Ximenes Competition No. 225  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  223  |  227  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
225 Mar 1953TOUCHSTONES normal18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstC. J. MorseBasanites: a tribe of fools, said to use their bulls as stalking-horses!2 mngs; AYLI V:4:112, T. “uses his folly as a s.-h.”; cf. Psalm 22.12 “bulls of Bas(h)an” [see comments]
SecondR. M. S. CorkBy feeling pelts, they divide the sheep from the goatstouch + stones (vb.)
ThirdT. W. MelluishGive the fool two testrils—or testersTouchstone + s (= shilling); tester, testril = sixpence; ref. AYLI
HCJ. A. BlairThey make tests on the exterior of a precious objectouch2 in anag., & lit.
HCD. J. FurleyA ring on test? Such are the materials usedanag. incl. O, & lit.
HCA. R. M. HooperDo they give “the lie direct” to golden dreams?double mng.; ref. AYLI V:4
HCL. JohnsonHutton all at sea (bad cess to him!) with a duck in the Tests0 in anag. of Hutton cess; ref. Len H., cricketer
HCJ. Hardie KeirHutton’s second blob! Looks disastrous with the Tests in sight!anag. incl. sec 0; blob = duck; ref. Len H., cricketer
HCF. E. NewloveThe XI for these Tests must include Hutton ’cos ’e’s smashing!anag.; 11 letters; ref. Len H., cricketer
HCR. PostillAt testing times they often showed a yellow streak. Shakespeare’s lied skilfully to avoid fighting2 mngs.; gold; ref. AYLI, T.’s duel
HCE. J. RackhamTest on such, and nothing more, provides but a rough analysisanag. & lit.
HCT. E. SandersHutton’s second duck—that’s hardly the form we want for the Testsanag. incl. sec 0; ref. Len H., cricketer
HCE. B. StevensCertain tests applied whereby in seconds a dud note is spotted by the feeltouch + anag. in s, s
HCL. T. StokesOn these the cuts soon show the difference in make-upanag. & lit.
HCP. H. TaylorThey prove what may be hocus on testanag. & lit.
HCH. WalshamTries to borrow from a chap who is always good for a bobtouch St. one s (= shilling)
HCA. H. WrightHe’s left gems on the brooch—they show up the goldt(he) ouch2 + stones
HCA. J. YoungThey are used in the old saying—People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t even ——!i.e. touch stones; saying (obs.) = assaying

Runners-Up in competition 225:

E. S. AinleyMrs M. HendersonA. RobinsMiss R. E. Speight
C. Allen BakerB. J. IliffeMrs G. W. RobinsonJ. A. L. Sturrock
Rev B. ChapmanC. J. LoweJ. C. ShawJ. Thompson
J. A. FinckenE. L. MellershF. N. ShimminG. F. W. Turner
Mrs J. O. FullerM. NewmanW. K. M. Slimmings 
S. B. GreenJ. D. P. O’LearyL. R. Smith 
C. R. HaighM. G. Powell-DaviesMiss N. Smith