Ximenes Competition No. 223  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  221  |  225  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
223 Mar 1953MELODRAME normal17


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstF. E. NewlovePopular play with surprise ending—the lost earldom comes to ME!anag. + me, & lit.; i.e. not melodraMA
SecondL. E. EyresOne could easily be made out of a Romance about Rommelanag. of a de Rommel, & lit.; de = about in Romance (= Fr.)
ThirdT. E. BellSensation for the Gallery—Most Excellent Model destroyed—Artist involvedME + RA in anag.; ref. to recent incident, possibly Rauschenberg’s ‘Erased de Kooning Drawing’
HCE. S. AinleyYou may find me out of date, complicated, and strongly flavoured (very), with a comfortable endingme + anag. of old + ram + e, & lit. [see comments]
HCW. C. CartnerLay exposed rather scantily attired, on the stage, in the old daysmelod(y) ramé
HCC. E. GatesDon’t finish the cucumber! You’ll be having a bad dream next, and that would be a minor tragedy!melo(n) + anag.
HCS. B. GreenAir cut off—but the heroine’s bound!melod(y) + ram + e, & lit.; but = butt, bound = end
HCD. HawsonThis play’s the same in French, all about a lord’s entanglementanag. in même (Fr.), & lit.
HCP. HobbyThe pain returns with force—they cut me open—sensation in the theatre!dole (rev.) + ram, all in me
HCC. KoopA piece of ham? Not for a song nowadays!cryptic def.; ham acting; ref. high meat prices
HCD. P. M. MichaelLet the Tragic Muse have her head and push in a song!Mel(pomele) + ram in ode, & lit.
HCC. J. MorseFor a romantic play, give me the old mixture dressed in the old grand styleme + anag. + ramé
HCE. R. PrenticeDrunk as a lord, you’ll see two of me about. Hardly a sober performance!anag. in me, me; double vision
HCE. J. RackhamThis play gets me right at the start—model goes wrong and embraces the artistme + RA in anag.
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsMal de mer? Shocking—I’ve nothing left inside … I had the really fat part of the ham!0 in anag.; ham acting
HCJ. F. N. WedgeMal-de-mer? Sick with love?—Overdoing the anguish, I suggest!anag. incl. 0
HCJ. S. Young’Old me tight—’e’s finishing off the butter what my grandad queued foranag. + ram + e

Runners-Up in competition 223:

C. Allen BakerMrs N. FisherF. E. HumpageA. Robins
A. J. BissetMaj A. H. GilesF. G. IllingworthMiss B. M. Rose
R. N. ChignellR. M. GraceL. JohnsonF. L. Usher
B. G. H. CleggC. P. GrantD. A. KiddJ. D. Wallace
W. J. DuffinC. R. HaighW. L. MironR. Wells
Brig W. E. DuncanV. W. D. HaleA. P. O’LearyM. Winterbottom
Mrs W. FearonMrs M. HendersonR. Postill 
J. A. FinckenH. C. HillsC. P. Rea