Ximenes Competition No. 404  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  400  |  408  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
404 Oct 1956POLENTA normal18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstS. B. GreenBed-sitter in Italy to let (furnished) with a suitable breakfast providedPo lent a; i.e. river bed; lend = let, furnish
SecondA. BorshellN. B. Breakfast in exotic dress! Grass skirts provided here!lent in poa; NB = North British
ThirdA. W. MaddocksTo gondoliers and others—early course of river fast—not for the inexperiencedPo Lent A (film classification)
HCJ. W. BatesJust the stuff to give to Ian if he should become Neapolitan!anag. less Ian, & lit.
HCCdr H. H. L. DicksonNo plate so concocted could compare with Scotch spaghetti!anag.; i.e. Italian porridge
HCP. A. DrillienSoft and smelly—a typical Italian meal!p olent a
HCH. W. EvansSoft Latin oaten mixtureanag. incl. p, L, & lit.
HCJ. A. FinckenThis is the stuff for a Neapolitan—but not Ian!anag. less Ian, & lit.
HCC. E. GatesIan will hae naething tae do wi’ siccan unco Neapolitan parritch!anag. less Ian, & lit.
HCD. G. HuckleSuitable porridge for Giovanni, but for Ian, absurdly Neapolitananag. less Ian, & lit.
HCC. H. HudsonEnd of the Axis, half nation in ruins—result, meatless dish for the Italianspole + anag. of nat(ion)
HCJ. W. JenkinsFood that goes soft and smelly before Antonio will eat itp olent a. (ante)
HCC. KoopFare to Italy—including meals! This is where to take the plane to for a changeanag.; meal = grain
HCA. E. NorthOutcome of Lepanto gave rise to stirring scenes in Italian home watersanag.; ref. naval battle of L., 1571
HCF. B. StubbsIs this porridge creamy, or has the —— watery flavour?i.e. Po lent a
HCMiss D. W. TaylorSoft, Latin, oaten messanag. incl. p, L, & lit.
HCD. WorsfoldScotch plate on Italian table.anag. & lit.; scotch = wound
HCJ. S. YoungWould Scotsmen stand for this “No-pleat” kilt?anag.; Scots traditionally eat porridge standing up; kilt from kill = damage

Runners-Up in competition 404:

C. Allen BakerS. GoldieN. C. MahonyWing Cdr R. L. Scott
E. A. BeaulahC. P. GrantE. L. MellershG. M. Stark
T. E. BellMrs M. H. GrayT. W. MelluishJ. Thompson
F. E. BrookfieldP. GraystoneD. P. M. MichaelJ. R. Tilley
Sir R. BroomfieldJ. H. GrummittC. J. MorseLt Col J. B. Walters
Mrs CaithnessR. N. HaygarthF. E. NewloveJ. B. Widdowson
H. L. CarterA. L. JefferyDr S. L. PatonM. Winterbottom
R. N. ChignellV. JenningsT. J. PimbleyJ. D. Wonham
H. A. ClementW. JohnsonR. PostillM. Woolf
W. J. DuffinH. A. B. LatimerG. W. Pugh 
Dr W. M. EastherJ. D. LockettE. J. Rackham 
Mrs J. O. FullerC. J. LoweMrs D. A. Reid