Clues written by J. W. Bates
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J. W. Bates803116611694Jun 1950Jul 197929y 1m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1979-1980
379SCYTHEMANThirdMany’s the hundred odd he’s clocked up at Lord’sanag. incl. C, ref. Father Time figure at Lord’s cricket ground
1974-1975
152ENAMORADO / ESCLANDRE (Right and Left)SecondTo drop in rough scree is a bad thing, or a mad one – silly for one whose heart is set on a birdieland in anag.; anag.
139PIEPOWDERVHCMine’s an antique bench – ‘period pew’ as a wag might style itanag.; ref. Court of P.
130EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)VHCA fall of fat hicks t/umblingHickstead
1973-1974
97TREBUCHETVHCI’m not to be put in a glass house; much better shot miles awayanag. less m
1972-1973
27VINEGARVHCDrink given up to a Kinganag. + a R; up = amiss
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1158ELEPHANT-SEALVHCSpecial size applied to paper blind gives an attractive coatelephant + seal3 (= seel1)
1115FLESH-POTTERYVHCLiving-it-upmanship, by redistribution of the Tory’s pelf?anag. & lit.; cf. S. Potter, ‘One-Upmanship’
1968-1969
1054PINACOTHECAVHCConstables may be wanted here; there’s a cop wandering about in casein in anag. + theca
1045SPLIT / MOUTH (Right and Left)VHCA thousand extinguished with hydrant spout—beginnings of students’ protests settled, shipwreckedM out H; s, p + lit; ref. protests against LSE Director, Dr W. Adams
1039TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)VHCAn envelope, for example, the opening of many being compassed by Xmany; e.g. m(any) in ten; ref. Ximenes comp.
1036CORONETEDVHCLike Tolloller, a singer ascends embraced by one of the “seminary”tenor (rev.) in co-ed; Lord T., lolanthe, end of opera & Act 1 finale
1015HOAR-HEADEDVHCBaggage, we hear, made with silver locks‘whore’ + headed; head = make
1010MOTORISTVHCOne for the road? I can always show the doctor is in the wrongMO + is in tort
1967-1968
993JONATHANFirstG.I.? Gravity Indicator2 mngs.; American; Newton’s apple
980OMNIBUSESThirdMeans of transport could break down as leaders of Union and Barbara miss oneanag. incl. U, B; “miss the bus”; ref. Barbara Castle’s rail closures
967CREMOSINVHCRed out of date? What could be Doctors in nicer anyhow?MOs in anag.
1966-1967
945OBLITERATEVHCReduce tubular element; i.e. get tile changed into sort of boateranag. in anag.
941HYPODERMICVHCIt could soothe Holmes’s head, bewildered over strange crimedopy (rev.) in H + anag., & lit.
929AMPHITHEATREFirstA bad rep ham is interrupted by it with gusto!it heat in anag., & lit.
1965-1966
900PARAMECIA or PAREOEANSVHCWhipped cream in a state the reverse of first-rate may produce them!paramecia; Pa. + anag. + A1 (rev.), & lit.
1964-1965
834CARRIEDVHCExplosion of ire interrupts wag—“Bore!”anag. in card
832PENNY-WISE (Misprints)VHCProduct of mint and sage given to husband with little paingain; penny wise
1963-1964
773FIT-OUTThirdIt should be efficient if you have climbing to doif (rev.), to, ut1
1962-1963
746INTERMIT (Printer’s Devilry)FirstTh/e seatless plum pants have a tuck in 
728ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)VHCOne who can get real mad when crossed: some diva-s have characters like thisanag.; divan = council
1961-1962
656FIDDLESTICKSVHCA device for preventing things from slipping is attached—they wear a G-string!fiddle sticks
651NIPCHEESEVHCHe is tight with the odd pence!anag. & lit.
647MADCAPVHCRash caused by spending summer in unhealthy damp surroundings?CA in anag.; accountant = s.s.
1960-1961
634BEDSTEADVHCSupport for lying misconstruction put on debs’ date!anag., & lit.
626WOMAN-TIREDVHCHow husbands were once perhaps harshly trained by a good proportion of women?wom(en) + anag., & lit.
608CUSTOMERSecondI’ve only a passing interest in the closed shop? T.U.C.’s more concerned!anag.
595INORNATE / OMADHAUN (Right and Left)VHCSimple iron shot, then in the rough, a ten; oh damn! a high-class mess-up—there’s a fool!anag. + anag.; anag. incl. U
1959-1960
564SHE-BEARVHCAh! beer’s poor—missus’ brewin’ might suit me just as well by the sound of it!anag.; ‘Mrs Bruin’
547STORMYVHCGold-mine found under street—just when the Mercury can afford only a short column!St + or my: barometer
543NUTRIA / ERMINE (Right and Left)VHCThe makings of a muff, in the rough in a rut; the makings of another —in mere foozling!anag.; anag.
1958-1959
534RAIL-SPLITTERVHCI’ll start pier fencesanag. & lit.; fences = conceals the truth
517CAROTIDVHCAortic derivative leading the side of headanag. + (hea)d, & lit.
490CLEAR def. WEIGH (Wrong Number)VHCBoth sides of the Channel are in a bad way—that’s obvious!way; C,l + anag.: weigh2
1957-1958
482LEASING-MAKERVHCA sage Kremlin has me liquidated!anag. & lit.
477SEDATENESSVHCDowager’s carriage needs seats remadeanag.
456PLAFONDVHCIf badly made it may be down shortly with a flop!anag. incl. dn, & lit.
438MACARONIVHCI am a corn preparation supplied in tubesanag. & lit.
1956-1957
425TRAVERSEVHCSuch a cross is rare—vet’s puzzledanag.
417SINECUREVHCThe ideal office—endless store of drinks in safe!in(n) in secure
415When the snow lay round about (Anagram)VHCThaw, one unholy burst, and woe! 
404POLENTAVHCJust the stuff to give to Ian if he should become Neapolitan!anag. less Ian, & lit.
386CLEITHRALVHCBadly built cellar having indirect hit may need repair to make it soanag. & lit.
1955-1956
373PRESTONPANSVHCWhere kiltie was victor, and person with pants confounded!anag.
329HAMADRYADVHCOut of a hardy dam, she was a fair stayer in the Oaksanag.; ref. horse racing
1954 (2)
316BATHROOMSecondWhere one may have a full-blooded rendering of “Thora” within an angry crowd standing about outside!anag. in mob (rev.), & lit.; ref. song by F. E. Wetherly & S. Adams, 1905
302MARTINVHCAfter March it returns, and then nesting startsMar + it (rev.) + n(esting), & lit.
297CONTRAPUNTALVHCThis describes a setting of the “Nunc” with a florid alto partanag. & lit.; ref. Song of Simeon, Luke 2:29-32
285PARALYSESVHCMuffed pass early puts an end to movementanag.
1954 (1)
279CRYPTOGRAMVHCIn which a cipher prevents the underground from coming to grief0 in crypt + gram3 & lit.
265THERMAEVHCArriving at three a.m. so fuddled, one might get into hot water!anag.
1953 (2)
257PYROTECHNICS (Straight Clue)VHCVery light make-up contributes to the effectiveness of this showVery light = flare
255SCUTTLESecondLet’s cut supplies just enough to settle this coal situationanag.; ref. threat of coal shortage
253DERATIONVHCStop allowances?!—maybe end with a riot!anag.
249BALMVHCCricket after this season was something for the poet write about!balm(-cricket), attrib. to Tennyson; season (vb.) = preserve
245GLAMOUR / SOPRANO (Right and Left)VHCOne of the choir, in love with the bashful parson—it’s the cause of plenty of rumour in connection with the saucy gal!anag. incl. 0; anag. of rumo(ur) gal & lit.
237BASTINADEVHCA piquant dressing for Sole à l’Orientcryptic def.; “a form of punishment in the East” in C.
1953 (1)
215BUCKFASTLEIGHVHCA dandy set, a famous Desdemona —here’s the place to go to see the Moor!buck1, fast2 Leigh; B. on edge of Dartmoor; Vivien L. played D. on stage
213LEMONADEVHCThe charge for dry toastcryptic def.; i.e. charge for glass of teetotaller
209ELAPSION def. IMPERIAL (Wrong Number)VHCThe “March of Time,” seen from a seat in the back rowseat; lap in noise (rev.); ref. newsreel series 1935-51
207PAGEANTThirdIf this show’s out of period, someone’s made a bloomeri.e. p(age)ant, & lit.; out of = lacking
1952 (2)
206PIEPOWDERVHCAntique bench—“period pew” as a wag might style itanag.
203WEATHERSVHCDecays outside—the inside laststhe in wears
196SHAMAN / SERIAN (Right and Left)VHCCharmer has man bewitched—content is near celestial!anag.; anag.
1952 (1)
192WATSONThirdFifty years ago I appeared in the Strand in some intriguing shorts—was not a bit embarrassed!anag.; ref. Sherlock H. short stories in Strand Magazine
190CHEQUERSVHCApplause on both sides! There’s little question—the House is entirely for the Prime MinisterQu. in cheers; ref. PM’s country residence
183SAUSAGESSecondYou may find us wrapped up in the front bit of Saturday’s Timesus in Sa(turday’s) ages, & lit.
1951 (2)
171SERINGASThirdWhen the substance of the elastic fails, down come our trunks!cryptic def.
1951 (1)
167PARMESANVHCA poor man pares me!anag. & lit.; i.e. cheese-paring
165CABBAGEVHCThe abbot in jail?! Yes, the cloth’s been pinched!Abb. in cage; cloth = the clergy; cabbage2
163LORICATEVHCSee to protection of old lace or it gets spoiltanag. of lace or it
157ORANGEVHCChange gear on seeing this!anag. & lit.; see = bring about result; traffic lights
1950 (2)
154RABBITVHCTail-ender, but good for the odd hat-trick!2 mngs; ‘r. out of a hat’

 
HCs awarded to J. W. Bates
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1977-1978
  306 DICKENS
  272 MALAGUETTA
 
1975-1976
  165 Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)
 
1974-1975
  135 GABIONADE
 
1973-1974
  92 BRAINWASH
  88 BLOOMERY
  75 GROCETERIA
  70 GESTAPO (Misprints)
  53 ALEXANDERS
 
1972-1973
  50 CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)
  14 Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)
  10 LINGERIE
  5 SCEUOPHYLAX
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1140 CALLOUS
  1110 IMPERSONATE
 
1969-1970
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1091 WENCESLAS
  1066 RAVE / PAIR (DLM)
  1062 CALLING-CRAB
 
1968-1969
  1049 SLANGWHANGER
  1041 TEA-LEAD
  1028 SATIRE
  1023 CONSOLE
  1019 DISCORD (Misprints)
  1006 CHROME-PLATING
 
1967-1968
  984 Word containing a first name (Anonymous)
  975 HALE
 
1966-1967
  954 CERATE (Printer’s Devilry)
  920 ARISTATE (Printer’s Devilry)
  916 DIAPASON
 
1965-1966
  898 POCHARD
  890 DEBENTURE
  885 GALIMATIAS
  884 MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  882 SNAPDRAGON
  873 VETERANS
  868 DANDER / TOUPEE (Right and Left)
  860 CORSAGE
 
1964-1965
  847 FRENETICAL
  829 FAREWELL
  821 SOMERSET
  812 ABRUPT / TISANE (Right and Left)
 
1963-1964
  800 Charlemagne, Emperor of the West (Anagram)
  790 PETER-SEE-ME (Sire and Dam)
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  760 METAMORPHOSE
  750 SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)
 
1962-1963
  743 CHEMIST
  738 ANAESTHETIC
  734 NASALITY
  730 ARCH-PIRATE
  725 SILENUS
  721 KERB-MERCHANT
  700 SOLOMON
 
1961-1962
  682 PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)
  678 TESSELLATED
  673 ERISTICAL
 
1960-1961
  642 SEETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  612 CARGO (Misprints)
  604 APOSTROPHISE
  600 The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)
 
1959-1960
  569 PROPOSAL
  560 CONGENITALLY
  555 JURYWOMAN
  551 PITCHER
 
1958-1959
  529 BUTTY-COLLIER
  525 MORALE (Printer’s Devilry)
  521 SOUP
  512 NAYLOR (Libel)
  508 CUMBERGROUND
  504 LEAD-LINE
  495 PARTISAN
 
1957-1958
  486 BARACAN
  469 DAISY
  451 MEGAPODE
  447 TOUSLE
 
1956-1957
  434 CARTON
  421 DOVETAIL
  390 HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1955-1956
  382 ABSTAIN
  377 MALISON
  369 BERET
  364 HELLEBORE
  351 LUSTRE
  343 EPIGONI
  338 SHE-ASS
 
1954 (2)
  325 MARRYING
 
1954 (1)
  283 SOBER
  281 SCRAPS def. LOCALS (Wrong Number)
  277 PRODIGALLY
  275 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  271 TRIPLET
  269 ASCENT
  267 TRADE
  263 We think so then and we thought so still! (Anagram)
  261 DECANTER
  259 AGANIPPE
 
1953 (2)
  247 VAMPIRE
  243 LODESTAR
  235 ASPHETERISM
 
1953 (1)
  231 PREAMBLE
  229 MASCOT
  217 DEPOSIT
 
1952 (2)
  204 ROSTER (Printer’s Devilry)
  200 ACCOUNT
  199 HONESTY
  197 SCALES
 
1952 (1)
  193 TRADUCER
  189 SALTIRE
  185 STOUT
 
1951 (2)
  179 CADRE
  173 HATCHING
  169 HOUSE
 
1951 (1)
  159 SPANIEL
 
1950 (2)
  152 SEA-LION
  139 HECATOMB
 


Annual Honours record of J. W. Bates
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1979-19801 (0, 0, 1) 0 0
 
1977-19780 0 2
 
1975-19760 0 1
1974-19751 (0, 1, 0) 2 1 23
1973-19740 1 5
1972-19730 1 4
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 2 2
1969-19700 0 4
1968-19690 6 6 6
1967-19682 (1, 0, 1) 1 2 8
1966-19671 (1, 0, 0) 2 3 12
1965-19660 1 8
1964-19650 2 4
1963-19641 (0, 0, 1) 0 5
1962-19631 (1, 0, 0) 1 7
1961-19620 3 3
1960-19611 (0, 1, 0) 3 4 8
1959-19600 3 4
1958-19590 3 7
1957-19580 4 4 15
1956-19570 5 3 8
1955-19560 2 7
1954 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 3 1 9
1954 (1)0 2 10
1953 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 5 3 4
1953 (1)1 (0, 0, 1) 3 3 11
1952 (2)0 3 4
1952 (1)2 (0, 1, 1) 1 3 8
1951 (2)1 (0, 0, 1) 0 3
1951 (1)0 4 1 15
1950 (2)0 1 2