Ximenes Competition No. 975  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  971  |  980  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
975 Oct 1967HALE normal19


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstA. A. MalcolmAlmost stop with the end of a cue, producing draghal(t) + (cu)e; ref. snooker, billiards
SecondMrs B. LewisYou need to pull your weight—I’m well in with a leprechaunhidden; 2 defs.; l. does drudgery
ThirdMrs R. HarveyGet well in with a leader to get “pull”hidden; 2 defs.
VHCMrs K. BissettI call for an answer on soundi.e. hail, & lit.; ref. quiz-master, Lionel H.
VHCC. O. ButcherTo function as drawers bloomers should be light round figures—not O.S.hal(o)e(s); 2 defs.; bloom in health
VHCJ. CrowtherIn top form, Harold always leads Edward—the polls show itfirst letters; polls = heads; ref H. Wilson, E. Heath
VHCF. D. GardinerPerhaps she wrote initially … had a little ewe?first letters & lit. S. J. Hale, Oxf. Dict. Quot.
VHCL. W. JenkinsonSomething like strapping is essential to teach a lessonhidden
VHCG. JohnstoneCaught by breath—ale-washed … fit to drive? Quite the reversehidden; 2 defs.
VHCA. LawrieWell that would become a source of oil with Shell’s capitali.e. S(hell) + hale = shale
VHCL. F. LeasonWhere’s the Cheshire cat? It’s gone in with a leap—we’ll have to drag wellhidden; 3 defs.; Hale in Cheshire
VHCJ. D. H. MackintoshSound that member of school makes when the head’s awayi.e. (w)hale
VHCH. S. MasonSound of health formerly and still sound of health2 defs.; hail2, obs.
VHCC. J. MorseWith a hogshead you should get beer to draw well—and strongh(ogshead) + ale; 3 defs.
VHCR. F. PardoeWell, sunk, in the ground, yields oili.e. hale in soil = shale oil
VHCT. E. SandersHardy revealing what the “Two on a Tower” do?2 mngs.; ref. book by Thomas H.
VHCJ. SparrowIn triumph a leek is fit. (Henry the Fifth)hidden, Hal +e (fifth letter): Hen V IV.7
VHCL. T. StokesSound track2 defs.; track2
VHCJ. T. StringerThis well might be a drink as potent as a bombH-ale; cf. H-bomb

HCs in competition 975 awarded to:

C. J. AndersonMrs M. P. CraineR. H. F. IshamSir W. Slimmings
J. W. BatesN. C. DexterE. G. JonesF. B. Stubbs
J. BrockL. A. DiehlA. F. LerrigoJ. G. Stubbs
Rev C. M. BrounF. E. DixonMrs S. M. MacphersonA. Sudbery
R. S. CaffynG. H. Du BoulayMrs E. McFeeP. H. Taylor
D. L. L. ClarkeJ. A. FinckenT. W. MelluishA. F. Toms
E. F. ClaytonA. L. FreemanR. PostillB. C. Westall
P. R. ClemowG. W. HartshornE. J. Rackham