Clues written by C. Allen Baker
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722SUPERNACULUMVHCFor which the usual cup men take is bubblyanag. incl r, & lit.
714MOTEVHCWhat should be cast when May is out2 mngs.; mote2; ref. Matthew 7:5
701BALUSTRADEVHCLoading dice is a proper fiddle – one shouldn’t fall for itU Strad in bale; for = because of
675CONSTERNATEVHCCat – one mewing and lashing tail gets put outstern in anag.
670TURNIP-FLEAVHCMy routine is to leap and bite a leaf raggedrut (rev.) + nip + anag. & lit.
662BARGE-COUPLEVHCSort of truss, adjustable to cope with a bulge – right?anag. incl. r; truss = framed structure
649AUSTRALORPVHCWhat is no doubt free-range in a rural spotanag.
622SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)Second‘I’ve got no bra,’ s/aid sweet Fanny Adams 
618CRETISMSecond‘It can’t be true!’ (It’s McEnroe, bickering, having lobbed one out)anag. less one (rev.)
603FIGULINEVHCHere’s a little number, trendy in rubber or plastic…fig. + in in ule
590MINEVERVHCBorder round uniform, tippedeven in rim (all rev.), & lit.
585FLABELLIFORMVHCI’m showing spread … excess fat on stomach I must get rid of by drillflab + (b)ell(y) I + form
568TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)ThirdThe ra/ider takes a fence spoils – chance of clearance, perhaps? 
558MINCEMEAT (with one extra R) (Extra Letter)VHCSlapstick sport from pantomimes, etc. – tossing a load of piesspot; anag. less spot
556SWEAL (Misprints)VHCScotch tape secures wrapping without snappingscorch; w(rapping) in seal
552NOURICE-FEEVHCNightingale’s due … cue for one to get camouflaged with evening about to close inanag. in den (rev.)
547GLEEMANVHCWhen Fed puts squeeze on grass – he’ll singlee in G-man
538INGRAINSecondFree half going? I must get into the pub fastgra(tis) I in inn
521ATTITUDINISEVHCA nudist tie – crazy; pinning it could turn out to be a poserit in anag.
517IMMORTELLEVHCMe, rot? ME? I’ll explode that!anag. & lit.
506ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)VHCYoungster swills no gin as I d/o. (Tally unheeded!) 
504SIMMENTHALERVHCIts yield will make the milkman sore when it’s not OK, being turnedanag. less KO & lit.
495CACOETHESFirstAche to wallow in the embrace of pros? One shouldn’t start itanag. in (a)ces & lit.
473HERRING-BONEVHCGoner in the briny (not tiny) after decompositioncomp. anag. & lit.
456BALADINEFirstOne like Barnum and Bailey, endlessly prankingand Baile(y) anag.; prank = dancer; ref. P. T. Barnum, hoaxer
452DISSENTERISMVHCA bent trendies missanag. & lit.
447URTICARIA / APOGRAPHS (Right and Left)VHCRash: just up and shaved I caught one, getting the breeze up… psora – horrific! A G.P. treated others just the sametru(e) (rev.) + I, c, a + air (rev.); anag. incl. h)
443STEEPLECROWNVHCWhat’s high and possibly worn on the head of a lad bottom of the Remove and a bit of a clot?steep-I, e, c anag.; dunce’s cap
406BOILThirdThis upon the seat being doctored can give one unable to sit hopecomp. anag. & lit.
397BIJOUTERIE (Misprints)VHCRickshaws start rolling up to one in the Far Eastkickshaws; jib (rev.) + I in outer E
388ALEXIPHARMICVHCWhat is lexical I hamper – resort to me for thatcomp. anag. & lit.; re-sort
384OUTSPREADINGVHCGetting fat? That’s duff or spud-eatingduff adj.
375SPREATHEVHCThere’s Pa with a switch; rough for some!anag.; rough v.
362SEA-SOLDIERSecondI’m jolly well disciplined: I do what’s said – or elseanag.
358UPSTART def. NON-TERM (Wrong Number)VHCI may break into a strut, fraught with powerbreak; anag. incl. p
336ELF-ARROW / CUTHBERT (Right and Left)VHCMuch noise on the railway being high, here’s a tip for the passenger: give the corridor a wide berthel, far, row; cut + anag., wide = erroneous
327HEMLOCKVHCMakes a man become stiff, a measure having been swallowedm(= em) in he, lock, & lit.
323(C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)VHCA proper fool, a bit wantingU, koo(k) & lit.
319PODESTASecondOne can get a throbbing seat after school from the beak for bad Latinpod + anag.
310STERNFASTVHCTackle RN sets aft, coiledanag. & lit.
301TROLLOPISHVHCBeing slack in stays reduces roll to ship on the turnanag. + anag.
289AMNESIACVHCI can’t remember names – not even with a leading clueanag. + 1 ac.
285BOYFRIEND (Misprints)VHCOne may get slain if fired on by crooksswain; anag.; crooks vb.
259TRANSIREVHCAn ungainly rear isn’t conducive to making a passanag.
255ROYAL SILVER JUBILEEVHCBehind this milestone of the Queen’s rule verily lies a job well doneanag.
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)VHCDon’t chestnut arches clothe the track?ref. poem lines
247FLIVVERVHCPlane in which the onset of repeated vibration is inevitablev,v in flier & lit.
243OLYMPICVHCSuch a dedicated type, covering a mile, admits no limits(h)oly-m-pic(a), & lit.
238CRAMBOJINGLEVHCDoggerel stuff – a trifling effort reflected in short laughtercram + job (rev.) + in gle(e)
229METRICATEVHCTo base one’s workings on X can get one in a list of merit, etc.a in anag. X = ten, Ximenes
225VALETAVHCMeasure a gill – accepted about a quarter of a pint(pin)t in vale, a; gill4
216SCANTITYVHC‘Look at the birdie’ … snap youngster’s head and supply pretty negativescan tit + y; snap = secure, supply noun
212SURCINGLESVHCThey’re adjusted by users and cling tightly to the stomachanag. in anag. & lit.
208RALPHVHCTake ‘Lofty Peak’ – the lightest element for the pie-makerr alp H; ‘L.P.’ popular brand of flour
200The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)VHCI’ll give you recipe put together with satisfactory conclusion(Fanny) Craddock; r add OK & lit.
195SHILLY-SHALLYVHCCrackers must contain the ultimate in rubbish, all wrapped in skimpy trimmingh in silly + all in shy; trim = fluctuate
174EPEOLATRYVHCWhat is indeed manifest in English mystical poetryla in E + anag.
169THUGGEEVHCThe sides of the throttle getting well-nigh squeezed inhugge(d) in t—e & lit.
156OMBROPHOBOUSVHCHobo – poor bum’s frowzy, not being overfond of wateranag.
143Jingle for BALTHAZAR, MELCHIOR, CASPAR (A jingle)FirstWith gifts weighed down, frost-flecked, adorned,
And star above, ye wise men three-O,
‘Tis little wonder, sirs, that ye
Might well be termed a Christmas tree-O
139PIEPOWDERVHCCourt’s out-of-date, just imposing pound fine on petty pilfererpie3, powder (vb.); ref. Court of P.
135GABIONADESecondTurn-up collar – one aid possibly in protection against stormbag (rev.) + anag.
123SCATTERGOODVHCSort to cadge when brokeanag. & lit.
118OPERETTIST (Misprints)VHCMerry widow I treated to drink titters tipsily – no head for itcreated; (t)ope + anag.; ref. Lehár operetta
110GALLOWS-RIPEVHCNot the kind for whom rope will sag slacklyanag.
105Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)VHCLo! I gave many a brace harbour ere the cool rain drown all 
97TREBUCHETVHCPitcher – ancient English pitcher, not very good, but unusualanag. incl. E less pi
95THUNDERCLAPVHCThis may turn what’s in a plated churnanag. & lit.; thunder said to turn milk sour
92BRAINWASHVHCMake people change a lot – that’ll get support in the laundrybra in wash
88BLOOMERYVHCBeauty, quite topless – a real temperature-raiserbloom, (v)ery
79SLAPSTICKVHCFilm in which endless paste is thrown aboutanag. past(e) in slick & lit.
75GROCETERIAThirdWhere one may see a caterer go, I fancyanag. & lit.
66NONSENSEVHCHumbug… God’s being taken in by no part of it’s ens in none; ’s = God’s
57MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWe must support our tea/-urn fixture – it’s very shaky 
53ALEXANDERSVHCThis is a draw in green salad if topped, with dressingX in anag. less g & lit.
45NEMORALVHCShaw’s adjective is not disfavoured now – quite acceptable in factne, moral, ref. ‘not b. likely’
31KITCHENDOMVHCWhere equipment’s around a woman cook before noonkit c. hen do m
27VINEGARVHCAbout midday I’ve chips and fish – I’m stuck on itn in anag. + gar; chip vb., n = noon
10LINGERIEVHCI’ll wear it, says Danny – in drag, that islinger i.e.; ref. D. la Rue
5SCEUOPHYLAXSecondCheap, lousy ‘X’ flicks? I watch the blessed thingsanag.; flicks = flutters
Ximenes competitions
1158ELEPHANT-SEALVHCScotch then pale ales—you’ll get me swimming in drinkanag.
1154CLARIONETSecondBlow me, I carol riotously—X has slipped upanag. + ten (rev.); ref. X’s error [see comments]
1145GENIPAPVHCA tree that’s preposterous in a small spacepine (rev.) in gap, & lit.
1143MORGIANAFirstPantomime dame: a man disguised, with a built-in bustorgia in anag.; see orgy and bust2
1140CALLOUSVHCDo in the local, ending with us insensibleanag. + us
1131CAROUSER (Misprints)VHCA cat endlessly on the alert makes a great mouserbouser; ca(t) + rouser
1127TRAYBITFirst“A tip, this?”, the waiter snappedtray bit
1119RONDE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCMan! That Scrubs—a ni/ck in Great Britain—must be tough!Brunel, SS Gt. Britain
1115FLESH-POTTERYVHCBody’s a crock—and a tyre’s faulty; it’s one blow-out after anotherflesh pot + anag.
1110IMPERSONATEVHCOne must get into step in Rome being moved to do as the Romans doa in anag.
1093MARTINETVHCHe who drives must remain t.t.anag.; must4 = frenzied
1084ANGEL-FOODVHCDog flea on mongrel (a bit of chow, perhaps?)anag.
1071ORACLE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCFrom mini to maxi—I’d call that di/vergent!Dior
1054PINACOTHECAVHCWhere a Constable may arrest one breaking quietly into a cachep + anag.
1041TEA-LEADVHCEarly stages of trials expose a deal wrong in a certain linert, e, a + anag.; ref. QE2’s faulty turbines
1039TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)SecondOne of many users of sheepskin chaps (or hide)many; i.e. teg men: ref. chaps = chaparajos
1015HOAR-HEADEDVHCHullo! Shot dead a large bird in the heart? A bit like the ancient Marinerho! + rhea in anag.; ref. ‘Rime of the A. M.’
1002PILLAGESecondFor strip tease—the Pigalleanag.
997TREACLEVHCElectra complex: this exhibits excessive adherenceanag.
984Word containing a first name (Anonymous)VHCAnt-killer should be scattered under the roseESOT-ERIC-ALLY; Linklater, author; anag.; i.e. sub rosa
967CREMOSINVHC“Bloody” no longer upsets censor, I’m without doubtanag.
945OBLITERATEVHCIt contributes nothing to be a litter bug; remove all traces completelyanag. inc. 0; bug = crazy
936MINI SKIRTSVHCThey’re so Parisian, up to the minute, and just right with the young cats aroundmin + si (Fr.) (rev.) + r in kits, & lit.
935MALAPROPVHCOne of the central characters in comedy—one taking up pages with oral blundering(co)m(edy) + a + anag. incl. pp, & lit.
933COTTABUSVHCIt was a trial of skill proving the Grecian bend to act with only half a bustleanag. incl. bus(tle)
920ARISTATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCHow bad is the di/g? O ‘tis mire, peated to excessegotism
911DRAGONVHCNothing less than an armed horseman could do for medrago(0)n, & lit.
898POCHARDThirdFowl, no doubt? Better try fish, too, just in case… (but surely not good red herring!)char in pod
894WITENAGEMOTVHCIf one X puts on a stone (to an already round figure!) in weight, the answer is—diet!I ten a gem o in wt.
884MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAs revellers might s/o sit, snow being specially covered for New Year 
868DANDER / TOUPEE (Right and Left)SecondMonkey, clad in a red-backed jacket and passing the hat round for all to see, may make application for a nutand in red (rev.); U in topee; m. = temper
864PATERNALVHCOne given the right backing before long may go to the top of the popspate + an r. (rev.) + l.; l. = long
851Sire & Dam (Sire & Dam)VHCDodo by Double Act out of Cold Refusalno, pron. with cold
829FAREWELLVHCWe’re inevitably corrupted, being beset by sin for so long!anag. in fall
825COACHESVHCIf we part company, some human sufferings may well resultc. less Co. = aches, & lit.
812ABRUPT / TISANE (Right and Left)ThirdSex-appeal going west? Restore it with the “Top-Right” remedy—in short, a moulded bra combined with correct exercising!It (rev.) + SA + NE; anag. + U + PT
808WAGONERThirdOne of many to have departed, heading westW + a goner, & lit.
804DETRUNCATEVHC“Eddy back!” snaps King Canute at sea. Result? … Cut off!Ted (rev.) + anag. incl. R
782SWELLVHCPre-fab.—mushroom growth that may not come down in a hurry!2 mngs.; fab., slang: mushroom, vb.
769PENNYFirstSource of a clink, no? Only if one is droppedpen3, n(a)y, & lit.
760METAMORPHOSEVHCTo reshape hammer-toes a minor operation is involvedanag. incl. op
738ANAESTHETICVHCStorm in a tea-chest! (That would really put one out!)anag.; storm vb. tr.
728ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)VHCI give a tow- service: if I have a breakdown it makes me real mad!anag.
725SILENUSVHCIn two ticks I would go on the batter proper!I Len U in s.s. & lit.; tick = second; on t.b. = on a drunken spree; ref. L. Hutton, England batsman
708HEARTSSecondWhat comes at the end of every sentence in a stag-party? “Cheers!”e in harts
700SOLOMONVHCIndividual appearing to have married continuously!solo m. on, & lit.; 700 wives
686FEMALEVHCI’ve got what it takes to lead fellows on—and then drive ’em to drink!f ’em ale, & lit.
682PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)VHCHe’s foolish to write letters—and certainly soft, putting one in the mail. / Such indiscretion may reveal an affair right under somebody’s nose!p + a in armour2 & lit.; hidden
678TESSELLATEDVHCBeing sedate tells when doing the Twist, showing up squares!anag.
673ERISTICALSecondIn describing the scene between Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a considerable amount is concerned with its anger.—“Through the Looking-glass.”lac its ire (all rev.)
656FIDDLESTICKSVHCBows and scrapes and old-fashioned bobs may merely make one twist stays!fiddles ticks, fiddle-sticks; bob, tap = tick (obs.), twist = fiddle
638BUREAUCRATVHCI may produce for you a new form to bear—for everyone, in fact, in duplicate: black carbon coming up!anag. of bear, U, U + tar C (rev.), & lit.
630STREAKYVHCForming an endless track in the heavens, like a mackerel-skytrea(d) in sky
624PSYCHIATER (DLM)VHCBuggo deals with bugs! Don’t just suffer the itch—spray with Buggo now! 
621CHASEThirdBe sure to note a source of water in case fire should be discoveredH in case: fire, (vb.) = drive out
617COLOPHONYVHCA fiddler’s essential when there’s an informal hop in the Community Centreanag. in colony
612CARGO (Misprints)VHCTo bet, and start off by backing the first three in a race?—that’s some laying!lading; rac(e) (rev.) + go
608CUSTOMERVHCThose characters at the rear of the counter are there to take me in!me in (aba)cus to r. & lit.
604APOSTROPHISEVHCTo declaim “Out, damned spot! out, I say!” may be translated in prose as “Hop it!”anag.; ref. Macbeth V.1
590STATANT (Printer’s Devilry)FirstCleopatra was dazed and lo/ony, shaving. Come to! Hi! Send on a blade! 
582MARRYVHCTake after Mum (bringing up Junior later!)Ma + r + yr (rev.), & lit.; yr. = younger
573SCAPEGALLOWSVHCCarver of SPACE TO LET midway between top and bottom of gibbets, perhaps!anag. of space + allow in g(ibbet)s, & lit.
571PESTERVHCClue not given; osmose, morses, scorse, cosher
560CONGENITALLYVHCFor me it’s always the sack; a real bad egg, chum, right from the cradle—that’s me!congé nit ally
555JURYWOMANVHCI’m just no saint, and there’s war on my variety; you’ll see me in court almost dailyju(St.) + anag.
551PITCHERVHCA caster who gives the leading part in a play to someone who’s lousy may be a bit cracked!p + itcher
543NUTRIA / ERMINE (Right and Left)VHCMake certain of “The Detective Disappears, or The Long-Bodied Creature”! It’s hair raising enough to make the blood dry up!(det)ermine; nut (= young blood) + air (rev.)
519RIDICULE (DLM)VHC’Tis idle curiosity that
Has cooked the goose of many a cat!
goose, vb.
517CAROTIDVHCCut-throat’s objective, perhaps—and a jar of acid to eat away the body!rot in anag.; jar = conflict, body = middle part
512NAYLOR (Libel)VHCShe’s one that lifts; watch your pockets!an (rev.) + lo in yr.; pockets = encloses
508CUMBERGROUNDVHCA white elephant is that on which something may be raised only after considerable troublecumber + ground
504LEAD-LINEVHCI can’t resist earthy attractions: all I need is to be vamped, and I’m sunkanag., 2 defs.
490CLEAR def. WEIGH (Wrong Number)VHCHow to balance our account lay in the credit squeezebalance; lea in cr: lea = lay
486BARACANVHCFor strong stuff there’s only one May. What a summer in store!bar a can, a CA in barn; bar (prep.) = except, only; ref. Peter May, test cricketer; summer = one who sums [see comments]
477SEDATENESSVHCAttitude of the staid—even though seated wretchedly on a point!anag. + ness
473LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWhatever is a stra/w hat veiled for? Plain folk! 
469DAISYVHCYou should see, on the stage, that little bit extra Miss Mansfield has on Miss Russell! What a smasher!dais + y; ref. Jayne M. and Jane R., film stars
464STRAWEDVHCMiddle age spread gives rise to the first signs of decline—with noticeable protuberances!de-warts (rev.); i.e. in middle ages
451MEGAPODEVHCGet me sitting on a loaded shell in a mass of earth? Not this bird!me + a pod in Ge, & lit.; m. does not sit on eggs
447TOUSLEThirdTop-of-the-table United lose disastrously!” That’s sure to upset somebody’s perm!t(able) + U in anag.; ref. football pools
438MACARONIFirstIt must be swell, being a little waterproof duck in a rain-storm!mac + O in anag.
430GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)ThirdBaring a bit o’ fle/x may give one a shock 
417SINECUREVHCThere’s money for jam in safe-breaking!in in secure
412SERVIETTEVHCIn an unconventional set, a form of tie cover used when no company is present!anag. less co. in anag., & lit.
408BILLETVHCBritish, left to separate Israel and Egypt sides, find occupation the answerB + l in I(srae)l, E(gyp)t
395SCALE-ARMOURVHCSuez Canal headings … Fear About Egypt’s Leader … Our Defence Being Virtually DoubledS C + E in alarm + our; ref. Suez crisis
390HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCFace dirty still! Whow! A s/ight, years old! 
382ABSTAINVHCOnly half the bags brought up—it’s an outrage! Don’t tip the porter!ba(gs) (rev.) + anag.; porter ale
364HELLEBOREVHCA blooming early riser sets the alarm when retiring to ring hours before needing to be about!bell (rev.) + O all in h + ere
351LUSTREVHCIf a good man is led into temptation, a five-year stretch in jug may well give cause for reflectionSt. in lure, 2 defs.
347TELEVISORVHCI divert the lot I serveanag. & lit.
338SHE-ASSVHCOne feels a Colt with a cartridge of brass containing explosiveHE in sass
334CHEROOTSecondSomething to set aglow the heart of a good old Tory champion—a 50% Tory backing!(Chur)c(hill) + hero + To(ry) (rev.)
1954 (2)
316BATHROOMVHCclue not given
306CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)VHCFool! Taking a chance I crashed—wall run into and vehicle overturnedanag.; ram + trap (rev.)
304ORLEANSVHCBottom’s kind of work—supplying endless tailors including Starvelinglean in (tail)ors; ref. Nick B. (weaver) and Robin S. (tailor) in M.N.D.; see starveling (adj.) in C.
302MARTINVHCTurns egg with beaknit ram (rev.), & lit.
295SENSE-ORGANSVHCWe sure are stirred by sirens seen dancing in loose sarongs!anag. in anag.
293CABVHCHalf a small room—sharing a bath with about sixteen others—no wonder I’m a growler!(a) cab(in), 2 defs.; cab2, bath2; growler = horse-drawn cab
289CISTERNVHCA hole in one? It just won’t hold water—you take about ten, sir, in the rough!c. + anag.
287MANCHESTERVHCOne source of supply for English merchantsanag. incl. E, & lit.
1954 (1)
283SOBERVHCCry to the Queen and greet her!—make it what a home-coming should be!sob ER (twice); greet2 = lament; ref. Queen’s return from Commonwealth tour
279CRYPTOGRAMVHCLetters for the Postmaster-General to carry may be sometimes almost indecipherableanag. incl. PMG
277PRODIGALLYVHCSo much money goes for grub, there isn’t a penny to play withpro dig (d)ally; pause after “so” and “goes” [see comments]
275ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIf you catch agu/e—a tingle, this—stay end-up! 
269ASCENTSecondA track from a quarry?a scent, & lit.; i.e. upwards
265THERMAEVHCMal-de-mer—and heat—can produce swimming spots accompanied by vapoursanag. of mer heat
261DECANTERFirstThe cause of somewhat unintelligible talk in a stag-party?cant1 in deer, & lit.
1953 (2)
253DERATIONVHCI’m well laced in—I dare not relax the control of certain lines!anag.
251UNMETHODICALVHCMuch led into a muddleanag. & lit.
245GLAMOUR / SOPRANO (Right and Left)VHCChorister gets parson intoxicated with love—charm composed of pill in white of eggsanag. incl. 0; MO in glaur; pill = doctor; glaur = glair in contemporary ed. of C.
233SAWDUSTFirstSpotted duff—that‘s the stuff for stuffing!saw dust; duff1 = coal dust
1953 (1)
229MASCOTFirstUp in the morning with the sun and early bed is said to bring good fortunea.m. (rev.) + S + cot
221BUNTHORNEVHCWed her? No—crushed (and getting the push early too!)bunt1 + anag., & lit.
219SOCIALISTVHCWhat makes many people cross at times is coal—it’s so rockyanag.; i.e. cross on voting paper
213LEMONADEVHCMen involved in a crooked deal will gain nothing—it only leads to the coolerO in anag. of men in anag.
211CAROL-SINGERS or HOLLY-BERRIESVHCBad losers gain little credit: they simply create a strain in harmonious companyanag. incl. cr.
209ELAPSION def. IMPERIAL (Wrong Number)VHCPassing is a set-back to a partner absorbed in the achievement of a grand slamgrand; pal in noise (all rev.)
207PAGEANTVHCOne may have a gorgeous appearance, but if one’s age is fifty, there must be a trick in it!i.e. L for age in pageant = plant
1952 (2)
205CANTANKEROUSVHCIt’s just like a rotter—lying about a ring with no intention of givingtan1 in cankerous; tan, circus ring
203WEATHERSVHCWe have the wet share!anag. & lit.
198THIRDVHCWhen one plays gooseberry, one should get the bird—and then be turned out!the bird less be (rev.); third wheel
196SHAMAN / SERIAN (Right and Left)VHCAh Sin! Thy realm is a baited snare, drawing one in: a medium of enchantment in which a man has become enmeshed!I in anag.; anag.; ref. A.S. in Bret Harte’s “Heathen Chinee”
194KNOWLEDGE BOXVHCThe sconce yields its light to a blowknowledge, box2; sconce4
1952 (1)
193TRADUCERThirdOne who gives a dog a bad name could himself be rated “Cur”anag.
191DENIGRATEFirstSmut—a blight of grain with deterioration beginning on the outsideanag. in dete(rioration); smut, vb.
190CHEQUERSVHCA drop of liquor inside encourages some men to engage in a battle royalqu in cheers; b.r. = chess (see Brewer)
189SALTIREVHCArms-cross! Bend—right … over … bend—left …! Try it fifty times outside on rising. This develops the bearingit L in eras (all rev.); heraldic mngs. of arms, bend, bearing
188Beware the Ides of March (Anagram)VHCHeed wrath: Cimber’s a foe!or similar
187GROWLERSecond“I am a dog, beware my fangs,” snarls the advancer, claiming the pound of fleshL in grower; Merchant of V.III.3
182MISTLETOEVHCA fine spray in the air is a good sign for fishing smackscryptic def.; i.e. obtaining kisses
1951 (2)
180HESPER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIf the horses back it, c/haps, it’s got something! 
179CADREVHCHaving a die-hard leader in charge will be the foundation of strengthd in care; ref. return of Winston Churchill as PM
176SPIGOTVHCServants should be given to early rising—or it’s the bung!to gips (rev.); the bung = the sack (sl.)
174ANACREONTICSVHCThough we may praise the pleasures of wine, our reactions can vary considerably!anag.
173HATCHINGVHCBursting shells send charging flanks to coverhat + ch(arg)ing
172GARNISHERVHCOne who provides only fancy dishes causes husband to have his inside upset!anag. of his in garner [see comments]
168PIPS (Misprints)ThirdStones that may be projected by people in glass houses!protected; cryptic def.
1951 (1)
166RACHIDESVHCBeginning to delight in rocking-chairs … we bow to old agede(light) in anag.
164NEWTONFirstOne who is “fresh” and not well brought up is notable for making advances with his optics!new + not (rev.); ref. Conduitt’s description of a “fresh-faced” 23 year-old I. Newton and his early years, fatherless with absentee mother
159SPANIELVHCAs a dog lies taking a nap all curled up, let it be!anag. of lies, nap; “let sleeping dogs lie”
156LAVEROCKFirstOne-pound Hailstone Found in Field—Morning HeraldL, ave, rock; field lark; ref. newspaper published until 1869
1950 (2)
154RABBITVHCSave up: a little in the bank will soon multiplybar (= except) (rev.) + bit
151OPEN-SESAMEVHCNot the sort of bidding likely to result, in a grand slamcryptic def.; bridge
150CAPILLAMENTSFirstThey’ll be unco pliant camels that can pass through the eye of a needle!anag.
148FILIBUSTERVHCWanted: fleecer and stripper; also sound breaker of young mares, not averse to taking over occasional jade, etc.‘filly buster’, 2 defs.; jade = nag and treasure
146BELDAMEVHCJezebel’s end made a considerable mess of—Jezebel!(jeze)bel + anag. of made; ref. death of Jezebel, 2 Kings 9:30–37
135STRIPPEDVHCRent in small districts being put up a hundred-per-cent.: this must be exposed!rip in depts (all rev.); h-p-c. = completely
1950 (1)
126RASPBERRYVHCThe cane’s responsible for my springing up from my stool!cryptic def.; stool = stump
123LEECHESThirdHe’s after the floating half of the electors to canvass both left- and right-wing borderersanag. of elec(tors) + he’s; leech2 = sail edge; ref. impending Gen. Election, Feb 1950
119UMBLE-PIEVHCI’m always given to poor hands: my heart’s not in the game any more2 cryptic defs.; hands = employees, see Brewer’s
118MARAVEDIFirstWinds varied in the morning: hail during the day to the north of the Pyrenees: little change to the southanag. of varied, a.m.; ave in mardi (Fr.Tuesday)
1949 (2)
116WATERLOOVHCCase of a cast-iron defence being later broken down in courtanag. in woo; battle
113CRICKETERVHCHearth companion set with copper finish—1/11cricket + (copp)er; ref. Dickens, ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’; one of XI
111PLEASANTVHCI’ve got slim with all-round exercise—as for the waistline, it’s quite gratifying!as in lean in PT
1949 (1)
103MOSESVHCIt’s some scramble on Sunday—X rules and his words are law!anag. + S; ten commandments, Mosaic law
99SCARABEEVHCAmulet: see the seventh line of the Abracadabra triangle worked into it!anag. of see ABRAC; inverted triangle with word reduced by one letter each row
98HUMERIFirstWe start to murmur … our anger rises … then we’re up in arms!hum + ire (rev.)
96INTERLOCKVHCScarf—to knit securely: allow 50 plain in the middle and knit purl at both ends, then reverseL in core in anag. of knit (all rev.); 2 defs.; scarf2 vt.
94SARDELLEVHCRed Sea flounders (about two pounds)—a fine substitute for herringL, L in anag.
93BUMBLE-PUPPYThird“The law is a ass,” he said, joining the youth contemptuously in unruly gameBumble puppy; ref. Mr B. in Oliver Twist, ch. 51
1948 (2)
91CRETONNESecondExposes one-sided figures on recent outputanag.; fabric patterned on one side
90ROTHERVHCRoaring like bulls, both sides break off relations(b)rother(s)
86ODOMETERVHC“It’s nothing to do with me-me-me...” This may prove a broken record0 do me ter, i.e. ‘me’ three times
81CHARADEVHCWings chartered to beat blockade: some display, I guess!i.e. char(tered … block)ade; wing vb.; ref. Berlin airlift
1948 (1)
74DEODARFirstDreadnought, going into a storm, raises conesanag. of dread, 0: cone = weather signal, in contemporary ed. of C.
69MISANTHROPEFirstLike Scrooge, he rouses the phantoms’ ireanag.
66CHRISTMAS PIE or TURKEY CARPETVHCWho would be an auctioneer, with only chopped spam for his Yuletide fare?anag. in Christie; ref. Christie’s auction house
1947 (2)
59TAMEVHCDomestic required here. Apply 10 am. Non residentdomestic, adj.; anag. of te(n) a.m, i.e. non = no ‘n’
57THEORBOSVHCSuch music-makers should be strung up or be shot to piecesanag. of or be shot
55NAUSEANTVHCEffect of the North Sea on aunt: no wonder, with her head in and her feet out!anag. incl. N
1947 (1)
49ESPERANTOVHCOne’s pater outs out the tongue. So common!anag.
46LYSANDERVHCHer misdirected aim got himher + anag. of aim = Hermia, lover of L. in MND
1946 (2)
37MISLABELVHC“Lamb’s ‘Eli’ Miscellany.” To call the essays so would be to do thisanag.; ref. Charles L., ‘Elia’
35RIFE (DLM)VHCHe sighed “No. friends—too wide-spread in girth!” 
1945 (1)
10ACROSSFirstThe game is over when the French wing-halves drop out(l)across(e)
6EGLANTINEVHCclue missing
2UNSPEAKVHCclue missing

HCs awarded to C. Allen Baker
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  744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)
  735 MALIGN
  731 STRING
  727 WELL-TO-DO
  692 FIDIBUS def. PRICKET (Wrong Number)
  679 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  666 Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)
  660 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)
  607 CARNEY
  594 DOINGS
  559 EMBASE
  500 BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)
  464 SIMKIN
  426 MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)
  401 GO-AHEAD
  371 GRADIN
  332 NUT-CASE
  314 MERIL (Spoonerisms)
  298 NOSER
  263 ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)
  203 BOGY
  178 A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)
  165 Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)
  152 ENAMORADO / ESCLANDRE (Right and Left)
  130 EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)
  114 PANIC
  84 MIRLIGOES / ILL-OMENED (Right and Left)
  50 CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
  14 Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)
Ximenes competitions
  1162 BEAM-ENDS
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1028 SATIRE
  1019 DISCORD (Misprints)
  1002 PILLAGE
  954 CERATE (Printer’s Devilry)
  924 MIMESTER / PECULATE (Right and Left)
  907 SORITES (Misprints)
  832 PENNY-WISE (Misprints)
  796 STRAKE (or STRAIK) (Misprints)
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  780 NOBLEST (and Eximenamination)
  773 FIT-OUT
  750 SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)
  746 INTERMIT (Printer’s Devilry)
  717 STAR-MAN (Misprints)
  669 DRUM
  647 MADCAP
  600 The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)
  595 INORNATE / OMADHAUN (Right and Left)
  578 GATHERED def. LEVANTER (Wrong Number)
  564 SHE-BEAR
  547 STORMY
  525 MORALE (Printer’s Devilry)
  460 ASTONISHMENT (Misprints)
  434 CARTON
  415 When the snow lay round about (Anagram)
  369 BERET
  360 WRINKLE / EGG-BIRD (Right and Left)
1954 (2)
1954 (1)
  263 We think so then and we thought so still! (Anagram)
1953 (2)
  257 PYROTECHNICS (Straight Clue)
  249 BALM
1953 (1)
1952 (2)
  204 ROSTER (Printer’s Devilry)
1952 (1)
  192 WATSON
  185 STOUT
1951 (2)
1951 (1)
  161 TILLER
  158 RATING
  157 ORANGE
1950 (2)
  152 SEA-LION
1950 (1)
  128 AMMETER (Printer’s Devilry)
1949 (2)
  117 LION
  109 PERI
1949 (1)
  104 STARE (Printer’s Devilry)
  100 Word containing ADDING
1948 (2)
  84 SHINGLE / THIRSTY (Right and Left)
1948 (1)
1947 (2)
1947 (1)

Annual Honours record of C. Allen Baker
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(1, 2, 3)
1986-19870 0 2
1985-19860 3 6
1984-19850 4 8 16
1983-19842 (0, 2, 0) 3 5 6
1982-19832 (0, 1, 1) 4 4 3
1981-19821 (1, 0, 0) 5 5 5
1980-19811 (1, 0, 0) 3 3 14
1979-19801 (0, 0, 1) 4 3 7
1978-19792 (0, 2, 0) 4 7 5
1977-19780 5 6 15
1976-19770 10 2 3
1975-19760 5 4 12
1974-19752 (1, 1, 0) 5 4 2
1973-19741 (0, 0, 1) 8 3 1
1972-19731 (0, 1, 0) 4 8 8
Ximenes competitions
1970-19713 (2, 1, 0) 7 2 2
1969-19700 3 5
1968-19691 (0, 1, 0) 3 6 7
1967-19681 (0, 1, 0) 3 5 8
1966-19670 6 5 9
1965-19662 (0, 1, 1) 3 5 6
1964-19652 (0, 0, 2) 3 5 5
1963-19641 (1, 0, 0) 3 7 12
1962-19631 (0, 1, 0) 4 5 7
1961-19621 (0, 1, 0) 4 4 8
1960-19611 (0, 0, 1) 7 3 1
1959-19601 (1, 0, 0) 7 5 3
1958-19590 6 6 8
1957-19582 (1, 0, 1) 6 4 2
1956-19571 (0, 0, 1) 5 4 4
1955-19561 (0, 1, 0) 5 3 3
1954 (2)0 8 3 3
1954 (1)2 (1, 1, 0) 5 2 2
1953 (2)1 (1, 0, 0) 3 6 9
1953 (1)1 (1, 0, 0) 6 4 2
1952 (2)0 5 5 7
1952 (1)3 (1, 1, 1) 4 5 1
1951 (2)1 (0, 0, 1) 6 2 4
1951 (1)2 (2, 0, 0) 2 7 6
1950 (2)1 (1, 0, 0) 5 5 7
1950 (1)2 (1, 0, 1) 2 3 1
1949 (2)0 3 7
1949 (1)2 (1, 0, 1) 4 5 3
1948 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 3 4 7
1948 (1)2 (2, 0, 0) 1 3 5
1947 (2)0 3 2
1947 (1)0 2 1
1946 (2)0 2 0
1945 (1)1 (1, 0, 0) 2 0 1