Clues written by R. S. Caffyn
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R. S. Caffyn42024010944Jun 1953Feb 198531y 8mR. Caffyn
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 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1984-1985
666Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)VHCI was, classically, a saying, pithye(pig)ram; eram (L.) = I was
1983-1984
594DOINGSVHCLectures on digs, badly delivered, exhaust Geological Societyanag.; do in GS; lecture = scolding
585FLABELLIFORMVHCSome birds, seen from behind, are fat – film role’s unlikelyflab + anag.
1982-1983
576TOP-NOTCHVHCSuper grass sent back to nickpot (rev.) + notch
538INGRAINVHCDyed-in-the-wool Tory head of government confronts ‘wet’in g rain; in = member of governing party
534DODGEMVHCGo with me, determined first and last to bumpanag. incl. d, d, & lit.
1981-1982
517IMMORTELLEVHCAll up with me? Rot, I’m blooming well going on for everanag.?
508POSTURE-MAKERVHC Pokes rear and tum into unnatural positions, he doesanag. & lit.
486JUMPED-UPVHCParvenu, lacking finish: bounder and cheatjumpe(r) + dup(e)
1980-1981
454CHRISTMAS BOXVHCChocolates, said to contain assorted centres of whisky (Drambuie), Marsala etc.?is, mb, rsa, t anag. in ‘chox’, & lit.
443STEEPLECROWNVHCMight make person’s head swelter, cone like thisanag. incl. p
426MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)VHCAzed’s constant aim: bending infinitely agile mindsanag. incl. agil(e)
1979-1980
414UNBOSOMERVHCOne rubs M.O. the wrong way? More than likely!anag. & lit.
1978-1979
366MONKEY-SHINEVHCTrick played on me, I think: yes, and it’s come off!anag. less it
340BOOKSIESecondReading – for the wrong reasons? – capital of Berks. Looks lacking, for a capital, that isB(erks), (L)ooks, i.e.
1977-1978
294HUMECTVHCTouch me without love, unkindly, and you’ll see what tears can doanag. less o
272MALAGUETTAVHCA glutamate compound: can be used in seed-cakes – or angel cakes?anag.
1976-1977
243OLYMPICVHCAirline sacks myopic pilot – ’op it, out, out!comp. anag.; O. Airways
225VALETAVHCDance in shattering heat-wave wilts – whew, it’s awful, not to be contemplatedcomp. anag.
1975-1976
183PICKLEVHCTiresome child gives outrageous lip and cheek – he’ll have to go!anag. less he
178A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)VHCThe present period may cause agriculturist to lose heartag—st
165Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)VHCProblem can take age… No, no – probable hunch, amenable, too… Ah, coin drops! 
156OMBROPHOBOUSVHCDisreputable pubs with room to accommodate tramp reluctant to take showershobo in anag.
1974-1975
152ENAMORADO / ESCLANDRE (Right and Left)VHCAnd Romeo, a profligate Don Juan, perhaps, encradles bastard – it’s a scandalanag.; anag.
148BALLYHOOVHCBlooming moonshine, half of it, a lot of razzmatazzbally hoo(tch)
130EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)VHCEven hippies admit that br/andy 
123SCATTERGOODSecondUnusual so to grade Scotanag. & lit.
114PANICVHCWhat passengers on a sinking ship show – no thanks to drunken captain!anag. less ta
1973-1974
84MIRLIGOES / ILL-OMENED (Right and Left)VHCDoom-laden, coming back from garden, emollients dispel soil, grime, vertigohidden rev.; anag.
1972-1973
50CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)VHCOverweight Tories’ leader’s cure: lop a bit off!anag. incl. T; ref. Heath’s check-up
45NEMORALVHCLe roman en traduction: Within a Budding Grove?anag.,; ref. Proust: ‘A la Recherche…’
40FANTOCCINIVHCFootball Club’s left-wingers in action disciplined for display of manipulationanag. incl. FC
31KITCHENDOMVHCWhere Cooks are in charge, getting Chink to Med isn’t too difficultanag.
18EPIGONEVHCAnybody succeeding leaders of eminence – pretty inferior, generallyinitial letters + one, & lit.
14Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)VHCNoah kept all animals (pairs) sheltered, drier – triumph! 
Ximenes competitions
1969-1970
1071ORACLE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCDi/ver: man for whom lines are absolutely vitalDior
1968-1969
1006CHROME-PLATINGVHCLamp right, once put in order—it shines beautifullyanag.
1967-1968
971MAGOTPIE / ANECDOTE (Right and Left)VHCOld bird—sounds a most unattractive dish—could make date once, anyhow, I’m toldi.e. maggot pie; anag.
1966-1967
920ARISTATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIf you want some scandal, give an Intimate di/nner 
1964-1965
808WAGONERVHCGroup of stars produce the Ring in a most suitable settingO in Wagner; ref. constellation Auriga
1963-1964
800Charlemagne, Emperor of the West (Anagram)VHCMore than power graces me, he felt 
1959-1960
551PITCHERVHCPavement artist in London might so describe a sample of his work‘picture’; p. = paving stone

 
HCs awarded to R. S. Caffyn
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1984-1985
  660 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)
  657 SILLY-BILLY
  644 EASY STREET (or STAPELIA)
  631 INTERLOCK
 
1983-1984
  622 SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)
  618 CRETISM
  615 HISTORIETTE
  609 LUCKY-BAG
  607 CARNEY
  600 Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of Hell (Anagram)
  590 MINEVER
 
1982-1983
  564 PARAMENT
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  552 NOURICE-FEE
  543 STAYING POWER
  530 PROMETAL
 
1981-1982
  504 SIMMENTHALER
  495 CACOETHES
  491 SEVENTY-EIGHT
  473 HERRING-BONE
 
1980-1981
  460 SWOOP
  452 DISSENTERISM
 
1979-1980
  410 CUL-DE-SAC
  406 BOIL
  404 CANDLE-HOLDER (Spoonerisms)
  388 ALEXIPHARMIC
 
1978-1979
  362 SEA-SOLDIER
  354 SHEER-HULK
  352 FAIRY LIGHTS
  336 ELF-ARROW / CUTHBERT (Right and Left)
  332 NUT-CASE
  323 (C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)
 
1977-1978
  310 STERNFAST
  306 DICKENS
  301 TROLLOPISH
  298 NOSER
  276 AMTRACK
  267 MORRIS-DANCE
  263 ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1976-1977
  255 ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE
  247 FLIVVER
  229 METRICATE
  216 SCANTITY
 
1975-1976
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  197 CAMERA (Printer’s Devilry)
  174 EPEOLATRY
 
1974-1975
  146 CHARADES
  135 GABIONADE
 
1973-1974
  100 CENTENARIAN
  95 THUNDERCLAP
  92 BRAINWASH
  88 BLOOMERY
  62 SOLITAIRES
  53 ALEXANDERS
 
1972-1973
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
  36 CRUSADER
  27 VINEGAR
  1 ORGIAST
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1162 BEAM-ENDS
  1158 ELEPHANT-SEAL
 
1969-1970
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1091 WENCESLAS
  1089 ENCLOISTER
  1084 ANGEL-FOOD
  1080 ANDROMEDA
  1076 NEFAST (Misprints)
  1066 RAVE / PAIR (DLM)
  1062 CALLING-CRAB
  1058 Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr (Anagram)
 
1968-1969
  1015 HOAR-HEADED
 
1967-1968
  1000 THOUSAND
  989 GRENADINE
  984 Word containing a first name (Anonymous)
  975 HALE
 
1966-1967
  929 AMPHITHEATRE
  911 DRAGON
 
1965-1966
  902 WINCOPIPE
  885 GALIMATIAS
  860 CORSAGE
 
1964-1965
  856 RODOMONTADE
  825 COACHES
  821 SOMERSET
 
1963-1964
  750 SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)
 
1962-1963
  730 ARCH-PIRATE
  728 ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)
  708 HEARTS
 
1961-1962
  669 DRUM
 
1960-1961
  642 SEETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  630 STREAKY
  621 CHASE
  617 COLOPHONY
  600 The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)
 
1959-1960
  571 PESTER
  569 PROPOSAL
  564 SHE-BEAR
  560 CONGENITALLY
 
1958-1959
  534 RAIL-SPLITTER
  517 CAROTID
 
1957-1958
  486 BARACAN
  473 LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)
  467 A humorous definition (Humorous definition)
 
1956-1957
  386 CLEITHRAL
 
1955-1956
  382 ABSTAIN
  364 HELLEBORE
  347 TELEVISOR
  334 CHEROOT
 
1954 (2)
  289 CISTERN
 
1954 (1)
  271 TRIPLET
 
1953 (2)
  235 ASPHETERISM
 


Annual Honours record of R. S. Caffyn
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1984-19850 1 4
1983-19840 2 7
1982-19830 3 5
1981-19820 3 4
1980-19810 3 2
1979-19800 1 4
1978-19791 (0, 1, 0) 1 6
1977-19780 2 6
1976-19770 2 4
1975-19760 4 3 19
1974-19751 (0, 1, 0) 4 2 11
1973-19740 1 6
1972-19730 6 4 8
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 0 2
1969-19700 1 9
1968-19690 1 1
1967-19680 1 4
1966-19670 1 2
1965-19660 0 3
1964-19650 1 3
1963-19640 1 1
1962-19630 0 3
1961-19620 0 1
1960-19610 0 5
1959-19600 1 4
1958-19590 0 2
1957-19580 0 3
1956-19570 0 1
1955-19560 0 4
1954 (2)0 0 1
1954 (1)0 0 1
1953 (2)0 0 1