Ximenes Competition No. 146  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  145  |  147  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
146 Aug 1950BELDAME normal13


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstW. K. M. SlimmingsNo wonder the old lady’s furious: she’s nothing to show but the B.E.M., and that’s tarnishedanag. of BE Medal [see comments]
SecondR. Postill“The Third Man?” Head’s gone: Matron’s to go later. She’s furious!(A)bel + dame; Abel = third man on earth; ref. 1949 film
ThirdJ. A. FloodElbe dam bombed by an old Spitfire. Probably a miss, though!anag.; i.e. a female spitfire; oblique ref. to 617 Sqn ‘Dambusters’ raids
HCC. A. BakerJezebel’s end made a considerable mess of—Jezebel!(jeze)bel + anag. of made; ref. death of Jezebel, 2 Kings 9:30–37
HCH. P. ChubbHorrid old Grannie to bleed Mummy when broke!anag. of bleed ma [see comments]
HCF. L. ConstableI’m a good worker, about fifty, female—yet I appear to be a woman scornedL dam in bee; “Hell hath no fury …”
HCS. B. GreenBook the Castilian cutie—she’s a witch!b. el (Sp.) dame
HCC. H. HudsonIt’s all right for an old Granny, but here’s Mother, on the right side of 50, in a sewing circle!L, dam in bee; sewing bee
HCC. KoopHow the blade trembles before me! Stage fright?anag. + me; ref. Macbeth II.1 and witches
HCF. E. Newlove‘‘Is this a dagger which I see before me?” Not so! It’s one of the weird sistersanag. of blade + me; ref. Macbeth II.1 and witches [see comments]
HCA. E. SmithWith a broken heart, the old lady shows her medalB(O)E + anag. of medal; BOE = Bank of England, ‘The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street’
HCCapt C. TyersMerely be fifty, and a woman is called a hag!be L dame
HCJ. S. YoungAn uncomfortable bed and a badly served meal is enough to make a woman furiousanag. of bed, meal

Runners-Up in competition 146:

T. BilsboroughBrig W. E. DuncanD. S. M. ImrieMrs H. N. Lock
M. L. BookerE. G. DurhamMrs L. JarmanC. J. Morse
Mrs CaithnessL. E. EyresW. A. JesperN. J. Reed
P. M. CoombsMrs N. FisherE. E. R. KilnerH. Ingram Rees
F. E. DixonC. E. GatesG. G. LawranceT. E. Sanders
J. DuffillL. R. HuxtableB. M. Legg