Ximenes Competition No. 247  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  245  |  249  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
247 Aug 1953VAMPIRE normal18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstF. L. UsherStoker’s nightmare: having to improvise a fire—and nothing to start it with!vamp (f)ire; ref. Bram S., Dracula
SecondH. S. TribeOh no, he wouldn’t stay late—but sang in execrable French while people sleptcryptic def.; undead; but sang (Fr.) = drank blood
ThirdE. R. PrenticeOne who returns to Graves after a surfeit of Claret?cryptic def.; claret = blood
HCE. S. AinleyWithout hot blood of some sort, I just have to make dovamp + ire, & lit.
HCT. BilsboroughAbusive description of Chancellor is initial sign of Opposition anger about current measureamp in v. ire
HCJ. A. BlairSee a reverse of “Requiescat in Pace” in mev. a + RIP (rev.) in me, & lit.
HCT. DwyerI get restless at nights and go out for a drink, but I always sponge on others!cryptic def.
HCJ. A. FinckenFor something really bloodthirsty, read “The Siren and I” by Sappervamp I RE
HCA. B. GardnerAn attacking bat, always restless in a grave situation and very liable to get out overnightcryptic def.; cricket
HCMaj A. H. GilesA restless spirit often resorts to night-life and drinking when in the vein for itcryptic def.
HCS. GoldieI’m a fast finisher when I’m in the vein, but personally I’m dead against the current rage for speed recordsv. amp ire; ref. de Havilland V. jet, air speed record holder
HCE. GomersallStoker’s work provides one with an absorbing career!cryptic def.; ref. Bram S., Dracula
HCR. R. GreenfieldThis plaguy bat needs repair with new leather and waxvamp ire; cricket; carrier of rabies
HCW. H. JointIn the pram I’ve the makings a nightly terroranag.
HCJ. P. LloydGive me prime Virginia mixture, and I’ll suck my clay all night!anag. incl. VA; clay = human body, tobacco pipe
HCT. E. SandersHere see a potentially prime cause of anaemiav. a + anag., & lit.
HCC. ShawThe sort of sucker to give a fur coat to one who will nobly promise a bit of encouragementMP in vair + e
HCG. H. WillettI’ve sanguine hopes of a sleeper, having to travel with a petvamp ire

Runners-Up in competition 247:

F. D. H. AtkinsonC. E. GatesD. MorganJ. Thomas
Lt Col P. S. BainesW. E. GreenP. H. MorganA. E. Thompson
J. W. BatesP. A. HallC. J. MorseJ. Thompson
M. BowlesF. H. W. HawesA. RivlinW. H. Victory
C. M. BrownS. HolgateC. RosebourneB. J. Wain
J. ColebyW. I. N. KesselL. J. SearsG. H. Wilkins
E. J. CollmanC. KoopMrs E. ShackletonM. Woolf
W. J. DuffinH. LyonO. Carlton SmithA. J. Young
M. B. FisherT. W. MelluishF. ThomasI. Young