Clues written by D. Ashcroft
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D. Ashcroft63310509076Mar 1947Mar 200356y 0m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
2002-2003
1602FENESTRAVHCRose, for example, not one often seen bunkered at St Andrewsanag. less one + R & A; ref. Justin R., golfer
1598PHRASEMONGERVHCHis concoctions won’t butter parsnips; it’s to cook with marg he’s proneanag.; ref. saying, ‘Fine words butter no parsnips’
1593MANSUETEVHCGentle, old-fashioned, amusement dancing the 1st of May awayanag. less M
2001-2002
1528STROP (Spoonerisms)VHCTops second to green: ‘Ruined round, the demons,’ said I, ‘That iron banned!’round the seaman’s dead-eye that iron band; anag. incl. r
2000-2001
1494MARATHONSecondCompo’s heart a tense Norah Batty makes raceanag. incl. m, t; ref. ‘Last of the Summer Wine’
1999-2000
1463REVERSIONALVHCGetting back to normal: Observer’s ‘Plain’ puzzle; no signs of Spoonerisms, praise be!anag. less S, p, b
1439JOHN CANOEVHCEmburey, maybe, came on maidenless, sadly, delivering long hops hugely enjoyed by festive West IndiansJohn + anag. less m
1415MANATI (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWe met a show/biz agent running Spanish night-clubs. 
1998-1999
1394BERGAMOTThirdA ‘B’ Reg. Cavalier? Check oilanag. + MOT
1997-1998
1322CARPETVHCRover, Rover, what’s this pile on the floor?!car pet
1316FINGERLICKIN’VHCShape edges of royal icing with knife for toppinganag. incl. r, l
1996-1997
1307AGILE (Spoonerisms)SecondA typical farmer not quite having fifty neatnifty feet; a Gile(s)
1264TREDRILLE / FERVOROUS (Right and Left)VHCGetting cross earlier about regular practice results in cards for three over fours, wildly excited!drill in tree; anag.; ref golf
1995-1996
1234AVANT-PROPOSVHCOn appro’s VAT free: gets one a preliminary squintanag.
1220CASSANDRAFirstTragic scandals left axed King Agamemnon’s head: I saw it cominganag. less l + R A
1994-1995
1174DINGLE-DANGLEVHCHow Daisy’s dilly-danders go, merrily gladdening hearts of all menanag. incl, e
1165YAPSTERVHCOne who may with venom worry every postman?comp. anag. & lit.
1156TERPSICHOREANVHCPinter’s playful about edition of Horace, dealing with rhythmic feetanag. in anag.
1993-1994
1104BURYING-PLACESVHCSuperbly menacing spinning gets men out – and they keep the ashes down under?anag. less men
1992-1993
1087OLD SOLDIERVHCOne of many Taverners might leave in Lord’s – oiled batsanag.
1078KIRBEHVHCFlask Ruth maybe filled, winding up her kibble (the alien corn being cut)anag. less blé
1069(P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)ThirdPut wee fellow in britches pointlessly lengthenedtich in hose
1991-1992
1043PESTO (Printer’s Devilry)VHCIce tending to split co/nes: spells trouble for Walls’! 
1008SPORTSCASTER (Misprints)VHCCorset-straps unhinged, material for such as GaskellMaskell; anag.; ref. Dan M., Mrs G.
1004OIL PAINTINGSVHCHey, taking fifty golfclubs round isn’t common! Gallery objectsoi + aint in L Pings (brand name)
995STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)SecondI’m more revolutionary than mo/narchic 
1990-1991
991BRASH (or BRUSH)VHCNeeding to be sat on – by caviare?i.e. crushed ice
982ALMANACVHCStar forecasters’ textbook? It takes an Ian McCaskill to become slick in that!comp. anag.; ref. TV weatherman
978DOUBLE-CENTURYVHCMozart’s Tenth score, to be uncrudely playedanag.; ref. bicentenary of M’s death
947SHOULDER-SLIPVHCIs taking responsibility for sauce what may make joint tender?shoulders lip
943BARAGOUINVHCBreton lingo? Yes, heard at Agincourt, with Branagh endlessly rampaging aroundoui in anag. of Branag(h); ref. Henry V film
1989-1990
939A-PER-SE / ESCROC (Right and Left)VHCFiddler, producing wayward crescendo, ignoring finale, ignoring end of concert, botched repeats – an unrepeatable performanceanag. less end; anag. less t
926NERDVHCIrritating chap makes even bits of knees redalternate letters
913ARCHIBALDFirstEntertainer in unfamiliar form; ad lib playing by Shakespearean principalarch2 + anag.; ref. Olivier as Archie Rice
1988-1989
862OFF-AND-ONVHC‘Donna mobile’: not keen on it, being at times without regular tenoroff + anag.
1987-1988
835PROSAICALVHCStreetwalker’s one I mostly describe as drabpro’s a i cal(l)
796UPHOLSTERYVHCHopes truly dashed that could be curtainsanag.
1986-1987
735MALIGNVHCGet nothing out of the gloamin’ roamin’? Old Lauder certainly didn’tanag. less 0; ref. Harry L.
1985-1986
727WELL-TO-DOVHCFit close and render flushwell to do
718FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)VHCWhacking try if threequarters only carelessly tackled!if onl(y) anag.
712PANTOMIME HORSEVHCHot tip to he backed? (Can’t be!) I’m appearing in a production of Mother Goose, letting go, prancing (could be!)nap (rev.) + anag. less go & lit.
709GINGERSecondSandy means to snatch a birdie, Bernhard having conceded a halfgin + (Lan)ger; ref. golfers
1984-1985
660Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)VHCEastern magi encounter new star – to saviour 
1982-1983
568TETHER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCTo win a ma/id, dance of rivals is needed 
530PROMETALVHCStuff the Iron Lady’s made of, shown as PM tore in shreds Mr Haig?anag. + Al
1981-1982
517IMMORTELLEVHCFrench honesty, to make impression on English, has first to get vice halvedimmor(ality) + tell E
500BEFOOL (two extra Ds) (Extra Letter)FirstAdmass imperative: get fund at others’ expenseamass, fun; imperative form of ‘am ass’
1980-1981
460SWOOPVHCSun to have Court Page? Peregrine’s line, surelyS, woo, p; ref. P. Worsthorne
443STEEPLECROWNThirdLa Bretonne wears it to church to confess after having let crepes crumbleanag. + own
Ximenes competitions
1957-1958
464STRAWEDVHCCast perchance a crust of bread upon th’ unruly watersanag. + (brea)d
456PLAFONDVHCMetropolitan Harbour Board requires Tender for old Bridge, prior to ContractPLA fond; Port of London Authority
1952 (2)
201AMETHYSTVHCThose who plied me suffered little from fire slipping down the red lanedouble mng.; ref. HMS A., the Yangtse Incident, and cup
1950 (2)
139HECATOMBVHCA century composed of skied cows—much appreciated, by Jove, but not placating the Spinners!cryptic def.; sacrifice of 100 cattle (Brewer); cow-shots (cricketing slang); the Spinners = the Fates
1950 (1)
128AMMETER (Printer’s Devilry)SecondUncle, s/pout lay “Cheer fully three cheers for us!”look out for an abbr.; European Recovery Programme (Marshall Aid)
119UMBLE-PIEVHCHorner’s dish? That is to be plum wrong!anag. of i.e. be plum; horner = trumpeter; ‘plumb’; ref. Little Jack H.
1949 (2)
112SHEET (DLM)SecondStock Market Hesitant—Floaters Wind Up To Control Boomsheet2
1949 (1)
96INTERLOCKVHCForm close alliance—to dispose of the deadlock?inter lock; dispose of the dead = inter
1948 (2)
87SISKINVHCI wingéd? I hide on Sunday, while my family sings loudly in church!S I skin; f in Ch = finch
1947 (2)
60HEELVHCFoot the bill and tip2 mngs.
59TAMEVHCThe side’s in a mess (and what a mess!) thanks to me not being gameanag. of team, hidden, ta me
1947 (1)
51LLANELLYSecondEvery one’s backed the royal favourite for a place. Welsh!all (rev.) + Nelly; ref. Nell Gwyn; welsh, vb.
50APOSTLEVHCOne of a touring company who acted before the Romanscryptic def.; ref. NT books Acts, Romans
46LYSANDERVHCDarnley’s mixed up in the plot of 24 Juneanag.; midsummer night, ref. MND

 
HCs awarded to D. Ashcroft
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2002-2003
  1606 TEOSINTE / INTELSAT (Overlaps)
  1596 GENISTA (Definition of Anagram)
  1585 SHIATSU
  1580 MARGENT def. BEETLES (Wrong Number)
  1576 FACADE
 
2001-2002
  1563 SLYBOOTS
  1559 THEOLOGASTER
  1550 MEMORITER
  1541 CHUPRASSY
  1533 MASTER-MARINER
  1524 INGRATITUDE
 
2000-2001
  1492 The year that Columbus discovered America (Anagram)
  1480 SAMARITAN
  1467 CANAPÉ
 
1999-2000
  1433 NEANDERTHAL
  1424 HEIST
 
1998-1999
  1406 CHASSEPOT
  1402 PENTOSE (Definition of Anagram)
  1389 ALL-OVERISH
  1385 PANTRIES
  1376 LOGO
  1372 MASTERSTROKE
 
1997-1998
  1360 BOG-ASPHODEL
  1355 DIACATHOLICON
  1346 PHARISEE
  1342 ALIENS / RAPINE (Right and Left)
  1338 SMART ALEC
  1312 REST-CURE
 
1996-1997
  1300 OXFORD (extra O) (Extra Letter)
  1294 TRANSENNA
  1290 NITERIE
  1286 CHALET
  1284 STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  1281 ABLUTOMANE
  1277 NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)
  1260 OUT-AND-OUT
 
1995-1996
  1247 PREDICANT
  1216 CHAPERON
  1203 CLERICALISM
 
1994-1995
  1194 DONET
  1181 SLADE
  1180 COLD TURKEY
  1161 ADIAPHORON
  1152 PARACETAMOL
 
1993-1994
  1143 DEATH (Printer’s Devilry)
  1122 BASILIAN
  1108 GREEN
  1100 CONCORDANCE
 
1992-1993
  1091 SAPSAGO (Spoonerisms)
  1084 PIERCEABLE / SALESGIRL (DLM)
  1074 DEMIREP
  1061 MAGIC
  1052 AGANIPPE
 
1991-1992
  1017 SCHAPSKA / PEARMAIN (Right and Left)
 
1989-1990
  922 REFORMADO
  920 CHRIST-CROSS-ROW
  908 INDIGO (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1988-1989
  866 NECTAREOUS
  844 THEOLOGASTER (Misprints)
 
1986-1987
  770 HERMITS
 
1985-1986
  696 ANTIMNEMONIC
 
1984-1985
  666 Any word; subsidiary indication omits an animal (Beasts)
 
1983-1984
  627 AMBIENT
  615 HISTORIETTE
  609 LUCKY-BAG
  607 CARNEY
  600 Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of Hell (Anagram)
 
1982-1983
  559 EMBASE
  538 INGRAIN
 
1981-1982
  521 ATTITUDINISE
  506 ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)
  482 BODY-SNATCHER
 
1980-1981
  456 BALADINE
  452 DISSENTERISM
 
1975-1976
  195 SHILLY-SHALLY
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1960-1961
  624 PSYCHIATER (DLM)
 
1958-1959
  500 MOTHERS-IN-LAW
 
1957-1958
  469 DAISY
  467 A humorous definition (Humorous definition)
  451 MEGAPODE
 
1956-1957
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1952 (2)
  199 HONESTY
 
1952 (1)
  182 MISTLETOE
 
1951 (2)
  176 SPIGOT
 
1949 (2)
  113 CRICKETER
 
1948 (2)
  86 ODOMETER
  85 SERGEANT
  79 SALOME
 
1948 (1)
  73 RHODESIA
 
1947 (2)
  62 HERCULES
 


Annual Honours record of D. Ashcroft
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
2002-20030 3 5
2001-20020 1 6
2000-20011 (0, 1, 0) 0 3
1999-20000 3 2
1998-19991 (0, 0, 1) 0 6
1997-19980 2 6
1996-19971 (0, 1, 0) 1 8
1995-19961 (1, 0, 0) 0 3
1994-19950 3 5
1993-19940 1 4
1992-19931 (0, 0, 1) 2 5 20
1991-19921 (0, 1, 0) 3 1 15
1990-19910 5 0 17
1989-19901 (1, 0, 0) 2 3 21
1988-19890 1 2
1987-19880 2 0
1986-19870 1 1
1985-19861 (0, 1, 0) 3 1 11
1984-19850 1 1
1983-19840 0 5
1982-19830 2 2
1981-19821 (1, 0, 0) 1 2
1980-19811 (0, 0, 1) 1 2
 
1975-19760 0 1
 
Ximenes competitions
1960-19610 0 1
 
1958-19590 0 1
1957-19580 2 3
1956-19570 0 1
 
1952 (2)0 1 1
1952 (1)0 0 1
1951 (2)0 0 1
 
1950 (2)0 1 0
1950 (1)1 (0, 1, 0) 1 0
1949 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 0 1
1949 (1)0 1 0
1948 (2)0 1 3
1948 (1)0 0 1
1947 (2)0 2 1
1947 (1)1 (0, 1, 0) 2 0 8