Ximenes Competition No. 467  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  464  |  469  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
467 Xmas 1957A humorous definition Humorous definition22


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstV. JenningsDYE—Stain, as used to preserve the colour of the hair, and the illusions cherished beneath it 
SecondBrig W. E. DuncanSTAY—A visit, or a visitation, depending on existing relations 
ThirdR. PostillSTAY—(In pl., now largely obs.) constraining belt worn by women, and others, on the doubtful assumption that truth is stranger than fiction 
HCC. O. ButcherCHEST—The thorax; by extension (usu., in women, the utmost possible), its measurement 
HCR. N. ChignellBUS—(Coll.), owner’s description (used with pride, affection, or apology, according to make and age) of private car 
HCA. H. CloughDYE—Artificial colouring used as make-up by women to enhance (as they suppose) their charm, and by savages to inspire terror 
HCJ. McI. CruickshankSALTIRE—The St. Andrew’s Cross, esp. in heraldry and in usage of those who seek to establish the existence of a Scottish culture as a distinct entity 
HCL. W. DarbySTAY—Means of support, esp. when used to keep up a ship’s mast or a woman’s appearances 
HCJ. H. DingwallBUS—Vehicle in which many are transported though few with delight 
HCMaj A. J. DouchDYE—A preparation used to restore hair to its natural colour (unnatural in the case of other women) 
HCT. DwyerRANK—An empty space for the use of taxi-cabs 
HCA. J. EntwistleOGRE—Fairy-tale giant: fig. applied to woman-eater by women who like being eaten 
HCJ. GreenCHEST—Large box for articles collected over a considerable time (by brides, buccaneers and bluebeards) 
HCS. B. GreenBUS—A road vehicle, to carry passengers, limited in large towns to those who have time not to walk 
HCF. G. IllingworthDYE—To change the colour of a garment so that it may not be recognised by other women 
HCL. H. L. JacksonTROCHE—A round medicinal tablet, which some people prefer to take with a pinch of salt 
HCM. Tyrrell LewisSAVOUR—Taste, odour, flavour, relish, obs. in British inns, restaurants, etc. 
HCGrp Capt G. Struan MarshallRANK—Title of social degree gained by the possession of virtues, ancestors, long service, or guineas 
HCH. RaingerBUS—Omnibus, for all except purists 
HCE. TaylorCATER—To provide food or entertainment, perhaps both 
HCP. H. TaylorDYE—When applied to ladies’ hair, the colour above the roots 
HCJ. ThompsonBUS—Conveyance run for the general public—or vice versa 

Runners-Up in competition 467:

G. C. AgerL. E. EyresA. H. JonesD. J. Ridley
D. AshcroftJ. B. FilburnE. A. JonesMrs E. Shackleton
H. M. BarclayC. E. GatesCapt G. LanghamJ. M. Sharman
H. BernardJ. H. GawlerH. LewisK. C. Slater
Mrs G. BonsallS. GoldieC. J. MorseJ. F. Smith
P. R. BowringRev R. M. GraceA. P. O’LearyJ. H. Snape
R. BrainR. R. GreenfieldJ. W. ParrJ. G. Stubbs
V. E. BrookeE. J. GriewH. C. S. PerryH. G. Tattersall
J. E. BrownJ. H. GrummittE. G. PhillipsMiss D. W. Taylor
R. S. CaffynD. HendersonW. J. PlumbH. S. Tribe
P. M. CoombsDr D. S. M. ImrieT. D. Powell-DaviesK. Urwin
Cdr H. H. L. DicksonA. L. JefferyE. J. RackhamM. Wood
R. EntwistleT. E. S. JobsonG. H. RavenorC. P. Wroth