Ximenes Competition No. 187  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  186  |  188  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
187 Feb 1952GROWLER normal17


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstG. H. WillettImprove the pound by the end of September? It might come as a jar to the American publicgrow L (Septemb)er; ref. Britain’s improving economy in 1952
SecondC. Allen Baker“I am a dog, beware my fangs,” snarls the advancer, claiming the pound of fleshL in grower; Merchant of V.III.3
ThirdJ. ThompsonPotential Home Guard increase supported by Butler: objection withdrawngrow + (but)ler; ref. R.A. Butler, CE, and 1952 reconstitution of the Home Guard
HCJ. A. BlairI had as much as two whiskies to drive on. It can mean jug!2 defs.; whisky2 has two wheels, a growler has four
HCMrs D. M. D’EathSwell! Here’s the end of Butler.—(Evidently a vehicle of the Opposition)grow + (But)ler; ref. R.A. Butler, CE, 1952
HCL. E. Eyres“Your pint-stowp,” Mr. Jarndyce. Does that convey anything? It used to!3 mngs.; i.e. US pron. of ‘stoup’; one found in growlery; ref. John J. in ‘Bleak House’, ch. 8
HCR. M. GraceThe fish seems about to bite when the angler loses his head and takes in linerow in (an)gler
HCH. C. HillsPitcher for the “Yankees”—he tries intimidation but has often been taken for a home run!2 cryptic defs.
HCT. O. HughesOld form of coach, with mount harnessed to the leading part of itler(e) following grow & lit.
HCJ. JonesSame sort of thing as sulky, only more so, and always on the nagcryptic def.; sulky (n) = two wheeled vehicle
HCD. P. M. MichaelBass may be imported in America, but means of conveyance must be found!2 mngs.; imported = meant
HCMaj J. N. PurdonA surly producer of cross words: a disgruntled setter, perhaps2 cryptic defs.
HCD. W. ReedsYou don’t hear me grumble at the heavy fares nowadays—gave up travelling years ago!cryptic def.
HCMrs E. M. SimmondsAngler without line misses an intending biter!row in (an)gler
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsTwo sovereigns to cage the blinking bird, he grumbles, and a perch would do as well!owl in GR, ER; g. type of bass
HCMiss D. W. TaylorGet longer and longer (both ends, but more at the back)—“sausage” dog when his tail’s pulled?grow + l(ong)er
HCJ. VallelyPulling in a line, the angler without one is a chap with a grouserow in (an)gler, & lit.

Runners-Up in competition 187:

E. S. AinleyS. GoldieE. L. MellershE. J. Rackham
Lt Col P. S. BainesR. J. HallT. W. MelluishH. Rainger
G. J. ChapmanC. T. HattenW. L. MironMrs J. Robertson
G. N. CollinsR. W. HawesC. J. MorseL. Ryden
Cdr H. H. L. DicksonM. HendersonMrs E. K. MumfordE. O. Seymour
F. E. DixonG. T. HerringF. E. NewloveG. Stanhope-Lovell
W. M. EastherL. R. HuxtableM. NewmanJ. A. L. Sturrock
Miss R. Le S. FilleulW. JenkinsonR. PostillI. Young
Mrs J. O. FullerG. G. LawranceE. R. Prentice