Clues written by B. Franco
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B. Franco4814437553Mar 1950Aug 199242y 5m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1991-1992
1021BEARDVHCWhat might be drawn offensively, concealing Raquel’s face?R in bead & lit; ref. disfiguring of posters
1000ONE THOUSANDVHCAzed’s great total and he’s not out – batting with no sign of tiringanag. less t
995STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThose anticipating their regular service, pro te/m cancel sprayers 
1990-1991
965EARBASH def. NECKLET (Wrong Number)VHCYabber non-stop? English do after a drop of rumdrop; E + bash (= party) after a r
943BARAGOUINVHCShot at clue for 15 dn might be ‘Lingo of bureaucrat’comp. anag. & lit.
1989-1990
891CATSecondA fellow could become hurt if she got hold of himcf. scathe, & lit.
1988-1989
887MONSTERVHCTitanic – Monumental disaster – Most on board lostoutside letters
882DOSSIERVHCInstructions given in case rice boiled overdo’s + reis (rev.)
878MOUSEPIECEVHCJapanese girl kisses me goodbye, skirt revealing a bit of legmous(me)e piece; skirt = woman
1983-1984
618CRETISMVHCHeartless clue-adjudicator has listed me 1st! It can’t be true!c—r + anag.; not far off, though – AZ
1982-1983
564PARAMENTVHCLocked up having stolen a sheep? Once one could have been hunga ram in pent
543STAYING POWERVHCOw! Nasty gripe – upset gutsanag.
534DODGEMSecondAfter exciting rides on this, some doddering may ensuecomp. anag. & lit.
1981-1982
508POSTURE-MAKERVHCMeet our park’s screwball – Yogianag.; ref. Y. Bear
495CACOETHESVHCAn itch is the first sign of chillblains – then toes ache dreadfullyc + anag.
486JUMPED-UPVHCBound to have the latest before the others, like Mr Newlyrichjump + e to front in dupe
482BODY-SNATCHERVHCIdentify the felon by empty coffin, sod and earth disturbedanag. incl. c, n
478BIBLIOPEGISTVHCI love to slog away, pressing into protective cover with a rollI O peg in bib list, & lit.
1980-1981
464SIMKINVHCWell off Pakistani mister might provide this at partiescomp. anag. & lit.
439LINGA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThough I’m luckier in love, he’s more success fu/mbling 
426MISL(E)ADING (Letters Latent)VHCMany such cases are bound to fail almost before a charge is enteredmis(s) lading; ref. A. P. Herbert’s ‘M. Cases’
1979-1980
419RAMILLIESVHCFashionable articles or dress, surprisingly is/are tying up very little cashmill in anag.
406BOILVHCA raised lump? One must enter that hereI in lob (rev.)
379SCYTHEMANVHCI eschew modern mowers. My, can these cut bent!anag. less l final e, bent grass
371GRADINVHCA row, supporting rumps of outdoor throng, rising upwardslast letters + a din
1978-1979
362SEA-SOLDIERVHCDoes ’e sail when mobilised? Right!anag. + r & lit.
358UPSTART def. NON-TERM (Wrong Number)VHCI suddenly find cash getting short after vacation in high-class areavacation; s(hor)t in U part
354SHEER-HULKThirdFemale’s waggling her topless body. She’s old – not equipped to transport oneshe + anag. + (b)ulk
323(C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)VHCLook up skyward. See it there?hidden rev., & lit.
1977-1978
300SLINK-BUTCHERVHCThink clue’s b— awful? Right! I must resort to slips to deliver the goodsanag. + r; slips = acts of slipping
298NOSERVHCNo sprinter wanting to make an impression invokes itNo s(print)er
272MALAGUETTAFirstSome sprinkling with this could give a tame meal gustocomp. anag. & lit.
1976-1977
255ROYAL SILVER JUBILEESecondPut crudely, this is: ‘J. Bull loves ERII year’anag. & lit.
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)VHCNotch CCL thanks due to the arch-setter 
249RUDOLPH THE REINDEERVHCEh? Red under lip? Rot! He is quite differentanag. & lit.
229METRICATEVHCChange system for one abolishing bob? I react wildlymet(hod) + anag.
1975-1976
183PICKLEVHCSee little monkey, when k’s left inside little moneyk, l in pice
178A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)VHCHorseplay with fiddle might ensue when I’m in ring(r)ag, st(ing)
1974-1975
146CHARADESVHCWith diversification, this strict pastime could produce capers at Christmas-tidecomp. anag. & lit.
1973-1974
88BLOOMERYVHCAfter my operation they found… bonery?i.e. bloomer-y; boner = blunder
1972-1973
50CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)VHCSporting cruel potanag. & lit.
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1119RONDE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCCabinet ministers consult to get He/ath duties1970 election
1967-1968
1002PILLAGEVHCManifestation of wickedness in one who holds up trainsill in page, & lit.
1961-1962
676TRELLIS (DLM)VHCAll off-licences sell triple-distilled Oxy-gin. Mountain climbers train on it 
1957-1958
482LEASING-MAKERVHCThe meadow-warbler, including the Scottish form, may be seen (and heard) in Hyde Parkmak in lea singer; Speaker’s Corner
1950 (1)
128AMMETER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCDisinfectant recipe:—Into one pint lye, stir one gr/ebe nest and a minute toga in complete solution!terebene

 
HCs awarded to B. Franco
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1992-1993
  1056 ENTRAIN def. ASTHORE (Wrong Number)
 
1991-1992
  1039 TOLERABLE
  1026 LET-OFF
  1024 PRESENT (3 defs + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  1017 SCHAPSKA / PEARMAIN (Right and Left)
  1004 OIL PAINTINGS
 
1990-1991
  991 BRASH (or BRUSH)
  982 ALMANAC
  978 DOUBLE-CENTURY
  972 Anagram of 28 letters (Anagram)
  961 WAVESON
  956 SPEAR-SIDE
  952 STAR (Spoonerisms)
  947 SHOULDER-SLIP
 
1989-1990
  939 A-PER-SE / ESCROC (Right and Left)
  934 LACE-UPS
  913 ARCHIBALD
  904 VOETGANGER
  900 (C)HARLATANIS(M) (Letters Latent)
  895 TONE DEAF
 
1988-1989
  869 HOLD-UPS
 
1986-1987
  753 SHEEPDOG
 
1983-1984
  615 HISTORIETTE
  609 LUCKY-BAG
  603 FIGULINE
  600 Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of Hell (Anagram)
 
1982-1983
  568 TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  559 EMBASE
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  547 GLEEMAN
  538 INGRAIN
 
1981-1982
  521 ATTITUDINISE
  504 SIMMENTHALER
  500 BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)
  491 SEVENTY-EIGHT
 
1980-1981
  447 URTICARIA / APOGRAPHS (Right and Left)
  434 JARDINIÈRE
 
1979-1980
  414 UNBOSOMER
  410 CUL-DE-SAC
  404 CANDLE-HOLDER (Spoonerisms)
  388 ALEXIPHARMIC
  375 SPREATHE
 
1978-1979
  366 MONKEY-SHINE
  352 FAIRY LIGHTS
  332 NUT-CASE
  327 HEMLOCK
 
1977-1978
  301 TROLLOPISH
  276 AMTRACK
 
1976-1977
  247 FLIVVER
  243 OLYMPIC
  238 CRAMBOJINGLE
  225 VALETA
 
1975-1976
  203 BOGY
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  187 POWDERING-TUB
 
1974-1975
  130 EADISH (Printer’s Devilry)
  110 GALLOWS-RIPE
  105 Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)
 
1973-1974
  97 TREBUCHET
  92 BRAINWASH
  62 SOLITAIRES
  57 MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1972-1973
  36 CRUSADER
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1127 TRAYBIT
 
1969-1970
  1089 ENCLOISTER
  1080 ANDROMEDA
 
1968-1969
  1006 CHROME-PLATING
 
1958-1959
  512 NAYLOR (Libel)
 
1953 (1)
  219 SOCIALIST
 
1952 (1)
  193 TRADUCER
  190 CHEQUERS
  189 SALTIRE
 
1950 (2)
  152 SEA-LION
 
1950 (1)
  130 MODERN
  126 RASPBERRY
 


Annual Honours record of B. Franco
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1992-19930 0 1
1991-19920 3 5
1990-19910 2 8
1989-19901 (0, 1, 0) 0 6
1988-19890 3 1
 
1986-19870 0 1
 
1983-19840 1 4
1982-19831 (0, 1, 0) 2 5 20
1981-19820 4 4 19
1980-19810 3 2
1979-19800 4 5 20
1978-19791 (0, 0, 1) 3 4 14
1977-19781 (1, 0, 0) 1 2
1976-19771 (0, 1, 0) 3 4 17
1975-19760 2 3
1974-19750 1 3
1973-19740 1 4
1972-19730 1 1
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 1 1
1969-19700 0 2
1968-19690 0 1
1967-19680 1 0
 
1961-19620 1 0
 
1958-19590 0 1
1957-19580 1 0
 
1953 (1)0 0 1
 
1952 (1)0 0 3
 
1950 (2)0 0 1
1950 (1)0 1 2