Ximenes Competition No. 205  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  204  |  206  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
205 Oct 1952CANTANKEROUS normal18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstR. R. GreenfieldLike a dog in the manger, eating malignantly with intermittent barktan1 in cankerous
SecondJ. A. BlairMost unwilling to give an O.K.—recusant, in other wordsanag. & lit.
ThirdMrs A. SladdenSo Kate can run amuck? Shrewish!anag.; ref. Taming of the S.
HCC. Allen BakerIt’s just like a rotter—lying about a ring with no intention of givingtan1 in cankerous; tan, circus ring
HCR. N. ChignellBit of a song about the wine ration, gets us finally in bad temperanker in canto + us; alcohol not officially rationed during and post WW2, but in short supply
HCJ. C. R. ClaphamPerverse and morbidly sour aren’t in itan’t in cankerous & lit.
HCMrs D. M. D’EathDifficult cross-word? Run, ask at once if it’s devilled!anag.
HCW. M. EastherBeing hard to please, North Korea can’t come to a settlement with usanag. incl. N + us; ref. Korean war, unfinished in 1952
HCJ. A. FloodA sunken actor goes into variety, having an aptitude for cross talkanag.
HCB. A. GunnerDo not use a crank carelessly—liable to fly off the handle!anag., indicated by do … carelessly
HCR. J. HallCan a distributor of oil over the waters practically oust the ill-tempered?can tanker ous(t); oil on troubled waters
HCC. KoopKate can run so wild! That’s how she struck Petruchioanag.; ref. Taming of the S.
HCJ. P. Lloyd“Crustakean?” No! Something wrong with that. Try “Crabby”anag.
HCC. J. MorseCountersank screws round an axehead liable to fly off the handle unexpectedlyi.e. a(xe) in anag.
HCE. J. RackhamWe so describe one who cannot agree with us, nor can take us light-heartedlyanag. & lit.
HCL. T. StokesLiable to blow up any time! Preserve the reservoir! Sure nothing is amiss below!can tank + anag. with O
HCT. G. WellmanCountersank a screw: difficult, it being not level-headedanag.
HCL. C. WrightGet a century, then try to sneak a run—but make it snappy!C + anag.

Runners-Up in competition 205:

E. S. AinleyMrs N. FisherJ. Hardie KeirA. J. C. Saunders
T. E. BellMrs D. FullerE. E. R. KilnerW. I. D. Scott
A. J. BissetMrs J. O. FullerA. F. LerrigoMrs E. Shackleton
Rev L. BlackburnC. E. GatesF. C. LillE. T. Smith
J. BuistS. GoldieL. V. MartinE. B. Stevens
Miss E. C. ChapmanC. P. GrantT. A. MartinMrs C. Taylor
F. A. ClarkE. W. HandleyE. L. MellershH. S. Tribe
B. G. H. CleggE. L. HaywardF. E. NewloveJ. D. Tutin
G. N. CoulterB. J. HazzardA. P. O’LearyB. J. Wain
J. C. B. DateC. HighamR. PostillJ. F. N. Wedge
C. P. DearnleyA. R. M. HooperE. R. PrenticeR. Wells
F. E. DixonF. G. IllingworthMaj J. N. PurdonM. Woolf
Maj F. R. E. DurieDr D. S. M. ImrieE. W. RichartH. T. Young
T. DwyerL. W. JenkinsonJ. Riley 
L. E. EyresL. F. JohnsonA. Robins