Azed Competition No. 853  Azed Slip  |  ◀  849  |  857  ▶  |  Other competitions  |  ordStats
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
853 Sep 1988DEBACLE normal23


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstR. J. WhaleThis situation, with letters in extremis, could make you cable Azed!anag. less A, Z, & lit.; ref. postal strike
SecondN. C. DexterElbe, with extremes of cold, possibly needs one to break it?a in anag. incl. c, d, & lit.; d. = sudden flood
ThirdH. FreemanSeb Coe medal blunder – some —— in selection?comp. anag. & lit.; ref. S. C. not selected for 1988 Olympics
VHCM. BarleyEntries to Competition Azed being held up in strike – disaster!C A b (rev.) in dele; ref. postal strike
VHCH. J. BradburyEntries to COMPETITION AZED being held up by strike, it may be a wash-outC A b (rev.) in dele; ref. postal strike
VHCMrs A. R. BradfordFirst three in Debenham sale (wanting a hat) caught in stampedeDeb + c in (s)ale
VHCC. J. BroughamRush entry up by taxi in strikecab (rev.) in dele; ref. Azed comp, postal strike
VHCE. J. BurgeThis absorbing bit of mail could become becalmed? Disaster!anag. less m; ref. postal strike
VHCC. A. ClarkeRush managed to return North, almost back in – the end of Aldridge?bac(k) in led (rev.) + e; ref. Ian R., John A., Liverpool FC
VHCG. P. ConwayDisastrous conclusion – socialite’s presentation leads to this, perhaps, if non-Udeb + a cl(u)e
VHCL. J. DavenportCracking the last two letters in Scrabble! As a start, the first five are easily deployedanag. of ABCDE + le
VHCDr I. S. FletcherCrash? EC bedlam with millions lost in panicanag. less m
VHCS. C. FordA. Border’s knocked up 150 prior to English collapsea bed (rev.) + CL + E; ref. Allan B.
VHCN. C. GoddardChannel rises and one’s left in sudden floodbed (rev.) + l in ace
VHCR. HooperHalf of MCC able bats? That won’t debar English collapseanag. of DC able + E
VHCA. H. JonesE.g. this month’s competition entry, possibly cabled around the 8th of Septembere in anag.; ref. postal strike
VHCF. P. N. LakeEETPU blacked and could be kaput! End this break-upcomp. anag.; ref. postal union on strike
VHCC. W. LaxtonPossible result of bad leg, with Coe being out – leading pair for Gold both missinganag. less go; ref. Seb C. and Steve Ovett not selected for 1988 Olympics
VHCS. G. G. MacDonaldThe French front five in a scrum collapseanag. of le ABCDE
VHCL. K. MaltbyA flop? Plot needs a lift and a fifty per cent cutbed (rev.) + a cle(ave)
VHCD. F. ManleyDee would have melting ice table with it breaking outD + anag. less it, & lit.; d. = sudden flood
VHCR. F. NaishTaking last three for nought, Alec Bedser compounded collapseanag. less ser; ref. Sir A. B., cricketer
VHCH. L. RhodesWhat lower class supplanting society would surely producedebase with cl. for S, & lit.

HCs in competition 853 awarded to:

Mrs G. M. BarkerS. GaskellH. S. MasonW. J. M. Scotland
E. A. BeaulahH. J. GodwinL. MayA. D. Scott
B. BurtonD. V. HarryJ. R. C. MichieD. M. Stanford
C. J. & M. P. ButlerC. R. HarveyT. J. MooreyF. B. Stubbs
B. CostinP. HendersonJ. J. MurthaR. C. Teuton
Mrs M. P. CraineI. A. HerbertF. R. PalmerD. A. T. Wallace
D. J. Dare-PlumptonG. B. HigginsMrs E. M. PhairM. G. Wilson
R. V. DeardenE. HornbyD. Price Jones 
M. EarleA. LawrieA. Rivlin 
C. J. FeetenbyM. A. Macdonald-CooperJ. H. Russell