Azed Competition No. 1284  Azed Slip  |  ◀  1281  |  1286  ▶  |  Other competitions  |  ordStats
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
1284 Xmas 1996STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) Parcels21


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstC. J. MorseUnique gift from God, centre of Christmas story, is housed in a stallSTA(BLES SING)LE; s + tale
SecondR. J. HooperHeart of Christmas story: unique gift from God abides in animals’ dwellingSTA(BLES SING)LE; S + tale
ThirdP. F. HendersonView light in the sky – origin of Saviour’s the story proclaimedSTA(R ANG)LE; S + tale
VHCM. BarleyLong ago, noble trio of stargazers left East in wonder to behold the LordSTA(RE GENT)LE; anag. incl. l
VHCE. A. BeaulahBleak scene of Christ’s birth: part of just a legendary account?STA(BLE TA)LE; hidden
VHCJ. R. BeresfordKind Ratty, pompous Toad (initially), in a willowy settingSTA(TE STY)LE; T in sale2
VHCG. C. BrownConservative endless stall on European policy, dramatically wrong, perhapsSTA(ID EA)LE; stal(l) + E
VHCDr J. BurscoughChristmas mystery has all men’s hearts throbbing – / ‘Here Jesus was born,’ the little lamb’s sobbingSTA(BLE ATING)LE; middle letters
VHCC. A. ClarkeJoseph, for example, is associated with a story: what was radiant material used to make a garment?STA(LIN ING)LE; ’s + tale
VHCR. M. S. CorkLeast liberal communist dictator suffers denunciationSTAL(IN CURS)E; anag.
VHCC. R. GumbrellWhat introduces Scrooge? Story, short one specifying seasonSTA(TER SE)LE; S + tale
VHCR. HeskethReasons doctor lets a surgical procedure cut into veinST(OPE RATION)ALE; anag.
VHCA. HodgsonLeast prepared outbuildings determined cause of joySTA(BLES SING)LE; anag.
VHCE. C. LanceLustrous babe initially emerges from stable (foul-smelling joint)STA(R ANK)LE; sta(b)le
VHCJ. H. C. LeachEquip virile leading performer, tenor in demandST(AR M)ALE; t in sale
VHCD. F. ManleyBleak animal shed – luminance in east – wondrous story!ST(ABLE T)ALE; l in anag.
VHCR. J. PalmerHoly man’s festival as of old sheds unique message of good willSTA(BLES SING)LE; St + ale
VHCMs J. ParsonsCentre of Christmas story – guiding light signalled direction?STA(R ANG)LE; s + tale
VHCD. RainfordShock! End of Crufts tradition. Yorkshire terrier not shownST(UN AIRED)ALE; s + tale
VHCJ. R. TozerWhere animals shelter you’ll see Son’s head lie, unique gift from GodSTA(BLES SING)LE; S + tale
VHCA. J. WardropSpot least disciplined type of bowling – it’s essential if you want to flailSTA(IN SWING)LE; anag.

HCs in competition 1284 awarded to:

D. AshcroftC. M. EdmundsC. J. LoweH. R. & P. J. Sanders
M. J. BathR. A. EnglandR. K. LumsdonN. G. Shippobotham
Mrs F. A. BlanchardH. FreemanM. A. Macdonald-CooperP. L. Stone
C. J. BroughamP. GiacconeMrs J. MackieMiss D. W. Taylor
E. J. BurgeH. J. GodwinA. McBrideC. W. Thomas
B. BurtonG. I. L. GraftonT. J. MooreyD. H. Tompsett
D. B. CrossJ. E. GreenS. O’BoyleDr I. Torbe
E. CrossR. R. GreenfieldF. R. PalmerMrs M. P. Webber
G. CummingP. LamfordC. PearsonA. West
E. DawidM. D. LawsD. PendreyR. J. Whale
R. V. DeardenJ. P. LesterD. Price JonesI. J. Wilcock
N. C. DexterP. R. LloydD. R. RobinsonG. H. Willett
V. DixonJ. D. LockettJ. H. RussellM. A. L. Willey