Ximenes Competition No. 259  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  257  |  261  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
259 Nov 1953AGANIPPE normal13


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstD. P. M. MichaelWhat eases the strain and restores pep again? Springanag., 2 defs.; strain1 = flow of language
SecondB. J. IliffeThere’s racking pain and anguish in a page written without itanag. in anag., & lit.
ThirdE. J. RackhamDrink deep of this for inspiration: taking a little drink wiII only leave you with a vacant look!i.e. A. less nip = agape; ref. A. Pope, “Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring”
HCR. M. S. CorkA fountain pen I redesigned with a gap that lets the ink flow freelyanag., 2 defs.
HCH. H. ElliottLook to the Spring for restoration of pep again!anag.
HCD. J. FurleyHere’s an intoxicating drink; everything round it is bemusednip in agape, & lit.
HCS. GoldieCaused some choice language, this spring in Epping—backed new van into a roadman’s sign!i.e. g of Epping (rev.) in AA; new van = first letter after reversal
HCR. J. HallHere you could evoke a Shakespeare’s Muse, having swallowed the potent fluidnip in agape; muse (Shakesp.) = wonder at (C.)
HCD. E. HodgsonWell, just a quick one in parting; but not that ruddy Hippocrene this timenip in agape (= parting); ref. H. fountain, sacred to Muses
HCC. KoopI take a nip, a peg perhaps—when I’ve palpitations. (Well—of all the artful women!)anag.; i.e. Muses
HCC. J. MorseAs Pope says, something to drink in with wide-open mouthnip in agape; ref. Alexander P., “Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring”
HCH. S. TribeEpping—A.A. detour: water rising, and may increase feet in depthanag.; i.e. feet in poetic metre
HCM. WoolfWell! What a big mouth to swallow such a little drink!nip in a gape

Runners-Up in competition 259:

E. S. AinIeyW. J. DuffinW. I. N. KesselCapt W. H. W. Ridley
Miss M. B. AmbroseT. DwyerJ. P. LloydA. Robins
J. W. BatesL. E. EyresJ. I. MasonW. K. M. Slimmings
V. E. BrookeMrs N. FisherA. E. NorthO. Carlton Smith
C. M. BrownC. E. GatesMrs A. M. OsmondJ. F. N. Wedge
Maj H. L. CarterS. B. GreenE. G. PhillipsJ. B. Widdowson
Rev B. ChapmanMrs L. JarmanJ. E. PoveyS. E. Wilson
F. E. DixonL. W. JenkinsonE. R. Prentice