Ximenes Competition No. 177  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  176  |  178  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
177 Oct 1951DESOLATE normal14


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstJ. F. N. WedgeFlat, empty, to lease, by arrangement, after beginning of DecemberD + anag.
SecondJ. A. BlairFeeling lonely? Present retiring miss with an engagement ringlose (rev.) in date
ThirdT. W. MelluishSuch people often assume weeds seed a lot, all over the placeanag.; widow’s weeds; weed2
HCRev B. ChapmanA clue is wasted here, so you’ll have to carry on without it!so in delate
HCC. E. GatesDescriptive perhaps of Mary’s plight—dramatically alone with the tiny sandbank beginning to be encircled by the Deesola3 + t(ee) in Dee; ref. Kingsley, ‘The Sands of Dee’ [see comments]
HCS. GoldieStormy sea led to wreckanag.
HCE. L. MellershClement in this kind of place? Certainly not. But soon, perhaps!cryptic def.; ref. C. Attlee and imminent Gen. Election
HCD. P. M. MichaelLeft alone could be so elated in a muddle!anag. [see comments]
HCRev E. B. PeelWasted time rings in returning ruinlose (rev.) in date
HCA. RobinsI must be abandoned, to carry on embracing in this wayso in delate
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsIf I lose my seat, I can still get the dole—that’s how the Left feeli.e. desolate minus anag. of seat = dole; ref. imminent Gen. Election [see comments]
HCL. E. ThomasIt’s waste of time embracing retiring misslose (rev.) in date
HCH. T. YoungSimply left to waste, a Brass Hat being in chargeSO in delate
HCJ. S. YoungWithout the backbone to carry on aloneos1 (rev.) in delate

Runners-Up in competition 177:

C. A. BakerG. M. GwynnC. J. MorseO. Carlton Smith
Rev L. BlackburnR. J. HallM. NewmanH. L. Tinkler
F. L. ConstableC. KoopD. A. NichollsCapt C. Tyers
Mrs N. FisherCapt G. LanghamMrs A. M. OsmondW. G. Webb
P. G. W. GlareA. F. LerrigoT. E. SandersD. J. Williams
C. P. GrantW. L. MironE. T. Smith