anag.; ref. threatened legal action
2595FIFTY YEARSVHCWe’ll have festival for ye, X’s successor, recollecting —— with lovecomp. anag. incl. Y, & lit.
2591GHATVHCTravelling the Ganges? You may have seen this, landing finallycomp. anag. incl. g, & lit.
2586BALDERDASHVHCBunk bed’s rail had broken, making one fall outanag. less I
2584GIFT-WRAPPED (Cut & Paste)VHCFidget around with fancy paper, wanting prezzie finally ——EDGIFTWRAPP; anag. + w + anag. less e, & lit.
2582ACHITOPHELVHCA companion and help to leader of Israel becoming rebelliousa CH + I in anag., & lit.; ref. 2 Sam., chs 15-16
2578VARIORU(M) (Letters Latent)VHCAuthorised Version could be demystified with this one ed’s possibly brought out?anag. less anag., & lit.
2573HANDS-ONFirstSecond to Chambers one must get Don’s fantastic Manual!h + an + anag.; ref. Chambers Crossword Manual
2564CLEARINGVHCArrangement offering college education with minimal number unplaced?c lear(n)ing & lit.
2556TOERAGFirstTinker’s no. 1, tailor’s no. 2 – ergo, in organised sequence, I’m no. 7anag. incl. t, a; ref. beggar man in nursery rhyme
2551SPAVIN (Spoonerisms)VHCLillee’s fame? It may be due to that Australian with velocity in playfilly’s lame; A v in spin; ref. Dennis L.
2547FILATORYVHCClotho – maiden fairly frantic? This old machine could be the answer!comp. anag. & lit.; ref. the Fates
2534BOTTLE-WASHERVHCBelow stairs the cook is being relegated – to become this?anag. less is, & lit; relegate = banish
2530STUDENTYVHCSun admittedly struggling to fend off alternative D. Mail – like rags?anag. less anag.
2525PLACITUMThirdPilate with much wavering makes this, eh?comp. anag. & lit.
2521CHAMBERSVHCLiterature’s Great Johnson? Ungainly fellow’s not a name in current lexicographyCham + be(a)r’s; ref. Smollett’s epithet for Dr Samuel J.
2517LITERATIMVHC‘I altered it’ – MS ed’s neglected to reproduce ——?anag. less ed’s, & lit.
2508CHARACTER (Misprints)VHC‘An ace Crowther special!’ – excited one beginning to work out setter?letter; anag. less anag. incl. w
2504UPBEATFirstWhat hand is raised for – needing pee, about to burst, wanting the loo ultimately?anag. less e, o
2500ESPAGN(OLETTE STRENG)THENER (Half and Half)VHCOne’s locked indoors, cracking latest from the top Sun. man – he’s great provider of extra toughness!anag. incl. e, p, n, n
2490DREAMSCAPEVHCScream’s painted – isn’t —— weird?comp. anag. & lit.
2482VOX POPVHCThere’s this on streets – voters’ (not experts’) hopes to be broadcastcomp. anag. & lit.
2480STOCKING FILLERSVHCWhat may be given by Christmas visitor by various cots – then all fires lit are unwanted!anag. + king + anag. less a, & lit.
2477SPRAT-WEATHERFirstWhat pets are for ultimately – uncertain period extending a bit beyond Christmas Day!anag. incl. r; ref. ‘A pet is not just for Christmas’
2473INTERPLAYVHCWife and husband falling out yelp in wrath – resolution needed for ‘give and take’?anag. less w, h
2464BRAINPOWERVHCPoor Winnie’s bear getting bothered – is one sadly lacking ——anag. less anag., & lit.
2451CAPUTVHCWhat’s severed with chance being grabbed to set Henry free?(H)ap in cut, & lit.; ref. Anne Boleyn
2447CONGENERVHCWhat could make head not entirely normal with a Zinfandel finally drained?con(k) + gener(al), & lit.
2438MONTE DI PIETÀVHCWhat would realign pawned item to minimum of interest? This would, originallycomp. anag. incl. i, w & lit.
2434STONKEREDVHCThing for King’s initiation is wedged in piece of rock, ruddy tight!K in stone + red; ref. Excalibur
2430CLERIHEWVHCCasually, car is ‘wheels’ – striking as foremost of suchlike, Bentley’s product?anag. less a, s
2428SHEPHERDSVHCTroubled group of us heard seraph, with strange aura emanatinganag. less anag., & lit.
2425EPILIMNIONFirstSimon P is on Galilee’s, faltering – with SOS, gale’s goneanag. less SOS, gale’s, & lit.; ref. Matthew 14, 29-32
2421SPASMODICALVHCMuscle pain has doc so uncertain – is one such ——?comp. anag. & lit.
2412UBIQUARIANVHCSupposedly superior man crucified in film about one considered as being somehow godlike?I qua in U Brian; ref. Monty Python’s ‘Life of B.’
2408LUNCHEONETTEVHCLet not the cuisine be ‘nouvelle’ – casual bite is to be consumed hereanag. less anag., & lit.
2399CHARMEUSESecondA purse fashioned with me – such won’t need bit of pig (u/s!)anag. less p, u, s, & lit.; ref. saying, ‘You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’
2395PURITANISMVHCRump – it is an improper system for God-driven Cromwellanag.; ref. 1653 Rump Parliament
2390POISSON D’AVRILThirdToxin around Salisbury’s centre has Vladimir deviously ignoring Military Intelligence – who’s been taken in?s in poison + anag. less MI; ref. Putin
2386PENNY-A-LINERVHCWriter, earning only casually, with no good uplifting output?pen + anag. less no g (rev.), & lit.
2382STRIPE def. HARLOT (Wrong Number)VHCWretched trombones boom wrong note out, drowning smallest bit of brass bandbrass;1p in anag. less anag. incl. n
2378PROPOSALVHCWhat may be enacted with welcoming arm extended and leg bent also?prop + anag.
2376SOW(PIASTRE)ENS (Christmas Pudding)VHCTurkey devoured by glutton, not really virtuous when seen bolting?TR in sow + pi + as + anag.
2373CACOGASTRICVHCHaving a bad gut feeling about Australia? Then start to cheer Craig O’s introduction to test batting!c + A + C + anag. incl. t; ref. C. Overton, Ashes tour
2360VIDENDAVHCYou could see them share, with the loss of princess, a bit of anger(Di)vidend + a
2356PUBLIC SERVANTVHCWith exceptional virtues plain, one may become CBanag. with CB for I; ref. honour for civil servants
2347ASLEEPVHCPM’s about to be returned – as many will be during election night!Peel’s a (rev.); ref. Robert P.
2343RESTORE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCHuge articles about Trump are presenting us with a c/ad 
2338TRUMPVHCUp with morts? So this has been blasted?comp anag. & lit; ref. the last t.
2334ALLELUIAHFirstResponse from us all in the aisles, reborn with wretched sins set aside?anag. less anag. & lit.
2330BRAZEN / MOPISH (Right and Left)VHCDepressed a bit by nonsense showing ‘Trumpish’ audacity, Britain must stand against old-fashioned race discrimination ultimatelymo + pish; B + raze + n; ref. Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’
2318TIMENOPENNY (TIMENOGUY) (Penny for the Guy)VHCTiddly around ships unrestricted? Sailors must get that tight!men open in tiny; tiddly = alcoholic drink
2313PERFECTVHCTense Championship’s conclusion set up to enthral fans, last three being successively dismissedf in p erect; ref. hat-trick clinching last county cricket championship match
2300MISHMASHSecondWhat emerges from referendum is – h’m – a shambolic messhidden
2296IMPROPERLYVHCWhat Chilcot’s written shortly coming up, with hint about how Iraq War’s bunglers acted?repor(t) (rev.) in imply
2287VALETVHCDoughty Price’s ultimate part doing duty for Carmichael?valiant with e for Ian, & lit.; ref. 1960s TV series ‘The World of Wooster’
2283BARGAINVHCAn unscrupulous seizure backed by Putin with place succumbing in regional strugglea grab (rev.) + (Put)in; ref. Crimea
2279CLEMENTINEVHCElection seeing off old men launched the name of Winston-loving ladyanag. less o; ref. Churchill’s wife/M. Thatcher
2274SIMPATICOVHCIt. companions bickering may be ‘non ——comp. anag. & lit.; It. = Italian; bicker = quiver
2270FENESTRAVHCMale-deprived female overlooking residence – a Romeo turns up beneath this?fe(male) + nest + a R (rev.), & lit.
2265ESPRIT FORTFirstProf. RD’s an atheist – and has this designation possibly?comp. anag. & lit.; ref. Richard Dawkins
2261GANGSTERLANDVHCSharks here? Lasting danger when one’s out swimminganag. less I; ref. ‘West Side Story’
2257BUST-UP / PIT-PAT (Right and Left)VHCRow puts British into confusion about EU’s ultimate settlement with PM going round thumping a bitU in anag. incl. B; pa in Pitt
2250MILESTONE (with missing O) (Missing Letter)VHCThis pint is for celebrating Azed No. MMCCL – see it unravelling with cricketers getting out?point; anag. less MCC; ref. Lord’s test
2248WAISTLINEThirdHow, primarily, this gets reduced – with eating less?comp. anag. incl. h, & lit.
2244AVANT-GARDISTEVHCAwfully staid art a given? I must break away from thatanag. less I, & lit.
2235CHOCK-A-BLOCKVHCChampion Scot, leader emerging OK with C. and Lab. spinning stuffed?Ch. + (J)ock + anag.; ref. N. Sturgeon, TV election debate
2230GATES OF DEATHVHCThe fate God has ordained – revealed by such opening for heaven or hell?comp. anag. & lit.
2226DOUBLE-PARKINGVHCNo kerbside gap left – you could naughtily create bit of obstruction, ——, yes?comp. anag. incl. l, & lit.
2218FOREIGNERVHC—— caught out as benefit scrounger? Bet Sun would go spare!comp. anag. & lit.; c = caught
2213SOLECISMVHCIs some clue lacking proper English slammed for this?anag. less U, E, & lit.
2209(O)CT(O)BER (Letters Latent)VHCWhat may suggest the number eight, Roman originally – time for university’s start?t for U in cube + R, & lit.
2205CUMBERSOMEVHCSummer becoming uncertain – Scottish politician for secession hard to deal withanag. less Ming (Campbell)
2200BRINDISIFirstGive possible rendition of this with Greene King – i.e. sing, drinking beer?comp. anag. & lit.
2196SEMANTRA / TRABEATE (Overlaps)VHCBell is alternative to one of those names bandied about as a better skip, no candidates ultimately having unbending support?anag.; anag. less s; ref. English cricket captaincy controversy
2191PLUGVHCThis up for swill down?gulp (rev.) & lit.
2183SANGRAILVHCGlastonbury’s had it possibly? Express thy doubts freelyanag. less anag. & lit.
2178PARISONVHCStir, with Russia finally intervening, could turn into a fiascoa in prison; ref. Ukraine crisis
2170SAYONARAVHCCutter passing Bairstow’s foot that leads to a run, a byesa(w) + yon + a + r + a; ref. Jonny B, cricketer
2165OUT OF ORDERVHCRoot due for runs – wrongly placed in the line-up?anag.; ref. Joe R., cricketer
2157MELODRAMATICVHCSuch as may be conveying a moralism, acted hammily?comp. anag. & lit.
2148ZOLLVEREINThirdUnion with mutual duties abandoned – this as zeal in lovers crumbles?comp. anag.
2139DE RIGUEURVHCFashion guide erroneous, so one sadly lacking as indicator of what’s this?anag. less anag. & lit.
2135LOBVHCPub oik Nigel ultimately delirious? It’s Ukip that shot upcomp. anag.; ref. N. Farage
2131DIVES / MALIK (Right and Left)VHCGroup inspired by Mahatma, like Indian leader, pitches campaigns, wanting rule done away withhidden; d(r)ives
2126DESPERATEVHCAs consumer of monstrous pie, person tucks into a steed, mincedper. in anag.; ref. D. Dan and recent horsemeat scandal
2118BLOKEISHVHCLike boys exuding heart who hobnob without women?anag. incl. b(oy)s less w, & lit.; hobnob = at random
2116YULETIDE (with jumble of COMEDO) (Christmas Devilry)SecondWhen we deck the home do call – I’d exult with ye, naughtily stealing kiss!anag. less x
2113PICAROONSecondRoguish Captain Hook sort – that’s me, OK?comp. anag. & lit.
2109THICKETYVHCHaving substantial scrub? Transform a dirty kitchen, avoiding fouled-up drainanag. less anag.
2105TITANIC / ICEBERG (Overlaps)VHCTom initially ain’t somehow very great diver somersaulting – woeful sinker in the water?T + anag.; grebe (rev.); ref. T. Daley’s poor start in Olympics diving event
2100A STITCH IN TIMEVHCA tear could make it desirable for tiny person to get close and cosyas titch intime; for = because
2096TRICKVHCWatch fox run into cover and dodge hunter?4 meanings & r in tick; hunter, type of watch
2091SNIFTERFirstJumbly mariners averting ruin — a pinky paper’s absorbed wetFT in anag. less mar; ref. Edward Lear, ‘The Jumblies’ III, 3, 4
2087ROCKETVHCCarpet here is beginning to look grotty? You could get cork tilescomp. anag. less l
2074BENNETSecondName recurring in book with three of the five in teens (novel)n, n in b + anag., & lit.; ref. B. sisters in ‘Pride and Prejudice’
2070MISTREATMENTVHCBe suspicious of what cannibals could do for us, effecting this!eat men for us in mistrust, & lit.
2062APPLE-KNOCKERVHCAmerican to get peck confused with plonker?A + anag., & lit.; ref. inappropriate kiss
2058ROBUSTVHCHardy’s hero, he exiting with kiss shortly before end of conflict?(he)ro + bus(s) + t; ref. death of Nelson
2053PERISHER def. ESTIMATE (Wrong Number)VHCIs this fellow when discovered in trespass sent to magistrate but not judge?(J)P + is he in err, & lit.; judge; ref. minor offence
2049PARTY-POOPERSecond—— vanishes – is person happy to rave liberated?comp. anag. & lit.
2045CATENATEVHCChap worried about latest signs of possible recession, like Cable?e, n in cat ate; ref. Vince C.
2040EASTER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCMaybe a change of mood Will com/mends for the whining schoolboyref. AYLI, ‘seven ages of man’
2036AL CONTOVHCOffering consumer choice – a trick for saving poundsL in a con to; ref. NHS policy etc
2031EMBROIDERYVHCA task ultimately beyond clumsy DIY robe maker?anag. less a, k, & lit.
2027THRENETICALVHCWoeful-sounding Lent, Rich Tea being abandonedanag.; ref. giving up biscuits
2023CHAMBRANLEVHCThis stylish edging’s original? It could make hall’s chimneybreast exceptionalcomp. anag. incl. e, & lit.
2014HACKETTEVHCWily —— could be Watt, cheekily dissemblingcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. Holly W. pretending to be constituent of V. Cable
2000TWO THOUSANDSecondWadham reunion’s toast? Name a sir with —— crackerscomp. anag. & lit.; ref. AZ 2,000 lunch at W. College, Oxford
1997FADOVHCBar dance, ballad of suffering?anag. less ball, & lit.
1992FOULARDVHCSquare worn by the French – used by ID for one?ID with la in four for I, & lit.; ref. Isadora Duncan
1988PERIQUEVHCA smoke? With port it could be quite propercomp. anag.
1984ORWEL(L)IAN (Doublethink)VHCBlair’s New Labour – it flourished, but has gone?anag. less but
1979FAR-OUTVHCFollowing a way expressing eccentricity?f a rout(e), & lit.
1975SEPTENTRIONALVHCAt pointers line must start for one to find —— source of illuminationcomp. anag. incl. i, & lit.; start = spring out of place; ref. Plough constellation
1971WATERMANSHIPVHCRequirement for effective blades? Being hairy, I want ’em sharpanag.
1967SUBORDINATELYFirstAs in ‘B-role’ duty possiblyanag. & lit.
1962ANADEMVHCWreath transforms man’s head, kicking off last of Proms with Henryanag. less s H; ref. H. Wood’s bust ritual
1960NGANA (3 defs + letter mixture) (Parcels)VHCComplaint of oxen et al. not leaving hay in manger: ‘Incarnation’s chaos!’REMAINING ANARCHY
1958HANGDOGSecondDicky had no gee-gee – losing leader of England totally downcastanag. less all E’s; ref. Richard III
1953TRAUMA (misprint of T) (Misprints)VHCMarker showing recession going to year’s third quarter with UK not half in distressmarket; U(K) in mart (rev.) + (ye)a(r)
1949PALFRENIERVHCHelper farin’ badly if horse bolts?anag. less H, & lit.; horse = heroin
1945PRISONVHCThere’s power in prayer to oust Old Nickorison with P for o
1936LITMUS TESTVHCUltimate assessment – that ASE means to get disseminated?comp. anag. & lit.; see ASE in C.
1923ELLIPTICVHCEnd of June – it’ll start to pour, turning freezing almost, such is our annual trip!e + anag. incl. p + ic(y); ref. planetary orbit
1918PALAMPOREFirstSpread – array of two pages or a meal?anag. incl. p, p
1910BARPERSONVHCSot being unwanted, sober patrons may turn to meanag. less sot, & lit.
1908WE THREE KINGSVHCFor us who acknowledge Jesus, then, Greek wisdom denying the Lord must be foolishanag. less Dom; ref. I Cor., 1, 20ff
1906MORSEVHCSee me eating unfortunate oyster not yet developedanag. less anag. in me, & lit.; ref. ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’
1901SANITISEVHCMake sound with deletion of ‘f——’, holding protest back?sit-in (rev.) in sa(f)e, & lit.
1897WASH-OUTVHCTwos Noah marshalled (no small number!) to circumvent universal ——U in anag. less no., & lit.
1893EARTHYSecondThe Carry On cast could give you corn that raunchy!comp. anag. & lit.
1888RASTER (Printer’s Devilry)ThirdAmbler won’t be placed in the classics with a swift o/neref. horse racing/classic authors
1875GOUTTE / UPREAR (Right and Left)VHCGive exalted position to posh advocate of right – revolutionary goner shed a tear maybe in bowing out terminallyU prea(Che)r; hidden; ref. election of London mayor, C. Guevara
1866BINGEVHCBlind date departs to escape casual beddinganag. less d d
1862UNALIKE (Spoonerisms)VHCHue’s central feature in a Klee expressing eccentricity – fantastic to see paint so!two peas ain’t so; anag. incl. u less e; ref. Paul K.
1856LITAS (Printer’s Devilry)VHCA safe line won’t let anybody bel/t up – idly conceived plan must goref. Aesop’s fable ‘Belling the Cat’
1845UPBRAIDVHC—— bad umpire, not me!’ – delivered in ‘Hairy’ fashion?anag. less me, & lit.; ref. Darrell H.
1840W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH (Letters Latent)VHCPresenter of versatile honeypot when … last of honey has gone!anag. less y, & lit; ref. ‘a Useful Pot … for putting things in’
1836POSTHASTEVHCThat’s so variable in turnaround of epistle!anag. in Ep. (rev.), & lit.
1827AMAKOSI def. DENUDED (Wrong Number)VHCMakarios deprived of right to stir – might have led fight against British colonialsdeprived; anag. less r; ref. Anglo-Zulu war and Archbishop M. of Cyprus
1823KISSVHCAct with loving intent – except for conclusive touch of villain with contrary aimkindness less n + end (rev.)
1818POISSO(N) D’AVRIL (Letters Latent)FirstThis wheeze? I hope AZ soIver wised up!comp. anag. & lit.; up = in an excited state
1814HIPSTERVHCCat’s ordained to perish with eighth of remissions goneanag. less o; ref. cat’s nine lives
1806INEBRIANTVHCBein’ awfully merry, dancin’ in rain – bet that could get one soaked!anag. + riant; anag.
1801RUSE DE GUERREFirstUsing crude Greek horse deceptively? Shocking ——!comp. anag. & lit.; ref. Trojan horse
1788ETHEREAL OILSVHCDistillation of rose petals – it’s ‘healthier’? That may come from therapists working with ——comp. anag. & lit.
1784TEARAWAYVHCWe try AAA out for someone to go under hood maybeanag.; ref. hoodies, American Automobile Association
1779NEWIE (misprint of U) (Misprints)VHCIt’s only jest here, trap throwing leader of Tories? Send message: Remove Ross’s face!just; ne(T) + wi(R)e; ref. Jonathan R.’s ‘vulgar’ interview of D. Cameron
1771PARTERREVHCSpouse lacking passion finally about to make arrangement with separate bedspart(n)er + re
1766GEST (Printer’s Devilry)VHCSuccessful girl maybe, shamelessly touting herb – a d/ill one, bay?ref. selling of Blue Peter badges on eBay
1762DUDDERYVHC‘Rags’ dug in quite a few hours to keep Australia outday with udder for a; ref. Derek ‘Rags’ Randall’s marathon 1977 test innings
1753DIAGONALVHCShaky old nag full of sloth going round point-to-point cutting corners?ai (rev.) in anag.; ref. d. of quadrilateral or polygon
1750PLOUGHMANVHC‘Say, cheer that fellow having special lunch!’ – excited luncher pays homage?comp. anag.; ref. AZ lunch
1746ENTOMICFirstNo insect, mite could be in —— set, mistakenlycomp. anag. & lit.; mite is an arachnid
1741LORD NELSONVHCNot a ‘loser on land’, silly!anag. less a, & lit.
1737ANIMUSVHCGame that’s last-match affair between Australia and us? It could be compelling actionnim in A us
1728EIDOLA def. NULLAH (Wrong Number)VHCImages showing egg in Delia’s fantastic coursecourse; 0 in anag.; ref. D. Smith
1724MONEYBAGSVHCLoaded individual buys – one mag possibly not suitable for all to see!anag. less U; ref adult magazine
1719ANHELATIONVHCProblem with breathing awkward in ‘a/an hotel’anag.
1715RELEASE / RASPING (Right and Left)VHCHarsh kind of slant in newspaper about polite word Prince omitted to deliverspin in rag; re + (P)lease; ref. P. Charles in Klosters
1711MINUSVHCDeficiency may be very small, but unsound clue will be rejectedminuscule less anag.; ref. AZ comp.
1707GALENA (Definition of Anagram)FirstWhat was assessment of lawn? Good, given a nitrogen-enriched tract of grassalnage; g + a + N in lea; lawn2 = fabric
1702WORDSMITHERYVHCConcern about this marks ed. outanag. incl. M in worry, & lit.
1698CROSSTIEVHCIs score, after break, over ton? That should secure the framet in anag.; ref. snooker
1694MISINTERPRETSecondGloss in a bad way? Painter, no ace, merits rollickinganag. less A
1676CRINGE-MAKINGVHCRank comedian’s gig b—— awful – so that bad?comp. anag. & lit.
1672IMPASTOS (Spoonerisms)VHCOutstanding ears contributing to smart miss, a top modelsmears … art; anag.
1667CLARINISecondJericho walls being demolished – it could be e.g. —— Josh blewcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. Joshua 6
1659SCAREDY-CATVHCChicken ready cooked in Tesco can somehow save one being botheredanag. in anag. less anag.
1654CRESCENT / ENTHRALS (Overlaps)VHCAnxiety working out a series of clues? Shape of smile restored as right hard special ultimately delightsc(a)re + scent; anag. of as r, h, l; ref. comp.
1650SAPHENAVHCEngland’s capital has plan for transport – but line’s sealed off in that bloody tube!anag. incl. E less l; ref. London Underground
1648MAGIC LANTERNThirdRage until cinemas developed – no longer having use, I suspectanag. less anag., & lit.
1646BLACKVHCBaron facing deprivation?B + lack, & lit.; ref. Conrad B., forced to sell ‘Daily Telegraph’, etc.
1641GADGETEERVHCTagged criminal always being inseparable from his electronic thingamy?anag. + e’er
1633EMPATRON / WINTERLY (Right and Left)VHCDepressing gain dreadfully made with wife abandoned to champion offering new deal in open martwin + ter(rib)ly; anag.; ref. ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’, ch. 1
1628ENCOMIONVHCNumber one, second, …? See name? Ecstasy! ‘High commendation’ brings the reverse!No. I mo C n E (all rev.); ref. AZ results
1624BELAYVHCIntroduction of bishop to diocese blocked by homophobia ultimately? Enough!b + a in Ely
1615RUGATEVHCThe guise Nora Batty contrives in —— hose!comp. anag. & lit.; ref. N. B.’s crumpled stockings in ‘Last of the Summer Wine’
1611LEISLERVHC‘Fledermaus’? Bubbly is recalled with cad being taken awayanag. less cad; ref. last scene of opera
1606TEOSINTE / INTELSAT (Overlaps)VHCFodder in the stable possibly hiding little Hebrew?anag. less Heb.
1593MANSUETEVHCSuch could be eme aunt’s licked into shapeanag. & lit.
1589JOKESMITHVHCIt’s me possibly feeding a certain Ms Brand (figure not thin!) and Henryanag. in Jo (thin)k H, & lit.; ref. Jo B. and Lenny H.
1580MARGENT def. BEETLES (Wrong Number)VHCA modicum of ink rushes tantalizingly out from rare maths genius bamboozled herein?rushes; anag. less anag. incl. i, & lit.; ref. Fermat’s marginal comment on his ‘last theorem’, see ODQ 5/e
1572SHIELD-MAYFirstA possible representation of M. Hilda, yes?anag. & lit.; ref. Margaret H. Thatcher
1567QUEENVHCMay and others gave nation something to celebrate in 19532 mngs.; ref. Brian M., Coronation, Peter M. of Ashes-winning team
1563SLYBOOTSVHCFox gets nothing by jumping up in fits in story0 by (all rev.) in slots; ref. Aesop
1559THEOLOGASTERVHCThis man may be met with hoot, great Anselm being cracked up?comp. anag. & lit.
1554PEARLVHCOrient? Conference maybe – clinging to Leaguepear + l; ref. Leyton O., football leagues; type of pearl
1550MEMORITERThird‘More times more’ gets tricky – with some possibly dropping out as tables are recited?anag. less anag.
1546TRANSPARENTVHCStar indication finally ditched, sire? The definition’s unambiguous!anag. incl. n + parent; ref. abandonment of troublesome asterisk in AZ comp. puzzles
1544PATROL (with jumble of RAPTORES) (Christmas Devilry)VHCPastoral cast – are pastors that group keeping watch?comp. anag.; ref. Christmas story
1541CHUPRASSYVHCExotic office employee revelling as ‘saucy seraph’ – a bit of embarrassment one could do withoutanag. less a e; ref. Xmas parties
1537CAFTANVHCWhirling fanatic? One may be cloaked in thisanag. less I, & lit.
1533MASTER-MARINERVHCI could be leader of tub in extraordinary rendition of seaman-rimer, rightt in anag. + r; ref. Ancient Mariner
1524INGRATITUDEVHCIn daughter it is hideous, hot tears apart!anag. less h, & lit.; ref. King Lear 4, 237-8, 278
1519CARRY-ONSecondUntrue Archer: he concealed thatanag. less he + yon, & lit.; ref. Lord A.’s affair with Andrina Colquhoun
1515SNIDEVHCDelivering cuts regularly designated as ‘unkind’, yes?alternate letters & lit.
1511DEEP-SEATEDVHCHide seed potatoes after digging – such should be —— i’ sooth!comp. anag. & lit.
1506BARE(-)BONESVHCSome like us now fit the AA mould so ban beer to reformanag.; AA, smallest bra size
1502RAPPELVHCPlay out rope when moving? That gets you to ——comp. anag. & lit.
1494MARATHONVHCMan perishing in bath wants ‘hot’ functioning? One runs it without getting heat to come throughMarat h on
1492The year that Columbus discovered America (Anagram)VHCChurch made Saviour’s day time to celebrate. 
1485BOURSE / TIFOSO (Right and Left)FirstWhat we have in financial paper is an institution for business enthusiast, so I love FT inordinatelyours in be (= bill of exchange); anag. incl. 0
1476LIGNIPERDOUSVHCA —— insect: could I eat pine’s rings possibly?comp. anag. & lit.
1472TORAN (Printer’s Devilry)VHCSiamese children were delightful, fortu/nate a metaphor impliesref. ‘The King & I’; ‘you are precisely my cup of tea’
1467CANAPÉFirstFirst thing Cowper has paean about?C + anag. & lit.; ref. ‘I sing the sofa’ at start of ‘The Task’ by William C.
1463REVERSIONALVHCServing an alienor possibly wanting arrangement for children’s ultimate gainanag. less anag. incl. n, & lit.
1459GREATEST (Spoonerisms)VHCAfter gallery’s opening see foremost of twentieth-century art works this one’s seemed to be a Dalideemed to be as All; g + anag. incl. t
1450PRETENDANTVHCPotential encroacher Tony sees Ken as, long keeping left-winger outside No. 10?ten in red in pant; ref. T. Blair, K. Livingstone
1441Word containing MM displaced by a bug (Millennium Bug)VHCYule fare’s out of season in Augustsummery / flea; anag.
1439JOHN CANOEVHCI am the Lord of the Dance, Jesus Christ, a shortened ‘Xmas’ hiding my nameoh n in JC a Noe(l)
1437MISTLETOESecondNew Morse title, Dexter’s last to emerge – get it for Christmas for a few smackersanag. less r
1428CRICETIDSecondComedian’s original food – one revealed in vacuous tabloid!c + rice + I in t(abloi)d, & lit.; ref. ‘Sun’ headline, ‘Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster’
1419SPLODGEVHCStainer’s legacy? Composition to disseminate gospel, based around Lord’s endd in anag.; ref. John S.’s ‘Crucifixion’
1415MANATI (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAzed says, ‘Solving wo/e I swear I don’t want!’ref. AZ tie
1411LOOK-SEEVHCButcher’s not fixed opener for England – Knight could be brought inK in loose + E; ref. cricketers
1406CHASSEPOTVHCWhat would be supplied with shot, having chamber placed close to butt?chasse + pot, & lit.
1385PANTRIESVHCDomestic situations that may need a maid in loco parentisanag.
1380RAPPORT (Misprints)VHCGood vines make supposedly passable winevibes; rap3 + port; make2
1367SANBENITOSVHCBreakdown of one substantive stain in attire to signal condemnation or acquittal?anag. incl. sb.; ref. Clinton / Lewinsky
1363MAVIN def. THONG (Wrong Number)VHCConnoisseur may lash contents of jeroboam – a ‘vinegar’?lash; hidden; lash = bind, criticize
1360BOG-ASPHODELThirdToilet soap held with difficulty? It’s blooming alive in the water!bog + anag.
1351NEATEN (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAfter ninth life the luckiest pussy’s still not go/t his beckoning! 
1346PHARISEEVHCIn false guise as pure, upright character, he will miss what’s inside cupanag. incl. I less u, & lit.; ref. Matthew 23, 25-6
1342ALIENS / RAPINE (Right and Left)VHCPlundering soldiers coming with wooden whopper, number packed in as outsidersRA pine; lie n in as; ref. Trojan Horse
1334CATACHRESTICVHCOaf’s inaccurate chatter could be of a —— naturecomp. anag. & lit.
1329PITHOSVHCHouse ending in chaos under rising junk heap? Attic repository may be the answertip (rev.) + ho. s
1325UPROOTALVHCWhat could get a poplar ousted – but not with flipping spade!comp. anag. & lit.
1316FINGERLICKIN’VHCPorridge can be so good – grief in clink made to look funnyanag.; ref. TV comedy series
1307AGILE (Spoonerisms)VHCMight in lotion – one litre stops oldness!light in motion; I l in age
1303PONIARDVHCArticle projected by paranoid in playanag. less a, & lit.; ref. ‘Macbeth’
1300OXFORD (extra O) (Extra Letter)VHCToday’s Fawley might come up here – boy entering from ring road?by; x in of + O + rd; ref. ‘Jude the Obscure’
1294TRANSENNAVHCSuch an erection may provide no entrance near saintcomp. anag. & lit.
1286CHALETVHCHotel du Lac would offer alternative to loud ——comp. anag. & lit; ref Anita Brookner novel
1284STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)VHCBleak animal shed – luminance in east – wondrous story!ST(ABLE T)ALE; l in anag.
1281ABLUTOMANEFirstOne unbedded in ambulation when perturbed by last vestige of gore?anag. less I + e; ref. Lady Macbeth
1277NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)VHCKnight has got to be in higher than a No. 11!N + be in over; ref. Nick K., England opener
1273SIPOREXVHCMaterial initially coming from mixer, semi-spongy after moulding?anag. of (m)ixer spo(ngy), & lit.
1260OUT-AND-OUTVHCUtter words in mouthfuls, grandiloquently spoutingwords successively hidden
1255CATAFALCOVHCDeparture platform? Here man meeting a female gets coal dislodgedcat a f + anag.; ref ‘Brief Encounter’
1250SONEOCARDIA (STENOCARDIA) (Ten to One)VHCReason doc ordered sloth, lying up?anag. + ai (rev.), & lit.
1247PREDICANTSecondHow —— does ramble: you might have noticed pew so hard!comp. anag. & lit.
1242KNOCKERSVHCEx-leader of party not in may sink along with Queen’s – down underK(in)nock + ER’s, & lit.; ref. Neil K., P. Keating
1238ELASTIN (Printer’s Devilry)VHCSome university types rate chance of finding alternative to a lev/y 
1232The world is too much with us; late and soon (Anagram)VHCMother-in-law would toss Di out – can she, tho’? 
1229GRUPPETTOVHCGrace – GP to erupt when out?anag.; ref. Dr W. G. G.
1225CURRYVHCCooked meat is this? You might detect turmeric, saycomp. anag. & lit.
1220CASSANDRAVHCThe years pass and process – one’s clued this prophetess, yes?!comp. anag. & lit.; ref. AZ No. 190 – see comments
1207EPOCH-MARKINGVHCLike change iron PM forced with no turning line?anag. less anag., & lit.; ref. Mrs Thatcher, 1980 Conservative Conference
1203CLERICALISMVHCMinisterial government has Mr Wilson (now sadly gone) i/c, Alec being beatenanag. less anag. of now; ref. 1964 election, Harold W., A. Douglas-Home
1186GRISELDAVHCWhat’s on this doormat? It could be garden soilcomp. anag.
1181SLADEVHC‘Noddy’ leads ——anag. & lit.; ref. N. Holder, lead singer of Slade pop group
1180COLD TURKEYVHCOld year tuck that’s unhooked a freak?anag. less a, 2 mngs.
1178BOOTLEGVHCMoonshine hidden in grot that port overlooks?Bootle + g(rot), & lit.
1169BLITHE / URSINE (Right and Left)SecondAs Paddington trains run, is end of the prattling not call for showing jollity?anag. + e; blithe(ring); P. Bear
1165YAPSTERVHCPerhaps Tray would be one with harp playingcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. Thomas Campbell: ‘The Harper’, see ODQ
1161ADIAPHORONVHCThis matter shouldn’t normally bring Prod to hate Mariancomp. anag. & lit.
1156TERPSICHOREANVHCIs heretic parson out of step in Lambethanag.; ref. L. Walk / Palace
1139BENJAMINVHCName in forefront of jazz, leader of band after war – Dizzy?anag. incl. j, b; ref. B. Disraeli, D. Gillespie
1134TOVARICHVHC——’ creates bond after revolution to mould Soviet character?comp. anag. & lit.
1130AGRESTALVHCSuch as could be least needed by acreage with grain?a + gr + anag., & lit.
1128CHRISTMAS PRESENTVHCIs Manchester’s esprit wavering with English being denied the five rings?anag. less E; ref. Olympic bid and Christmas song
1126CHEATERYVHCLittle child being laid on feeding station – the practice when one has a crib?ch. eatery
1122BASILIANVHCLacking suggestion of gender, a ‘sibling’ roughly encompasses a ‘brother or sister’a in anag. less g
1117STAMNOS (3 Consecutive Letters)FirstSo Greek —— could indefinitely offer more songs, Keats?comp. anag. & lit.; ref. ‘Ode to a Grecian Urn’
1113EMPLASTRUMVHCIt may provide ’orrible smell after master has tumbled with pail emptyinganag. incl. p(ai)l + ’um, & lit.; ref. Jack & Jill
1108GREENVHCName always associated with suspicion of garrotting (Rev.)?n e’er g (rev.), & lit.; ref. Cluedo
1104BURYING-PLACESVHCWith GLC gone, the disposal of such could give buyer a snipanag. incl. GLC, & lit.; ref. Lady Porter’s sale of Westminster cemeteries
1100CONCORDANCEFirstNew-fashioned cleric has one on a CD to output ‘Elisha’ possibly?anag. less anag., & lit.
1095STINKVHCGarments needing to be taken up – a sewer’s problem?knits (rev.)
1087OLD SOLDIERVHCRehoboam having nothing left? Conclusion of the Lord getting upset about false idolsanag. in anag. incl. e; ref. 1 Kings 14:22-23
1078KIRBEHVHCSand enters a ——? That could disconcert the Sabean drinkerscomp. anag. & lit.
1076PARLOUR GAMESFirstWhat could give Xmas group real excitement with kiss as forfeit?anag. less X, & lit.
1074DEMIREPVHCOne displayed red lamp naughtily? Lapsed —— no lady!comp. anag. & lit.
1065TANDOORIVHCIt may be misserved to a diner with love for what is English0 for E in anag., & lit.
1061MAGICSecondJohnson was followed by Nixon2 mngs.; ref. US Presidents, David N., TV magician, and ‘Magic’ J., basketball star
1052AGANIPPEThirdOld verse composed with —— may be seen as Palgrave is openedcomp. anag. & lit.
1039TOLERABLEFirstBeing otherwise, Albert’s swallowed ’ole’ole in anag., ref. M. Edgar: The Lion and Albert
1034BURLAPVHCSacking Queen is entertained by rebellious Paul undermining BritishB + R in anag.; ref P. Keating Australian PM
1030PASTILLEFirstAction by sucker may give this reduced radiuspas tille(r), & lit.
1026LET-OFFFirstAid denied to oft-failed bats?anag. less aid, & lit.
1017SCHAPSKA / PEARMAIN (Right and Left)SecondSwitzerland’s No. 1 bod’s genius making headpiece apple pulp finally – an aimer with a quiverS chap’s ka; p + anag.; ref. W. Tell
1013ALVEARYVHCMy larvae metamorphose – male will be unemployedanag. less m, & lit.
1004OIL PAINTINGSVHCPositions in gallery abandoned: —— sorely needing restoration?comp. anag. & lit.
1000ONE THOUSANDFirstThe Sun. No. specially launched with a doanag. & lit.; ref. AZ 1000 lunch
995STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCSetter may say, ‘At the lunch you’d expect me to get boo/zed!’ 
991BRASH (or BRUSH)VHCMoney’s short with hospital on the rocks, broken down, supplying bed occasionallybras(s) + H; ref. NHS crisis
987IRON CURTAINVHCOne ton ‘Hurricane’ slammed – he ignored traditional requirement for safety in theatrical breakI + anag. less he; ref. Alex Higgins, snooker player
982ALMANACVHCIneffectual man, a competitor in the Annual List? The opposite!hidden; ref. AZ’s Annual Honours List
974AVANT-PROPOSVHCA soprano going out with Pavarotti brings to aria such an upfront presentationcomp. anag.; ref. Joan Sutherland’s farewell concert
972Anagram of 28 letters (Anagram)VHCAfter nice bang haul out noble hat 
965EARBASH def. NECKLET (Wrong Number)VHCGo on the wagon and belt up after end of carousebelt; e + arba + sh
956SPEAR-SIDEThirdA record’s climbing and rides high – see it in the pop charts?a EP’s (rev.) + anag.; high = drunk
943BARAGOUINFirstObtain Gowers and usage may be reformed as this goes westcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. Sir Ernest G., ‘The Complete Plain Words’
934LACE-UPSVHCHave we all been given tongues? S Paul wants order round churchCE in anag.; ref. 1 Cor. 12-14
930SABULOSEVHCGround base for foolish soul’s housing? It’s revealed to be suchanag. in anag., & lit.; ref. Matt. 7:26-27
926NERDVHCI will be endeared? The odds are non-existentalternate letters & lit.
922REFORMADOVHCA soldier from conflict with no corps finally left, I?anag. less s, l, I, & lit.
917HOOLIGANISMVHCSchool aiming for discipline – something recurrent in soccer banned here?anag. less c, & lit.
913ARCHIBALDVHCWhat could zap bird, alack? Rather thrush’s end than erk’s!anag. with h for k, & lit.
908INDIGO (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThe swa/t is the fellow most likely to succeedref. Princess Diana
904VOETGANGERVHCAs larva, this could devastate a Transvaal grove (e.g.)comp. anag. & lit.
900(C)HARLATANIS(M) (Letters Latent)VHCIn Harley St as a phoney you could get done for this, yes?comp. anag. & lit.
891CATVHCThis companion could give you a snagcat(CH), & lit.
887MONSTERVHCDesignation for man with heart of stone becoming horribleanag. in Mr, & lit.
882DOSSIERFirstSecond OED is out – the latest thing in computer gathering of reference materialanag. incl. s + r
878MOUSEPIECEVHCTell kids about one piggy having it maybe, one not, one squeaking a bit?mouse piece; ref. ‘This little piggy’, nos. 3 to 5
874BLUESTOCKINGVHCWorsted guise, not black, may befit a ——comp. anag. & lit.
869HOLD-UPSVHCHalf-masked pistol-carriers with intrusive ‘Hand over!’pud2 (rev.) in hols(ters) & lit.
868ROLAND (2 clues + def. of contents) (Parcels)VHCTo have good fortune and love Shakespearean character Hero ends by being rescued from scandal and shameProspero, lands; prosper 0; hidden; ref. ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
866NECTAREOUSVHCWould you find such epic jars in Epicurean Tesco?comp. anag. & lit.
862OFF-AND-ONThirdErratic concerning what’s needed to shift a windmill, Quixote?of fan Don
857REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)VHCSocialist head may get the bird, yet in Conservative rally delicate management will become evidentred cap; anag. incl. C
853DEBACLEVHCDee would have melting ice table with it breaking outD + anag. less it, & lit.; d. = sudden flood
849VISITEVHCCall English what couldn’t be labelled 20th Century – fashion of previous centuryvisit E; ref. new ed. of Chambers reverting to its 19c name
844THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)VHCCharacters giving hotel rest a go will reform? One may have superficial understanding of players!prayers; anag.; ref. England test team ‘curfew’
823SARBACANEVHCThe point one supplies with wind may have poison round aboutras (rev.) + ca. in bane, & lit.; wind, 2 mngs.
818EMBUSQUÉVHCI want the freedom of quiet slumbers, avoiding active list, right?anag. less anag. incl. r, & lit.
814SPOUSAGEVHCSuch may include page – then our objective’s to get on through lifetime?p in so + us + age, & lit.
809DOLCE VITAVHCSocial advancement: means this can startcomp. anag. & lit.
805LITOTESVHCMeiosis? It lets ovum initially formanag. incl. o
788CROWVHCWhat follows beeline?i.e. C row, & lit.
774VICTORINEVHCBan civil rioter – order going awry with exit of the unfortunate Blair Peach?anag. less anag.; ref. campaigner killed in demo
770HERMITSVHCTheir molluscs’ exteriors may disguise themanag. incl. m, s, & lit.
764CHILDERMASVHCChurch recollection of males ridCh. + anag., & lit.
762OBELISEFirstOED’s ‘boist’ ’owler? Abandoned words to ——comp. anag. & lit.; ref. word obelised in OED
757ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)VHCBeing desperate for stiffs could activate Hare in company with matesniffs; anag. incl. co.; ref. Burke and H.
750SALMAGUNDY (THLMAGUY/OULMAGUY) (750 themed clue)VHCNot even bits of an hotel’s grub may supply what Azed 750 solvers must relish!anag. of odd letters; supply adv.
735MALIGNFirstWhat a gremlin could be with regard to flyinganag. less re, & lit.
731STRINGVHCPut King in painR in sting, & lit.; ref. Belloc’s Henry K.
722SUPERNACULUMFirstUntil disposal is 100% effective unending nuclear rumpus will brewanag. less r; ref. Sellafield, etc.
714MOTEFirstPerceive what is within you rather than one in brothermate with o for a, & lit.; ref. Luke 6:41
709GINGERVHCGeneva unusually good, having cast one American in co-starring role with red headgin + ge(a)r
705MUSICOTHERAPYVHCThis cure Op. may workanag. & lit.
701BALUSTRADEVHCWhat’ll you find flanking bridge? A true dab’s bit of logodaedalic puzzlinganag. incl. l; ref. Reece / Azed in Observer !
696ANTIMNEMONICVHCSuch as would undo a man omniscient?comp. anag. & lit.
692FIDIBUS def. PRICKET (Wrong Number)VHCOne to stick in front of fire and offer around shreds of unlit shag?stick; I in f + bid (rev.) + u s, & lit.
688CUCURBITALVHCA wondrously built coach disintegrates, becoming only ——? O how sad!comp. anag. & lit.; ref. Cinderella
683BANISHVHCExile? Riverside situation curtailed his playingban(k) + anag.; ref. Ps. 137: 1-4
666Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)VHCShall a melody be rendered thus with pounding of common time?a(lla ma)rcia; C in aria
660Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)VHCSanta comes on a winter eve’s urgent air tour 
657SILLY-BILLYVHCBottom appears before fairy without beautiful pan (bit of an ass)sill + (fair)y + billy; ref. MND
644EASY STREET (or STAPELIA)VHCDisastrous year with tests, English given a hiding, Lord’s grousing etc?E in anag.; grouse v.
640MACHETEVHCSouth American guerilla’s cutting companion?Che in mate, & lit.; C. Guevara
631INTERLOCKSecondIt must work or cine-talk’s… a second out?anag. less a s, & lit.; see Webster for specific meaning of interlock n.
627AMBIENTVHCEarth’s ——? Man breathes it freelycomp. anag. & lit.
622SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)VHC‘I’ll do the dish!’ – e/ater giving mate rarest day 
615HISTORIETTEVHCA little romance? Such fun with cryptic letters may show it is fourteenthcomp. anag.; ref. Valentine’s Day
610DOUBLETHINKVHCState of tension in the head? In it there may be repeated thuds!i.e. double sink lisped
607CARNEYSecond‘Crowther’s No. 1 composer, successor to X’? (This & lit. could be devious certainly!)C + Arne + Y, comp. anag., & lit.; ref. Thomas A., Azed
603FIGULINEVHCClay with straw – superior stufffig U line; fig, straw = thing of little consequence
600Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of Hell (Anagram)VHCOh, I fete toilful Jonathan, who doth set them! 
594DOINGSVHCWhat’s utterly absorbing at home on first of Sunday? Working at square and replacement for definitionin in dog S, doing S; ref. AZ puzzle and comp
581SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)VHCSteel – one eclipsed by breakaway SDP or nobreakaway; anag.; ref. David S.
572SNAKE-OILVHCI slake no feveranag. & lit.; fever vi.
564PARAMENTVHCLuxury item originally suspended in state chambers?par(l i)ament, & lit.
559EMBASEVHCEnergised leader of Enterprise beams downanag. incl. E; ref. Star Trek; down vt.
558MINCEMEAT (with one extra R) (Extra Letter)VHCHeard of monster E.T. (cinema hit); Isn’t it sweet now!head; m + anag.
552NOURICE-FEEVHCModern —— being unsettled leaves more in need of curecomp. anag. & lit.; ref. nurses’ pay dispute
547GLEEMANFirstBard puts a touch of magic into E. Lang. and E. Lit.m in anag.; lit = drunk
543STAYING POWERVHCWon’t Ray I’s peg out?anag. & lit.; ref. R. Illingworth, Yorks captain at 50
534DODGEMVHCThere’s celebration with David’s first stone – one taking fair knock is bumped offdo + D + gem; ref D. and Goliath
530PROMETALVHCExploding Exocet gutted ship finally – moral is to produce heat-resistant materialanag. incl. E, t p; ref. Falklands War, HMS Sheffield, etc.
521ATTITUDINISEVHCIndia utters angrily about SA with the Right bursting out ‘Cant!’it in anag. less R; cant vi.
513ETYMOLOGICONVHCMy OE lingo C. T. Onions initially edited perhapsanag. incl. O, & lit.; ref. editor of Oxford Dict. of Eng. Etymology
508POSTURE-MAKERVHCProteus?i.e. anag. of posture, & lit.
506ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)ThirdAfter message from host announcing Now/here!’ a lone manger was visited 
504SIMMENTHALERVHC‘Hitler’ means ‘leader of men abnormally bossy’anag. incl. m; bossy = cow (OED)
500BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)VHCStuff tummies with D Dinner food – no end of Azed stories coming outinner; foo(d) in bel(lies); ref. AZ dinner
495CACOETHESVHCSee chocolates? Lose —— if reducingcomp. anag. & lit.
491SEVENTY-EIGHTVHCRecording of G. Miller? View gripping incident with pair in leg-bye finallyevent ye in sight; ref. Glenn M. and Geoff M., NatWest cricket final
486JUMPED-UPVHCDish English Prince married – upper-class, going back to first of Jameses (she isn’t this)J + pud E P m U (rev.), & lit.; ref. Diana Spencer
478BIBLIOPEGISTVHCI get books I spoil recovered – I’d like my Chambers leather-boundanag. incl. bb
473HERRING-BONESecondB—— hard climbing without slipping? Then one is needederring in b H (rev.) + one, & lit.
464SIMKINVHCWhen I’m top man? What’s silver will be filled with this(A)s I’m kin(g), & lit.; ref. AZ cup
447URTICARIA / APOGRAPHS (Right and Left)VHCTenors gasp and harp on about love, a complaint conveyed perhaps by touching hesitancy in diction and jerking melody0 in anag.; ur tic aria; on = getting drunk
443STEEPLECROWNVHCWe respect no learner sporting thisanag. incl. L, & lit.; dunce’s cap
430TEGULAVHCInformal bit of grub and ale with leaders of trade unions? Thatcher does without itanag. incl. g, TU
423ACCOUTREVHCDeck tennis service may go outside court with a splashanag. in ace
410CUL-DE-SACVHCBlocked passage? Castor-oil emptied inside, caused looseninganag. incl. C, l
406BOILVHCLeyland around turn of decade – ferment as liquidity decreases10 (rev.) in BL; ref. troubled carmaker
404CANDLE-HOLDER (Spoonerisms)VHCBorn into rough old cradle, He? I’d have been brought by sight to kneenight to see; n. in anag.
401GO-AHEADVHCBeing above all active rather than deadgodhead with a for d., & lit.
397BIJOUTERIE (Misprints)VHCOne to carry around unfortunate Job in the womb? Name isn’t given – Jewess?jewels; I in anag. + uteri(n)e; ref. Job, 3,10
393INTRACARDIACVHC—— bits being manipulated? It is act I associate with C. Barnardcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. heart surgeon
388ALEXIPHARMICVHCWhat’s your poison? I’m anti that ‘unreal’ Harp! I exclaimanag.; beer brand
384OUTSPREADINGVHCHoney’s ——: is she pregnant do you fancy?comp. anag. & lit.
379SCYTHEMANVHCA —— does a swing as any death comescomp. anag. & lit.
375SPREATHEVHCChap in Devon? Rapt, he burst out with: ‘End of bowls first; Spain afterwards!’s + anag. + E; ref. Sir F. Drake at Plymouth
371GRADINVHCA row disembowelled gladiator would appear before?g(ladiato)r + a din, & lit.
366MONKEY-SHINEFirstHokes in NY me? Perhaps – when respelt!anag. & lit.; i.e. hoax
354SHEER-HULKVHCNo tanker now travelling? UK is in chaos with her Shell running shortanag. of UK her Shel(l); ref. petrol shortages
352FAIRY LIGHTSVHCWhat could give this gay fir luminance?anag. & lit.; ref. AZ’s tree
349ODDCOMESHORTThirdDescription of one amounts to ‘end of cloth, fragment’odd comes h ort, & lit.; to = beside
340BOOKSIEVHCBrooke is bandied about – what could be ——r?anag. + r, & lit.; ref. Rupert B.
336ELF-ARROW / CUTHBERT (Right and Left)FirstOne who has got out of fighting splashes the Brut about – supposed means of enchanting women for real thrillsanag. incl. c.; anag. incl. w.; ref. Henry Cooper after-shave ad.
323(C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)VHCOne unwanted by another bird with eggs?(a)uk + O O, & lit.
310STERNFASTVHCAustere time like the present can stop one pushing the boat outstern fast
306DICKENSVHCBehind my fine words lay actualitydick2 + ens, & lit.; lay, imperative
301TROLLOPISHVHCTo saunter toplessly round with wiggling hips would surely be this(s)troll + O + anag.
298NOSERVHCSmall number attending first of ‘supertests’ – indication of hesitancy or hostile reaction?no. + s + er; ref. cricket
294HUMECTVHCDamp air somehow leaves rheumatic with a twingeanag. less anag.
289AMNESIACVHCExperiencing a fugue? Means becoming excited – one will get to the heart of Bachanag. + I + (B)ac(h); fugue, type of amnesia
285BOYFRIEND (Misprints)VHCWhat might tweeting have meant? Yen of bird to fly aroundsweeting; anag.
272MALAGUETTAVHCGrains maybe suppressing fever, bits of tangy Amomumague in malt + t A, & lit.
267MORRIS-DANCEVHCSir can do right jig around in meanag. incl. r in me, & lit.
263ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)VHCHow I manage an arduous climb when Ev/erest provides new impetus! 
259TRANSIREVHCWhat can clear stuff in port? Get strainer outanag.
255ROYAL SILVER JUBILEEVHCIt’s this exciting year – J. Bull loves EIIRanag. & lit.
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)VHCHe’s notched CCL – utter treat – och thanks! 
247FLIVVERVHCWhat makes female enjoy life, having bottom pinched? Very short mini perhapsf liv(e) ver(y); Mini car
243OLYMPICVHCOriginally of land containing Pisa, its meaning shifted around end of centuryy in anag. of initial letters, & lit.; ref. city of Peloponnese
238CRAMBOJINGLEVHCImbecile jargon in a fit might constitute this: i.e. ——comp. anag. & lit.; fit3
234HOROSCOPISTVHCI predict reduced crops with it so hot – there’s no end of droughtanag. less t; ref. summer heatwave
229METRICATEThirdMake English treat 1 cm as new unit?anag. + E, I, & lit.
221PADDY-WHACKThirdWhat could get you l.b.w. for a ruddy duck?!‘paddy’ whack; i.e. pertaining to pad; r. d., meaning in OED
216SCANTITYVHCIt can jar in a place accustomed to gluttonyanag. in sty, & lit.
197CAMERA (Printer’s Devilry)VHC‘Hot West Indians? O ver/y! Steaming ‘ – Ames in 1973hot = excitable; Ray Illingworth
190CASSANDRAVHCTory idiot and leader of racialists – one description of Enoch?C ass and r a; ref. E. Powell
187POWDERING-TUBVHCHerein dip new grub to get pickledanag. & lit.
183PICKLESecondKleptomaniac: A man to —— indiscriminately?comp. anag. & lit.
169THUGGEEVHCRope being pulled round Hindu’s head? Local fit of perversityH in tug + gee4, & lit.
165Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)VHCKeen angler can blab, ‘I made an enormous catch’. Not probable – pooh-pooh 
161ANCONVHCYou may have caught on after a bit of nudging given by mea n + c on, & lit.
152ENAMORADO / ESCLANDRE (Right and Left)VHCUnseemly episode with calender’s wild romantic creature – a man rode round berserkanag.; anag. incl. O; ref. John Gilpin
148BALLYHOOVHCProduced by boxing’s No.1 fellow, man without a bit of modestyb ally ho(m)o, & lit.; ref. M. Ali
146CHARADESVHCDrama in tea commercial – apes dropping a pianochar ad (a p)es; ref. PG Tips TV commercial
143Jingle for BALTHAZAR, MELCHIOR, CASPAR (A jingle)VHCBrave explorers, that high light
Expressing Heaven’s eternal might
Primarily reveals the spot
Where Jesus lies – the town is what?
135GABIONADEVHCBegad – Ai collapsed with no defence against invadersanag.; ref. Joshua 8
114PANICVHCSource of hay fever?2 mngs.
110GALLOWS-RIPEVHC‘Will sag, rope being tight – like Dooley’s head?anag.; ref. song ‘Tom D.’; tight = drunk
105Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)VHCBeheld lovely ‘colour arch’ (meaning a rainbow) o’er Ararat 
100CENTENARIANFirstAn ancient the Queen may get excitedanag. incl. ER, & lit.; ref. Royal telegram
95THUNDERCLAPVHCReport of electrical power strike put chandler to workanag.; work = ferment etc.
92BRAINWASHVHCWhat madam needs for whiter garment? Compound giving persuasive action against grey matteri.e. bra in wash
88BLOOMERYSecondSee within my black ore meltinglo in anag. incl. B
62SOLITAIRESVHCHoly men possessing nothing, kindled with a passion inside?0 lit a ire in SS, & lit.
50CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)VHCHenry VIII was terribly cruel to leader of papistsanag. incl. p
45NEMORALVHCAdults worked up and vocal, like the pantomime kids at the Palladiummen (rev.) + oral; ref. ‘Babes in the Wood’
36CRUSADERVHCDisruption of sacred travelling round biblical city brought about my appearanceUr (rev.) in anag., & lit.
31KITCHENDOMFirstIt incorporates equipment around woman of the housekit c hen dom, & lit.
10LINGERIEVHCPut down catch in deep before holding one in slips maybeling + I in ere; ling fish
Ximenes competitions
1158ELEPHANT-SEALVHCI wallow in the drink, pale ales, then go dizzyanag.
1143MORGIANAVHCI dispose of the leader of outlaws in miscellany of grim taleso(utlaws) in anag. + ana & lit.
1100BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)VHCA blue, upset English kinganag. + E R, & lit.; lost heir, 1120

HCs awarded to D. F. Manley
Clues  |  Annual Honours   |  Other competitors

  2569 BILBO
  2560 BOMBAST
  2539 TORSE (Printer’s Devilry)
  2532 POTLA(TSUGA)TCH (Presents Round the Tree)
  2495 BUNG
  2486 BRUHAHA
  2469 GUDDLE (Spoonerisms)
  2460 TWEET
  2456 TRACTOR / TORMINAL (Overlaps)
  2443 ERATHEM (Printer’s Devilry)
  2417 ALTARAGE / PROPOSAL (Right and Left)
  2403 SWALE (Spoonerisms)
  2325 MASON
  2305 AGREE def. PATCH (Wrong Number)
  2291 AVESTA (Printer’s Devilry)
  2220 A twelve-letter ‘Christmas cracker’ (Christmas Cracker)
  2187 WEST
  2174 CHARET (Printer’s Devilry)
  2168 CENTURY (with missing C) (Missing Letter)
  2161 FARRAGO
  2144 INFERNO (Spoonerisms)
  2122 NICETY
  2083 BEWITCH
  2019 OVERAWE / HENOTIC (Right and Left)
  2006 GROAN (Spoonerisms)
  1927 TONSURE (Spoonerisms)
  1914 VE(S)TAL (Letters Latent)
  1849 AUXESIS
  1804 CLOTHES SENSE (Spoonerisms)
  1797 HEART
  1792 APPALOOSA / ESTAMINET (Right and Left)
  1689 SYNOD
  1685 MINO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1637 AMNESIC
  1619 GISMO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1596 GENISTA (Definition of Anagram)
  1585 SHIATSU
  1576 FACADE
  1528 STROP (Spoonerisms)
  1500 GIT (on board ship) (Ship of Fools)
  1454 GET-UP
  1424 HEIST
  1402 PENTOSE (Definition of Anagram)
  1387 Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Anagram)
  1376 LOGO
  1312 REST-CURE
  1290 NITERIE
  1264 TREDRILLE / FERVOROUS (Right and Left)
  1212 HILDING
  1200 Nine letter word (C and T latent) (Letters Latent)
  1194 DONET
  1147 MAYDAY
  1143 DEATH (Printer’s Devilry)
  1091 SAPSAGO (Spoonerisms)
  1069 (P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)
  1056 ENTRAIN def. ASTHORE (Wrong Number)
  1043 PESTO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1024 PRESENT (3 defs + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  969 BUNTER
  952 STAR (Spoonerisms)
  939 A-PER-SE / ESCROC (Right and Left)
  840 SONDE
  831 COOLABAH (Spoonerisms)
  816 POTLACH (with extra O in word) (Extra letter)
  792 DISTHENE (Printer’s Devilry)
  744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)
  727 WELL-TO-DO
  718 FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)
  679 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  568 TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  460 SWOOP
  439 LINGA (Printer’s Devilry)
  426 MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)
  358 UPSTART def. NON-TERM (Wrong Number)
  332 NUT-CASE
  208 RALPH
  203 BOGY
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  178 A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)
  130 EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)
  118 OPERETTIST (Misprints)
  84 MIRLIGOES / ILL-OMENED (Right and Left)
  57 MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
  14 Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)
Ximenes competitions
  1145 GENIPAP

Annual Honours record of D. F. Manley
Clues  |  HCs   |  Other competitors
(1, 2, 3)
2020-20212 (1, 0, 1) 7 4 5
2019-20202 (2, 0, 0) 7 4 3
2018-20191 (1, 0, 0) 8 4 6
2017-20182 (0, 1, 1) 8 3 3
2016-20171 (1, 0, 0) 7 4 7
2015-20162 (1, 1, 0) 8 3 3
2014-20152 (1, 0, 1) 8 2 3
2013-20141 (0, 0, 1) 7 5 6
2012-20132 (0, 2, 0) 9 2 2
2011-20123 (1, 2, 0) 6 4 1
2010-20111 (0, 1, 0) 8 4 5
2009-20102 (1, 1, 0) 10 0 1
2008-20093 (1, 1, 1) 7 3 2
2007-20080 7 5 9
2006-20072 (2, 0, 0) 6 5 3
2005-20061 (1, 0, 0) 8 4 3
2004-20052 (1, 1, 0) 7 4 1
2003-20042 (0, 1, 1) 10 1 1
2002-20031 (1, 0, 0) 6 5 5
2001-20022 (0, 1, 1) 10 1 1
2000-20012 (2, 0, 0) 8 3 2
1999-20002 (0, 2, 0) 7 4 4
1998-19990 6 7 9
1997-19981 (0, 0, 1) 7 4 4
1996-19971 (1, 0, 0) 9 3 3
1995-19961 (0, 1, 0) 10 2 3
1994-19951 (0, 1, 0) 7 5 7
1993-19942 (2, 0, 0) 9 2 1
1992-19933 (1, 1, 1) 5 5 1
1991-19925 (4, 1, 0) 4 2 1
1990-19912 (1, 0, 1) 6 4 2
1989-19900 10 3 2
1988-19892 (1, 0, 1) 10 1 1
1987-19880 6 7 8
1986-19872 (2, 0, 0) 5 6 3
1985-19862 (2, 0, 0) 8 3 2
1984-19851 (0, 1, 0) 5 6 5
1983-19841 (0, 1, 0) 8 3 1
1982-19831 (1, 0, 0) 8 4 1
1981-19822 (0, 1, 1) 9 2 1
1980-19810 5 8 14
1979-19800 11 1 1
1978-19793 (2, 0, 1) 4 4 2
1977-19780 10 3 2
1976-19772 (0, 0, 2) 7 3 1
1975-19761 (0, 1, 0) 6 5 4
1974-19750 8 4 5
1973-19742 (1, 1, 0) 3 5 6
1972-19731 (1, 0, 0) 4 6 8
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 2 2
1969-19700 1 0