Ximenes Competition No. 68  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  67  |  69  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
68 Jan 1948ANTIGROPELOS normal23


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstMrs L. JarmanMade to go round the Calf of Man! That got the P. and O. liner’s goatanag.
SecondK. ReedPermutation in pools great advantage while grounds are waterlogged. (Advt.)anag.; ref. def. in C. “Prob. this barbarous word was orig. an advertisement”
ThirdC. R. MalcolmTo avert water on the knee I am searching, look you, among formic acid sourcesI grope lo in ants
HCE. S. AinleyRain-leg-poots, look you? Not quite; rain-leg-boots? Yesanag.; Welsh pronunciation
HCJ. ColebyCorrugated tin legs, a poor protection against cats and dogsanag.
HCC. B. DaishRequired by Dr. Foster, for operation—50 guineasanag. inc L g; ref. “Doctor Foster went to Gloucester…”
HCJ. A. DerbyshireOn egsploration they’ll keep your legs dryanag.
HCLt J. K. D’EathSloe gin prevents water on the knee if taken with a portanag.
HCT. E. FaberTry looting spare parts: it’s one way of getting mudguards!anag.
HCP. G. W. GlareFor a certain preventative against water on the knee, treat leg with rat poisonanag.
HCH. C. HillsIn manner hesitant I grope, lost for a clue. Why not spatter with dashes?hidden
HCS. HolgatePants spattered with oil and gore. You need a pair of wadersanag.
HCMrs D. M. KissenRecommended in classic advertisement to cover a multitude of sins when intoxicated?cryptic def.; i.e ‘shins’; ref. def. in C. “Prob. this barbarous word was orig. an advertisement”
HCR. C. MacfarlaneSubstitute for gumboots. Any solver with long toes should try a pairanag. of long toes pair
HCMrs B. A. Mallett“Understanding” covers doing without a dictionary (P.S. Roget alone gives it, oddly enough)anag. leading to antegropelos [see comments]
HCD. P. M. MichaelFor two pins they’d brave the storm themselves—they could be large pins too!anag.; pins = legs
HCA. P. O’LearyQueer form shown by Tranmere’s win at Deepdale. P.N.E. 0 goals. T.R. 1. Mud defied!anag.; Preston North End, Tranmere Rovers
HCD. I. RandellIn which legs, a portion anyhow, are coveredanag.
HCJ. RileyPostal region supplies them for protecting the male bagsanag.; bags = trousers
HCT. E. SandersFor two pins I’d have these mudguards although they may be loose and partinganag.; pins = legs
HCA. H. TaylorFor keeping the legs dry, try the “No-slop Gaiter”anag.; ref. def. in C. “Prob. this barbarous word was orig. an advertisement”
HCF. L. UsherTo keep the leg free from wet mud try scrubbing it longer with soapanag.
HCH. D. WakelyA kind of leg-wear, best identified by following up the clue from Poirot’s angleanag.

Runners-Up in competition 68:

Dr AspinwallD. F. DuncanE. L. MellershA. J. C. Saunders
C. Allen BakerE. G. DurhamF. E. NewloveS. P. Shanahan
G. BownessG. W. H. EdgcombC. PeaseMiss Telfer
Rev B. ChapmanE. H. EvansRev E. B. PeelJ. Templeton
Mrs CrawfordMaj GilesJ. A. PlowmanH. S. Tribe
J. H. DingwallE. IrvingR. PostillE. Ward
J. M. DoultonC. KoopT. A. QuinnJ. M. Wolstenholme