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D. Appleton74047014078Mar 1976Aug 202044y 5mD. R. Appleton
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
2019-2020
2512OSCITATEVHCAt Cosi teen half-stifled perplexed yawnanag. less en
2500ESPAGN(OLETTE STRENG)THENER (Half and Half)VHCWielding e.g. the spanner, something that adds steel boltanag.
2486BRUHAHAVHCExcited hubbub, not half, initially almost hardly anything reallyanag. incl. hub and first letters, & lit.
2018-2019
2460TWEETVHCGo between two tenors and sing like a lintiewee in t, t
2434STONKEREDVHCStart to souse with Willie in Perth till dead drunks + tonk2 ere2 d
2017-2018
2403SWALE (Spoonerisms)VHCFeast in Falmouth? Many feedfenny mead2; SW ale
2390POISSON D’AVRILVHCIn spring one had reordered provisions at deli regularlyanag. incl. alternate letters
2016-2017
2325MASONVHCStoneworker starts to maintain ancient structure on Naxos – ends in media storm when portico collapses in ruinsfirst letters, anag. of last letters
2313PERFECTVHCTense finishes in Ryder cup golf gave me terrific enjoyment – thrilling, spot-onlast letters & 2 meanings
2015-2016
2283BARGAINVHCJump the queue, going from last to first for absolute snipbarge in with a for e
2270FENESTRAVHCHole in wall gives foreign currency – dreadful ratesfen3 + anag.
2014-2015
2248WAISTLINEVHCGrotesquely it’s 50″ – misery for a kiltie holding that inanag. + L in(ches) all in wae, & lit.
2244AVANT-GARDISTEVHCSomehow vintage ‘trad’ art’s not right for this personanag. less rt, & lit.
2239ERADIATE (Spoonerisms)VHC‘Bend seems tight dear,’ I gulpedsend beams; anag. + ate
2235CHOCK-A-BLOCKVHCStart of coup: pawn has bishop in a jam with no room to manoeuvrec + hock + b in a lock
2222OBJECT LESSONVHCLeaders in cosmetic surgery let nose job get botched; such an experience should serve as a warninganag. incl. c, s
2218FOREIGNERVHCAfter break-up ‘good German friend’ could become ‘goddamn ——comp. anag. & lit.
2213SOLECISMVHCAwkward social mess-up with fax could bring about this faux pascomp. anag. & lit.
2013-2014
2196SEMANTRA / TRABEATE (Overlaps)VHCIn church we signal manse needs renovation. Built from horizontal beams, without poles, battens are warpedanag.; anag. less N, S
2178PARISONVHCAn unfinished prism, blob to be moulded?anag. less m, incl. 0, & lit.
2174CHARET (Printer’s Devilry)VHC‘Nock’ and ‘no’ – t/wo similar words with the same meaning but different etymologies 
2170SAYONARAVHCGoodbye, son – for ever going abroad, defying the oddss ay + alternate letters
2165OUT OF ORDERVHCToo rude for meself-referential anag. & lit.
2157MELODRAMATICSecondChange cream to a mild yellowanag.
2012-2013
2139DE RIGUEURVHCIt’s essential to be fashionable. Tailor required, upper-class, good quality not neededanag. incl U, g, less q
2011-2012
2091SNIFTERVHCBlow causing skipper a few problems? Small Scotch ref isn’t allowing treatmentanag., 2 mngs.
2045CATENATEVHCClarke needs a neat tee shot for birdie. How are things after putting on links?anag. incl. t for lark; ref. Darren C.
2010-2011
1997FADOVHCSad folk music abroad – miss that with luckcomp. anag.
2009-2010
1984ORWEL(L)IAN (Doublethink)VHC‘New Labour is missing bus’ explodes follower of Blairanag. less bus
1949PALFRENIERVHCI prefer essentially bland cooking; he’d curry most daysanag. incl. (b)lan(d); curry2
2008-2009
1932NINE-TO-FIVEVHCIf in north-east vote labour; it’s routineanag. incl. NE
1910BARPERSONVHCSupply —— is here, cretin can furnish neither a beer nor crispscomp. anag. & lit.
1906MORSESecondReal stars ——’s clues – scare us lesser mortals to bitscomp. anag. & lit.
2006-2007
1831MARGINALIAVHCWhat might fill gutters, badly alarming those who calculate insurance premiumsanag. + IA
1827AMAKOSI def. DENUDED (Wrong Number)VHCPanda, and those of his class, like coma, stripped, as a snackstripped; anag. incl. (l)ik(e) (c)om(a); coma2; Panda, Zulu chief and father of Cetewayo
1823KISSVHCMight one wake a sleeping princess? If so it would make king singi.e. k is s
1818POISSO(N) D’AVRIL (Letters Latent)VHCTrivial spoof one associates with special date – silly, not often funnyanag. incl. s, d less anag., & lit.
1797HEARTVHCHealth Education Authority’s right. Breast – it beats bottleHEA + rt, 3 defs.
1784TEARAWAYVHCDaly’s second is in casual water, agreed? Drop further from the hole. Bogeys may curb his recklessnessa in anag. + ay, tear away; ref. John D., US golfer; bogeys = police
2005-2006
1771PARTERREVHCPiece of theatre needs direction before Romeo enterspart + R in ere
1750PLOUGHMANVHCChap with share in field wending up holm with naganag.
1737ANIMUSVHCAmusing, no finish, fruity, some masculine tones in a feminine bodyanag. less g; oenobabble
2004-2005
1719ANHELATIONVHCIt’s endless misery in a racehel(l) in a nation, & lit.
1694MISINTERPRETVHCReprint Times in new format to unfold properly? No!anag.
1680PILLOW-CUPVHCAlone at ten, this could become a tipple we all count oncomp. anag. & lit.
2003-2004
1646BLACKThirdAngry Liberal disrupts support for unofficial colour barL in back, 4 defs.
2002-2003
1611LEISLERVHCMan typically sheltered by the French resistance is a night flierisle in le R
1596GENISTA (Definition of Anagram)VHCAcquire a box brownie, moving from Ilford to Fuji?easting; nis in get a; ref. makes of camera film
1572SHIELD-MAYVHCWild woman, Gerhilde (say) is this (‘Ring’, Wagner)comp. anag. incl. 0, & lit.
2001-2002
1533MASTER-MARINERVHCSea-captain bewitched tarries with mermananag.
2000-2001
1515SNIDEVHCDud red coins turned up with no heads nor nuffin(r)ed (c0)ins all rev.
1999-2000
1459GREATEST (Spoonerisms)VHCHirst in fight gets English art in a tizzyflrst … height; anag. incl. E; ref. Damien H.
1439JOHN CANOEVHCHighlight of WI Xmas party? Joan Cohen’s cookinganag.; WI 2 mngs.
1433NEANDERTHALVHCWhat can make Handel and T. Arne very old-fashionedanag.
1998-1999
1411LOOK-SEEVHCLicensee starts to open oloroso keg for nice, slightly fuddled inspectionlicensee with o, o, k for anag.
1406CHASSEPOTThirdI got out of overturned post chaise and was carried in Sedananag. less I; ref. 1870 battle
1380RAPPORT (Misprints)VHCLead in Premiership is between Gunners and Borough; United kind of reelingfeeling; P in RA port
1367SANBENITOSVHCStricken Bosnia sent old clothes with Red Cross reliefanag.
1997-1998
1360BOG-ASPHODELVHCThis may try and flourish in good peaty land by marshcomp. anag. & lit.
1996-1997
1281ABLUTOMANEVHCThis word could spell a troubled woman in playcomp. anag. & lit.; ref. Lady Macbeth
1995-1996
1247PREDICANTVHCReformed vicar, priest, dean? —— variescomp. anag. & lit.
1229GRUPPETTOVHCRattle got true pianissimo for decorative figureanag. incl. pp; ref. Simon R.
1220CASSANDRAVHCI —— fire the troops – truly a sister of Hector and Pariscomp. anag. & lit.
1994-1995
1181SLADEVHCA sled slued, slid in Slochdanag.; village near Aviemore
1174DINGLE-DANGLEVHCMix Double Diamonds with a Glen Elgin. How one might swing from the chandeliersanag. incl. D, D
1169BLITHE / URSINE (Right and Left)VHCCheerful graduate has first in history and English – from hours in essayists like Chesterton?BLit h E; hidden
1165YAPSTERVHCBarking pet, Rex sayanag. incl. R; barking = mad
1993-1994
1130AGRESTALVHCSo is maiden pink before onset of giant spider typically leads to abandoned lunch?a (ante) + g + rest + a, l; ref. wildflower, Miss Muffett, snooker
1113EMPLASTRUMVHCRecipe: steam plum duff – or it could be put on to boilanag. incl. r
1992-1993
1091SAPSAGO (Spoonerisms)VHCIt starts in pleasure surely since it starts in a kiss. Wow!Swiss cow; SA + p, s + ago
1981-1982
521ATTITUDINISEVHCPose suited Titian’s compositionanag.
1979-1980
414UNBOSOMERVHCOl’ man river was never one; was the Amazon?2 mngs.; “He don’t say nothin’”; Amazons reputed to amputate a breast
1978-1979
327HEMLOCKVHCChoke badly swallowing a little liquid – this one?ml in anag., & lit.
1976-1977
243OLYMPICVHCHeavenly moly prepared Greek character before Circe’s onsetanag. + pi + C; ref. Odysseus; see moly in C.

 
HCs awarded to D. Appleton
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2019-2020
  2508 CHARACTER (Misprints)
  2504 UPBEAT
  2495 BUNG
  2482 VOX POP
  2473 INTERPLAY
  2464 BRAINPOWER
 
2018-2019
  2451 CAPUT
  2430 CLERIHEW
  2421 SPASMODICAL
  2412 UBIQUARIAN
 
2017-2018
  2399 CHARMEUSE
  2395 PURITANISM
  2386 PENNY-A-LINER
  2378 PROPOSAL
  2376 SOW(PIASTRE)ENS (Christmas Pudding)
  2373 CACOGASTRIC
 
2016-2017
  2351 RHAGADES
  2338 TRUMP
  2324 CELEBRATIONS
  2322 VENTRICOSE
  2318 TIMENOPENNY (TIMENOGUY) (Penny for the Guy)
 
2015-2016
  2300 MISHMASH
  2291 AVESTA (Printer’s Devilry)
  2287 VALET
  2265 ESPRIT FORT
  2261 GANGSTERLAND
  2257 BUST-UP / PIT-PAT (Right and Left)
 
2014-2015
  2209 (O)CT(O)BER (Letters Latent)
  2200 BRINDISI
 
2013-2014
  2191 PLUG
  2187 WEST
  2183 SANGRAIL
  2161 FARRAGO
  2152 STUFFED SHIRT
  2148 ZOLLVEREIN
 
2012-2013
  2122 NICETY
 
2011-2012
  2078 RÉCOLLET
  2065 DERMESTIDAE
  2064 COLD TURKEY
  2058 ROBUST
 
2010-2011
  2040 EASTER (Printer’s Devilry)
  2031 EMBROIDERY
  2027 THRENETICAL
  2019 OVERAWE / HENOTIC (Right and Left)
  2006 GROAN (Spoonerisms)
  1992 FOULARD
 
2009-2010
  1988 PERIQUE
  1979 FAR-OUT
  1975 SEPTENTRIONAL
  1971 WATERMANSHIP
  1967 SUBORDINATELY
  1962 ANADEM
  1953 TRAUMA (misprint of T) (Misprints)
  1945 PRISON
 
2008-2009
  1936 LITMUS TEST
  1914 VE(S)TAL (Letters Latent)
  1901 SANITISE
  1897 WASH-OUT
  1893 EARTHY
 
2007-2008
  1862 UNALIKE (Spoonerisms)
  1858 HUMONGOUS
  1853 ANTIQUITARIAN
  1849 AUXESIS
  1845 UPBRAID
  1840 W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH (Letters Latent)
 
2006-2007
  1814 HIPSTER
  1801 RUSE DE GUERRE
  1792 APPALOOSA / ESTAMINET (Right and Left)
 
2005-2006
  1779 NEWIE (misprint of U) (Misprints)
  1775 ROUGH-AND-READY
  1746 ENTOMIC
 
2004-2005
  1728 EIDOLA def. NULLAH (Wrong Number)
  1724 MONEYBAGS
  1715 RELEASE / RASPING (Right and Left)
  1711 MINUS
  1702 WORDSMITHERY
  1700 FIVE-O’CLOCK SHADOW
  1698 CROSSTIE
 
2003-2004
  1676 CRINGE-MAKING
  1672 IMPASTOS (Spoonerisms)
  1667 CLARINI
  1654 CRESCENT / ENTHRALS (Overlaps)
  1648 MAGIC LANTERN
  1637 AMNESIC
  1633 EMPATRON / WINTERLY (Right and Left)
 
2002-2003
  1615 RUGATE
  1602 FENESTRA
 
2001-2002
  1563 SLYBOOTS
  1550 MEMORITER
  1546 TRANSPARENT
  1544 PATROL (with jumble of RAPTORES) (Christmas Devilry)
  1541 CHUPRASSY
  1519 CARRY-ON
 
2000-2001
  1506 BARE(-)BONES
  1489 FRONT-BENCHER
  1480 SAMARITAN
 
1999-2000
  1463 REVERSIONAL
  1454 GET-UP
  1450 PRETENDANT
  1446 NEWSPAPERDOM
  1441 Word containing MM displaced by a bug (Millennium Bug)
  1428 CRICETID
  1419 SPLODGE
 
1998-1999
  1402 PENTOSE (Definition of Anagram)
  1398 PERMETHRIN
  1389 ALL-OVERISH
  1387 Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Anagram)
  1372 MASTERSTROKE
 
1997-1998
  1355 DIACATHOLICON
  1342 ALIENS / RAPINE (Right and Left)
  1334 CATACHRESTIC
 
1996-1997
  1307 AGILE (Spoonerisms)
  1300 OXFORD (extra O) (Extra Letter)
  1286 CHALET
  1277 NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)
  1268 ARGIE-BARGIE
  1260 OUT-AND-OUT
 
1995-1996
  1255 CATAFALCO
  1238 ELASTIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  1234 AVANT-PROPOS
  1207 EPOCH-MARKING
 
1994-1995
  1186 GRISELDA
  1178 BOOTLEG
 
1991-1992
  1000 ONE THOUSAND
 
1986-1987
  750 SALMAGUNDY (THLMAGUY/OULMAGUY) (750 themed clue)
 
1984-1985
  644 EASY STREET (or STAPELIA)
  640 MACHETE
 
1983-1984
  615 HISTORIETTE
  585 FLABELLIFORM
  581 SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)
 
1982-1983
  568 TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  547 GLEEMAN
  530 PROMETAL
 
1981-1982
  508 POSTURE-MAKER
 
1980-1981
  464 SIMKIN
  456 BALADINE
 
1977-1978
  263 ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)
  259 TRANSIRE
 
1976-1977
  234 HOROSCOPIST
  208 RALPH
 


Annual Honours record of D. Appleton
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YearPrizes
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VHCsHCsPosition
2018-20190 2 4
2017-20180 2 6
2016-20170 2 5
2015-20160 1 6
2014-20150 7 2 11
2013-20141 (0, 1, 0) 5 6 12
2012-20130 1 1
2011-20120 2 4
2010-20110 1 6
2009-20100 2 8
2008-20091 (0, 1, 0) 2 5 24
2007-20080 0 6
2006-20070 6 3 11
2005-20060 3 3
2004-20050 3 7
2003-20041 (0, 0, 1) 0 7
2002-20030 3 2
2001-20020 1 6
2000-20010 1 3
1999-20000 3 7
1998-19991 (0, 0, 1) 3 5 15
1997-19980 1 3
1996-19970 1 6
1995-19960 3 3
1994-19950 4 2 18
1993-19940 2 0
1992-19930 1 0
1991-19920 0 1
 
1986-19870 0 1
 
1984-19850 0 2
1983-19840 0 3
1982-19830 0 3
1981-19820 1 1
1980-19810 0 2
1979-19800 1 0
1978-19790 1 0
1977-19780 0 2
1976-19770 1 2