Ximenes Competition No. 249  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  247  |  251  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
249 Sep 1953BALM normal20


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstE. L. MellershOld console—for a hand-blown organcryptic def.; balm (vb.) = soothe; i.e. for the nose
SecondC. KoopIt’s appeasement that leads you by the nose. Rub that in!3 mngs.
ThirdA. B. GardnerWhere the Queen is present, you must not use “Viva,” but you may say “Salve!”Balm(oral)
HCJ. W. BatesCricket after this season was something for the poet write about!balm(-cricket), attrib. to Tennyson; season (vb.) = preserve
HCRev B. ChapmanI’ll give you a dressing-down if you’re late!cryptic def.; i.e. dead
HCW. J. Duffin“Web” almost certainly includes what’s in clue to “conspiracy”—it’s also found in “plot”hidden here and in clue 13 dn
HCE. GomersallTake a couple of afternoons away from space-filling for a newspaper—the rest will do you good!Balaam less a, a; press slang
HCS. B. GreenIs this right for Ealing Common? Third left—the rest’s a bit trickyl in bam; i.e. (h)ealing
HCR. R. GreenfieldHerb is half way to getting the boot: the rest is still unwrittenbalm(oral); ref. Herbert Morrison MP, Deputy Leader of Labour Party
HCMrs L. JarmanBoot can supply it: don’t take by mouth!baIm(oral), & lit.; Boot’s chemist
HCB. J. McCann1000 to 50, Jack? Back it. It may make life easier, if you put enough onM L AB (all rev.)
HCG. PerryTo preserve half-boot use newspaper padding—you won’t need a second pairBal(aa)m, 2 defs.; press slang
HCMrs E. M. SimmondsThe comfort that comes in retiring from labourhidden rev.
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsThe soothing influence of the garden where the Queen is free from “Viva!”Balm(oral)
HCMiss D. W. TaylorSimple, but not completely daftbalm(y); simple = medicinal plant
HCH. S. TribeArsenal has lost all heart and finds itself among the bottom sides—what’s the remedy?A(rsena)l in b(otto)m
HCJ. F. N. WedgeThe donkey rider had no drivers’ club to make things smooth in the old days!Balaam less AA; ref. Numbers 22:21ff
HCT. G. WellmanPreserve a Liberal in the British Museum as a subject of lamentation!a L in BM; ref. Jeremiah 8:22, “b. in Gilead”
HCJ. S. YoungThe first half of the Prime Minister’s recent address gives a simple remedy for some of our common illsBalm(oral), visited by PM in summer
HCI. YoungThe asinine fellow hasn’t a double—that’s a comfort!Bal(aa)m; ref. Numbers 22:21ff

Runners-Up in competition 249:

E. S. AinleyMrs N. FisherL. W. JenkinsonW. O. Robertson
C. Allen BakerMrs D. FullerL. JohnsonA. Robins
J. M. BeatonC. C. M. GiffinJ. JonesT. E. Sanders
H. BernardMaj A. H. GilesW. I. N. KesselE. T. Smith
Mrs R. M. BlakeJ. A. Maxtone GrahamE. E. R. KilnerW. C. Tame
H. G. ButtersW. E. GreenH. A. B. LatimerJ. Thompson
E. T. CaddyT. J. GuffickH. M. LloydT. R. Tiller
Miss L. M. CollinsP. A. HallJ. P. LloydJ. B. Widdowson
D. A. CouttsG. F. HeverinP. H. MorganW. D. Wigley
G. H. DicksonA. R. M. HooperE. R. PrenticeM. Winterbottom
Mrs W. FearonF. E. HumpageC. P. Rea