Ximenes Competition No. 377  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  373  |  382  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
377 Mar 1956MALISON normal24


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstJ. F. N. WedgeNo wishing-well supplies man’s oil—it’s a matter of blasting and hoping for a strikeanag., 2 defs.
SecondA. BorshellThe most exiguous line in a Paris Fashion House, it’s put on to undo!l in maison
ThirdJ. P. H. AllonThis may show old hag is aiming at getting rid of inconvenient relativesmal(kin) is on, & lit.
HCT. E. BellA wishing weIl? On the contrary, one containing oil and sulphur—boiling for preference!anag. incl. S, all in man
HCMrs G. BonsallConfounding the leaders of the visiting Russian party is not impossibleMal(enkov) is on; ref. visit of former Soviet premier Georgy M. to UK, Mar 1956
HCM. W. BridgesSettle a thousand on her? That’s no blessingM + Alison; ref. A. Settle, Observer journalist and fashion writer
HCC. O. ButcherWork of the weird sisters, perhaps.—Macbeth, I ii, l. 1 and so on (nothing less).M, a, l, I + s(o) on; ref. witches
HCMrs N. DeanGlamorous he-man, film favourite about ’51: you said it, wizard!LI in Mason; ref. James M.
HCCdr H. H. L. DicksonWith the whole Mohammedan world seething, no backing could result in all sorts of troubleanag. of Islam + no (rev.); ref. tensions in Egypt, etc.
HCA. B. GardnerDamnation! I’d have Josephine’s address, if only I’d kept mum!Mal(ma)ison; ref. residence of Napoleon’s mistress
HCS. B. Green“Dam” (to ’ell with it! !) is short of “n”ma + L + is o’ n, & lit.
HCMiss D. HillDamn! l’m so languid and there’s no good Scotch! Blast it!anag. less guid
HCL. JohnsonAs it might be, simla to. (Atrocious spelling!)anag. + on
HCA. F. LerrigoThe one binding man to the soil, possibly?anag. & lit.; ref. Gen. 3.19, “to dust you shall return”
HCP. H. MorganIt’s a dreadful provocation. Josephine’s monumental seat! Excuse my French!Mal(ma)ison; ref. residence of Napoleon’s mistress
HCF. E. NewloveOath of Osmanli origin—can’t you just hear an actor saying it?anag., ‘Malleson’; ref. Miles M., comic film actor
HCH. PerryNo mails—could it be a blessing in disguise? Quite the contraryanag.
HCR. PostillIris has nothing on, and there’s a chap hanging round! See the blighter’s expression?lis 0 in man; blight = curse
HCA. RobinsWhen no trump turns up, I may interrupt the proceedings!I in no slam (rev.), & lit.; slam = trump, game
HCMrs E. M. SimmondsA bit of Billingsgate salmon I dissectedanag.; B. = foul language
HCJ. A. L. SturrockBad thing in Rheims—wicked sin involving ring—led to thismal (Fr.) + O in anag., & lit.; ref. the Jackdaw of R.
HCJ. B. SykesThe beginning of Malachi is close to signifying the very end of the Old TestamentMal(achi) is on; ref. Mal. 4.6, “… smite the land with a curse”, last verse of OT
HCMiss D. W. TaylorWhat brought down evil in Rheims, over diverting sin involving a ring?mal (Fr.) + O in anag., & lit.; ref. the Jackdaw of R.
HCJ. ThompsonNo trump raise with a singleton heart? It’s asking for trouble!I in no slam (rev.), & lit.; slam = trump, game

Runners-Up in competition 377:

J. A. AdamsonF. E. DixonA. H. JonesT. E. Sanders
F. D. H. AtkinsonBrig W. E. DuncanC. KauffmannE. O. Seymour
G. F. BamfordDr W. M. EastherC. KoopA. E. Sharp
C. L. BarnesH. H. ElliottG. A. LinsleyN. C. Sharp
J. W. BatesL. E. EyresC. J. LoweC. M. Sherrell
Mrs F. BeggJ. A. FinckenA. W. MaddocksW. K. M. Slimmings
A. BlythMrs N. FisherA. D. MattockG. Stanhope-Lovell
H. W. BoyceA. L. FreemanI. McGiveringD. G. Thomas
J. V. BoysMrs J. O. FullerT. W. MelluishL. K. Upton
Rev H.D. Owen BrownC. E. GatesC. J. MorseJ. Ward
Mrs CaithnessS. GoldieR. P. C. MutterR. Wells
W. C. CartnerE. GomersallT. J. PimbleyMaj J. P. A. Wildey
R. N. ChignellJ. A. Maxtone GrahamMaj J. N. PurdonM. Woolf
A. N. ClarkW. E. GreenS. E. QuinceyJ. S. Young
P. S. ClaysonT. J. GuffickE. J. Rackham 
R. M. S. CorkE. M. HornbyCapt W. H. W. Ridley 
C. P. DearnleyF. G. IllingworthE. N. Rolfe