Ximenes Competition No. 543  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  538  |  547  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
543 Jun 1959NUTRIA / ERMINE Right and Left18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstF. B. StubbsFound rooting about the bank—could spell ruin at Old Street—magistrate’s liveryanag.; 2 mngs.; ref. Ermine St., old Roman Road, and O.S. Magistrate’s Court
SecondP. H. MorganTough has wind up: if caught he’ll get skinned in determined judicial fashion!nut + air (rev.); hidden, ref. judge’s robes
ThirdD. B. J. AmblerThe tough’s got slight wind up: stole material of value, making a faltering claim to ownership, furtive beastnut + air (rev.); er mine; stole1, n.
HCC. Allen BakerMake certain of “The Detective Disappears, or The Long-Bodied Creature”! It’s hair raising enough to make the blood dry up!(det)ermine; nut (= young blood) + air (rev.)
HCJ. W. BatesThe makings of a muff, in the rough in a rut; the makings of another —in mere foozling!anag.; anag.
HCP. M. CoombsBlonde’s fur wrap’s taken nearly all my “Ernie”—almost crazy raising the wind towards fur suitable for the wife!anag. of m(y) Ernie; nut(s) + air (rev.); ref. Premium Bonds; raise the wind = raise funds
HCF. E. DixonBefore devouring (tail first) game stoat, the Spanish otter gives it a run freenim1 (rev.) in ere; anag.; nutria (Sp.) = otter
HCC. E. GatesUp with an iron at St. Andrews, involving something of a putt—a hair-raising four-footer! It’s enough to daunt a rabbit, but I’m up and in—an eagle!(p)ut(t) in airn (rev.); I’m (rev.) in erne; rabbit = inferior golfer [see comments]
HCV. JenningsLittle beast due to be flayed shows sign of hesitancy—with sorry mien, head has to freshen up to give something warming!er + anag.; nut + air (rev.); ref. school caning
HCMrs E. McFeeIt’s tough raising the wind for a fur—an expensive fur. You could get it if Ernie did the right thing about a thousand!nut + air (rev); M in anag.; ref. Premium Bonds; raise the wind = raise funds
HCC. J. MorseSmart young thing wants to show off getting up in one expensive fur before appearing about midday in another!nut + air (rev.), i.e. young blood; m. in ere + in
HCF. E. NewloveOld Street magistrate wears handsome coat, otherwise déshabillé most of trial!2 mngs.; nu (= naked, Fr.) + tria(l); ref. Ermine St., old Roman Road
HCR. F. PardoePerking the beak, an eagle swoops to clutch ’im up, head down, then bearing up what looks like a large water-rat’im (rev.) in erne; nut + air (rev.); perk = dress smartly
HCS. L. PatonMyopotamus is a form of rat universal in a place where tykes are apt to dig—its black tail-tip is characteristicanag. of rat U in; E.R. (= East Riding) + mine; M. = coypu, qv.
HCR. PostillHead’s got wind up. Little rat stole stuff the property of a beak; (half of beer belonging to me!)nut + air (rev.); (be)er + mine; stole1, n.
HCH. RotterI provide an excellent present for partner, proper caught in No Trumps with King and one—Ace Queen in my possession is a valuable coverU in NT + R I A.; ER + mine; ref. bridge
HCT. E. SandersIt may be a Royal Artillery unit that gets caught in a trap—a regiment that’s hoist with its own petard, bigger than something that just goes “pop”!anag. inc. RA; RE (rev.) + mine; ref. song “Pop goes the weasel”
HCJ. F. N. WedgeMadam likes my warm embrace in the runabout I run at present almost enough to make her marry me!anag.; (h)er mine, & lit.

Runners-Up in competition 543:

Lt Col P. S. BainesJ. HooperA. D. MattockMrs E. M. Simmonds
E. C. BinghamMrs L. JarmanD. P. M. MichaelW. K. M. Slimmings
Mrs G. BonsallJ. W. JohnstonW. L. MironJ. Walters
Mrs A. L. BoormanG. KirschB. G. QuinJ. B. Widdowson
T. DaviesP. G. LambE. J. RackhamC. E. Williams
G. H. DicksonA. LawrieH. Rainger 
M. S. Y. FowlerMiss J. S. LumsdenA. Robins 
E. GomersallDr R. J. LumsdenE. O. Seymour