Clues written by J. A. Fincken
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J. A. Fincken75696010690Jun 1950Feb 197827y 8m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1977-1978
306DICKENSVHCBeing after Datchery? Not in my canonDick + ens; Dick D, last character to appear in ‘Edwin Drood’
289AMNESIACVHCWho can efface me as I can?anag. & lit.
281DINOCERASVHCReissued coin’s a red, a form of rhino spent in Americaanag.
1975-1976
203BOGYVHCA scary sound … midnight … what will give you a start?bo + g + y, & lit.
183PICKLEVHCFor piquantly improving cold kitchen lunches etc., it’s the topsinitial letters & lit.
178A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)VHCVenerable tails, beginning to come through to the reart to end in tags
174EPEOLATRYVHCParole has yet to be arranged: words must be honoured for thisanag.
161ANCONVHCA bender: that’s what lifting it can lead to, one has to learnan con
156OMBROPHOBOUSVHCPoor bums, pie-eyed, beset another not disposed to soakhobo in anag.
1974-1975
139PIEPOWDERVHCI trudged from market to market – ah, could this be a substitute for sugar?i.e. pie1 powder
130EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)VHCA shrew she may be, but isn’t Kat/y one? 
127FRITHSOKENSecondA place of preservation for Kentish hopsanag.
1973-1974
75GROCETERIAFirstTry it for, e.g. cream crackers – forget F&M!anag. less F, M, & lit.; Fortnum and Mason
62SOLITAIRESVHCLoose tie or Silas? Bothanag. & lit; ref. S. Marner
1972-1973
45NEMORALVHCBosky mean rolling more than half cut? Not right?anag. incl rol(ling); bosky = slightly tipsy
40FANTOCCINIVHCPulp fiction can show dolls with guys of a kindanag.; pulp v.t.
27VINEGARVHCPickle jar’s lid comes off with shaking givenanag. incl. (j)ar
23SCLERODERMICVHCNeeding doctor to come prepared with slicer?anag. incl. Dr, & lit.
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1143MORGIANAVHCA-roaming, when well oiled, her victims could go no moreanag. & lit.; w.o. = drunk
1135HILAIRE BELLOCFirstA product of Balliol, I, here reaching a centenaryanag. + C, & lit.; born 1870; “B. made me …”
1123MAXIMISTVHCSaw producer with opera girl having a kiss in streeta X in Mimi + St; saw3
1969-1970
1089ENCLOISTERVHCQuite, quite devastated, Noël C. tries to penanag.
1062CALLING-CRABThirdI can’t walk straight—I wave frantically—trying to get a taxi appears about rightr in calling cab
1968-1969
1045SPLIT / MOUTH (Right and Left)SecondWhat lips may be at the end of a bout, kisser being in form out hereanag. + (bou)t & lit.; hidden; ref. boxing; kisser (slang) = mouth
1967-1968
980OMNIBUSESVHCWe assist waiters … eventuallydouble mng.
967CREMOSINVHCThat old colour that shows the rot starting in gross incomesr in anag., & lit.; “in the red”
1966-1967
935MALAPROPVHCRather vulgar old lady has tongue with endless string of pearlsma lap rop(e), & lit.; tongue, vb.
1965-1966
898POCHARDVHCThis bird ain’t a fish—except in a certain schoolchar in pod
894WITENAGEMOTVHCHarold was our last choice and we got in, mate, for a radical change!anag.; Harold I
864PATERNALVHCArt panel staggered—by Dada or Pop?anag.; ref. Dada and Pop Art movements
860CORSAGEVHCThis might give grace to outsize bustanag. incl. OS
1964-1965
832PENNY-WISE (Misprints)ThirdKeeping a check on speeding, like a copperspending; i.e. penny-wise
1963-1964
800Charlemagne, Emperor of the West (Anagram)VHCTop schemer me of great new realm 
773FIT-OUTVHCTraps that will make a polecat chewi.e. fitchew with fit out = chew; traps = personal belongings
760METAMORPHOSEVHCWhat one must do before displaying some other map!anag. & lit.
1962-1963
734NASALITYThirdYou’ll find me in North American speech—& lit!lit in NA say, & lit.; American accent
1961-1962
690ASCERTAINThirdTo resolve, solvers must regard as inevitable!as certain; resolve = solve again; ref. puzzle
682PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)VHCI may produce uproar, entangled with Ma! / I may not escape a spell of punchinganag. & lit; hidden & lit., ref. boxing
1960-1961
604APOSTROPHISEVHCMake an invocation, giving it pep with “O’s” or “Ah’s”!anag.
595INORNATE / OMADHAUN (Right and Left)VHCChaste busts are not in—provide some decoration, and do the same for the ears—something quite simple!anag.; OM + ‘adorn’
1959-1960
573SCAPEGALLOWSVHCA horrid place aglow, with nasty guards about, will suit himanag. in SS, & lit.; ref. Hell
560CONGENITALLYVHCWe see a little Conservative gain yet two little Liberals split—thus, according to Gilbert are our politics decidedCon + L,L in anag.; ref. ‘Iolanthe’
1958-1959
519RIDICULE (DLM)VHCFrom idle curiosity why flee?
Make game of Life your fav’rite pastime be
 
517CAROTIDVHCCuts on main line tubes like this are fatal—do it somehow by buscar + anag.
500MOTHERS-IN-LAWVHCYou can’t get him to snarl properly? We’ll help!anag. of him to snarl we, & lit
1957-1958
477SEDATENESSSecondRobe’s assembly (considering the cold!) has a cape, but gives an effect of coolnesssedate + ness; i.e. ‘Rome’s assembly’, ‘senate’, pron. with a cold
464STRAWEDThirdWhat those old broadcasters did, wearing boaters, had a decidedly corny effect!2 mngs; straw boaters
1956-1957
434CARTONVHCWhen a tumbril appears, my number is upcart + no. (rev.), & lit.; ref. Sydney C., ‘A Tale of Two Cities’
425TRAVERSEVHCGallery calls for the author you’d expect to see at the end of a farceTravers + e; ref. Ben T., writer, farceur
412SERVIETTEFirstDoes Hubby not get one at the lunch table? Then you’ve set it ever so carelessly!anag. & lit.
404POLENTAVHCThis is the stuff for a Neapolitan—but not Ian!anag. less Ian, & lit.
395SCALE-ARMOURFirstThe making of mail bags etc. without a break cures a moral delinquentanag.; mail2; bags = trousers
390HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCA Boeotian housed Weller, finding enough straws in the best hat-c/aseThebes
386CLEITHRALVHCIll applied to the car that’s convertibleanag. & lit.
1954 (2)
297CONTRAPUNTALVHCWedding tunes, looser than Canon allows!cryptic def.; wed, vb., canon1
295SENSE-ORGANSVHCMeaning to anticipate members, we send impulsive messages to the centre of governmentsense (vb.) + organs; messages to brain
285PARALYSESVHCStops working organs can’t be players as wellanag.; i.e. can’t well be …
1954 (1)
279CRYPTOGRAMThirdIf you don’t read right into it, it won’t mean a blooming thing!i.e. c. less r = cryptogam (flowerless plant), & lit.
275ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCTo a scribe, the large number of poor in Sid/mouth must begin loving to excess! 
269ASCENTVHCYou shouldn’t let a clue get you down!a scent; down3
263We think so then and we thought so still! (Anagram)VHCDo we tell Hunt what shook this Tensing?Holman Hunt, friend of E. Lear, and Everest
1953 (2)
247VAMPIREVHCFor something really bloodthirsty, read “The Siren and I” by Sappervamp I RE
245GLAMOUR / SOPRANO (Right and Left)VHCI can warble like this for about an hour without a breath—with a Welsh background, it’s enchantingso + an in pro; GIam(organ) + (h)our; i.e. unaspirated
243LODESTARVHCSee what leads to your destiny, mariner!lo des(tiny) tar, & lit.
235ASPHETERISMVHCAn old communist’s method of disposal for your tips: share ’em!anag.
1953 (1)
231PREAMBLEFirstPage after page after page before the blessed start!p + ream + ble(ssed), & lit.
217DEPOSITFirstOne means of making a dope refrain from standinganag. + sit, & lit.; i.e. candidate’s election d.
213LEMONADEVHCIn a French journal you’ll find a juicy extracta in Le Monde
207PAGEANTVHCAn opera’s début implied losing a thousand—that’s show business!Pag(liacci) + (m)eant
1952 (2)
204ROSTER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAne/mone, Arthur!—gently!—needs cutting shortA Nero’s term
202SPALPEENVHCBlighter of apples split half openanag. + (op)en
199HONESTYVHCWhoa! or drive on, if you prefer, round the residence—I’ll pay!nest in hoy2; ‘h. is the best policy’
1952 (1)
190CHEQUERSVHCQuestion-time opens in the midst of applause for the Prime Minister’s addressqu in cheers; ref. PM’s country residence
1951 (2)
180HESPER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIf you want to lose your Middlesex train, c/haps doing P.T. will help 
174ANACREONTICSVHCForm of Grecian cantos eschewing gravityanag. less g, & lit.

 
HCs awarded to J. A. Fincken
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1977-1978
  301 TROLLOPISH
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  298 NOSER
 
1976-1977
  255 ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE
  250 Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)
  249 RUDOLPH THE REINDEER
  247 FLIVVER
  243 OLYMPIC
  225 VALETA
  221 PADDY-WHACK
  216 SCANTITY
 
1975-1976
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  190 CASSANDRA
  187 POWDERING-TUB
  169 THUGGEE
  165 Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)
 
1974-1975
  146 CHARADES
  114 PANIC
  110 GALLOWS-RIPE
 
1973-1974
  53 ALEXANDERS
 
1972-1973
  50 CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
  36 CRUSADER
  10 LINGERIE
  1 ORGIAST
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1145 GENIPAP
  1131 CAROUSER (Misprints)
 
1969-1970
  1093 MARTINET
  1091 WENCESLAS
 
1968-1969
  1041 TEA-LEAD
  1039 TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)
 
1967-1968
  1002 PILLAGE
  1000 THOUSAND
  989 GRENADINE
  975 HALE
  971 MAGOTPIE / ANECDOTE (Right and Left)
  962 PALING
  958 DRY MEASURE
 
1966-1967
  941 HYPODERMIC
  936 MINI SKIRTS
  933 COTTABUS
  911 DRAGON
 
1965-1966
  890 DEBENTURE
  882 SNAPDRAGON
 
1964-1965
  843 PRISTINE
  839 GINGER (Printer’s Devilry)
  825 COACHES
  808 WAGONER
 
1963-1964
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  782 SWELL
 
1962-1963
  728 ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)
  708 HEARTS
 
1961-1962
  678 TESSELLATED
  676 TRELLIS (DLM)
  664 MANIPULATE
 
1960-1961
  642 SEETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  638 BUREAUCRAT
  630 STREAKY
  626 WOMAN-TIRED
  624 PSYCHIATER (DLM)
 
1959-1960
  590 STATANT (Printer’s Devilry)
  586 HEBDOMADARY
  555 JURYWOMAN
  551 PITCHER
  547 STORMY
 
1958-1959
  504 LEAD-LINE
 
1957-1958
  447 TOUSLE
  443 HALF-SEAS-OVER
  438 MACARONI
 
1956-1957
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  421 DOVETAIL
  415 When the snow lay round about (Anagram)
  400 Word with 400 theme (Quatercentenary)
 
1955-1956
  377 MALISON
  369 BERET
  351 LUSTRE
  329 HAMADRYAD
 
1954 (2)
  325 MARRYING
  306 CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)
  302 MARTIN
  291 APAGOGE
 
1954 (1)
  281 SCRAPS def. LOCALS (Wrong Number)
  273 COUSIN
  261 DECANTER
 
1953 (2)
  257 PYROTECHNICS (Straight Clue)
  255 SCUTTLE
  253 DERATION
  251 UNMETHODICAL
  241 MANDOLINE
 
1953 (1)
  227 CATEGORIES
  225 TOUCHSTONES
  223 MELODRAME
  219 SOCIALIST
  209 ELAPSION def. IMPERIAL (Wrong Number)
 
1952 (2)
  206 PIEPOWDER
  198 THIRD
  197 SCALES
  196 SHAMAN / SERIAN (Right and Left)
  194 KNOWLEDGE BOX
 
1952 (1)
  192 WATSON
  191 DENIGRATE
  188 Beware the Ides of March (Anagram)
  185 STOUT
 
1951 (2)
  173 HATCHING
  172 GARNISHER
 
1950 (2)
  139 HECATOMB
 


Annual Honours record of J. A. Fincken
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1977-19780 3 2
1976-19770 0 8
1975-19760 6 5 7
1974-19751 (0, 1, 0) 2 3 23
1973-19741 (1, 0, 0) 1 1
1972-19730 4 5 17
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19711 (1, 0, 0) 2 2 13
1969-19701 (0, 0, 1) 1 2
1968-19691 (0, 1, 0) 0 2
1967-19680 2 7
1966-19670 1 4
1965-19660 4 2 18
1964-19651 (0, 0, 1) 0 4
1963-19640 3 2
1962-19631 (0, 0, 1) 0 2
1961-19621 (0, 0, 1) 1 3
1960-19610 2 5
1959-19600 2 5
1958-19590 3 1
1957-19582 (0, 1, 1) 0 3 15
1956-19572 (2, 0, 0) 5 4 3
1955-19560 0 4
1954 (2)0 3 4
1954 (1)1 (0, 0, 1) 3 3 12
1953 (2)0 4 5 15
1953 (1)2 (2, 0, 0) 2 5 6
1952 (2)0 3 5
1952 (1)0 1 4
1951 (2)0 2 2
 
1950 (2)0 0 1