Ximenes Competition No. 508  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  504  |  512  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
508 Oct 1958CUMBERGROUND normal16


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstB. G. PalmerDo you know the holder of the “Bun Record” Mug? The (White) Elephant!anag.
SecondMrs J. RobertsonIt’s useless to trouble with foundation—get in the way of being reduced to powdercumber ground in 2 senses each
ThirdMiss D. W. TaylorClog having been worn down at the mill, I’m bootlesscumber ground
HCC. Allen BakerA white elephant is that on which something may be raised only after considerable troublecumber + ground
HCLt Col P. S. Baines“It’s not worth a fig.” The Physician is mentioned in the hint. Take it! Then the derivation is apparent!MB in cue + r + ground; Chambers def. refers to Luke 13.7, “why cumbereth it the ground” (KJV)
HCC. O. ButcherBeing a vain piece of goods, I prefer the extravagant Mr. Cube to granulated!anag. + ground; ref. trademark of sugar cubes
HCR. N. ChignellThis was no good for fruit but a change of soil would make it a good place for climbersground for land in Cumberland; ref. Luke 13.7
HCMiss S. DorringtonDon’t miss “White Elephant,” with classical and matchless Ingrid! Curvaceous!cum (L.) + Berg(man) + round
HCF. H. W. HawesTake a short cut with modern grub—throw it into the rubbish!cu(t) + anag.; throw = twist together
HCMrs E. McFeeDoctor gets taken in by phoney drug—no cure: it’s absolutely uselessMB in anag.
HCD. P. M. MichaelHow Macbeth saw Duncan’s heir—similar end devised for him!i.e. ground for land in Cumberland; ref. Macbeth I.4
HCC. J. MorseThe twisted curmudgeon with heart of marble is no use to anyoneanag. incl. (ma)rb(le)
HCE. R. PrenticeThis might he a vegetable that’s been cropped, left lying on the soil(cu)cumber + ground, & lit.
HCE. O. SeymourWhen a poor mug gets landed with a bouncer, that’s rotten—the letters R. D. make the thing uselessanag. of mug bouncer RD; i.e. bounced cheque
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsIt’s no use a doctor being involved in a cure bedevilled by what a crank’s operation didMB in anag. + ground
HCJ. B. WiddowsonCopper medal with former royal cipher inscribed in circle has no cash valueCu MBE + GR in round

Runners-Up in competition 508:

E. S. AinleyP. M. CoombsN. A. LongmoreG. H. Ravenor
D. A. AndrewsC. R. DeanR. K. LumsdonA. Robins
Miss A. W. BaldyR. N. ExtonH. LyonJ. R. Scarr
J. W. BatesMrs N. FisherT. W. MelluishL. T. Stokes
J. C. BrashS. B. GreenW. L. MironR. I. Sutherland
Miss A. BrooksG. L. KennabyP. H. MorganJ. S. Young
R. F. S. ChignellC. KoopF. E. Newlove 
D. L. L. ClarkeA. F. LerrigoR. Postill