Ximenes Competition No. 71  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  70  |  72  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
71 Feb 1948MITRAILLEUSE normal18


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstL. R. Huxtable“Let not the grape go to the head” (Old French maxim)cryptic def.; grape shot; breech-loading Maxim-gun
SecondRev E. B. PeelPermits rapid change-round in breeches. Let ’er try mine and ——i.e. ‘me try ’ers’
ThirdMrs L. JarmanL’arme si utile dans une révolutionanag. & lit.; ‘the weapon so useful …’ (Fr.)
HCH. E. FosterIn these troubled times, to scoff at the Roumanian standard would expose you to a storm of bulletsrail leu in anag.
HCS. B. GreenBrawl between the French and the German with ultimate employment of a machine-gunrail in mit (= with, Ger.) le + use
HCSurg Capt J. M. HayesWith the Tuileries in confusion the evil element among the malcontents might produce this weaponanag. incl. mal; ref. seige of Paris, 1870
HCE. A. G. JunksGrape sprayer the French use with German steel bar on topmit (= with, Ger.) rail le use; grapeshot
HCJ. Hardie KeirFrench weapon (1870) that would make an R.A. Lieut. smile (1948)anag.; refs. to seige of Paris and year of puzzle
HCRev P. W. LowSaid the English gunner to the Frenchman “My blooming gun’s jammed. Let ——i.e. ‘me try yers’
HCS. B. LucasA gun that gives an A1 result a mile awayanag. of AI result mile
HCT. W. MelluishYou can have the piece in twelve pieces: I’ll measure itanag.; i.e. 12 letters
HCF. E. NewloveFrance’s secret weapon makes the Lieut. R.A. smile (it’ll amuse one Sapper, too!)anag., anag. incl. I RE
HCH. PerrettA machine used in France for grape-spraying, but found ineffective against phylloxeracryptic def.; grapeshot
HCMrs D. A. ReidWould it take a load for quick dispatch? … I’ll measure it roughly … Yes, in the backanag.; breech-loader
HCE. ShewardThough the French master is groggy and sick at heart, practice has made him able to produce reports very quickly!ill in anag. of maître + use
HCMrs E. M. SimmondsDelivered a deadly sort of grape. Gunners ill after it in French divisionit RA ill in Meuse (Départment of France); grapeshot
HCCapt S. C. Tyers, RN“Il suit la mère,” for a chatterer, was at one time almost a maxim in Franceanag.; Maxim-gun
HCH. D. WakelyThe Gallic prototype of Miss Hotchkiss? Made many hits as a broadcastercryptic def.; ref. character in radio comedy ‘ITMA’, i.e. a blunderbuss

Runners-Up in competition 71:

I. M. AtkinsonH. B. DrakeR. H. MersonT. E. Sanders
G. W. BainJ. DuffillD. P. M. MichaelMrs Shackleton
S. BainesE. DuncanA. MontgomerieW. K. M. Slimmings
C. Allen BakerLt J. K. D’EathR. J. MunningsR. H. Taylor
H. G. ButtersT. E. FaberLt I. A. H. MunroJ. Thomas
Mrs CaithnessLt J. A. FloodSir J. NixonP. C. Watling
F. A. ClarkL. G. FlukeA. P. O’Leary 
G. N. CollinsC. C. M. GiffinD. I. Randell 
Lt Cdr J. P. CornishF. H. MartinP. H. Rowley