Clues written by R. Postill
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R. Postill2001831151113249Jul 1946May 197124y 10m
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Ximenes competitions
1154CLARIONETVHCTo give recital on this needs windanag. & lit.; wind2 (n.); ref. X’s error [see comments]
1143MORGIANAVHCAga being out involved minor upset; I cooked with oilanag. of Aga with minor; ref. electricity industry work-to-rule in Dec. 1970
1127TRAYBITVHCI’m extremely abstemious: with a double I’m all of a tizzy: after three I need restrainttray bit; i.e. has TT at extremities; tizzy = sixpence
1123MAXIMISTVHCLong skirt reduced visibility; one probably imagined more than one sawMaxi mist; saw3
1119RONDE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCUnless you have a ba/ck seat, Ravel can be very boring 
1100BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)VHCRoyal scholar who had moped habitually cut hall to have a drink outsideaul(a) in beer; moped = bicycle
1093MARTINETVHCDisorder in a teacher’s first term—an unhappy term for himanag. incl. t, & lit.
1091WENCESLASVHCSaw scene and left after arranging to be leader of relief expeditionanag. incl. l
1089ENCLOISTERVHCSilence—and the first three making trouble get beaten. So shut upanag. incl. tro(uble); beat = whisk
1084ANGEL-FOODThirdIt’s heavenly being on board, able to afford the fare from Americaangel food
1080ANDROMEDAVHCMaiden set free leaving a foul monster deada plus anag. less anag., & lit.
1071ORACLE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCGillette f/ans have a notion that W. G. never really entertained! 
1066RAVE / PAIR (DLM)VHCAnd, if you think this utter nonsense, read what Matilda revealed in “Ma Conquête” (Paris Match, 1067)utter, vb.
1054PINACOTHECAFirstThis might be an apt choice for those interested in abstractionsanag. & lit.
1049SLANGWHANGERVHCGoliath was such a bombastic chap—but shyer after what David didslang whanger; pa. t. of sling; 1 Sam. 17
1045SPLIT / MOUTH (Right and Left)VHCRant; a quid in it produces saliva. Rent: a quid from it produces saliva2 mngs.; i.e. split less L = spit; tobacco
1041TEA-LEADFirstConservative film about what we brew; Heath admits beer unsuitable for childrenale A in Ted; ref. Edward H.; A, film classification
1036CORONETEDFirstSee what Marlborough’s become, without one male voice raised? Are such heads a little uneasy?tenor (rev.) in co-ed; M. College; “Uneasy lies the head…”
1023CONSOLESecondSuitable support for figure, once bust gets around … well, 50so L in anag.
1002PILLAGEVHCControl of modern generation needs time—and pluckpill age
1000THOUSANDVHCSimply product of X and C? Singularly yes and no. (M helps)10 × 100; Ximenes, Chambers
997TREACLEVHCSet out to catch hawks perhaps: caught a tercelanag.; hawk-moths; catch = entangle
987THING (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWhen running ba/re, nobleman mustn’t be caught by c-coldC = chaud
984Word containing a first name (Anonymous)VHCSome Christmas cards have messages of religious significanceP-ERIC-OPES; Robinson, conductor; robins on
971MAGOTPIE / ANECDOTE (Right and Left)VHCThat old bird’s become sanctimonious in Miss West’s embrace. Miss East, we’ve got to dance differently, I’m toldgot pi2 in Mae; anag., i.e. anag. of E to dance; ref. Mae West, actress
967CREMOSINSecondAmiss comes in fourth of course—and is ruddy well outcomes in r anag.; Dennis A., cricketer
962PALINGSecondMate has an odd gin; so remains upright—unlike 10 acpal + anag., 2 defs.; upright, n.; opp. of ablush
949BROWSINGVHCB. Wooster’s companion for sluicing, oddly enough, is G. Brownanag.; “browsing & sluicing”
945OBLITERATEVHCWipe out Beatle and disorganised trio remainsanags.
941HYPODERMICFirstDespondency, Reichenbach’s effect, unsolved crime … could have led Holmes to this.hyp od1 + anag., & lit., ref. R. Falls, H.’s supposed death; hyp = hypochondria
935MALAPROPFirstMatrimony: a little aversion initially has a supporter in herM,a,l,a + prop, & lit.
933COTTABUSVHCThis wine game is nothing new; otherwise cost is just about prohibitive.tabu in anag.; topical
924MIMESTER / PECULATE (Right and Left)VHCGold coin in church collection bag? Parson getting me instead of nickel is apt to take off!écu in plate; me for Ni in minister
907SORITES (Misprints)VHCSex-appeal in a setting of roses? This just invites seductiondeduction; it in anag.
894WITENAGEMOTVHCHigh time we got an effective government such as we used to haveanag.
890DEBENTUREVHCThis paper has one drawback; it’s confoundedly rude about E. Heath.E bent (= heath ) in anag.; drawback = refund of duty
885GALIMATIASVHCAfter a limited amount of liquor I get confused, monkey about… and talk thisgal. I mat + sai (rev.): mat, vb. intrans.
882SNAPDRAGONVHCGame become tedious? No good playing it when out of spirits; should be in bedsnap drag on, 2 defs.
878ENTOMOSTRACAFirstNot a rat comes off! Obviously some of them stick to sinking shipsanag.; off = out of condition; barnacles
873VETERANSSecondOld soldiers? If you mean empty bottles … no! Doctor’s given up ginvet + snare (rev.)
864PATERNALVHCMate embracing a bird feels thus? So’s your old man!a, tern1 in pal; so’s your old man = vulgarism expressing incredulity
860CORSAGEVHCBob going on the bust? Blimey! Bob’s twenty-one!cor! s age; bob = shilling, cluster (dial.)
834CARRIEDSecondRolls that’s within the scope of the common man is featured in the pressRR i.e. in cad; ref. new Princess car
829FAREWELLVHCLast so long, yield to temptation—back in jug!ewer (rev.) in fall; back in, vb. imper.
825COACHESVHCThe posh pubs say No to them, but they cram The Green Man2 mngs.; green = inexperienced
821SOMERSETVHCPlace in which half-gallons (**brew!) are bound to make one rollomers in set; s. = somersault; **brew indicates Hebrew
817WYLIE-COATSVHCWhat young ladies in Edinburgh cast off as they sleep? Only the forward ones!first letters & lit.
812ABRUPT / TISANE (Right and Left)VHCJack, having hernia, rejects outmoded operation. Steep barley in water … knock it back … fit as of old!AB rupt(ure1); it (rev.) + sane
808WAGONERVHCYou want a driver? It’s a shocking lie … Fool! You’ve topped it!wag + oner; down clue
790PETER-SEE-ME (Sire and Dam)VHCLonely EloisePeter Abelard
786METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThere’s a co/peck glittering in the sun. Odd that the Russians haven’t picked it up! 
782SWELLVHCIf you want to get fat, macaroni’s not bad’s well, 2 defs.
780NOBLEST (and Eximenamination)VHCHead is in Paris embracing head of Ladies’ College? Yes, but it’s all extremely virtuousL in nob est
750SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)FirstIt’s near to dinner time when X should get a big hand! Mark our great interest as X speaks!7.45 dinner, X numeral on clock; cross words (vb)
743CHEMISTVHCSlight cough in the chest? You might see me in that case!MI in chest, mi in chest, & lit.
730ARCH-PIRATEVHCCrafty chief, and one who may leave a sinking ship in confusionarch + rat in pie, & lit.
728ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)FirstM.C.C., probably well advised to ba-t, dissipated alarm about Dexter’s openersDe(xter) in anag.; MCC = Member of County Council; bant = diet, aldermanly = pompous & portly; ref. Ted D., England batsman
725SILENUSVHCMy pot-belly was noticeable unless I dressed speciallyanag. & lit.
721KERB-MERCHANTVHCOutside supplier, with licence, of cauliflower, kale, haricot, artichoke, melon and rhubarb!anag. of outside letters, & lit.
703SCAPEMENTVHCAnother tooth gone! It happens regularly to me, a Special Constable, with chaps in a temperSC + men in a pet
700SOLOMONVHCAlone with a thousand willing to participate—no wonder he was sick of love!solo M on, & lit.; wives and concubines, and Song of S. 2:5
694OSIRIS (Printer’s Devilry)VHCSir Christopher might have said: “T/a! Acid drop? Another apple?”Wren and Newton colleagues in RS
690ASCERTAINVHCSatire can wound: however, some also helps to discover the truthanag., as certain
686FEMALEVHCThe chap with the iron’s socketed—not what we expect in the Walker Cup!Fe male, 2 defs.
682PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)ThirdGiven three-quarters of an hour with a Rear-Admiral in the afternoon—I’m inclined to neck! … / … So am I! If you’ll supply me with a fellow—here’s to you!a RA in pm + (h)our; chin-chin
678TESSELLATEDVHCSitting around long long after the dancers get up; hence marked as squares!set (rev.) + l. l. in seated
676TRELLIS (DLM)SecondIf your best girl lets you down, don’t fret! Ring Universal Popsies for a replacement 
673ERISTICALVHCIll-rehearsed recital is likely to involve discordanag.
660RUBBER (Misprints)VHCOne difficulty with West Berlin is the stiff fine for taking marks outstuff; rub Ber(lin)
651NIPCHEESEVHCHunks of Japanese Cheddar? (No wonder they called the purser a ——!)i.e. Nip cheese; hunks = miser; Nip (offensive sl.) = Japanese
630STREAKYVHCJ. Sprat meekly had … alternate bites!—a suitable arrangement for this kind of meatanag. of alternate letters, & lit. [see comments]
617COLOPHONYVHCRush on “L—y C.”? Pooh! Fiddlesticks! You’ll get it if you’re slippy!anag.; rush = force out of place; fiddlestick = violin bow; slippy = quick (sl.); first unexpurgated edition of Lady C.’s Lover published in UK 1960
612CARGO (Misprints)VHCHoad’s content. Colleagues, Rosewall, Olmedo, Anderson, Gimeno, shake their heads!hold’s; anag. of C R O A G; ref. Lew H., Ken R., Alex O., Mal A., Andrés G., tennis players
608CUSTOMERVHC’Twould be no good to me if there weren’t a little credit around!U/S to me in cr, & lit.
604APOSTROPHISEVHCStart “O” is perhaps to ——anag. & lit; start = displace
590STATANT (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAhmed cried in Paradise: “Hi!/ Ali Singh! Our idea, this bliss?hist, a tantalising Houri. Death…
586HEBDOMADARYVHCMan, with theological qualifications, may do a routine (six off in seven!) that’s arrangedhe BD + anag. of may do a r(outine), & lit.
582MARRYSecondSpoil the line, indeed! We do this to preserve it!mar Ry
573SCAPEGALLOWSVHCI should swing. May, deep in the slips, please!gal low in scapes: may2 = maid, gal; scape2; ref. swing bowling, Peter May, cricketer, fielding
571PESTERVHCClue not given; sopors, porose, corpse, rosace
569PROPOSALVHCStay! What follows this? Half one’s earnings going on a ring?prop O sal(ary), & lit.
564SHE-BEARVHCBeer has become the prime liquor of the brewin’ world, as you might say!anag.; ‘licker’, ‘Bruin’
560CONGENITALLYFirstAb ovo … leave the egg and all your original character is latent thuscongé nit all y(our), & lit.
551PITCHERFirstHell! Monmartre’s expensive. Well … I mustn’t go there too often or I’ll be broke!pit + cher (Fr.); ref. proverb, “The p. that goes too often to the well is broken at last”
543NUTRIA / ERMINE (Right and Left)VHCHead’s got wind up. Little rat stole stuff the property of a beak; (half of beer belonging to me!)nut + air (rev.); (be)er + mine; stole1, n.
538BANISHINGThirdUncle contrived Hamlet’s exit being involved in poisoning. (If doubtful, see W.S.!)ish in baning (= poisoning, Shak.); ref. Claudius in Hamlet; W.S. = Shakespeare and Writer to Signet; see ish in C.
529BUTTY-COLLIERVHCFound in the galleries drawing, perhaps, works by Utrillo, etc.anag.; hewer and drawer
519RIDICULE (DLM)VHCWhy is idle curiosity about roast chicken inconclusive?
Because a prior’s (pryer’s) habit doesn’t cover the parson’s nose!
504LEAD-LINEVHCAll I need at sea … one heave—and I’m off to bed!anag. & lit.; ref. seasickness
500MOTHERS-IN-LAWVHCHow can you describe them? Moralist when adapted offers “Dams with faint praise”!anag.; 2 defs.; ref. A. Pope ‘Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot’
495PARTISANVHCYou can have the quiet workmanlike chap: I’m all for a player using the old-fashioned long handle!p artisan, 2 defs.; all for = p. (adj.) ; player = wielder of weapon; ref. cricket bat
486BARACANVHCNap selection for a dead snip? There’s a horse to back; 100/1 on!Arab (rev.) + C + an; nap2; dead = obs., snip = tailor
482LEASING-MAKERVHCRising producer indeed! He’s miscast me as King Lear: Edmund’s really my type!anag.; E. Spenser
477SEDATENESSVHCSexton stopped early, having an appointment with a half of Guinness—hence the state of the grave!Se(xton) + date + (Guin)ness
473LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)SecondDisplaying a woolly brain, am I? Stra/w hat, no nude poses … a nice girl!mistral, non-U; Riviera
469DAISYVHCGood shot! British captain missing a birdie by a yard!Dai (Ree)s + y; ref. GB Ryder Cup captain 1957; ironical term of admiration (US)
467A humorous definition (Humorous definition)ThirdSTAY—(In pl., now largely obs.) constraining belt worn by women, and others, on the doubtful assumption that truth is stranger than fiction 
464STRAWEDVHCYou and I fiddle around: hence the Middle-Aged Spread!we in Strad; i.e. in middle ages
460ASTONISHMENT (Misprints)VHCOne needn’t show it when one’s wife casually mentions hats!wise, i.e. having foreknowledge; anag.
456PLAFONDVHCYou must turn up for this game: it’s silly to play one short!pla(y) + fond, 2 mngs.; for = in order to see
447TOUSLEVHCIf you put clumsy louts on the end of a line, what do you expect?anag. + e, & lit.; production line
438MACARONIVHCBuckwheat? Well, I am a corn productanag.; i.e. buck (= a dandy) from wheat
434CARTONVHCYou need to learn about small arms to get me!art. (abbrev) in con, & lit.
430GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIn the new “Field”—“The greatest number of the month? Ele/gy Five,” says McC., “the best in swing.” Experts will disapproveMCC, inswing; ref. 1957 change to laws of cricket
425TRAVERSESecondSidestep—that’s how the fly-half can take in the chap who rushes wildly!raver in tse(tse)
421DOVETAILVHCIt’s a devil to put together—and a devil to pull apart!anag. & lit. [see comments]
408BILLETSecondWanted: beak to take Latin and/or elementary woodwork. Accommodation providedbill + et, 2 defs.
400Word with 400 theme (Quatercentenary)FirstA result of stirring up s-e-x in one (13)concupiscence; anag. & lit.; x = CCCC
395SCALE-ARMOURVHCThe Capital of Egypt’s in a panic, but a purge all round could make armament now unnecessaryE in alarm in scour; ref. Suez crisis
390HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCEmpty church dis/aster for poor parson. What Hell! Collect for the Day offers little hope 
382ABSTAINVHCJack Spot investigation should give warning to those tempted to bear false witnessAB stain; ref. Jack ‘Spot’ Comer, East End gangster cleared of stabbing charge
377MALISONVHCIris has nothing on, and there’s a chap hanging round! See the blighter’s expression?lis 0 in man; blight = curse
373PRESTONPANSVHCAfter defeat of the Fifteen—snappier half backs! That should mean victory laterPreston + snap(pier) (rev.); ref. battle of 1715
369BERETVHCBorn shortly before the end of the 1914-18 conflict, now at the head of the British Armyb ere t, & lit.; black beret of the Tank Regt. conceived May 1918
364HELLEBOREVHCBeauty returns in old age, like a rose that blooms anew in winterbelle (rev.) in hore
334CHEROOTVHCA chap taking a girl out in Scotland may be had for a sucker! (Burns!)c. her oot; chap. = chapter, oot = out
329HAMADRYADVHCMysterious body found in trunk. Mummy had Yard baffledanag. incl. ma
1954 (2)
325MARRYINGSecondAfter this the Senorita loses her sex-appeal!i.e. Señorita less it = Señora
316BATHROOMVHCclue not given
302MARTINThirdHow would you change “cocktail” into “name given to male bird?” Well, do it!i.e. remove tail of Martini; name given to male (and) bird
291APAGOGEThirdI initially get antithesis, prove absurdity—then take its antithesisego + initial letters (all rev.), & lit.
287MANCHESTERVHCHere many unfinished matches (except a dull finish) get ruined by rain up Northman(y) + (mat)ches + ret (rev.), & lit.; ref. rain-interrupted cricket at Old Trafford
285PARALYSESVHCProduces results such as palsy’s areanag. & lit.
1954 (1)
283SOBERVHCThe Observer is this at heart, though some of the letters are rather wildanag. of (The) Obser(ver)
277PRODIGALLYVHCAs one elder son might have said: “You’ve spent your portion so … stick among the swine, brother!”rod in pig + ally; Luke 15
275ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCHurricane hitting Lake Rand may be at windiest/ in three days. How we dread such news.beat W. Indies. Test over … we’d read; ref. Jim Laker and Peter May, 1954 Tests v. W. Indies
273COUSINVHCGet Uncle Sam into a corner, and his daughter’s yours!US in coin (= cornerstone, archaic)
271TRIPLETVHCFault! …? Double? No, one more!trip + let (implied)
265THERMAEVHCYou won’t find a single bath mat here oddly enoughanag. & prob. lit.
1953 (1)
225TOUCHSTONESVHCAt testing times they often showed a yellow streak. Shakespeare’s lied skilfully to avoid fighting2 mngs.; gold; ref. AYLI, T.’s duel
221BUNTHORNEVHCCharacter from Ben Hur not likely to have won an Oscar? Not likely!anag.; B. thought to satirise O. Wilde
215BUCKFASTLEIGHVHCJump to it! Then if the lags should be unruly, you can find sanctuary across the Moorbuck1 (vb.) + anag.; B. Abbey; Dartmoor prison
213LEMONADEFirstArticle in French paper shows what people will swallow from the yellow press!a in Le Monde; see y.p. in C.
211CAROL-SINGERS or HOLLY-BERRIESSecondWhen they’re out of tune, closing your ears may spare you!CS; anag. less you & lit.
1952 (2)
204ROSTER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCNo doubt to amuse our Arth., here’s a f/at odalisque! ’Er methods must shock the Sisters!… a muse … a frost, Erato. Dali’s…; addressed to E. [see also comments in Slip no. 205]
199HONESTYVHCBest course for the Open? Hoylake, where you might get a birdie in the first three?nest in Hoy(lake); ‘h. is the best policy’
196SHAMAN / SERIAN (Right and Left)VHCWarlock, a fellow after the English audience’s heart, is near torture to a Chinese(the Engli)sh (audience) + a man; anag.; ref. Peter W., English composer
195WALLABASVHCIt’s possible—if unusual—to get us down by letting a feller have one short bash!walla, bas(h)
1952 (1)
193TRADUCERVHCI see that you’re run down, the Dr. confided to the ailing curateanag. of curate, Dr.
192WATSONVHCAs a change from the homes of patients I often tried the reverse, so to speak!cryptic def.; i.e. tried ‘patience of Holmes’; ref. W.’s limited powers of reasoning
190CHEQUERSVHCWhat’s the applause about? House awaits P.M.’s decision to go to the countryQu. (i.e. what is?) in cheers; ref. PM’s country residence
189SALTIREVHCSee ’ow much yer’ve got to pay on a season? Makes yer cross!salt + ’ire (hire)
185STOUTFirstWhen I have no head, the discriminating customer tends to sniff at mei.e. (s)tout2 or 4 & lit.
183SAUSAGESVHCSimply a habit Sunday after Sunday? We’re prepared for scoffersS + a usage + S
1951 (2)
180HESPER (Printer’s Devilry)ThirdEdinburgh preferred a scientist. Did Aberdeen, like them, oust a c/hap Sim? Afraid so!the moustaches perhaps; ref. Rectorial elections 1951; Alastair Sim replaced by Alexander Fleming at Edinburgh, Jimmy Edwards elected at Aberdeen
179CADREVHCTroops soon gather around a barrel with liquid in itR in cade1; i.e. liquid consonant
1951 (1)
164NEWTONSecondWest Country Abbot associated worldly attractions with forbidden fruitN. Abbot, Devon; N.’s law of gravity; apple, Adam & E.
163LORICATEVHCFollowing the famous Annie, Coliseum’s new heroine sounds like having a hard test!‘Laurie, Kate’; ref. A. Laurie; musicals at London Coliseum “A. Get Your Gun” followed by “Kiss me K.”; test2 = shell [see comments]
162TITANESSVHCFor the O.S. woman a more close fitting cape doesn’t look right. (but sounds right!)i.e. ‘tighter ness’
156LAVEROCKThirdTake the stone to rest in Scotland—not everyone’s idea of a larkrock following lave2; ref. theft of Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in 1950
1950 (2)
154RABBITVHCA hopeless bat perhaps has the makings of a first-class bowler2 mngs.; felt for hats
153SAMISENSVHCCultivated in masses—and plucked with “The flowers that bloom in the Spring”?anag.; ref. song in The Mikado
150CAPILLAMENTSThirdBaffled camel’s plaint: “They can go easily through a needle’s eye”anag.
149DOMESTICVHCHelp! Here’s the Cistercian prior half crazed with BenedictineDom + anag. of Ciste(rcian)
146BELDAMESecond“The Third Man?” Head’s gone: Matron’s to go later. She’s furious!(A)bel + dame; Abel = third man on earth; ref. 1949 film
145STEWARTVHCShort article on Pond’s made Lady Arabella’s namestew2 + art. (abbrev.): ref. Lady Arabella S.; P.’s cold cream
139HECATOMBVHCThe atom bomb cache contains enough for wholesale slaughter—and 100% reservei.e. half of anag.
1950 (1)
122LEATHERVHCThe writer of a lot of nonsense about hunting it is Fieldingthe in (Edward) Lear; pause after about
119UMBLE-PIEVHCIt needs pluck! One slip, and the sword swallower’s had it!i.e. eat one’s words (s moved in sword); pluck = entrails [see comments]
1949 (2)
117LIONVHCGenerally speaking, Aurora in the spring is the sign of a late summer!‘a roarer’!; Zodiac sign Leo, Jul–Aug
114TAPPIT-HENThirdLang drink wi’ a head on and no’ a cocktail!2 mngs.; has lid; cock’s crest
112SHEET (DLM)FirstUndergraduates Heckle Attlee—Senior Proctor Acts—Ten Sent Downref. Acts 10:11
110LEVIGATEVHCGad, your fellow’s got a wicket whilst the shine’s on!Levi, gate; God; wicket gate
107STRAMASHVHCPandemonium in Scottish train smash when coupling breaksi.e. tra in smash
106HELIOTROPEThirdThe poor lie ill—but surely not in an apple-pie bed?anag.; flower bed; h. thought to smell of apple pie
1949 (1)
104STARE (Printer’s Devilry)SecondPlot of “The Be/ast of Indore” may be based on “The Bending of a Twig”divining rod
103MOSESVHCA simple Primrose—found by the river’s brim2 mngs.; Moses P. in ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’ by Oliver Goldsmith; ref. ‘Peter Bell’ by Wordsworth; drawn from Nile
101BARRACKSVHCRoasts rabbits—except young ones!bar racks; rack8
100Word containing ADDINGVHCMuch binding on the heir? Surely not after two years? Most perplexing!swaddling; radio comedy ‘Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh’ reached 100 episodes; i.e. …addling
98HUMERIVHCThey’re up in arms. The imposition has roused keen resentmenthum + ire (rev.); hum = imposition
97NESTORVHCAntipodean parrot sensibly has learned Greek! What a talker!hidden rev.; genus of kea parrots
95SPOONERFirstThe Doctor might have described Reggie as a bit fat to play for Englandcryptic def.; a fit bat; ref. Reggie Spooner, Lancashire and England batsman
1948 (2)
85SERGEANTVHCTwill trousers (extremely short)—with a striped coat! He does dress loudlyserge (p)ant(s); ref. insignia; dress = align troops in parade
84SHINGLE / THIRSTY (Right and Left)VHCSchool House Fire In Scotland. Head’s Close Shave As Dives Amid FlamesSH ingle; short haircut; cryptic def.; ref. Dives and Lazarus, Luke 16:19ff
83BUDAPESTVHCCity connected with blue flower. You may find flower to be a nuisance!bud (flower-to-be) + a pest; ref. Blue Danube; flow-er
81CHARADEThirdPuzzle: what became of the Archdeacon when he left his study?anag. less con
80GONERILVHCOne Girl’s Muddle Threatens Wholesale Train Cuts. King’s Cross Meetinganag.; Lear I.4.241 “disquantity your train” and III.1-2
1948 (1)
76VALEDICTORYSecondTwo byes, turning precarious lead into certain winanag. in victory; bye-bye
74DEODARVHCDreadnought sabotaged leaving Indian ’arbour, so I ’earanag. of dread 0; ‘arbor’
66CHRISTMAS PIE or TURKEY CARPETVHCCornered—by relative of miners’ leader? Disorganised pits scare himanag.; ref. Arthur Horner, first Gen. Sec. of NUM, 1946, and “Little Jack H. sat in a corner”
1947 (2)
64GLASTONBURYFirstNot “The Stolen Bacillus,” but another sort of “lost bug” yarn by Wellsanag.; ref. short story by H. G. Wells; Wells, Somerset
63STILETTOVHCStrange that Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater was successful, as he always confused this small weapon with a big spear!comp. anag.; i.e., stab at [see comments]
62HERCULESSecondStrong supporter of Labour policy. Some talk of him as successor to Defence Ministercryptic def.; ref. song ‘The British Grenadiers’, “Some talk of Alexander, and some of H.”, and A. V. Alexander, Min. of Defence
57THEORBOSVHCThey needed pluck to play low. Now they can make the rubberthe + anag. of sorbo
56SHEEP-RUNVHCSounds as if you might get fed up with the weather herecryptic def.; i.e. ‘ewe’, ‘wether’
55NAUSEANTVHCUnpleasant result of crossing the North Sea with a lady from Tauntonanag. incl. N, (T)aunt(on
53SHINFirstTramp, well fitted for conversion into light cutterShin(well); ref. Emanuel S., Min. of Fuel and Power, and power cuts of winter 1946-7; tramp vb. and n. (cargo boat)
1947 (1)
46LYSANDERVHCR.A.F. type—not to be compared with a Grenadierref. aircraft; ‘Some talk of … L. … none that can compare … to the British Grenadiers’, song
45RATTENEDVHCIrregular attender of trades-union meetings may beanag. of attender
42HALLANSHAKERVHCHallelujah! Beggar my neighbouradjacent word in contemporary ed. of C.
1946 (2)
39GNATHICVHCAching teeth can give you such pain—even if you have nearly all of them outanag. of aching t(eeth), & lit.
38WIND-HOVERSecondHawker isn’t likely to use it; try to persuade De Havillandi.e. win DH over; aircraft manufacturers
36TARTARUSVHCWe expect to have to pay if we come to a low haunt like this, but we object to a deposit on the bottletartar us; objective of we
35RIFE (DLM)ThirdAnd, qua rotifer, ample in girth.” 
32TEMERAIREVHCRobespierre had this rash, as a result of his initial bathe in English rivers?R(obespierre) in Teme, Aire; téméraire (Fr.) = rash
31APRIORISTFirstWanted. Reasonable performer for Paris Trio. Experience not essentialanag.
30TWEELVHCWill this fabric be on sale? It will, shortly, in the Caledonian market, but there’s a catch in it’twill; ’t weel (= fish trap)
29RATANVHCFerry pilots in the Navy? Special sort of staff job, I suppose!ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in RN

HCs awarded to R. Postill
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Ximenes competitions
  1162 BEAM-ENDS
  1145 GENIPAP
  1140 CALLOUS
  1131 CAROUSER (Misprints)
  1058 Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleves, Howard, Parr (Anagram)
  1039 TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)
  1028 SATIRE
  975 HALE
  920 ARISTATE (Printer’s Devilry)
  911 DRAGON
  884 MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  868 DANDER / TOUPEE (Right and Left)
  839 GINGER (Printer’s Devilry)
  832 PENNY-WISE (Misprints)
  800 Charlemagne, Emperor of the West (Anagram)
  796 STRAKE (or STRAIK) (Misprints)
  773 FIT-OUT
  746 INTERMIT (Printer’s Devilry)
  647 MADCAP
  642 SEETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  600 The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)
  595 INORNATE / OMADHAUN (Right and Left)
  547 STORMY
  525 MORALE (Printer’s Devilry)
  490 CLEAR def. WEIGH (Wrong Number)
  415 When the snow lay round about (Anagram)
1954 (2)
  306 CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)
  293 CAB
1954 (1)
  281 SCRAPS def. LOCALS (Wrong Number)
  269 ASCENT
  267 TRADE
1953 (2)
1953 (1)
  229 MASCOT
1952 (2)
  197 SCALES
1952 (1)
1951 (2)
  176 SPIGOT
1951 (1)
  161 TILLER
  160 RASCAL (Printer’s Devilry)
  158 RATING
1950 (2)
  152 SEA-LION
  147 GATHER
1950 (1)
1949 (2)
  109 PERI
1949 (1)
1948 (2)
1948 (1)

Annual Honours record of R. Postill
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(1, 2, 3)
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 5 8 10
1969-19701 (0, 0, 1) 7 4 3
1968-19694 (3, 1, 0) 2 4 1
1967-19682 (0, 2, 0) 6 3 2
1966-19672 (2, 0, 0) 5 5 4
1965-19662 (1, 1, 0) 6 5 1
1964-19651 (0, 1, 0) 6 4 3
1963-19641 (1, 0, 0) 4 5 7
1962-19631 (1, 0, 0) 6 3 4
1961-19622 (0, 1, 1) 7 1 1
1960-19610 5 5 8
1959-19603 (2, 1, 0) 7 1 1
1958-19591 (0, 0, 1) 5 3 5
1957-19582 (0, 1, 1) 9 2 1
1956-19573 (1, 2, 0) 5 4 2
1955-19560 7 0 3
1954 (2)3 (0, 1, 2) 3 5 2
1954 (1)0 6 4 8
1953 (2)0 0 2
1953 (1)2 (1, 1, 0) 3 4 4
1952 (2)0 4 3 13
1952 (1)1 (1, 0, 0) 5 4 4
1951 (2)1 (0, 0, 1) 1 4
1951 (1)2 (0, 1, 1) 2 6 6
1950 (2)2 (0, 1, 1) 5 5 3
1950 (1)0 2 5
1949 (2)3 (1, 0, 2) 3 6 1
1949 (1)2 (1, 1, 0) 5 2 1
1948 (2)1 (0, 0, 1) 4 3 5
1948 (1)1 (0, 1, 0) 2 3 7
1947 (2)3 (2, 1, 0) 4 0 1
1947 (1)0 3 0
1946 (2)3 (1, 1, 1) 5 0 1