Ximenes Competition No. 241  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  239  |  243  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
241 Jul 1953MANDOLINE normal25


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstG. H. WillettIt rouses a song and dance, this race swindle with a telephone-cableman do line; Bath racecourse swindle of 16 July 1953 involved cutting of cable
SecondE. J. CollmanBeing a bustle pad, it is round at the back, fitted with stringsman do line2 (= stuff, pad)
ThirdE. R. PrenticeMy back may be arched, but I’m responsive when held by the neck and strokedcryptic def.
HCE. S. AinleyNot the woman to play the chit in Balalaika—not quite! Too stringy and round-backed!man, do (= act), line (= short letter, chit); B., play and film
HCJ. A. BlairIt takes some pluck for a chap to sabotage the telephone wire!man do line; Bath racecourse swindle of 16 July 1953 involved cutting of cable
HCW. C. CartnerMiller’s cross, and in good form—usually plays well when strung-upand in moline; ref. Keith Miller, Aussie all-rounder, test series 1953
HCG. N. CoulterWhat’s 51 into 1001? You’ll find it close to a score!LI in M and one; musical score
HCMrs N. DeanDancer, with hair flowing about him, fretted in lover’s lapDolin in mane: fret2; ref. Anton Dolin, ballet dancer
HCCdr H. H. L. DicksonPluckable? Yes, a fellow to swindle to the limitman do line; pluck = swindle
HCT. DwyerIt requires dexterity in manipulating wires for a man to work a swindle on the telephoneman do line; Bath racecourse swindle of 16 July 1953 involved cutting of cable
HCJ. A. FloodDamn, blast, the Circle Line! This is not right for the Angelanag. of damn + O + line
HCS. GoldieRavel—il m’a donné quelque chose à jouer!anag. & lit.; ravel = disentangle
HCR. W. HawesThough round-backed and stringy, I may be picked for a few rounds—with the gloves off!cryptic def.; rounds = songs; boxing
HCP. HoltbyThere goes a member of the race meeting swindle with telephone instrument, backing round behind the wires!man do line; Bath racecourse swindle of 16 July 1953 involved cutting of cable
HCL. W. JenkinsonA new head for the P. & O. Line—it’s worked by pulling strings on the bridge!M for P in P and O Line
HCJ. Hardie KeirRound-backed, long-necked, and with “strings to pull”—just the bloke to dodge the armyman do line
HCW. M. MartinBy pulling strings one becomes noted, and is even invested with an Iron Cross!and in moline
HCT. W. MelluishFor wielders of the quill one’s lot in life goes on being the sameman + do. (ditto) + line (= lot in life, rare)
HCD. P. M. MichaelDestroying an old mine requires plenty of pluckanag.
HCT. E. SandersIt takes a lot of pluck to manage the latter part of a Commando course(Com)mando line
HCMrs E. M. SimmondsIt was perhaps to me that the gallant Chevalier sang “Madelon” in varietyanag.; ref. Maurice C. and song “La Madelon De La Victoire”
HCF. B. StubbsHarry Lime—and no zither? But it’s round at the back!anag.; harry = harass; ref. film ‘The Third Man’, theme played on zither
HCA. ThomasThough plucky, model in an awkward pose can express strainanag., 2 defs.
HCM. Winterbottom“Third Man” may give you a hint but not the right instrumentcryptic def.; man is one third of mandoline; ref. film theme played on zither
HCM. WoolfForever being picked at, I have the hump and fretcryptic def.; fret2

Runners-Up in competition 241:

Dr C. AlexanderJ. A. FinckenF. W. MartinJ. S. Rowley
C. Allen BakerMrs N. FisherG. H. McConnellMrs E. D. Sebborn
Dr R. L. H. BarnardMaj A. H. GilesE. L. MellershW. K. M. Slimmings
H. BernardR. M. GraceA. C. MorrisonO. Carlton Smith
H. BoltonS. B. GreenD. A. NichollsE. S. Smith-Owen
S. J. BransonC. R. HaighN. E. D. NobleMiss R. E. Speight
V. E. BrookeD. HawsonG. H. PodmoreE. B. Stevens
J. BuistH. A. HayesR. PostillMrs A. L. Stevenson
P. B. ChapmanH. JoyceM. G. Powell-DaviesR. E. Stumbles
R. M. S. CorkC. KoopE. J. RackhamMiss D. W. Taylor
F. S. DanksP. W. W. LeachC. P. ReaD. H. Tompsett
G. D. R. DaviesA. F. LerrigoG. E. RiceH. Walsham
G. H. DicksonJ. D. LockettMiss M. H. RiderA. E. Watts
Mrs D. M. D’EathH. LyonW. H. W. RidleyJ. Wells
W. EiteS. MacRéamoinnH. RotterA. J. Young