Clues written by V. Dixon
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V. Dixon118512101156135Dec 1989Nov 201828y 11m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
2018-2019
2421SPASMODICALVHCJerky – old? I see Spam as like thatanag. incl. c
2417ALTARAGE / PROPOSAL (Right and Left)VHCSupport and also misguidedly offer a criminal at large benefit of clergy?prop + anag.; a + anag.
2017-2018
2408LUNCHEONETTEVHCWhat’s such a place supply? Maybe one lean cutlet, cheap?comp. anag. & lit.
2403SWALE (Spoonerisms)VHCCornish beer, perhaps? So light, it might be second choice up northlow site; SW ale; s + wale2
2395PURITANISMVHCRussia’s leader Putin aims athletically for strict self-controlanag. incl. R
2376SOW(PIASTRE)ENS (Christmas Pudding)VHCSpread confusion about residents abroad losing identitysow pi a + anag. les ID; ref. Brexit alarmism
2016-2017
2351RHAGADESVHCMore than one crack mounted artillery force facing Cadiz as of oldRHA + Gades
2343RESTORE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCHaven’t found a house for sale? We’ve lots for anyone who ca/n’t 
2334ALLELUIAHVHCResounding chorus of praise everyone’s backing, almost transported (myself included)all + I in haule(d) (rev.); ref. AZ milestone
2318TIMENOPENNY (TIMENOGUY) (Penny for the Guy)ThirdMale members exposed? They’re covered by diminutive fig leaf!men open in tiny
2015-2016
2270FENESTRAVHCSource of beguiling light Romeo located in east, fancifullyfen + R in anag.; ref. fen-fire, Romeo and Juliet, ii, 2
2014-2015
2244AVANT-GARDISTEVHCInitiator of trend, raved against if revolutionaryanag. incl. t, & lit.
2235CHOCK-A-BLOCKThirdBursting ham muscle when breaking recordhock ab in clock
2230GATES OF DEATHVHCWhat the aged fatso may totter to?anag. & lit.
2226DOUBLE-PARKINGVHCDriver might be blamed for this quadruple bogey by leading mandouble par + king
2013-2014
2183SANGRAILVHCLegendary vessel celebrated by contrary fabulistsang + liar (rev.); allusion to Dan Brown: ‘The Da Vinci Code’
2012-2013
2116YULETIDE (with jumble of COMEDO) (Christmas Devilry)VHCNow, as end of year’s calmed, cooling, you should imbibe rum (or bubbly) dilute!anag. in ye
2096TRICKVHCOrigin of timing error? Defective toy watch!t + rick3; 3 meanings
2011-2012
2078RÉCOLLETSecondReligious college centrally committed to religious education and Latincoll. in RE, et
2053PERISHER def. ESTIMATE (Wrong Number)VHCTricky teaser; by any reckoning, best part of paper is here!hidden; reckoning
2010-2011
2036AL CONTOVHCYou can choose odd items in a place (or not) soalternate letters, & lit.
2012BLOATINGVHCSheep’s complaint when its middle’s displaced by gasO (oxygen) for e in bleating, & lit.
2010A COMING OF AGEVHCActive, athletic lord about to marry old drudge: one step toward senility?a + ming o fag in Coe
2006GROAN (Spoonerisms)VHCOrgan malfunctioning? It’s dopamine you’re wantingdeeper moan; anag.
1992FOULARDVHCFine, classy stuff – around one’s head, could beo in f U lard, & lit,
2009-2010
1967SUBORDINATELYVHCHow you might see drone busily at workanag. & lit.
1953TRAUMA (misprint of T) (Misprints)VHCRank amateur eliminating Spain produces a shocked starestate; anag. less E
1949PALFRENIERVHCGroom needs to control what could betray hesitation, panic mounting!rein er flap (all rev.)
1945PRISONVHCThe French seized one in their capital, all going forwardpris on, & P(a)ris + on; & lit.; ref storming of the Bastille
2008-2009
1932NINE-TO-FIVEVHCWorthy old-timers against famous youngsters, implying limited activity, no extra time?ref. Nine Worthies, E. Blyton’s Famous Five
1927TONSURE (Spoonerisms)VHCBrown, called apparently not over reliable, counters angrily, spurning Conservative’s leadernot (rev.) + sure; anag. less C; crown, bald
1901SANITISEVHCUnhappily, Auntie’s is not universal purgeanag. less u; ref. Ross/Brand scandal
1897WASH-OUTVHCGalliano’s autumn show’s no ——, amusing all riotouslycomp. anag. & lit.
2007-2008
1871FAIRY GOLDVHCIt makes one mistakenly glory, taken in by a fleeting fancyanag. in fad, & lit.
1866BINGEFirstWhat meanders in Germany’s capital Berlin, cutting its centre? Spree!anag. incl. G, less rl; ref. River S.
1862UNALIKE (Spoonerisms)VHCSpot a nit making clues, limitlessly and haphazardly?not a spit; akin lue anag.
1858HUMONGOUSSecondTremendous comic, but no good for Romeong for R in humorous
2006-2007
1827AMAKOSI def. DENUDED (Wrong Number)VHCSA leaders exposed: sharks, but kept in by slothexposed; makos in ai
1814HIPSTERVHCBrahms and Liszt, this person? Not a disciple!anag. less son, & lit.; ref. rhyming slang
1810HARE / POSEUR / SERINETTE (DLM)VHCMake a Herculean effort each month to dash off the grid, then compose a super-original (not too smartass) clue of genuine interest – not a mechanical contrivance that’s ‘for the birds’. 
1806INEBRIANTVHCIt maybe makes one conk, merry or stoned, maybe doesn’tI neb riant, & lit.; stoned anag. of doesn’t
1804CLOTHES SENSE (Spoonerisms)VHCGoing best near end – inserting letters, in short, with a certain dashknowing best gear; Thess. + en all in close
1788ETHEREAL OILSVHCUnconventional healer embarking on labours needs first what’s latest in thesee + anag. in toils
2005-2006
1779NEWIE (misprint of U) (Misprints)VHCOne you’ve seen bat lately, not previously one in our teambut; ne + I in we
1775ROUGH-AND-READYSecondLike ‘can belto’ tenors, say, producing disgust in Covent Garden, awe among someug in ROH + dread in any
1766GEST (Printer’s Devilry)VHCPublic protest in galle/ry by barbarians shouldn’t have been allowedrugby
1762DUDDERYVHCUnsteady with age, but not old – rather welcoming university rags locally!doddery with u for o
1758BIMBETTEVHCBrainless, ingenuous miss, beautiful enough to turn everyone’s headsfirst letters & lit.
1752MIDWINTERVHCYou’ll find reverse of soft with ‘earth … long ago’ in thisdim (rev.) + w + inter, & lit.; earth (obs.) = bury; ref. C. Rossetti carol
1741LORD NELSONFirstElevated way above teeming Londoners, one who commands a tenacious hold.L2 + anag., lord + nelson, & lit.
1737ANIMUSVHCIt’s reverse of minute in Australia, about as before to take on ourselvesmin. (rev.) in AUS, a nim us, & lit.
1733PALESTRAVHCWhere you’ll see fencing and somersaulting skill masquerading as real PT?pales + art (rev.), anag., & lit.
2004-2005
1728EIDOLA def. NULLAH (Wrong Number)VHCFenland drain harbouring olid fluid produces will-o’-the-wisps, perhapsanag. in ea; drain
1724MONEYBAGSVHCDives in which you’ll get a drink in gorblimey trousersone in my! bags
1711MINUSVHCDo this for the Lord above, wanting less below(Do)minus, & 3 defs.
1702WORDSMITHERYVHCAzed’s extreme this has me embroiled in perplexityd + anag. in worry, & lit.
1698CROSSTIEVHCTreatment for cold is to rest, mostly stay in bedanag. incl. c, res(t); stay n.
1689SYNODVHCOne section of this says ‘evil’; the other, ‘different’ – if anyone’s listening!‘sin’ + ‘odd’, & lit.; ref church division on homosexuality
1680PILLOW-CUPVHCPunch perhaps, going round, that’s imbibed late before move aloftlow (qv) in clip (rev.) + up, & lit.
2003-2004
1667CLARINIVHCIn much of Iraq (not capital), rising stops with recall of top brass?in Ira(q) lc (all rev.)
1659SCAREDY-CATVHCCissy, lacking guts: dares act? Contrariwiseanag. incl. c(iss)y, & lit.
1654CRESCENT / ENTHRALS (Overlaps)VHCEarly February’s moon research is restricted by constant cloudy spells: has Lent right weathering?res. in c, c; anag. incl. r
1646BLACKVHCBar sinister – illegitimate?3 meanings
1641GADGETEERThirdEager eccentric, embracing what, in doodads, most appears to captivated get in anag., & lit.
1637AMNESICFirstOne may have had minders since subject to recurrent blanksalternate letters, & lit.
1633EMPATRON / WINTERLY (Right and Left)VHCSuccess with the box (translating left to right) is not inspiring me on part that’s tricky – help!win + telly with r for l; anag.; ref. puzzle
1624BELAYThirdThe old invest enough not to qualify for ‘benefit’?2 meanings; ref. benefit of clergy
2002-2003
1615RUGATEVHCClass the old loathe being put in like prunes?ug in rate; prune, 2 meanings
1602FENESTRASecondSource of beguiling light Romeo confused with eastfen + anag. incl. R; ref. ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ii, 2, and NATO phonetic alphabet
1598PHRASEMONGERVHCHe juggles phonemes and grammar, lacking pithanag. less amm, & lit.
1589JOKESMITHVHCFranticly making ‘hot’ jests may have given him angstcornp. anag. & lit.; hot = dangerous, stolen, etc
1585SHIATSUVHCAlternative treatment for enthusiast with ear, nose and throat blocked?anag. less ENT, & lit.
2001-2002
1567QUEENVHCFruit: Victoria, say?2 defs.
1541CHUPRASSYVHCAssistant head seemingly gutted, overcome by children in revoltch. up + ras s(eemingl)y
1524INGRATITUDEVHCAmiens’ ‘unkinde’ target is denatured man’s keen ——comp. anag., & lit.; ref. AYLI 2,7
1519CARRY-ONVHCDegraded stuff, in which the writer’s succeeded by an unknowny for I in carrion, & lit.; succeed = take the place of
2000-2001
1515SNIDEVHCDishonest, deviously venting a good deal of hostilityanag. less host, & lit.
1506BARE(-)BONESVHCBlack, little? Drunken, as on beer? They often remain articulate after dissolutionb + anag.; Black, Little, Drunken, all names of parliaments
1502RAPPELVHCCall to fight crime exercises Left; hanging most wouldn’t considerrap PE l; 2 defs.
1500GIT (on board ship) (Ship of Fools)VHCCrazy person near heart of ‘vessel’ encapsulates the perfect answerBUGITSS; it in bug (ve)ss(el)
1494MARATHONVHCIn this one quick earlier on gets miles ahead (like you, doing the fifteen hundred?)m + a + rath + on, & lit.; ref. AZ series
1485BOURSE / TIFOSO (Right and Left)VHCFreak realignment of almost all Footsie 100 emerges from obscure upset in stock marketanag. less e; anag. less C
1480SAMARITANFirstA Saint Martin, cutting coat with foil or such, possibly?anag. less tin, & lit.; ref. St M. of Tours, usually portrayed cutting his coat with a sword to give part to a man in need
1476LIGNIPERDOUSVHCConfused doping rule is damaging Oaks, etcanag.
1999-2000
1463REVERSIONALVHCSee here: natural order is right at all times, but this is overturning it!la NO is r ever (all rev.), & lit.
1450PRETENDANTVHC‘… and repent at leisure’? That rot might make a this irresolutecomp. anag. & lit.
1439JOHN CANOEVHCThis conceals heads, around Christmas mostlyJohn ca. Noe(l); mask
1433NEANDERTHALThirdOld-fashioned and not changing heart and left behindne + anag. + l; & lit.
1428CRICETIDVHCPet you might think to call ‘Baggy’? That’d be sound‘cry seated’; see seat vb
1419SPLODGEVHCIn swampy ground, walk heavily, not softly forwardplod for p on in sponge, & lit.
1998-1999
1411LOOK-SEEVHCButcher’s having half of Kosovans destroyed, driven into shelteranag. in lee; ref. Arkan (Z. Raznatovic), ‘B. of the Balkans’
1406CHASSEPOTVHCIt may have given a French infantryman less hesitation and increased stomachchasse(ur) + pot, & lit.
1389ALL-OVERISHVHCQueer beggar – but not a rogue, entirelyall for imp in impoverish
1376LOGOVHCGent’s head seen entering gents’ heads, maybeg in loo, & lit.
1367SANBENITOSVHCAmalgamating, Nissan to be ‘Auto Investments’?anag.
1363MAVIN def. THONG (Wrong Number)VHCBond, relocating, an MI5 advisor?an MIV anag.; bond
1997-1998
1338SMART ALECFirstA C-stream learner, posturing?anag. incl. L, & lit.
1996-1997
1277NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)VHCInstant denial by bishop implicated in devianceno + b in veer
1273SIPOREXVHCWhat’s intrinsic to gossip or expatiation? It’s more airy than concretehidden
1268ARGIE-BARGIEVHCWhen Greek meets Greek, spouting volumes, what’s born between’ emb between Argi(v)e twice, & lit.
1995-1996
1242KNOCKERSVHCKevin K’s (acting) heroes may confound his negative ——comp. anag. & lit.; ref. K. Keegan, Newcastle United
1203CLERICALISMVHCConservative left, Heath and French charge Major’s top ministers ‘being too busy’C l erica lis (heraldic emblem) + M
1994-1995
1190DENARIUSVHCRoman relic, ten times as ruined as ruined could beanag.
1178BOOTLEGVHCSupply loot, in barrels sayanag. in b e.g., & lit.
1174DINGLE-DANGLEThirdFluctuating pound under control? Cant!ding led angle
1152PARACETAMOLVHCAnodyne newspaper item on Camelot getting licencepara + anag.; ref. National Lottery
1993-1994
1108GREENVHCIncrease commons? Mightn’t putting Lincoln gaudy back over winter ever lead to it?i.e. putting, … ever form compounds with g.
1992-1993
1095STINKVHCHum to provoke opposition to funk (S. Potter)S + tink & 3 meanings
1078KIRBEHVHCArab sheik might use this as a rummer – or potty!comp. anag. & lit.
1069(P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)VHCIn German it’s translated ersatz: echt is oppositeanag. in Bosche
1061MAGICVHCAce, three kings, about what one expects from partners who call ‘Double…’?Magi c., 2 defs.; ref. witches in ‘Macbeth’, bridge
1056ENTRAIN def. ASTHORE (Wrong Number)VHCEsprit-style dash, featuring fancy tranniefancy; dash, 2 meanings
1052AGANIPPEVHCIt could give a lift, and power, in Antiquity; one needs to open wide, drink in deeplya nip + p in age, a + nip in gape, & lit.
1991-1992
1039TOLERABLEThirdHell to bear? Contrariwise, not hardanag. less H & lit.
1030PASTILLEVHCWhat a guy is with Illinois built in: a sucker!Ill in paste; see sucker in C.
1021BEARDVHCFace down?2 meanings
1000ONE THOUSANDVHCA grand total! You must be girt with singular firmness of characterthou between one and sand
1990-1991
982ALMANACSecondMay one (the way Bottom concludes) look here for reflected light?can a m la (all rev.), & lit.; ref. M.N.D. III, i

 
HCs awarded to V. Dixon
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2018-2019
  2412 UBIQUARIAN
 
2017-2018
  2399 CHARMEUSE
  2390 POISSON D’AVRIL
  2386 PENNY-A-LINER
  2382 STRIPE def. HARLOT (Wrong Number)
  2378 PROPOSAL
  2369 FACETIAE
  2364 COMPOST HEAP
 
2016-2017
  2356 PUBLIC SERVANT
  2338 TRUMP
  2330 BRAZEN / MOPISH (Right and Left)
  2325 MASON
  2324 CELEBRATIONS
  2309 GLOBETROTTER
 
2015-2016
  2305 AGREE def. PATCH (Wrong Number)
  2300 MISHMASH
  2296 IMPROPERLY
  2287 VALET
  2283 BARGAIN
  2279 CLEMENTINE
  2274 SIMPATICO
  2265 ESPRIT FORT
  2257 BUST-UP / PIT-PAT (Right and Left)
 
2014-2015
  2239 ERADIATE (Spoonerisms)
  2222 OBJECT LESSON
  2218 FOREIGNER
  2213 SOLECISM
  2209 (O)CT(O)BER (Letters Latent)
  2205 CUMBERSOME
  2200 BRINDISI
 
2013-2014
  2191 PLUG
  2187 WEST
  2174 CHARET (Printer’s Devilry)
  2170 SAYONARA
  2168 CENTURY (with missing C) (Missing Letter)
  2165 OUT OF ORDER
  2161 FARRAGO
  2157 MELODRAMATIC
  2152 STUFFED SHIRT
 
2012-2013
  2144 INFERNO (Spoonerisms)
  2135 LOB
  2131 DIVES / MALIK (Right and Left)
  2118 BLOKEISH
  2109 THICKETY
  2100 A STITCH IN TIME
 
2011-2012
  2091 SNIFTER
  2074 BENNET
  2070 MISTREATMENT
  2065 DERMESTIDAE
  2062 APPLE-KNOCKER
  2058 ROBUST
  2049 PARTY-POOPER
 
2010-2011
  2040 EASTER (Printer’s Devilry)
  2031 EMBROIDERY
  2027 THRENETICAL
  2023 CHAMBRANLE
  2014 HACKETTE
  2000 TWO THOUSAND
  1997 FADO
 
2009-2010
  1979 FAR-OUT
  1975 SEPTENTRIONAL
  1971 WATERMANSHIP
  1958 HANGDOG
 
2008-2009
  1936 LITMUS TEST
  1923 ELLIPTIC
  1918 PALAMPORE
  1914 VE(S)TAL (Letters Latent)
  1910 BARPERSON
  1906 MORSE
  1893 EARTHY
  1888 RASTER (Printer’s Devilry)
 
2007-2008
  1884 FREELOADER
  1856 LITAS (Printer’s Devilry)
  1853 ANTIQUITARIAN
  1849 AUXESIS
  1845 UPBRAID
  1840 W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH (Letters Latent)
  1836 POSTHASTE
 
2006-2007
  1831 MARGINALIA
  1823 KISS
  1818 POISSO(N) D’AVRIL (Letters Latent)
  1801 RUSE DE GUERRE
  1797 HEART
  1792 APPALOOSA / ESTAMINET (Right and Left)
 
2005-2006
  1771 PARTERRE
  1750 PLOUGHMAN
 
2004-2005
  1707 GALENA (Definition of Anagram)
  1694 MISINTERPRET
  1685 MINO (Printer’s Devilry)
 
2003-2004
  1676 CRINGE-MAKING
  1672 IMPASTOS (Spoonerisms)
  1650 SAPHENA
  1648 MAGIC LANTERN
 
2002-2003
  1619 GISMO (Printer’s Devilry)
  1606 TEOSINTE / INTELSAT (Overlaps)
  1596 GENISTA (Definition of Anagram)
  1593 MANSUETE
  1576 FACADE
  1572 SHIELD-MAY
 
2001-2002
  1563 SLYBOOTS
  1559 THEOLOGASTER
  1550 MEMORITER
  1546 TRANSPARENT
  1544 PATROL (with jumble of RAPTORES) (Christmas Devilry)
  1533 MASTER-MARINER
 
2000-2001
  1511 DEEP-SEATED
  1492 The year that Columbus discovered America (Anagram)
  1489 FRONT-BENCHER
  1472 TORAN (Printer’s Devilry)
  1467 CANAPÉ
 
1999-2000
  1446 NEWSPAPERDOM
  1441 Word containing MM displaced by a bug (Millennium Bug)
  1437 MISTLETOE
  1415 MANATI (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1998-1999
  1402 PENTOSE (Definition of Anagram)
  1394 BERGAMOT
  1380 RAPPORT (Misprints)
 
1997-1998
  1360 BOG-ASPHODEL
  1355 DIACATHOLICON
  1346 PHARISEE
  1336 STOCKING
  1329 PITHOS
  1325 UPROOTAL
  1316 FINGERLICKIN’
 
1996-1997
  1303 PONIARD
  1300 OXFORD (extra O) (Extra Letter)
  1294 TRANSENNA
  1286 CHALET
  1284 STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  1281 ABLUTOMANE
  1260 OUT-AND-OUT
 
1995-1996
  1247 PREDICANT
  1238 ELASTIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  1234 AVANT-PROPOS
  1220 CASSANDRA
  1216 CHAPERON
  1212 HILDING
 
1994-1995
  1194 DONET
  1161 ADIAPHORON
 
1993-1994
  1143 DEATH (Printer’s Devilry)
  1139 BENJAMIN
  1134 TOVARICH
  1130 AGRESTAL
  1126 CHEATERY
  1117 STAMNOS (3 Consecutive Letters)
  1100 CONCORDANCE
 
1992-1993
  1087 OLD SOLDIER
  1076 PARLOUR GAMES
  1074 DEMIREP
  1065 TANDOORI
 
1991-1992
  1013 ALVEARY
  1004 OIL PAINTINGS
  995 STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1990-1991
  987 IRON CURTAIN
  965 EARBASH def. NECKLET (Wrong Number)
 
1989-1990
  920 CHRIST-CROSS-ROW
 


Annual Honours record of V. Dixon
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YearPrizes
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VHCsHCsPosition
2017-20180 4 7 31
2016-20171 (0, 0, 1) 3 6 19
2015-20160 0 9
2014-20151 (0, 0, 1) 3 7 19
2013-20140 1 9
2012-20130 2 6
2011-20121 (0, 1, 0) 1 7
2010-20110 5 7 15
2009-20100 4 4 27
2008-20090 4 8 24
2007-20082 (1, 1, 0) 2 7 11
2006-20070 6 6 11
2005-20062 (1, 1, 0) 7 2 2
2004-20050 7 3 10
2003-20043 (1, 0, 2) 5 4 3
2002-20031 (0, 1, 0) 4 6 13
2001-20020 4 6 22
2000-20011 (1, 0, 0) 7 5 8
1999-20001 (0, 0, 1) 5 4 8
1998-19990 6 3 9
1997-19981 (1, 0, 0) 0 7
1996-19970 3 7
1995-19960 2 5
1994-19951 (0, 0, 1) 3 2 13
1993-19940 1 7
1992-19930 6 4 13
1991-19921 (0, 0, 1) 3 3 15
1990-19911 (0, 1, 0) 0 2
1989-19900 0 1