Clues written by L. May
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L. May4134348948May 1969Feb 198919y 9m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1988-1989
874BLUESTOCKINGVHCAthlete’s foot case for lady doctor, probablyBlue stocking.
1987-1988
818EMBUSQUÉVHCBlasted bum, see, without questionQu. in anag. & lit.
814SPOUSAGEVHCOld custom to follow on wanting childrensp + o + usage
809DOLCE VITAVHCPossibly dope circles associated with a rich and influential womanclod (rev.) + Evita & lit.
1986-1987
766GUBBINSVHCA bit of gimmicky, undefined rubbish, new ing + n in (r)ubbis(h), & lit.; g. in 1983 C. for first time
1985-1986
722SUPERNACULUMVHCDrink clue, ‘rum’, ‘An odd nectar’sup + anag.
1984-1985
649AUSTRALORPVHCLayer raised by digger disturbed little of rural pastanag. incl. o’
640MACHETEVHCWill tame hectares, getting rid of choking weedsanag. less tares, & lit.; will2
1983-1984
618CRETISMVHCMiscreant’s undoing, if brought outanag. less an(=if)
603FIGULINEVHCPlastic reflects for example condition that nothing of better quality gets innil U in e.g. if (all rev.)
585FLABELLIFORMVHCAging beauty consuming fillet beef endlessly is spreading around the middlelabel + lif(e) in form, beef = rigour
1982-1983
556SWEAL (Misprints)VHCHaste has reduced soundnesswaste; ’s weal
543STAYING POWERVHCGrows in peaty ground, producing ample stamina for continuing strainanag.; stamina = stamens
534DODGEMThirdA fair treat, with first fare a penny, years agodo d + gem (= something admirable), & lit.
1981-1982
513ETYMOLOGICONVHCTry me. (I go only to C.)anag. & lit.; I = AZ; try = sift etc.
1980-1981
456BALADINEVHCPranking, I, and able to move freely roundanag. in anag., & lit.; buffoon
426MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)VHCMarried lives drag on, filled with discord, fostering misunderstandingm is + din in lag
1979-1980
406BOILVHCPM’s dwelling on the reverse in car company – it matters quite a lot(No.) 10 (rev.) in B.L.
375SPREATHEVHCChap with no children has not begun to lives.p. + (b)reathe
1978-1979
354SHEER-HULKVHCWhat a ship is called with her prow gone and timbers in confusionshe, (h)er, hulk; see hulk in C
1977-1978
310STERNFASTSecondIt’s unyielding, sailors pushing out noticeRN for ad. in steadfast, & lit.
298NOSERFirstElevated debate precludes onere(a)son, rev. & lit.
289AMNESIACVHCMuddling names – that’s the first clueanag. + 1 ac. & lit.
276AMTRACKVHCArmy’s transport vehicle going about in middle of lake?MT + car (rev.) in ak, & lit.
267MORRIS-DANCEVHCAdjunct to Oxford’s spring symbolises first of May, to accompaniment of cries and/or janglingMorris + dance, M + anag.; Morris Oxford car
1976-1977
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)VHCCan the crush to the CCL do thank setter? 
249RUDOLPH THE REINDEERVHCWith nose of red, hurried to render help in a fogr + anag. & lit.
243OLYMPICThirdHaving purest serum, unapproachable, never ending onceo(f) lymp(h), ic(y) & lit.
229METRICATEVHCImpose some outlandish measure about one foregoing ounce, for exampleI +cat in metre, forego 2 meanings, & lit.
212SURCINGLESVHCClue’s: ‘Rings screws?’anag. & lit.
1975-1976
190CASSANDRAVHCClairvoyant, attracted scepticism, suffered abominably – no doubt resisted Apollo’s overturesfirst letters & lit.
174EPEOLATRYVHCAzed’s prime test, applied to people badly wanting first in placingsanag. less p + A + try, & lit.
156OMBROPHOBOUSVHCLousy hobo – poor bum’s allergic to water?anag.
1974-1975
135GABIONADEVHCBunker hill had a big one, with no end of earth, overthrownanag. less h; American War of Independence
123SCATTERGOODVHCSort to cadge extravagantly!anag. & lit.
118OPERETTIST (Misprints)VHCFrill, for example, on prettiest dresses(Rudolf) Friml; o’ + anag.; dress = come into line
1973-1974
92BRAINWASHFirstBust down reason?i.e. bra in wash, & lit.
1972-1973
43A neologism (Neologisms)VHC GRINGRIDDLEF
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1135HILAIRE BELLOCSecondI cheer Balliol abroadanag. & lit.; poem ‘To the B. men still in Africa’
1115FLESH-POTTERYVHCPeople throwing orgiesflesh pottery; throwing = forming pottery

 
HCs awarded to L. May
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1988-1989
  862 OFF-AND-ON
  857 REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)
  853 DEBACLE
  844 THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)
 
1987-1988
  823 SARBACANE
  816 POTLACH (with extra O in word) (Extra letter)
  801 LINCHET
  788 CROW
 
1986-1987
  774 VICTORINE
  770 HERMITS
  757 ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)
  753 SHEEPDOG
  744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)
  740 ESCADRILLE
  735 MALIGN
 
1985-1986
  718 FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)
  714 MOTE
  712 PANTOMIME HORSE
  705 MUSICOTHERAPY
  688 CUCURBITAL
 
1984-1985
  675 CONSTERNATE
  670 TURNIP-FLEA
  666 Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)
  662 BARGE-COUPLE
  660 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)
  653 INTERNUNCIO
  635 ROSEMARY
 
1983-1984
  615 HISTORIETTE
  607 CARNEY
  594 DOINGS
  590 MINEVER
 
1982-1983
  576 TOP-NOTCH
  572 SNAKE-OIL
  564 PARAMENT
  559 EMBASE
  552 NOURICE-FEE
 
1981-1982
  525 PABOUCHE
  521 ATTITUDINISE
  508 POSTURE-MAKER
  506 ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)
  504 SIMMENTHALER
  473 HERRING-BONE
 
1980-1981
  469 APLUSTRE
  460 SWOOP
  452 DISSENTERISM
  447 URTICARIA / APOGRAPHS (Right and Left)
  439 LINGA (Printer’s Devilry)
  430 TEGULA
 
1979-1980
  401 GO-AHEAD
  393 INTRACARDIAC
  384 OUTSPREADING
  371 GRADIN
 
1978-1979
  352 FAIRY LIGHTS
  340 BOOKSIE
  336 ELF-ARROW / CUTHBERT (Right and Left)
  332 NUT-CASE
  314 MERIL (Spoonerisms)
 
1977-1978
  306 DICKENS
  301 TROLLOPISH
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  285 BOYFRIEND (Misprints)
  259 TRANSIRE
 
1976-1977
  238 CRAMBOJINGLE
  221 PADDY-WHACK
  216 SCANTITY
 
1975-1976
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  197 CAMERA (Printer’s Devilry)
  195 SHILLY-SHALLY
  187 POWDERING-TUB
  183 PICKLE
  169 THUGGEE
 
1974-1975
  148 BALLYHOO
  146 CHARADES
  127 FRITHSOKEN
  114 PANIC
 
1973-1974
  88 BLOOMERY
  66 NONSENSE
  57 MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1972-1973
  36 CRUSADER
  31 KITCHENDOM
  27 VINEGAR
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1154 CLARIONET
  1145 GENIPAP
  1143 MORGIANA
 
1969-1970
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1097 PANTOPHAGIST
  1091 WENCESLAS
  1066 RAVE / PAIR (DLM)
  1058 Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr (Anagram)
 


Annual Honours record of L. May
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1988-19890 1 4
1987-19880 3 4
1986-19870 1 7
1985-19860 1 5
1984-19850 2 7
1983-19840 3 4
1982-19831 (0, 0, 1) 2 5 20
1981-19820 1 6
1980-19810 2 6
1979-19800 2 4
1978-19790 1 5
1977-19781 (0, 1, 0) 3 5 15
1976-19771 (0, 0, 1) 4 3 13
1975-19760 3 6
1974-19750 3 4
1973-19741 (1, 0, 0) 0 3
1972-19730 1 3
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19711 (0, 1, 0) 1 3
1969-19700 0 5