Ximenes Competition No. 417  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  415  |  421  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
417 Jan 1957SINECURE normal21


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstMrs L. JarmanWhat could be nicer, with a good screw, and less use?i.e. anag. incl. use, & lit.; screw = wages
SecondC. J. MorseEstablished Church practice in former days, ignoring original sini.e. sin EC ure1, & lit.
ThirdS. GoldieCushy job gives us nice change: what’s next to do being the last thing to consider!anag. + re2 & lit.
HCR. B. AdcockSafe broken open by man in office: easy, lucrative jobin (n.) in secure
HCC. Allen BakerThere’s money for jam in safe-breaking!in in secure
HCJ. W. BatesThe ideal office—endless store of drinks in safe!in(n) in secure
HCC. M. BrounI ensure country’s leader is well offanag. incl. c, & lit.; ref. office of First Lord of the Treasury, a sinecure post
HCR. N. ChignellIt could give you sure income with no end of freedomanag. less (freed)om, & lit.
HCD. ConnellAt home in safe—That’s where the money is—and no worryin in secure
HCJ. H. DingwallMy holder doesn’t work. Confounded curse! Must have got clogged by the end of a Woodbine(Woodb)ine in anag.; W. cigarette
HCM. S. Y. FowlerIt’s wrong to keep a scoundrel in ease, by the sound of it, but this has done it sometimessin + cur in ee (‘E’s’)
HCV. JenningsJock’s after a remedy for a careless engagement!sine3 cure
HCT. W. MelluishSounds like the man waiting in the one-and-nines—an unexacting task‘ciné queuer’
HCD. A. NichollsYou may have your work cut out to find such a situation: you certainly will in keeping it!cryptic def.
HCA. E. NorthHeld by some clergy to offend against Established Church practice of our forefatherssin EC ure1, & lit.
HCG. H. RavenorBeneficial rest for evil Anglo-French parsonsin E curé
HCE. B. StevensWhere there’s never any work with a Scotch to follow—that’s what Father’s aftersine3 curé & lit.
HCT. G. WellmanPity English physician with no end in view, living with no prospect of savingsin E cure(r)
HCC. E. WilliamsCity district in ruins—in ruins up to the East End—office survives, but no work doneEC in anag. + E
HCM. WinterbottomIn which, after meeting the cost of living, there was little opportunity for saving!cryptic def. & lit.; i.e. saving souls
HCJ. S. YoungIn breaking and entering make certain there is no hard labour attached to the jobin, in secure (vb.)

Runners-Up in competition 417:

A. G. BartonF. D. GardinerJ. J. MooreD. G. Thomas
R. M. R. BenceC. E. GatesMiss M. J. PatrickL. E. Thomas
H. BernardS. B. GreenR. PostillB. Tomlinson
A. BorshellD. HendersonE. J. RackhamMiss E. Troughton
V. E. BrookeL. HollmanD. W. ReedsMiss E. Turner
C. O. ButcherC. H. HudsonN. RolesCapt C. Tyers
A. G. CallelyA. L. JefferyH. RotterL. K. Upton
P. CaponC. KauffmanK. E. SalmonR. Vaughan
R. F. S. ChignellC. KoopH. R. SandersP. J. Whitcombe
P. M. CoombsA. LawrieW. K. M. SlimmingsC. P. Wroth
J. CorderyMrs E. McFeeT. L. StrangeP. Young
R. DeanI. McGiveringF. Sutton 
Cdr H. H. L. DicksonD. P. M. MichaelMiss D. W. Taylor 
Miss M. W. FieldenJ. H. MooreS. N. Taylor