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T. J. Moorey2351727191196279Jun 1978Mar 201738y 9m
 
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2016-2017
2334ALLELUIAHVHCRight solution initially concealed, suspect all hail ruse and praise our great Creator!anag. less r, s; ref. AZ milestone
2330BRAZEN / MOPISH (Right and Left)FirstUnenthusiastic May’s foremost work is to secure hard Brexit’s introduction and take a process needing deep thought forwardM op is H; B r a Zen
2325MASONVHCMorse, primarily one unfulfilled, comes across like a father to Lewisas in M on(e); see lewis
2324CELEBRATIONSVHCBlokes certain to show no end of pluck at sea? Jollies perhapsanag. less k
2322VENTRICOSEThirdClue victor seen with a potanag.; ref. AZ cup
2313PERFECTVHCSuch harmony’s destroyed in hasty performance with American soprano adriftcomp. anag. less A, s; ref. Francis Foster Jenkins, as in 2016 film
2309GLOBETROTTERVHCOne in the country rarely heads for grazing land occupied by bull, preferable to go around itg, l, o + rot in better; by = beside
2015-2016
2305AGREE def. PATCH (Wrong Number)VHCJeremy’s focus in mega split, scrap capitalism ultimately, OK?re in anag. less m; scrap; ref. J. Corbyn
2300MISHMASHVHCMess created by Gove finally running, shame his manoeuvring brought about end of chumm in anag. less e; ref. EU referendum
2291AVESTA (Printer’s Devilry)FirstSadly for the party, nutty Brown lo/st, Ed half-baked 
2287VALETVHCExtremes of licence taken to cut tax – personally, I’d get billionaires collaredl, e in VAT; ref. Panama Papers
2279CLEMENTINEVHC‘Dear ——’ could start letters of eminent Conservative leadercomp. anag. incl. C, & lit; ref. C. Churchill; start = cause displacement of
2274SIMPATICOVHC‘Friendly’ new politics leads to more animosity and Labour’s leader disregardedanag. incl. m, a less L
2270FENESTRAVHCClinical opening leads to electrifying speech after Corbyn’s stern ramblinganag. incl, e, s, n; ref. H. Benn’s Syria speech
2265ESPRIT FORTVHCExcluding nothing, report of Chilcot (finally!) is prepared independently? I think soanag. incl. t less 0; ref. Iraq war inquiry
2250MILESTONE (with missing O) (Missing Letter)VHCEnlist to fight with heart of stone in M East – may lead to many galsgoals; anag. incl. o in ME; supposed reward for Islamist bombers
2014-2015
2248WAISTLINEVHCWas it trimmed by cutting back on alcohol and eating primarily?anag. + in in l, e, & lit.
2244AVANT-GARDISTEVHCOne could have slammed vintage art as beginning to date!anag. incl. d, & lit.
2239ERADIATE (Spoonerisms)VHCPolice awaited re missing whiskey, issue with rye of lateray of light; anag. less w
2222OBJECT LESSONVHCWasting carbon energy, planned obsolescence should be cut by Japan and Thailand to show a good exampleJ, T separately in anag. less C, e
2220A twelve-letter ‘Christmas cracker’ (Christmas Cracker)VHCFireworks displays fizz on Santa’s introduction behind fieldCHAMPERS/SERPENTS; CHAMPRESENTS; 2 defs.; champ + re S
2213SOLECISMVHCAbuse in grammar school finally comes out, current Head of Science arrestedI S in anag. incl. l
2205CUMBERSOMEVHCAwkward position as Commons slumbered, crafty Salmond’s delivered?anag. less anag.
2200BRINDISIVHCVibrant Italian air is lead-in to drinking? Could be hit —— in La Traviatacomp. anag. incl. d, & lit.; ref. LT, Act I
2013-2014
2191PLUGVHCTerm for material filling canine?l in pug, & lit.
2178PARISONVHCInitially, Andy Roberts is bowling with power, preparation for a bumper or two?p + AR is on; bumper glasses, former WI bowler
2168CENTURY (with missing C) (Missing Letter)VHCStokes apart, runs yet to be hit with side in crisis – this sore neededscore; anag. incl. c less s; ref. test century by Ben S.
2165OUT OF ORDERVHCSign of abnormal lift short of a length floored bats in rout abroadanag. less l in anag.; ref. current test series in Australia
2012-2013
2144INFERNO (Spoonerisms)VHC‘Wretched Florentine’ let off in fight for a great siresite … fire; anag. less let; ref. ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, v. iii. 158
2139DE RIGUEURVHCGermany, having set up expanding European Union, stuck with Euro? CorrectD + rig in EU Eur.
2135LOBVHCTerm for ball over Boris’s headl o B, & lit.; ref. B. Becker
2126DESPERATEVHCNo ordinary love poems work – must be ‘hopeless’ or ‘dying’!(o)des (o)perate
2116YULETIDE (with jumble of COMEDO) (Christmas Devilry)ThirdChristmas puzzle I do comes clued yet bits of some corkers must be eschewedanag. less s, c
2109THICKETYVHCAs growth concentrated in small area, King in the City worked hard to spread credit, yet failedK in anag.; h in tick + anag.; ref. Mervyn K.
2096TRICKVHCTip Mo to retain primacy in RioR in tick; tip3; next O. Games
2011-2012
2091SNIFTERVHCFantastic Spain first again, ultimately a breeze!anag. incl. E, n; ref. European Cup etc
2087ROCKETFirstTerm for ‘soar’ etc, OK in saladanag. incl. r, & lit.
2078RÉCOLLETVHCState of Chancellor of the Exchequer meeting resistance in recession? He’s friendless, for God’s sake!tell o’ CE r (all rev.)
2070MISTREATMENTVHCBoycott firm in commentaries, time and again bats getting abuseanag. less co, incl. t, t; ref. England’s batting failures in test series v Pakistan
2065DERMESTIDAEVHCNasty things swept under the carpet unwisely, police deemed racist caught outanag. less c; ref. Stephen Lawrence case
2064COLD TURKEYVHCTory lucky mostly in clash with Ed, the dope’s quickly dropped in itanag. less y; ref. PMQs
2058ROBUSTVHCIn cast iron, knockers should be this(i)ro(n) + bust, & lit.
2053PERISHER def. ESTIMATE (Wrong Number)VHCTerror strike here is inspired by heartless preacher?anag. in p, r; strike
2049PARTY-POOPERVHCPerson’s spent leaving minimum of debt, Micawber’s conclusion: miseryparty poope(d) + r
2010-2011
2031EMBROIDERYFirstAida’s embellishment by Verdi more relaxing with volume turned downanag. less v; see aida; turn down = reject
2023CHAMBRANLESecondCasement’s embellishment a spymaster in Special Branch linked with case of eventual uprisinga M in anag. + e, l (rev.); ref. Roger C., James Bond stories
2019OVERAWE / HENOTIC (Right and Left)FirstDismay with cuts across A&E tending to make one notice hospital needing repairw in over A E; anag. incl. H
2014HACKETTEVHCJob for which Rook’s no longer first in the running(r)acket in anag., & lit.; ref. Jean R., former ‘first lady of Fleet Street’
2012BLOATINGVHCMoney in endless global supply can lead to inflationtin in anag.
2010A COMING OF AGEVHCAn accomplished majority go with initials in clues from one Across and enigma’s crackedanag. incl. c, f, o, A; ref. puzzle theme
2000TWO THOUSANDVHCDozens at our do and then what fine torture for the Azed number ——comp. anag. incl. f, n, & lit.
1997FADOVHCPrimarily fun-free song and dance?f + ado, & lit.
2009-2010
1988PERIQUESecondSpain take cracking game sealing final that’ll make a quid or twoE r in pique(t); seal = set apart; ref. World Cup semi-final
1979FAR-OUTVHCMostly true of a freakanag. less e, & lit.
1975SEPTENTRIONALVHCNorthern Rock new line at present netting one next to nothingI 0 in anag. incl. n l; ISA 2010 offered by NR at 0.8%
1971WATERMANSHIPVHCWhat men as pair on the rocks are lacking?anag. less a, & lit.
1958HANGDOGVHCToad, selfish beast landing term in prison with a case of driving recklesslyanag. incl. n, dg in hog; toad = contemptible person
1953TRAUMA (misprint of T) (Misprints)VHCAre millions in a reduced state as backed banks make a packet?take; r in a m in Ut. (all rev.) + a
1940SCANT def. SNEAP (Wrong Number)VHCA pinch of salt is needed by gents, given Harriet’s latest slights + can + t; pinch; ref. H. Harman’s recent remarks about male incompetence
2008-2009
1932NINE-TO-FIVEVHCIndeed in ‘flipping’ houses to suit, tons emerging about what’s routine in officeto fi(t) in even in (rev.); ref. MPs’ switching of homes
1927TONSURE (Spoonerisms)VHCLeaving the crown exposed, Lear shocks many on completely ceding powertons + (p)ure; shear locks
1918PALAMPOREVHCLap up more pay mostly having failed and get top-level coverlap (rev.) + anag. less y; ref. senior bank executives
1914VE(S)TAL (Letters Latent)VHCI’m first and last for virtue, having rejected gentsv, e + lat (rev.), & lit.
1910BARPERSONVHCWho’s replaced wench serving Bass for clubs, knockers only half concealed?b for c in carpers + on(ly), & lit.
1908WE THREE KINGSVHCCarol turned heads on Richard’s enduring gameshow, and she knew itanag. incl. R, e, g; ref. C. Vorderman & R. Whiteley on ‘Countdown’
1906MORSEThirdMaster of entries of rare subtlety and elegance, some right crackersM o’ r, s, e; anag. incl. r; & lit.
1901SANITISEVHCGovernment wanting gains in crunch note banks of ‘shame’ clean upanag. less g + ti + s, e
1897WASH-OUTVHCWhat’s sour, peeled and juiced? The answer’s a lemonanag. incl. ou; juiced = drunk
2007-2008
1884FREELOADERVHCFor leader on a spree introducing end to waste is a bummere in anag.; ref. G. Brown’s food initiative just before G8 banquet
1879LITTER BASKETVHCAfter constant leaks, plastic sack inside left it better ordered?anag. less c in l it + anag.; & lit.
1871FAIRY GOLDThirdSugar in withering form does love firing lady in castanag. incl. 0 less in; ref. Alan S. in TV show ‘The Apprentice’
1866BINGESecondGovernment nationalise finally, propping up northern bank nearly bustbin(k) + G + e; ref. Northern Rock
1862UNALIKE (Spoonerisms)VHCSpot the dead nit in lad’s cap and quake after scratching head madlynot the dead spit; anag. incl. l less q
1858HUMONGOUSVHCWhaling time and again excused ought … no, must get punishedanag. less t, t
1856LITAS (Printer’s Devilry)VHCThe novel lo/o out of order with a loose minor coupling caused a stink 
1853ANTIQUITARIANFirstFan of The Good Old Days on once, can put across Desert Songquit aria in an3 tin
1849AUXESISVHCEnlargement or unchanged encapsulates EU binding vote coming upX in EU (rev.) in as is; ref. e.g. Croatia entry
1845UPBRAIDVHCUnited, with lead over Gunners, one did rateU + Pb RA I ’d
1840W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH (Letters Latent)VHCNo end of joy when honeypot licked, I’m animated for all to seeanag. less y; ref. Disney films
1836POSTHASTEThirdExpress time after time has boring puzzle not up with the Timest after t has all in pose2
2006-2007
1823KISSVHCDeception with Lord finally outed, leads to supremo seeming a plonker?ki(D) + s, s; ref. Lord Browne scandal
1804CLOTHES SENSE (Spoonerisms)VHCThe closeness in gay relationship is shown by adopting two sprogsspruce togs; anag.
1792APPALOOSA / ESTAMINET (Right and Left)ThirdEquine circles in dismay say endlessly horse’s rump isn’t meat to he butchered for a bistroOO in appal sa(y); anag. incl. e
2005-2006
1779NEWIE (misprint of U) (Misprints)VHCWhat’s recently oft associated with US President? Thousands sacrificedout; (k)new I(k)e
1771PARTERREVHCThe Prince of Wales’s lowest point? Order given to a flower-bed!2 meanings; ref. PoW Theatre
1762DUDDERYVHCTidying up needed for cabinet’s chump in tax habits looking shabby!redd (rev.) for t in duty; chump = end; ref. J. Prescott’s failure to pay council tax
1753DIAGONALVHCSee New Orleans given little Government help, reflecting North/South’s divide?la NO G aid (all rev.); solidus; ref. Hurricane Katrina
1746ENTOMICVHCUpshot of Ashes not half gripping for millions of cricket (& other) typesto m in cine(rary) (rev.)
1741LORD NELSONVHCEngland hero in special London revelry, drunk but not very disorderly!anag. incl. s less anag.; ref A. Flintoff after Ashes victory
1733PALESTRAThirdA Latin to get established in prize ring applied to one?a L est in PR + a, & lit.
2004-2005
1728EIDOLA def. NULLAH (Wrong Number)VHCAustralian lead in Lord’s one-day international reversed by English heroesE + A L ODI (all rev.); lead
1724MONEYBAGSFirstI enjoy lots of mint sauce on my rump of lamb cooked with sageanag. incl. b: mint sauce = money
1715RELEASE / RASPING (Right and Left)VHCCatch loose iron grating and trip catching rib2 meanings; spin in rag2 & 2 meanings
1711MINUSVHCWhat shows reduced mark, one applied to students?m I NUS, & lit.
1700FIVE-O’CLOCK SHADOWVHCTime for a sound PM and Howard’s not right, somehow bristles with genial darkness?five o ‘clock + anag. less r; ref Radio 4 programme, Michael H.
1698CROSSTIEFirstSon admitted, see Tories falsely express tears over itC + anag. incl. S; ref. David Blunkett
1694MISINTERPRETVHCChange isn’t associated with the Queen and Prince, set in well-oiled time warpanag. incl. ER, Pr in anag.
1689SYNODFirstSetting date for ending in government, our PM’s overturned ministerial conventiond for t in Tony’s, rev.
2003-2004
1667CLARINIVHCTop brass in Iraq struggling with terms for strategic withdrawal, no questionanag. incl. c, l, less q
1663ARMAMENTARIAThirdAmerican Marines strain to contain combatants getting little thanks for everything provided in opsmen ta in A RM aria; ref Iraq
1659SCAREDY-CATVHCStreet shopping arcade loaded with latest in Arabic jewellery is a sookanag. incl. c, y; shop = imprison
1650SAPHENAVHCAmerican navy heaps adrift, bloody large carrier going into groinanag. incl. A, n; US spelling of groyne
1628ENCOMIONVHCMarks once in middle of floor gone, a tribute to Ajax?anag. incl m, o; ref. Greek hero and cleaning fluid
1624BELAYVHCLabour absolutely alienating us lot with spin – enough!anag. less anag.
2002-2003
1619GISMO (Printer’s Devilry)FirstDevastating Kournikova bu/st regrettably getting floppy!K., name of serious computer virus
1615RUGATEVHCWrinkly’s great turn going pear-shaped, tips of many toes not visible!anag. les m, t
1585SHIATSUVHCHas Matsui shedding a thousand reduced pressure on Japanese corporationanag. less a M
1580MARGENT def. BEETLES (Wrong Number)VHCMarried man squeezes inside of cars for old- fashioned bit on the sidecars; ar in m gent
1572SHIELD-MAYVHCNo sort for knitting, this lady’s more for hittinganag. less anag., & lit.
2001-2002
1567QUEENVHCSwitzerland unsettled, cool winds backing on Lake Constance?e in quen(CH); ref. Queen C. of Castile or France; wind2 = encircle
1559THEOLOGASTERVHCAn apology for a minister is altogether so difficultanag.
1554PEARLVHCA character connected with Q, Spike left one regularly in stitchesP ear l; ref. S. Milligan, knitting
1537CAFTANVHCName piece of clothing from the East, wherein you conceal a fat bum!anag. in n, c (rev.)
1524INGRATITUDEVHCCause of pain inflicted by a viper wound intrigued a leader in toxicologyanag.; viper = ungrateful person
1519CARRY-ONVHCDreadful with her man gets composed Mary Archer no end of admirationcomp. anag., & lit.
2000-2001
1515SNIDEVHCRattle is English knight enthralling Germany and BrummagemD in anag. incl E n; ref. Sir Simon R.
1506BARE(-)BONESVHCWhat’s borne beans up the wall and new shed? Could be old beanpolesanag. less n
1500GIT (on board ship) (Ship of Fools)SecondCircumnavigating globe, young woman’s on TV newsGALLEOGITN; O in gal leg ITN; ref. Ellen MacArthur
1492The year that Columbus discovered America (Anagram)VHCDreary outcome: ‘charismatic’ Bush elevated. 
1480SAMARITANVHCExpressing a conclusion from Thatcher, this could be a saint with moneyanag. incl. m, less a, r; ref. Margaret T. quote from 1986 in ODQ
1476LIGNIPERDOUSSecondIs Unionist deploring reforms ruining a good deal?anag. incl. U
1999-2000
1441Word containing MM displaced by a bug (Millennium Bug)VHCExcellent start to January indeed, including spectacular on the riverjammy/hornet; anag. incl r in J + ay; ref London celebrations.
1439JOHN CANOEVHCOne’s exhausted after more than one office party at Christmasjohn, can + o(n)e
1437MISTLETOEVHCLabour most elite: bussing’s sometimes beneath itanag.; ref J. Prescott
1428CRICETIDVHCKnight off his game told to forget South Africa – rotten perhapscric(k)et + (SA)id; rotten2
1424HEISTVHCThe mobile ringing is getting one steaming on trains for exampleis in anag.; steaming, recent coinage for robbery, esp. on trains by gangs of youths
1415MANATI (Printer’s Devilry)VHCPhilosophically an eon is an e/on, by God! 
1998-1999
1411LOOK-SEEVHCExpress review has nothing else theatrically overshadowing OklahomaOK in anag.
1406CHASSEPOTVHCPetit left out of top clashes lacking discipline, issue for Gunners in Europeanag. less l; ref Emmanuel P.
1402PENTOSE (Definition of Anagram)SecondShort Christian festival touches Milosevic’s heart? Moonshine!poteens; Pent(ecost) + (Mil)ose(vic)
1389ALL-OVERISHThirdOff-colour comic Hill raves about bimbo’s derrièreo in anag.; ref Benny H.
1385PANTRIESVHCPotential traps in latest from Europe? Cook could walk right into them!anag. incl. e; ref Robin C.
1372MASTERSTROKEVHCFor instance, the disheartened mother’s final flourish in Madam Butterfly?as t(h)e (mothe)r in ’m stroke, & lit.; ref MB’s suicide by sword
1363MAVIN def. THONG (Wrong Number)VHC‘Flip-flop’ in Vietnam and French surrendered authority (that’s familiar to Americans)anag. less et; flip-flop
1997-1998
1360BOG-ASPHODELVHCColourful Lily Savage blasphemed ‘O God! Strike me dead!’anag. less me a
1342ALIENS / RAPINE (Right and Left)VHCDevastating pitch cracks are distressing Jamaicans? Answer as before, lay new squareoin in anag.; a lie n s
1329PITHOSVHCOld crock starts slipping, both hips needing replacement(b)oth (h)ips anag.
1325UPROOTALSecondRemedy for twitch perhaps comes from putting a lot differently under proper golf expertU pro + anag.; twitch = troublesome weed and the yips
1322CARPETVHCSurface to dishearten and defeat tap-dancer!anag. less dan, & lit.
1312REST-CUREVHCShunning exercise, invalid recuperates? Could be a ——comp. anag. incl. PE, & lit.
1996-1997
1300OXFORD (extra O) (Extra Letter)VHCWhere there’s many a student boy about the start of Xmas, right into overdraftby; X in of + r in o/d
1290NITERIEVHCClub with tiddly peer in it quietly dropping offanag. less p
1277NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)VHCCertain communication between Juliet and Romeo must be over Nurse’s headanag. incl. N; must adj.; ref. NA TO phonetic alphabet
1268ARGIE-BARGIEVHCDamn with ‘trouble and strife’ can be settled in a good marriage-bedcomp. anag. & lit.; g = good
1264TREDRILLE / FERVOROUS (Right and Left)VHCDevoted following’s ‘mucked about’ over reduced square, our indoor pastime’s well-tried recipe changed without a bit of warningf + anag. incl. s; anag. less w; ref. AZ diagram size
1260OUT-AND-OUTVHCLove aroused naturally passes muster, but Scotch makes it perfect!0 + anag. less rally + dout; see but2
1995-1996
1255CATAFALCOVHCSee the Italian head of Family in one, after a ‘setback’ lying in state!c la F at (all rev.) in Co(lorado); ref Mafia
1250SONEOCARDIA (STENOCARDIA) (Ten to One)VHCSore Diana’s in distress about ‘love’ with Charlie – it pains the heart0 + c in anag.; see Charlie in C.
1234AVANT-PROPOSVHCWith piece from Schwarz up front, this is accomplished for Chambers(s)avant pro pos, & lit.
1225CURRYVHCYour Rugby captain initially up to scratch, no longer Diana’s prizeyr RU c (all rev.); 2 meanings; ref Will Carling, Princess Diana
1220CASSANDRAVHCLabour acting darn crass with recipe for unemployment: I predict more doleanag. incl. a, less r
1207EPOCH-MARKINGVHCFamously weighty tenor might pack up (after cancelling time and time again)anag. less t, t up = in an excited state; ref. Pavarotti
1203CLERICALISMVHCAll crime is flourishing under Tory rule with ministers doing more than enough!C + anag.
1994-1995
1200Nine letter word (C and T latent) (Letters Latent)SecondSo Imran gets hitched – influence of white lady or LSD?NAR(C)O(T)ISM; anag.; ref. Imran Khan’s recent marriage to Goldsmith heiress
1194DONETFirstLatin title one favoured after breaking Priscian’s head?don-(p)et, & lit.
1190DENARIUSVHCSome asses carrying Independent, covertly read Sun!i in anag.
1186GRISELDAVHCDi’s regal bust: she sticks it out fabulouslyanag.
1181SLADEVHCHope, Bob: English lad made goods + anag.
1180COLD TURKEYThirdDepression having abruptly deserted dope?col d turkey, & lit.
1178BOOTLEGVHC—— wallop got bloke with King’s Head nicked?anag. less K
1174DINGLE-DANGLEVHCBob’s movement found gladdening hearts in all menanag. +. l, e; bob =pendulum weight; ref. B. Geldof
1993-1994
1147MAYDAYVHCSuch as flying Amy called finally, alas?anag. + d, ay, & lit.
1143DEATH (Printer’s Devilry)VHCOverworked stud may trot out a n/ay! 
1139BENJAMINVHCHe’s opening with Bishop? Panic in men touring Jamaicab + Ja in anag.
1134TOVARICHVHCLatest bits coming out, Tory vice has involved Russian fellow!anag. less last letters; ref Profumo scandal
1130AGRESTALVHCClary may be thus described: excess in a girl’s clothing!rest in a g(ir)l; ref Julian C.
1128CHRISTMAS PRESENTVHCA box potentially protects man’s heirs with the ball flying?anag. less O
1126CHEATERYVHCNadir’s game? Pop into Cyprus and see the year outheater in CY, c + anag.; ref Asil N.
1108GREENVHCIgnoring mad reversing, gendarme whistled – gives Paris colour!anag. less mad (rev.); Paris g.
1100CONCORDANCEVHCSee alphabetically reconstructed Conrad chapter in one?c + anag. incl. c in one, & lit.
1992-1993
1095STINKSecondSun and tell-tale Kelvin can create one!S tin K; ref K. Mackenzie, editor
1091SAPSAGO (Spoonerisms)VHCFew dons could have such a success with plodding studentssaps a go; fondues
1061MAGICFirstSkilful deception practised by Nixon – and Johnson?2 defs., ref. US Presidents, David N., TV magician, M. Johnson, basketball star
1056ENTRAIN def. ASTHORE (Wrong Number)SecondPop on the tube comes from blasted trannie pop; anag.
1052AGANIPPEVHCSystems started from this spring must gain a PEPanag.; must adj; system = group of Greek verses
1991-1992
1043PESTO (Printer’s Devilry)VHCAn ice co/ne topping enhances plain brick (Walls) 
1030PASTILLEVHCThis word alternatively? Well, it’s ‘a drop’comp. anag. & lit.
1024PRESENT (3 defs + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)VHCPuzzle time immense – always thought one should show generosity at Christmas!SEM(PRE SENT)IMENT; anag. incl. t
1017SCHAPSKA / PEARMAIN (Right and Left)VHCRight away repair-man stressed Apple PC has faults: must ask what’s topping service pollsanag. less r; anag. + anag.; must = frenzied
1013ALVEARYFirstAustralian’s really fiery 5 for 50 – depression in the pavilionanag. with V for L, pavilion = outer ear
1004OIL PAINTINGSVHCInitials PG on works, they could be Paul Gauguin’sanag.
1000ONE THOUSANDVHCA number just honoured with zest could be our Jonathan’s first ——!comp. anag., & lit.
1990-1991
982ALMANACVHCWhat’s composed first to last about one new year?a n a in calm with c at end, & lit.
978DOUBLE-CENTURYSecondName cleared, Ben could yet run shattering 200anag. less n; ref. Ben Johnson, Canadian sprinter
974AVANT-PROPOSVHCForward in Aston Villa ground conceding foul – that’s too often put before playprop in anag. less ill
965EARBASH def. NECKLET (Wrong Number)VHCRun on lace bras, eh? Samantha’s last to be involvedlace; a in anag.; ref S. Fox
961WAVESONVHCBeethoven’s last quartet was relaxed after say ‘Tempest’, lightish stuff in the mainanag.; ref. B.’s Piano Sonata No. 17
956SPEAR-SIDEVHCPress aide twisted Maggie’s line? Never!anag.
952STAR (Spoonerisms)VHCOne’s burly chassis is telling from behindShirley Bassey; rats (rev.)
1989-1990
939A-PER-SE / ESCROC (Right and Left)VHCSoccer fans leg it, a spree afootanag.; anag.; leg = swindler, it = ne plus ultra, afoot = astir
930SABULOSEVHCBrothers finally getting censure all round look like fakess + lo in abuse; ref. Fayed brothers
922REFORMADOSecondMan sent packing, sort of a ‘male’ order!anag. incl. m; sort vb
917HOOLIGANISMVHCTed’s game? Working on his one goal, Maggie’s scalp!anag. incl. I + M
900(C)HARLATANIS(M) (Letters Latent)VHCEndless great cheer all round, but second 900 perhaps is promising the impossible!tal(l) rah (rev.) + (s)an + is; ref. AZ series
891CATVHCPenthouse pet?2 meanings
1988-1989
878MOUSEPIECESecondCut close to buttock, ‘Come Dancing’ skirts exploit rule-book?use pie in anag.
862OFF-AND-ONVHCConstant’s opposite where Bird stands, intermittently2 meanings; ref. cricket umpires
844THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)VHCBust altogether outsize, Parton needing firmer foundation?Parson; anag. incl. OS
1987-1988
835PROSAICALThirdMill or Pascal, I like works without rhyme (but with reason)anag. ; mill = grind
827MICKEY-TAKINGVHCPulling leg free from end of tights, one may get knicks in a twistanag. incl. I less s
818EMBUSQUÉVHCNo stomach for crowd in jostling queues, I’m avoiding the Army & Navym(o)b in anag.
814SPOUSAGEVHCCombination often arranged in Pakistan? Gripping appeal, finger goes up!SA in anag.; finger vt; ref. arranged marriages/umpiring rumpus
801LINCHETVHCLong ethnic revelling raised cultural division locallyl + anag. ref. Notting Hill Carnival
796UPHOLSTERYVHCOur spy let loose without bit of honour material normally sat onh in anag.; without = outside
1986-1987
774VICTORINEVHCA fruit split has one smothered in jam?I in torn in vice
766GUBBINSVHCSmall bowled big ’uns out – that’s the stuff!anag. incl. b; ref. Gladstone S.
757ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)VHCGuy ruined by a gal? I’m at one with Archer exercising right to resignanag. less r; gas
753SHEEPDOGVHCWith time I could become Hodge’s petanag. less t, & lit.
744SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)VHCIf Defoe ceases to stir, I’ll check output of Brazil, Fry, then Spark, even bits of O’Neill I fancyanag., ref. Angela Brazil; anag. incl. alternate letters
740ESCADRILLEFirstFleet Street I’d call chaotic – slipping time and time againanag. less t, t; ref. printing of solution with puzzle, due to error ‘at the Observer end’
735MALIGNVHCWrong start in Mexico, nought-one upset’s about ultimate in bunglingM + g in nil-a (rev.) ref. World Cup
1985-1986
705MUSICOTHERAPYVHCRavel may cure extremes of psycho with thisanag. incl. p,o & lit.
696ANTIMNEMONICSecondNice man Tom’s excited about Northern Ireland – reducing chances of rapid recall!NI in anag., ref. Tom King
692FIDIBUS def. PRICKET (Wrong Number)VHCStick one into ends of firewood – leads to its burning up slowlystick; I in f,d + first letters & lit.
1984-1985
679ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)First‘Dry’ minister organizing party left-win/ger…left wines to verger
670TURNIP-FLEAVHCI often feel like a cabbage early on, waking up a trifle about noonn in anag.
666Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)VHCI’m no man to reject Silver Cloudm(ammon)ist
653INTERNUNCIOVHCDo I run notice about latest in Vatican?anag. incl. n, & lit.
1983-1984
622SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)VHC‘Diner’s car – d/ress according’ – Toadref. Diners Club payment card
610DOUBLETHINKVHCCapacity to embrace opposing arguments, possibly both unliked!anag.
607CARNEYFirstJenkins, unfulfilled minister longing to make comebackcar(e) + yen rev.; ref Roy J.
581SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)ThirdSteel to dash with disheartened SDP, deviant road ahead?S(D)P + anag. + on
1982-1983
576TOP-NOTCHVHCHenry Cotton’s playing with poise of a championanag. incl. H(= henry), P(= poise)
564PARAMENTVHCSome circles approve hangingamen in part
530PROMETALVHCTrampoline could be framed in thiscomp. anag. & lit.
1981-1982
521ATTITUDINISEVHCRedress is due, ain’t it about time to make a show?anag. incl. t
508POSTURE-MAKERVHCRod’s clutching unruly star Emu, one with flexible bodyanag. in poker
1980-1981
469APLUSTREVHCOne’s put on ship’s stern with ornate resulta, p, lustre, & lit.
464SIMKINVHCBubbly I am in pigeonI’m in skin; pigeon, skin = fleece, cheat
452DISSENTERISMVHCTime mini-dresses got revived for unorthodox views!anag. incl. t
423ACCOUTREFirstCarter coup tails off in disarray – prepare for war?Carte(r) cou(p) anag.; ref. Iran hostages fiasco
1979-1980
419RAMILLIESVHCArmies switching right to left take heart from brilliant victory(bri)lli(ant) in armies with r moved to front
397BIJOUTERIE (Misprints)VHCMaybe leads wild jubilee riot, having left fifty behindbeads; anag. less L
384OUTSPREADINGVHCGrowing adipose grunt horridlyanag.
1978-1979
323(C)U(C)KOO (Letters Latent)SecondCup licking for Scots – midfield selection daftmiddle letters, ref. World Cup

 
HCs awarded to T. J. Moorey
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2016-2017
  2318 TIMENOPENNY (TIMENOGUY) (Penny for the Guy)
 
2015-2016
  2296 IMPROPERLY
  2283 BARGAIN
  2272 SNOWMOBILE
  2261 GANGSTERLAND
  2257 BUST-UP / PIT-PAT (Right and Left)
 
2014-2015
  2230 GATES OF DEATH
  2226 DOUBLE-PARKING
  2218 FOREIGNER
  2209 (O)CT(O)BER (Letters Latent)
 
2013-2014
  2187 WEST
  2183 SANGRAIL
  2174 CHARET (Printer’s Devilry)
  2170 SAYONARA
  2161 FARRAGO
  2157 MELODRAMATIC
  2152 STUFFED SHIRT
  2148 ZOLLVEREIN
 
2012-2013
  2131 DIVES / MALIK (Right and Left)
  2122 NICETY
  2118 BLOKEISH
  2113 PICAROON
  2105 TITANIC / ICEBERG (Overlaps)
  2100 A STITCH IN TIME
 
2011-2012
  2083 BEWITCH
  2074 BENNET
  2062 APPLE-KNOCKER
  2045 CATENATE
 
2010-2011
  2036 AL CONTO
  2027 THRENETICAL
  1992 FOULARD
 
2009-2010
  1967 SUBORDINATELY
  1962 ANADEM
  1960 NGANA (3 defs + letter mixture) (Parcels)
  1949 PALFRENIER
  1945 PRISON
 
2008-2009
  1936 LITMUS TEST
  1923 ELLIPTIC
  1893 EARTHY
 
2007-2008
  1875 GOUTTE / UPREAR (Right and Left)
 
2006-2007
  1831 MARGINALIA
  1827 AMAKOSI def. DENUDED (Wrong Number)
  1818 POISSO(N) D’AVRIL (Letters Latent)
  1810 HARE / POSEUR / SERINETTE (DLM)
  1806 INEBRIANT
  1801 RUSE DE GUERRE
  1797 HEART
  1788 ETHEREAL OILS
  1784 TEARAWAY
 
2005-2006
  1775 ROUGH-AND-READY
  1766 GEST (Printer’s Devilry)
  1752 MIDWINTER
  1750 PLOUGHMAN
  1737 ANIMUS
 
2004-2005
  1719 ANHELATION
  1707 GALENA (Definition of Anagram)
  1702 WORDSMITHERY
  1685 MINO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1680 PILLOW-CUP
 
2003-2004
  1676 CRINGE-MAKING
  1672 IMPASTOS (Spoonerisms)
  1654 CRESCENT / ENTHRALS (Overlaps)
  1641 GADGETEER
  1637 AMNESIC
  1633 EMPATRON / WINTERLY (Right and Left)
 
2002-2003
  1611 LEISLER
  1606 TEOSINTE / INTELSAT (Overlaps)
  1602 FENESTRA
  1598 PHRASEMONGER
  1593 MANSUETE
  1589 JOKESMITH
  1576 FACADE
 
2001-2002
  1546 TRANSPARENT
  1544 PATROL (with jumble of RAPTORES) (Christmas Devilry)
  1541 CHUPRASSY
  1533 MASTER-MARINER
 
2000-2001
  1511 DEEP-SEATED
  1502 RAPPEL
  1494 MARATHON
  1485 BOURSE / TIFOSO (Right and Left)
  1472 TORAN (Printer’s Devilry)
  1467 CANAPÉ
 
1999-2000
  1463 REVERSIONAL
  1459 GREATEST (Spoonerisms)
  1450 PRETENDANT
  1446 NEWSPAPERDOM
  1433 NEANDERTHAL
 
1998-1999
  1398 PERMETHRIN
  1380 RAPPORT (Misprints)
  1376 LOGO
 
1997-1998
  1334 CATACHRESTIC
 
1996-1997
  1307 AGILE (Spoonerisms)
  1303 PONIARD
  1294 TRANSENNA
  1286 CHALET
  1284 STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  1273 SIPOREX
 
1995-1996
  1247 PREDICANT
  1242 KNOCKERS
  1238 ELASTIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  1232 The world is too much with us; late and soon (Anagram)
  1229 GRUPPETTO
  1216 CHAPERON
  1212 HILDING
 
1994-1995
  1169 BLITHE / URSINE (Right and Left)
  1165 YAPSTER
  1161 ADIAPHORON
  1156 TERPSICHOREAN
  1152 PARACETAMOL
 
1993-1994
  1117 STAMNOS (3 Consecutive Letters)
  1113 EMPLASTRUM
  1104 BURYING-PLACES
 
1992-1993
  1087 OLD SOLDIER
  1078 KIRBEH
  1076 PARLOUR GAMES
  1074 DEMIREP
  1069 (P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)
  1065 TANDOORI
  1048 GALLOPADE
 
1991-1992
  1039 TOLERABLE
  1021 BEARD
  995 STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1990-1991
  991 BRASH (or BRUSH)
  987 IRON CURTAIN
  969 BUNTER
  947 SHOULDER-SLIP
  943 BARAGOUIN
 
1989-1990
  934 LACE-UPS
  920 CHRIST-CROSS-ROW
  913 ARCHIBALD
  908 INDIGO (Printer’s Devilry)
  904 VOETGANGER
  895 TONE DEAF
 
1988-1989
  887 MONSTER
  882 DOSSIER
  874 BLUESTOCKING
  869 HOLD-UPS
  866 NECTAREOUS
  857 REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)
  853 DEBACLE
  849 VISITE
  840 SONDE
 
1987-1988
  823 SARBACANE
  805 LITOTES
 
1986-1987
  783 CAMPESINO
  779 MISSING LINK
  770 HERMITS
  764 CHILDERMAS
  750 SALMAGUNDY (THLMAGUY/OULMAGUY) (750 themed clue)
 
1985-1986
  731 STRING
  727 WELL-TO-DO
  722 SUPERNACULUM
  718 FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)
  714 MOTE
  712 PANTOMIME HORSE
  701 BALUSTRADE
  688 CUCURBITAL
 
1984-1985
  675 CONSTERNATE
  662 BARGE-COUPLE
  657 SILLY-BILLY
  644 EASY STREET (or STAPELIA)
  635 ROSEMARY
  631 INTERLOCK
 
1983-1984
  627 AMBIENT
  615 HISTORIETTE
  594 DOINGS
  585 FLABELLIFORM
 
1982-1983
  572 SNAKE-OIL
  568 TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  558 MINCEMEAT (with one extra R) (Extra Letter)
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  547 GLEEMAN
  538 INGRAIN
 
1981-1982
  504 SIMMENTHALER
  500 BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)
  495 CACOETHES
  486 JUMPED-UP
 
1980-1981
  460 SWOOP
  454 CHRISTMAS BOX
  443 STEEPLECROWN
  434 JARDINIÈRE
  430 TEGULA
 
1979-1980
  410 CUL-DE-SAC
  401 GO-AHEAD
  388 ALEXIPHARMIC
 
1978-1979
  366 MONKEY-SHINE
  362 SEA-SOLDIER
  349 ODDCOMESHORT
  332 NUT-CASE
 
1977-1978
  272 MALAGUETTA
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1968-1969
  1045 SPLIT / MOUTH (Right and Left)
 
1966-1967
  916 DIAPASON
 
1965-1966
  898 POCHARD
  885 GALIMATIAS
 
1963-1964
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1961-1962
  656 FIDDLESTICKS
 


Annual Honours record of T. J. Moorey
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
2015-20161 (1, 0, 0) 7 5 6
2014-20150 8 4 9
2013-20140 4 8 25
2012-20131 (0, 0, 1) 6 6 8
2011-20121 (1, 0, 0) 8 4 5
2010-20113 (2, 1, 0) 5 3 3
2009-20101 (0, 1, 0) 6 5 6
2008-20091 (0, 0, 1) 8 3 5
2007-20084 (1, 1, 2) 8 1 1
2006-20071 (0, 0, 1) 2 9 26
2005-20061 (0, 0, 1) 6 5 6
2004-20053 (3, 0, 0) 5 5 1
2003-20040 5 6 20
2002-20031 (1, 0, 0) 4 7 13
2001-20020 6 4 14
2000-20012 (0, 2, 0) 4 6 10
1999-20000 6 5 12
1998-19992 (0, 1, 1) 5 3 4
1997-19981 (0, 1, 0) 5 1 9
1996-19970 6 6 12
1995-19960 6 7 13
1994-19953 (1, 1, 1) 5 5 2
1993-19940 9 3 6
1992-19933 (1, 2, 0) 2 7 8
1991-19921 (1, 0, 0) 6 3 5
1990-19911 (0, 1, 0) 6 5 6
1989-19901 (0, 1, 0) 5 6 9
1988-19891 (0, 1, 0) 2 9 22
1987-19881 (0, 0, 1) 5 2 5
1986-19871 (1, 0, 0) 6 5 5
1985-19861 (0, 1, 0) 2 8 20
1984-19851 (1, 0, 0) 3 6 10
1983-19842 (1, 0, 1) 2 4 10
1982-19830 3 6
1981-19820 2 4
1980-19811 (1, 0, 0) 3 5 14
1979-19800 3 3
1978-19791 (0, 1, 0) 0 4
1977-19780 0 1
 
Ximenes competitions
1968-19690 0 1
 
1966-19670 0 1
1965-19660 0 2
 
1963-19640 0 1
 
1961-19620 0 1