Ximenes Competition No. 57  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  56  |  58  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
57 Aug 1947THEORBOS normal20


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstT. E. SandersGot the ball on the bony part of the nose, but pluckily played onthe orb (n)os(e); os = bone
SecondC. KoopRare plucked ’uns, they had the guts for these neck and neck affairscryptic def.; gut strings
ThirdCdr H. H. L. DicksonDouble-necked, not treble; just as well, as they might be both soreanag.; bass instruments
HCC. Allen BakerSuch music-makers should be strung up or be shot to piecesanag. of or be shot
HCW. H. BallantyneThe rubber’s in a mess; we have a low scorethe + anag. of sorbo
HCC. B. DaishThey produce music for the ball (old style)the orb OS
HCR. A. Davies“She shall have music wherever she goes”—Lutes in her boots?anag.; “rings on her fingers…”
HCA. R. FraserThey give Orpheus his big opportunity to produce the music of the spheres and nothing morethe orb o (sing.); big lutes; ref. Hen. VIII, III.1.3, “Orpheus with his lute…”
HCC. B. JoynerCan they have a pain in both necks? They may be both sore, anyhowanag.
HCR. W. KillickWe’ve got two necks, both sore, dislocated and one above the otheranag.
HCE. E. A. KilnerThe alternative to what one says to geese with two necksthe or bos; “say bo! to a goose”
HCMrs D. M. KissenInstruments which guide the sailor round the globeorb in the OS
HCMrs F. LaingKind of Kit’s big brothers to make her boots!anag.; kit = small violin
HCA. McIntyreKatherine’s wench sang that Orpheus made trees with one of them; but it would take more than one to fill her bootsanag.; ref. Hen. VIII, III.1.3
HCA. P. O’LearyThe ball bounces and takes spin, but the sound player keeps them downthe + anag. of sorbo
HCRev E. B. PeelHer boots have come undone; string needed to make them soundanag
HCR. PostillThey needed pluck to play low. Now they can make the rubberthe + anag. of sorbo
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsThey provided the Bass in Pepys’s soirées, and were possibly not cold sober themselvesanag. of hot sober; Bass beer
HCMrs E. B. StevensOrpheus probably had one of these in the underworld, being a change from hot robesanag. ; ref. Hen. VIII, III.1.3, “Orpheus with his lute…”
HCA. H. TaylorThese have strings tightened at two necks and they make both soreanag.

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