Clues written by H. W. Massingham
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H. W. Massingham965388108104Dec 1968Feb 200132y 2mH. Massingham
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
2000-2001
1500GIT (on board ship) (Ship of Fools)VHCOne on board old warship, one used to the drinkCOGITOPER; I in cog toper
1998-1999
1387Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Anagram)VHCHis star hallows a shed, and in mystic clam. 
1995-1996
1238ELASTIN (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIt’s not like the MO – s/ot, with all that bottled-up fizz! 
1234AVANT-PROPOSVHCA very anarchic pop star on the front pagesa v + anag.
1232The world is too much with us; late and soon (Anagram)VHCHow starlit – an outhouse – ’mid the cold snow! 
1212HILDINGVHCYellow flag’s second on display in the course of harbouringl in hiding
1203CLERICALISMVHCAll crime is under review after Conservative ministerial pressure?C + anag.
1994-1995
1194DONETVHCCourse for a novice chaser, say, entered in the jumpsone in DT; one = any drink
1190DENARIUSVHCThe smallest amount of LSD, and I sure hallucinatedanag.
1181SLADEVHCDean’s satire initially set aboard merchantmans + lade, ref. Swift: ‘Gulliver’s Travels’
1180COLD TURKEYVHC‘The little lord … ’ in crib (Luther’s primitive crib) evokes gospel truth?Ld in cot + ur-key
1174DINGLE-DANGLEVHCDig lead Glenn played with swing?anag.; ref. G. Miller
1156TERPSICHOREANVHCPainter’s ochre in reproduction of canaries etc?anag. & lit.
1993-1994
1147MAYDAYVHCDate linking might with extremes of armoury?d between may, and a,y, & lit.; ref. Red Square parade
1130AGRESTALSecondAlas, Gert’s gone – like Daisyanag.; ref former comedy duo
1126CHEATERYVHCLight, without a hint of trumps – that’s your chicanea t in cheery
1122BASILIANVHCOne under oath to God has trouble backtracking in dockail (rev.) in basin
1108GREENVHCLike pigeons in an area noted for its woods2 mngs.; pigeon = dupe
1992-1993
1087OLD SOLDIERVHCDisintegrating oiler’d split on inside – everything’s poured out of itsold in anag.
1084PIERCEABLE / SALESGIRL (DLM)VHCIn my heart, oh, I leap, Rebecca (open to Cupid’s old skill):
Now you’re my priceless grail, Rebecca – you at your jingling till!
 
1078KIRBEHVHCMoorish source of water, bit of bogland, with hiker plashing aboutb in anag.
1069(P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)FirstEcht is opposite of this, note, in Germanti in Bosche, & lit.
1065TANDOORIVHCThis meat’s subtly marinated toocomp. anag. & lit.
1056ENTRAIN def. ASTHORE (Wrong Number)VHCBoard indicates no ducks in batting ratio, noneducks; anag. less 00
1052AGANIPPEVHCA jigger and piano, in time – that got the old feet goinga nip p in age
1048GALLOPADEVHCA pale gold, bottled measure noted for its hopsanag.
1991-1992
1034BURLAPVHCDecorative cloth’s indeed spotted in Belcher’s specialty?la in burp
1030PASTILLEVHCA photograph occupying page three ultimately symbolises a tabloida still in p e; see etym. of tabloid in C.
1024PRESENT (3 defs + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)VHCYes, rich exotic perfume certain men with boxes bring in with ceremonyCHY(PRE SENT)RIES; anag.
1017SCHAPSKA / PEARMAIN (Right and Left)VHCDrill airman order? One with a pip or two has packs checked out for military detail?PE + anag.; anag.
1008SPORTSCASTER (Misprints)VHCFan at Wimbledon (say) or many an armchair supporter doesDan; i.e. sports caster; ref. D. Maskell
1990-1991
987IRON CURTAINVHCReunion it bedevilled with onset of cold war and East / West splittinganag. incl. c, less E, W & lit.
982ALMANACVHCEventful table involving e.g. Virgo, showing he’s blocked a source of redsman in a lac; ref John V, snooker player
974AVANT-PROPOSVHCTV soap op ran prodigiously from opening scriptanag.
972Anagram of 28 letters (Anagram)VHCHat, too laughable, can’t be funnier 
961WAVESONVHCWoven as elasticated swimming trunks etc?anag.
956SPEAR-SIDEVHCAir introducing a tenor’s manly strainPears in side
1989-1990
939A-PER-SE / ESCROC (Right and Left)VHCScore’s transposed to C sharp (formerly A) in masterpieceanag. + c; 2 meanings, sharp n.
930SABULOSEFirstGravelly rendering of a blues with Satchmo pouring his heart outanag. incl. S(atchm)o; ref. Louis Armstrong
926NERDVHCAdrenaline keeps the sap circulatinghidden rev.
1988-1989
887MONSTERVHCMutation in set norm?anag. & lit.
882DOSSIERVHCSIS forms filed by agent?anag. in doer, & lit.
869HOLD-UPSVHCEffects of Unionist actions such as involved Mr. Tom King?2 meanings: industrial stoppages/robberies
868ROLAND (2 clues + def. of contents) (Parcels)VHCSome tar outraged Master Hornblower, RN lead swinging lack who went ashoremaestro, lander; anag.; anag.
1987-1988
835PROSAICALVHCAvoiding ice, a police-car is involved with pedestriananag. less ice
827MICKEY-TAKINGVHCWhat may induce a nap? Teasingi.e. taking a soporific
818EMBUSQUÉVHCBusy bees ’um, accommodating queen and droneQu. in anag.
816POTLACH (with extra O in word) (Extra letter)VHCBehold one swaddled in source of a high church festivallo a in pot Ch.
1986-1987
779MISSING LINKVHCWide of course reduced the figure needed to clinch the seriesmissing link(s)
762OBELISEVHCBowdlerise so, bent on removing crude wordscomp. anag. & lit.
757ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)VHCI need certain fuses, the type I found in every shortthe roman I in eac(h); fumes
753SHEEPDOGVHCSuch as never leads on a gallant?sheep-dog & lit.; see dog in OED
750SALMAGUNDY (THLMAGUY/OULMAGUY) (750 themed clue)VHCA blend, unco malt Scotch, ultimately has one on firemalt, h anag. + guy
1985-1986
727WELL-TO-DOVHCSitting on nest-eggs produces a fluttering after spring?well, to-do
714MOTESecondSpin-off from edge of blade on a saw?mot + e, & lit.
705MUSICOTHERAPYVHCI suspect harmony’s used in this, with extremes of neurosescomp. anag. & lit.
1984-1985
657SILLY-BILLYVHCClose bowled rarely amiss – and never a wide onesilly + b + illy; wide = astute
640MACHETEVHCPrimary factor in clearing the ground in exotic Westc + anag. all in Mae, & lit.
1983-1984
618CRETISMVHCFree metrics, such as hath no feet!anag.; ‘A lie hath no feet’: adage, ref. Brewer
615HISTORIETTEVHCVersion of Thirties to onset of Eightiesanag. incl. E, & lit.
594DOINGSVHCAstaire’s trim, stylish in tailsin in dogs; trim = accessories
590MINEVERVHCWinter coat camouflaged by white frost mainly to the north?névé in rim(e) (rev.), & lit.
585FLABELLIFORMVHCFallible changes in criminal record – like open coolers?anag. in form
581SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)VHCPerhaps a tuck hamper? Take for stuffing anontake; pad + r in soon, tuck = rapier
1982-1983
558MINCEMEAT (with one extra R) (Extra Letter)VHCAt heart of Christmas-tide you’ll find me in seasonal crate, blendedcate ; m + me, in in anag.
1981-1982
495CACOETHESVHCIt could give the company cause to react, if non-Uanag. incl. co. less U & lit.
491SEVENTY-EIGHTVHCIt has features of flat metal washer, in a sense!even tye in sight; holed disc
482BODY-SNATCHERVHCA person, brand of thief, seen in violated charnels long gonebody + t in anag. less l, & lit.
1980-1981
469APLUSTREVHCA supplementary ornament for trireme’s stern parts?a, plus + last letters, & lit.
456BALADINEVHCSuch as plugs sales in endless spurious patterad in ba(d) line, & lit.
452DISSENTERISMVHCIndication of split, unorthodox rent, embraced by a Quaker?dis- + anag. in seism & lit.
1979-1980
406BOILVHCWhat trouter sees when fly almost has one caughtI in bol(t) & lit.
404CANDLE-HOLDER (Spoonerisms)VHCHe gave Leeds men bite, making Elland Rd. echobedesmen light; anag.
375SPREATHEVHCWhat a petersham inside out might do?(a) petersha(m) anag. & lit.
1978-1979
362SEA-SOLDIERVHCOils mixed with reseda – what Old Masters called green?anag.; shipmasters; green = inexperienced etc.
323(C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)VHCUnionist on strike, we hear – NUT?U, coup
1977-1978
301TROLLOPISHVHCFish shop busy about one – as chippies usually aretroll + I in anag.; sv. chippy
294HUMECTVHCDab, cod, smelt etc.hum + anag.
281DINOCERASVHCRhino sort of from U S rocks – coins read looselyanag.
276AMTRACKVHCFrontally modified waterproof landing craft, wheeled?art (rev.) in mack with a,m rev. & lit.
1976-1977
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)FirstTo CCL then! – He’s the hardest nut to crack! 
1975-1976
200The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)VHCFeeling low pulse enlightened hospital nurseGlumdalclitch; glum dal lit H; ref. Gulliver’s Travels
174EPEOLATRYVHCWhat causes one to repel the end of lexicography?anag. incl. a + y, & lit.
1974-1975
135GABIONADEVHCA bottomless protection, round and worked in eartha bi(b) O + anag. all in Ge
123SCATTERGOODVHCSort to cadge, maybeanag. & lit.
110GALLOWS-RIPEVHCKetch made adequate knots for such swelling – i.e. prow’s weatheredgall + anag.; ref. Jack K
1973-1974
97TREBUCHETVHCOne could chuck up rock and curb teeth decayanag.
70GESTAPO (Misprints)FirstSound – a step in broadcasting – helped establish ReithReich; anag. in go
66NONSENSEVHCE.g., no retarded grades are backwardno + ESN ESN (all rev.) & lit.
53ALEXANDERSFirstA worthy original ingredient of salads?Alexander + s, & lit.; Nine Worthies
1972-1973
14Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)VHCLike-pairs herded in, her ample hull spins to Mt. Ararat 
1ORGIASTSecondI celebrate ‘first’ and ‘last’ in Observer – Azed’s inauguration in point of factO,r + a in gist
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1140CALLOUSVHCLike Saul with Colossians shortly before conversion?anag. incl. Col., & lit.
1123MAXIMISTVHCSaw man’s dampened air—after a fashion down-at-heelMaxi mist; saw3
1110IMPERSONATEVHCMoonstruck men aspire to take offanag.

 
HCs awarded to H. W. Massingham
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2000-2001
  1492 The year that Columbus discovered America (Anagram)
 
1995-1996
  1250 SONEOCARDIA (STENOCARDIA) (Ten to One)
  1247 PREDICANT
  1242 KNOCKERS
 
1994-1995
  1200 Nine letter word (C and T latent) (Letters Latent)
  1186 GRISELDA
  1178 BOOTLEG
  1165 YAPSTER
  1161 ADIAPHORON
  1152 PARACETAMOL
 
1993-1994
  1143 DEATH (Printer’s Devilry)
  1134 TOVARICH
  1117 STAMNOS (3 Consecutive Letters)
  1113 EMPLASTRUM
  1100 CONCORDANCE
 
1992-1993
  1095 STINK
  1091 SAPSAGO (Spoonerisms)
  1076 PARLOUR GAMES
  1074 DEMIREP
  1061 MAGIC
 
1991-1992
  1039 TOLERABLE
  1026 LET-OFF
  1021 BEARD
  1013 ALVEARY
  1000 ONE THOUSAND
 
1990-1991
  991 BRASH (or BRUSH)
  978 DOUBLE-CENTURY
  969 BUNTER
  965 EARBASH def. NECKLET (Wrong Number)
  952 STAR (Spoonerisms)
 
1989-1990
  934 LACE-UPS
  922 REFORMADO
  920 CHRIST-CROSS-ROW
  917 HOOLIGANISM
  913 ARCHIBALD
  904 VOETGANGER
  900 (C)HARLATANIS(M) (Letters Latent)
  895 TONE DEAF
 
1988-1989
  874 BLUESTOCKING
  866 NECTAREOUS
  857 REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)
  849 VISITE
  844 THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)
  840 SONDE
 
1987-1988
  831 COOLABAH (Spoonerisms)
  823 SARBACANE
  814 SPOUSAGE
  805 LITOTES
  801 LINCHET
  796 UPHOLSTERY
  792 DISTHENE (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1986-1987
  783 CAMPESINO
  774 VICTORINE
  770 HERMITS
  766 GUBBINS
  764 CHILDERMAS
  744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)
  735 MALIGN
 
1985-1986
  718 FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)
  709 GINGER
  701 BALUSTRADE
  696 ANTIMNEMONIC
  692 FIDIBUS def. PRICKET (Wrong Number)
  688 CUCURBITAL
  683 BANISH
 
1984-1985
  679 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  675 CONSTERNATE
  670 TURNIP-FLEA
  662 BARGE-COUPLE
  653 INTERNUNCIO
  635 ROSEMARY
 
1983-1984
  627 AMBIENT
  622 SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)
  610 DOUBLETHINK
  609 LUCKY-BAG
  607 CARNEY
  603 FIGULINE
 
1982-1983
  576 TOP-NOTCH
  564 PARAMENT
  534 DODGEM
 
1981-1982
  513 ETYMOLOGICON
  506 ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)
  504 SIMMENTHALER
 
1980-1981
  447 URTICARIA / APOGRAPHS (Right and Left)
  426 MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)
 
1979-1980
  414 UNBOSOMER
  401 GO-AHEAD
  397 BIJOUTERIE (Misprints)
  384 OUTSPREADING
 
1978-1979
  349 ODDCOMESHORT
 
1977-1978
  306 DICKENS
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  298 NOSER
  263 ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1976-1977
  238 CRAMBOJINGLE
  208 RALPH
 
1975-1976
  187 POWDERING-TUB
 
1974-1975
  127 FRITHSOKEN
  105 Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)
 
1973-1974
  92 BRAINWASH
  62 SOLITAIRES
  57 MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1972-1973
  50 CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1969-1970
  1066 RAVE / PAIR (DLM)
  1062 CALLING-CRAB
 
1968-1969
  1041 TEA-LEAD
  1036 CORONETED
 


Annual Honours record of H. W. Massingham
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2000-20010 1 1
 
1998-19990 1 0
 
1995-19960 4 3 23
1994-19950 6 6 9
1993-19941 (0, 1, 0) 4 5 16
1992-19931 (1, 0, 0) 7 5 4
1991-19920 5 5 15
1990-19910 6 5 10
1989-19901 (1, 0, 0) 2 8 21
1988-19890 4 6 22
1987-19880 4 7 17
1986-19870 5 7 16
1985-19861 (0, 1, 0) 2 7 20
1984-19850 2 6
1983-19840 6 6 10
1982-19830 1 3
1981-19820 2 3
1980-19810 3 2
1979-19800 3 4
1978-19790 2 1
1977-19780 4 3 20
1976-19771 (1, 0, 0) 0 2
1975-19760 2 1
1974-19750 3 2
1973-19742 (2, 0, 0) 2 3 9
1972-19731 (0, 1, 0) 1 2
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 3 0
1969-19700 0 2
1968-19690 0 2