Clues written by J. F. N. Wedge
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J. F. N. Wedge1013791165111Nov 1948Dec 199345y 1mF. N. Wedge
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 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1992-1993
1084PIERCEABLE / SALESGIRL (DLM)VHCEre I place besotted lips on yielding thine
I serve thee notice – eat less garlic, Valentine!
 
1989-1990
891CATVHCWhen I’m de-bagged the world knows I’m a sharp dresser!2 mngs.; ‘let the cat out of the bag’
1988-1989
874BLUESTOCKINGSecond—— got BSc? Unlike wanton?anag. & lit.
857REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)VHCBlushing top one of charm school etc in finale of beauty show of some delicacyred cap; anag. + y
1987-1988
831COOLABAH (Spoonerisms)VHCThere’s nothing in kola nuts that’ll aid shockersshade ockers; 0 in cola + bah!
827MICKEY-TAKINGVHCKinky act? I’m game, otherwise am act in burlesqueanag. less am
816POTLACH (with extra O in word) (Extra letter)VHCOffering of Indian hemp, a possible for getting hookedpot loach
1986-1987
757ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)VHCBroken romance – I hate other loveranag.; ether
735MALIGNVHCMile line up run downm + align
1985-1986
727WELL-TO-DOVHCThoroughly stir in the gravywell to-do
714MOTEVHCFor leaves push an old barrow(pro)mote
709GINGERVHCGo pop?2 mngs.
705MUSICOTHERAPYVHCUpset? Choir may give this treatmentanag. & lit.
688CUCURBITALVHCLike a squash court in a club for recreation? Not onanag. less on
1984-1985
675CONSTERNATEVHCSo upset, one can’t restanag. & lit.
635ROSEMARYSecondNonpareil companion for Lamb?rose Mary, & lit.; ref. nursery rhyme
1983-1984
610DOUBLETHINKVHCUtter ambivalence left English in uncertainty and on the spot in Hong Kong,l E in doubt + in in H.K.
603FIGULINEVHCQuirky fun? Gillie (long gone) Potter created itanag. less l; ref. former radio comedian
1982-1983
564PARAMENTVHCThe old drape shape taper, mananag.
530PROMETALVHCI could be in billets, or back in custody of Provost-Marshal (and others)billet = bar of metal
1981-1982
513ETYMOLOGICONVHC‘Roots’ book upset me – too cloyinganag.; ref. Alex Haley novel
504SIMMENTHALERVHCGeneva neat? Mix minerals with themanag.
482BODY-SNATCHERVHCI ‘released’ people caught in earthy bonds, malevolentlyc in anag.
1980-1981
452DISSENTERISMThirdDenis, is Mrs T upset about English reluctance to toe the line?anag. incl. E; Thatcher
1979-1980
393INTRACARDIACVHCIn almost all radical art one needs to change about – is fancy breeding so?anag. less l + c.; fancy n.
1978-1979
349ODDCOMESHORTVHCA little over excited so doctor had me less activeanag. less a
340BOOKSIEVHCPost nothing in box, we hear, that is to do with letters0 in boks (‘box’) + i.e.
336ELF-ARROW / CUTHBERT (Right and Left)VHCMilksop in short, born in the arm of old fairy, one in a quiverb. in the in curt; elf arrow
314MERIL (Spoonerisms)VHCBan on Maud in Morris 1000 – danger – no parkingman on board; M+(p)eril
1977-1978
281DINOCERASVHCLousy score and I was stumped – delighted diggers!anag.; archaeologists, Australians
1976-1977
212SURCINGLESVHCClingers, us, in a roundabout wayanag. & lit.
1975-1976
197CAMERA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCI be/t her bra’s hand-inflated! 
183PICKLEVHCInitially put in chemical, keeps long enoughinitial letters & lit.
1973-1974
95THUNDERCLAPVHCCrack hunter placed unhappily last of nine goinganag. less e
92BRAINWASHVHCResult of liberation gesture involving fashionable women is a changing of mindin w in bra-ash
88BLOOMERYVHCHothouse?i.e. bloomer-y & lit.
70GESTAPO (Misprints)VHCHiller’s mainstay, the kick, short and goes badly outsideHitler’s; tap in anag.; ref. Bob H., rugby player
1972-1973
36CRUSADERVHCWith just cause, I belted my wife!cryptic def.; ref. chastity belt
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1154CLARIONETVHCBlow me—you need the second letter in surprised reactioni.e. 2nd letter of blow in anag.; ref. X’s error [see comments]
1969-1970
1089ENCLOISTERVHCWalls are used to this—cornets lie all over the placeanag.; Wall’s ice cream
1062CALLING-CRABVHCBall, racing madly after Cooper’s first cross, pinches oneC + anag.; cross = when cross: England footballers Alan B. and Terry C.
1968-1969
1010MOTORISTVHCMarsh gas often affects me—it’s from decay turning in dampanag. in moist; ref. Richard M., Min. of Transport
1967-1968
993JONATHANVHCApple of David’s eye?2 mngs.
1966-1967
911DRAGONVHCSuzie Wong might get me on the tiles in the drawing game!drag on; ref. mah-jongg
907SORITES (Misprints)VHCQuite vexed about it—Sunday can provide much menial work!mental; it in sore + S
1965-1966
900PARAMECIA or PAREOEANSVHCMore than one minute being abnormal I came unplacedparamecia; para (prefix) + anag.; unplace = displace = disarrange
898POCHARDFirstI dive, in case there is a fish!char in pod
890DEBENTUREVHCN.U.R. meet, ignoring leader, bent on following comer-out. I’ll show duty to come back!deb + anag. less m
884MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThey all screa/m an’ steam—Do I, mon, to something good?Herman’s Hermits, pop group
1964-1965
856RODOMONTADEVHCTo give one self a boost stick a decoration on before some sort of daterod OM on trade
834CARRIEDVHCThere’s a lot of the Ould Counthry comes up in an eccentric boreEir(e) (rev.) in card
829FAREWELLVHCSend-off upsets Law, left-half and ref.!anag. incl. le(ft); ref. Denis L., footballer
821SOMERSETVHCBath’s here—soak and soak in it, but I’m off!(im)merse in sot1; soak = habitual drinker; ref. Bath in S.
808WAGONERVHCShake expert stars in groupwag oner; ref. constellation Auriga
1963-1964
796STRAKE (or STRAIK) (Misprints)VHCThough you’d have struck for this to-day, take in the post!trough; r in stake, 2 defs.
777TAILOR-BIRDVHCFit piping layer for dwelling sewertailor bird
769PENNYVHCGuy’s reward atom scientist, we hear‘Penney’; p. for the guy; Sir W. Penney
1962-1963
725SILENUSVHCEndless quiet, you and me—and there’s the piper’s son, the monkey!silen(t) us, 2 defs.; S. was son of Pan
717STAR-MAN (Misprints)VHCLead Soldier is not a regular winnersinner; star man
1961-1962
682PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)VHCChap meets me and necks./ Chaps meet me and neck2 cryptic defs. & lit.; chin meets both chap3 and neck
660RUBBER (Misprints)VHCFraser Eliminates Mark—Might Stop Laver?eraser; 3 mngs.; wash-basin stopper; ref. Wimbledon: Neale Fraser, Bob Mark, Rod Laver
1960-1961
612CARGO (Misprints)ThirdMinor, for example, having an affair, can be married at seacarried; car go; Morris Minor car
608CUSTOMERVHCPromising chap embodying superior type of virtue, in short, one of invariable rectitude!U St in comer
1959-1960
571PESTERVHCClue not given; osmose, morses, crosse, rosace†
569PROPOSALVHCPoor sap nervously anticipates the beginning of Leap-year for what it might bring himanag. + L(eap-year); nervous = jumpy
543NUTRIA / ERMINE (Right and Left)VHCMadam likes my warm embrace in the runabout I run at present almost enough to make her marry me!anag.; (h)er mine, & lit.
1958-1959
538BANISHINGVHCI climb in suddenly, driving off in a huffI shin in bang (= abruptly, adv.)
525MORALE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCDi/rty, our mind is! Sure to be stimulated by this sensational picture 
521SOUPVHCVery best sort of people take it quietlyso U p, & lit.
512NAYLOR (Libel)VHCNo penniless peer for her—but any rough with a pound or more will do!nay lor(d), anag. + L or
1956-1957
425TRAVERSEVHCWithin Tommy Steele’s limits, fans expect to see a “Rock” passage that may reach the heights!ravers in T(ommy Steel)e; ref. singer
421DOVETAILVHCJoint veto exercised in Assembly—end of peace hope?anag. in Dáil, dove tail
395SCALE-ARMOURVHCCould put strength into a Carousel presentation and give confidence to the principalsarm in anag., & lit.; ref. musical
1955-1956
377MALISONFirstNo wishing-well supplies man’s oil—it’s a matter of blasting and hoping for a strikeanag., 2 defs.
356METOPOSCOPYVHCJudging by the looks of my outside toe distortion, there’s also a definite flat foot thereanag. + pos. + cop, all in my; see flat-foot in C.
343EPIGONIVHCThe pigeon pie I served up did for the King after another seven had had a go!anag. + I; pie2; ref. Aeschylus, ‘Seven Against Thebes’ and Sophocles, ‘Epigoni’
1954 (2)
316BATHROOMVHCclue not given
304ORLEANSSecondNew down in Dixie—“The Cotton-wool Rag”!2 mngs.; New Orleans
293CABVHCI’m free-lance and have no stage commitments—perhaps Rank has an opening for me!cryptic def.; bus fare stages; Rank films
1953 (2)
251UNMETHODICALVHCThe man I could vivisect for being very unjustly disposed!anag.; ‘vivisector’ encoded solution in puzzle
249BALMVHCThe donkey rider had no drivers’ club to make things smooth in the old days!Balaam less AA; ref. Numbers 22:21ff
239GENISTA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCEd! Garb Er/l-king—but hi! Slips aren’t showing! Any signs of movement?Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist
237BASTINADEVHCYou could have abstained from such a low-down attack!anag.
1953 (1)
223MELODRAMEVHCMal-de-mer? Sick with love?—Overdoing the anguish, I suggest!anag. incl. 0
1952 (2)
204ROSTER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThings are difficult for Egyptian Importers Inc.—Ai/ling business is almost at a standstillin Cairo, sterling; ref. Suez crisis
203WEATHERSSecondWhere’s Attlee’s lead? It’s taken a buffeting—but survives!anag. incl. At(tlee); ref. Labour’s slender Commons majority
1952 (1)
181HANGABLEVHCSo the Corporal was thought to be in suspense—and then the Island turned up!hang + Elba (rev.); ref. Napoleon, ‘the Little Corporal’
1951 (2)
180HESPER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCDusty pit c/haps might benefit from a shower 
179CADRESecondHeedfulness about the pence gives a firm basis for building up the nation’s armed strengthd in care
177DESOLATEFirstFlat, empty, to lease, by arrangement, after beginning of DecemberD + anag.
176SPIGOTVHCJust a drop—about one gramme? Then turn me very littleI g. in spot, & lit.
1951 (1)
159SPANIELVHCIs penal reform likely to work with gunmen?anag.; s. may be a gun dog
1950 (2)
151OPEN-SESAMEVHCGenerous oil-plant combine gave free passages to travellers in oil-containersopen sesame; ref. Ali Baba, thieves in oil jars
148FILIBUSTERVHCI broke into a smoother way of talking to confound the lawI bust in filer (= smoother)
139HECATOMBVHCMany people who have already had it take to M & B after a troublesome acheanag. of ache + to m, b; have had it = been killed; ref. beer brand
1950 (1)
128AMMETER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWhere did Emily first see ’im s/in? Croynge?Sam met ’er; characters and fictional town in radio comedy ‘Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh’
1949 (2)
112SHEET (DLM)VHCWeekly Ximenes—The Observer Two Pages Larger 
107STRAMASHVHC“Shams!! … Art? A travesty of it!” said McMunnings. (Uproar)anag.; ref. notorious 1949 radio broadcast by Alfred Munnings PRA, attacking modern art
1949 (1)
100Word containing ADDINGVHCKnave hand to beat jokerJack-pudding; Jack pud ding
97NESTORVHCYou’ll find the sage under the goose—that laid the golden eggs?i.e. nest or2

 
HCs awarded to J. F. N. Wedge
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1993-1994
  1128 CHRISTMAS PRESENT
 
1992-1993
  1095 STINK
  1076 PARLOUR GAMES
  1065 TANDOORI
 
1991-1992
  1043 PESTO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1021 BEARD
  1000 ONE THOUSAND
 
1990-1991
  982 ALMANAC
  961 WAVESON
  947 SHOULDER-SLIP
 
1989-1990
  926 NERD
  904 VOETGANGER
  895 TONE DEAF
 
1988-1989
  882 DOSSIER
  869 HOLD-UPS
  849 VISITE
  844 THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)
 
1987-1988
  818 EMBUSQUÉ
 
1986-1987
  764 CHILDERMAS
  762 OBELISE
  753 SHEEPDOG
 
1985-1986
  712 PANTOMIME HORSE
  696 ANTIMNEMONIC
 
1984-1985
  666 Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)
  653 INTERNUNCIO
 
1983-1984
  600 Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of Hell (Anagram)
  581 SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)
 
1982-1983
  559 EMBASE
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  538 INGRAIN
  534 DODGEM
 
1981-1982
  506 ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)
  500 BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)
  495 CACOETHES
 
1980-1981
  456 BALADINE
  439 LINGA (Printer’s Devilry)
  434 JARDINIÈRE
 
1979-1980
  404 CANDLE-HOLDER (Spoonerisms)
  379 SCYTHEMAN
 
1978-1979
  354 SHEER-HULK
 
1977-1978
  301 TROLLOPISH
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  289 AMNESIAC
  272 MALAGUETTA
 
1976-1977
  255 ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE
  225 VALETA
 
1974-1975
  148 BALLYHOO
  146 CHARADES
  143 Jingle for BALTHAZAR, MELCHIOR, CASPAR (A jingle)
  127 FRITHSOKEN
  123 SCATTERGOOD
  105 Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)
 
1973-1974
  97 TREBUCHET
  84 MIRLIGOES / ILL-OMENED (Right and Left)
 
1972-1973
  27 VINEGAR
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1162 BEAM-ENDS
  1158 ELEPHANT-SEAL
  1145 GENIPAP
  1127 TRAYBIT
  1123 MAXIMIST
 
1969-1970
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1084 ANGEL-FOOD
 
1968-1969
  1054 PINACOTHECA
  1041 TEA-LEAD
  1039 TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)
  1023 CONSOLE
  1015 HOAR-HEADED
  1006 CHROME-PLATING
 
1967-1968
  1000 THOUSAND
  997 TREACLE
  971 MAGOTPIE / ANECDOTE (Right and Left)
  967 CREMOSIN
  962 PALING
 
1966-1967
  949 BROWSING
  935 MALAPROP
  933 COTTABUS
  924 MIMESTER / PECULATE (Right and Left)
 
1965-1966
  902 WINCOPIPE
  894 WITENAGEMOT
  885 GALIMATIAS
  882 SNAPDRAGON
  878 ENTOMOSTRACA
  868 DANDER / TOUPEE (Right and Left)
  860 CORSAGE
 
1964-1965
  847 FRENETICAL
  832 PENNY-WISE (Misprints)
 
1963-1964
  790 PETER-SEE-ME (Sire and Dam)
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  760 METAMORPHOSE
  750 SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)
 
1962-1963
  734 NASALITY
  730 ARCH-PIRATE
  700 SOLOMON
 
1961-1962
  686 FEMALE
  678 TESSELLATED
  676 TRELLIS (DLM)
  656 FIDDLESTICKS
 
1960-1961
  638 BUREAUCRAT
  630 STREAKY
  626 WOMAN-TIRED
  624 PSYCHIATER (DLM)
  617 COLOPHONY
 
1959-1960
  590 STATANT (Printer’s Devilry)
  578 GATHERED def. LEVANTER (Wrong Number)
  555 JURYWOMAN
 
1958-1959
  534 RAIL-SPLITTER
  529 BUTTY-COLLIER
  517 CAROTID
  504 LEAD-LINE
 
1957-1958
  482 LEASING-MAKER
  464 STRAWED
  460 ASTONISHMENT (Misprints)
  456 PLAFOND
 
1956-1957
  434 CARTON
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  412 SERVIETTE
  400 Word with 400 theme (Quatercentenary)
  390 HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1955-1956
  382 ABSTAIN
  373 PRESTONPANS
  369 BERET
  360 WRINKLE / EGG-BIRD (Right and Left)
  351 LUSTRE
  334 CHEROOT
  329 HAMADRYAD
 
1954 (2)
  325 MARRYING
  306 CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)
  302 MARTIN
  295 SENSE-ORGANS
 
1954 (1)
  279 CRYPTOGRAM
  277 PRODIGALLY
  275 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  259 AGANIPPE
 
1953 (2)
  243 LODESTAR
  235 ASPHETERISM
 
1953 (1)
  231 PREAMBLE
  229 MASCOT
  221 BUNTHORNE
  219 SOCIALIST
  217 DEPOSIT
  207 PAGEANT
 
1952 (2)
  205 CANTANKEROUS
 
1952 (1)
  193 TRADUCER
  192 WATSON
  190 CHEQUERS
  182 MISTLETOE
 
1951 (2)
  174 ANACREONTICS
  173 HATCHING
  171 SERINGAS
  169 HOUSE
 
1951 (1)
  166 RACHIDES
  164 NEWTON
  162 TITANESS
  157 ORANGE
 
1950 (2)
  154 RABBIT
  152 SEA-LION
  147 GATHER
  135 STRIPPED
 
1950 (1)
  123 LEECHES
  119 UMBLE-PIE
 
1949 (2)
  116 WATERLOO
  108 HACKNEY
 
1949 (1)
  104 STARE (Printer’s Devilry)
  99 SCARABEE
 
1948 (2)
  90 ROTHER
 


Annual Honours record of J. F. N. Wedge
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1993-19940 0 1
1992-19930 1 3
1991-19920 0 3
1990-19910 0 3
1989-19900 1 3
1988-19891 (0, 1, 0) 1 4
1987-19880 3 1
1986-19870 2 3
1985-19860 5 2 11
1984-19851 (0, 1, 0) 1 2
1983-19840 2 2
1982-19830 2 4
1981-19820 2 3
1980-19811 (0, 0, 1) 0 3
1979-19800 1 2
1978-19790 4 1 15
1977-19780 1 4
1976-19770 1 2
1975-19760 2 0
1974-19750 0 6
1973-19740 4 2 22
1972-19730 1 1
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 1 5
1969-19700 2 2
1968-19690 1 6
1967-19680 1 5
1966-19670 2 4
1965-19661 (1, 0, 0) 3 7 15
1964-19650 5 2 10
1963-19640 3 4
1962-19630 2 3
1961-19620 2 4
1960-19611 (0, 0, 1) 1 5
1959-19600 3 3
1958-19590 4 4 17
1957-19580 0 4
1956-19570 3 5
1955-19561 (1, 0, 0) 2 7 16
1954 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 2 4 14
1954 (1)0 0 4
1953 (2)0 4 2 15
1953 (1)0 1 6
1952 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 1 1
1952 (1)0 1 4
1951 (2)2 (1, 1, 0) 2 4 7
1951 (1)0 1 4
1950 (2)0 3 4
1950 (1)0 1 2
1949 (2)0 2 2
1949 (1)0 2 2
1948 (2)0 0 1