Ximenes Competition No. 873  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  868  |  878  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
873 Oct 1965VETERANS normal21


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstS. L. PatonSome of us could use Martinis—pass the gin upvet + snare (rev.); M. = rifles
SecondR. PostillOld soldiers? If you mean empty bottles … no! Doctor’s given up ginvet + snare (rev.)
ThirdA. LawrieErnest and Virginia have got spliced; they’ve had a long engagementanag. incl. Va
VHCJ. C. BrashThey can no longer get to the front yet try to catch upvet + snare (rev.)
VHCA. R. ChandlerWe’ve enough experience to check mounting temptationvet + snare (rev.)
VHCP. R. ClemowGin and French swallowed up immediately after five? Some of them might have ordered early MartinisV + et in snare (all rev.); M. = rifles
VHCL. E. EyresOld soldiers, or perhaps airmen, or possibly even tarsanag.
VHCP. H. FreemanNever sat tight? On the contrary, they always didanag.
VHCN. L. HindleyEven “Rats” may become experienced campaignersanag.; cf. Desert R.
VHCR. E. KimmonsFlitting revenants with disembodied heart are said to be immortal!anag. of reve(n)ants; “Old soldiers never die...”
VHCA. A. MalcolmFor wearers of crowns they were staunch, and never sat uneasilyanag.; cf. “Uneasy lies…”
VHCT. W. MelluishThose who never die incredibly never sat in a messanag.; “incredibly” working in two ways; “Old soldiers never die...”
VHCF. E. NewloveThese may recall five years abroad, including that summer in Paris with the end of Hitlerété + r, all in V ans, & lit.
VHCM. NewmanVehicles to get wrapped around tree in crash? Let’s hope not, when we compete next monthanag. in vans; ref. London–Brighton veteran car rally
VHCMrs N. PerryThe old regulars catch up after endless prohibitionvet(o) + snare (rev.)
VHCG. PerryE. g. X’s older solvers star even with Carte Blancheanag.; C.B. = freedom and ref. title of puzzle
VHCF. B. RamseyYou need experienced troops against big guns flanked by giantsv. + RA in etens
VHCG. Snowden-DaviesWhat one must do to one’s clues to catch up with the experienced competitors?vet + snare (rev.)
VHCP. H. TaylorThe even-star becomes themanag. & lit.; twilight years
VHCRev C. D. WestbrookOld men-of-war making even tars out of sorts!anag.
VHCMrs M. WishartOld warhorses can be put into condition and then spring upvet + snare (rev.); spring = springe

HCs in competition 873 awarded to:

T. AndersonJ. C. FarmanL. JohnsonW. H. Pegram
C. Allen BakerH. W. FlewettG. JohnstoneR. V. Penycate
J. W. BatesM. S. Y. FowlerJ. H. C. LeachT. E. Sanders
Sir T. BrintonA. L. FreemanL. F. LeasonMrs E. M. Simmonds
Rev C. M. BrounK. GibsonA. F. LerrigoW. K. M. Slimmings
W. T. CliftS. GoldieMrs B. LewisC. M. Tatham
D. L. W. CollinsE. J. GriewJ. D. H. MackintoshK. I. Torrance
J. CrowtherLady HaringtonDr T. J. R. MaguireA. Turner
T. DaviesD. HawsonMrs E. McFeeM. A. Vernon
N. C. DexterS. HolgateC. J. MorseG. H. Willett
W. EiteL. W. JenkinsonS. R. ParsonsS. E. Wilson