Ximenes Competition No. 500  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  495  |  504  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
500 Aug 1958MOTHERS-IN-LAW normal23


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstR. H. AshworthConjugal relations suffer when it’s moral to be remarriedanag.; suffer = allow, marry = unite
SecondL. T. StokesWhile matrons must conform to the New Look, they are reputed to favour long stays!anag.
ThirdCdr H. H. L. DicksonThey become ours automatically when we marry; what’s more, most of the linen comes from themanag. of what’s more lin(en), & lit.
HCMrs P. L. BayntonThese old battle-axes may be discovered in an array of arms in the lowanag.; low3 = tumulus
HCF. J. ClarkA smile thrown carelessly can make more than one husband’s life a relative misery!anag.
HCR. M. S. CorkWhen it comes to morals and quarrels, we traditionally give adviceanag. of when it morals (indicated by ‘quarrels’), & lit.
HCF. E. DixonThey like to visit Maternity Hospitals and deal successfully with almonersanag. & lit.; deal = distribute
HCE. G. DurhamHow tram-lines, improperly laid, can undermine transport and lead to parting of waysanag.; transport = emotion
HCT. E. FaberAfter you’ve got married you’ll need rest in order to consummate it. So don’t take one of these on the honeymoon!m. + others in law
HCJ. A. FinckenYou can’t get him to snarl properly? We’ll help!anag. of him to snarl we, & lit
HCRev D. FordWhen legal considerations apply, widowers can’t marry them: when moral, it’s otherwise—or is it?anag.
HCF. G. IllingworthSet up by a previous contract in hearts, they call too often and spoil their own slamanag.
HCA. H. JonesThere are witty sayings about the lady by the score: they bore our better halves!her in mots + in + law; law2 = score
HCD. JonesGruelling race, say grooms, especially when they make the home stretch—enough to make horseman wiltanag.
HCR. LevensWhat are untidy menials worth? A trial in the home? a laugh in the theatre?anag.
HCC. H. MacmillanMortals whine pitifully, but the gods laugh at themanag.; i.e. gods in theatre
HCS. MaunderYou can get extra marital relations from Harlot Mews, N.1.anag. incl. I
HCF. E. MorganA pithy phrase and an expression of surprise about woman’s depravity are part of a low comedian’s stock-in-tradeher sin in mot + law5
HCP. H. MorganYou’ll get us as extra after you’ve got married, and you’ll have the Devil’s own job to stick to all our rules!m. other sin law, & lit.
HCC. J. MorseThey irritate husbands and bore their wives (or vice versa)cryptic def.; bore = gave birth to
HCR. PostillHow can you describe them? Moralist when adapted offers “Dams with faint praise”!anag., 2 defs.; ref. A. Pope, ‘Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot’
HCMiss TelferMatrons, while in an interesting condition, do not embarrass bachelorsanag.
HCJ. B. WiddowsonMakes horseman wilt and grooms shudder, the way the chestnut goes!anag.; chestnut = stale joke

Runners-Up in competition 500:

Mrs E. N. AdlingtonMrs T. ConnellMrs L. JarmanH. R. Reade
E. S. AinleyM. C. CopemanV. JenningsK. Reed
Capt H. B. AkrillJ. McI. CruickshankE. A. JonesG. A. Rimmer
C. AllenC. R. DeanS. M. KahnW. G. Roberts
Rev R. E. AllsoppH. F. DixonJ. Hardie KeirMrs J. Robertson
M. A. AndersonL. L. DixonE. KingA. Robins
D. AshcroftP. S. ElliottA. LawrieW. Rodgers
C. Allen BakerL. E. EyresP. W. W. LeachT. E. Sanders
S. BealeMrs E. M. FowlerA. F. LerrigoJ. M. Sharman
T. E. BellMrs J. O. FullerMrs P. R. LongyearMr & Mrs C. Sheffield
T. BilsboroughF. D. GardinerC. R. MalcolmMrs E. M. Simmonds
K. BirdA. P. GardnerA. D. MattockW. K. M. Slimmings
Mrs G. BonsallJ. H. GawlerG. M. MayMrs A. H. Smith
R. BrainK. GibsonMrs E. McFeeR. E. Smith
A. BristowT. E. GirdlestoneMrs P. MeakinJ. C. W. Springbett
E. J. BrookE. GomersallW. L. MironG. M. Tarpey
V. E. BrookeRev R. M. GraceJ. J. MooreMiss D. W. Taylor
H. BrownJ. A. Maxtone GrahamR. J. MunningsJ. Thompson
P. BrownRev J. G. GrahamG. M. NeighbourDr N. W. Thompson
R. BryanP. GraystoneJ. B. NeilsonW. H. Thornton
E. J. BushellS. B. GreenF. E. NewloveCapt C. Tyers
C. O. ButcherR. R. GreenfieldD. A. NichollsR. R. Tyler
A. G. CallelyMrs K. M. HarreMrs V. M. PalmerJ. Vallely
Miss E. J. CampbellLt Cdr R. F. HattonR. F. PardoeS. Walters
M. CassellR. N. HaygarthMiss O. B. ParksJ. Walton
W. R. ChalmersI. A. HerbertT. J. PimbleyT. G. Wellman
R. F. S. ChignellM. J. HickmanS. PlumbL. T. Whitaker
A. J. CohenP. J. HigginsE. R. PrenticeP. J. Whitcombe
C. N. CollisR. HillsE. J. RackhamC. E. Williams
E. J. CollmanC. H. HudsonC. P. ReaA. J. Young