AZED CROSSWORD 2408
1. M. Barley: Diner munched on lettuce when needing to lose weight (anag. less w).
2. T. C. Borland: Ordered lettuce when losing weight, on being seated in this? (on in anag. less w, & lit.).
3. Dr I. S. Fletcher: Front of neck with the count Lee played, place for bites? (anag. incl. n; ref. Dracula films, Christopher L.).
D. & N. Aspland: Being served up a cutlet? Then one could be at —— (comp. anag. & lit.).
E. Dawid: Grilled tuna on piece of lettuce and cheese melt could be —— meals (comp. anag. incl. l, & lit.).
V. Dixon (Ireland): What’s such a place supply? Maybe one lean cutlet, cheap? (comp. anag. & lit.).
R. J. Heald: Wherein one refreshed receives check after tucking into croissant or suchlike? (ch. in anag. in lunette, & lit.).
D. F. Manley: Let not the cuisine be ‘nouvelle’ – casual bite is to be consumed here (anag. less anag., & lit.).
P. W. Marlow: See term for smallish resort for one tucking into croissant, say (c, h in anag. in lunette, & lit.).
C. G. Millin: Here one gets nosh (not outsize) with lettuce as well possibly (anag. less OS, & lit.).
R. J. Palmer: Where one could be served one cutlet then head off? (anag. less t, & lit.).
A. Plumb: Uncle with no teeth fixed in appropriate place for a bite (anag.).
I. Simpson: This I fancy could be niche outlet opening for eats around noon (comp. anag. & lit.).
P. Tharby: Techno tune pulsates in the French snack bar (anag. in le).
J. Vincent & Ms R. Porter: Snack bar providing cheese (half off) and onion (more than half off) as filling for croissant, perhaps? (che on in lunette).
Mrs A. M. Walden: Food here’s mostly American, hence Teuton’s surprised by slice of leberwurst (l + anag.).
R. J. Whale: Result of no teeth, sadly, uncle ordered sandwiches here (anag. in anag., & lit.).
A. Whittaker: A smart —— might serve up meat (lean) or chestnut (pureed) (comp. anag. & lit.).
G. H. Willett: Where to find host entertaining companion, one revelling in no gourmet establishment (CH + anag. in lunette).
T. Anderson, R. Bowden, D. Carter, C. A. Clarke, M. Coates, B. Dodd, W. Drever, H. Freeman, R. Gilbert, G. I. L. Grafton, J. Grimes, P. Gumbrell, M. Hodgkin, J. R. H. Jones (Mexico), J. C. Leyland, M. Lunan, P. McKenna, J. R. C. Michie, T. J. Moorey, M. L. Perkins, S. Randall, W. Ransome, C. W. Reid Dick (Germany), A. D. Scott, Dr S. J. Shaw, N. G. Shippobotham, R. C. Teuton, J. R. Tozer, Ms S. Wallace, L. Ward (USA), A. J. Wardrop, S. Williams.
ANNUAL HONOURS LIST (13 competitions)
1. R. J. Heald (5 prizes, 5 VHCs); 2. M. Barley (3, 8); 3. D. F. Manley (2, 8); 4 (equal). Dr I. S. Fletcher (3, 5), Dr S. J. Shaw (3, 5); 6. J. R. Tozer (0,10); 7 (equal). T. Borland (2, 5), J. C. Leyland (3, 3), C. G. Millin (0, 9); 10 (equal). Dr J. Burscough (1, 6), P. W. Marlow (1, 6), R. C. Teuton (0, 8), Mrs A. M. Walden (0, 8), R. J. Whale (2, 4); 15 (equal). C. A. Clarke (1, 5), J. Grimes (2, 3), P. Tharby (0, 7), A. J. Wardrop (0, 7); 19 (equal). D. & N. Aspland (0, 6), W. Drever (1, 4), M. Lloyd-Jones (1, 4), B. Lovering (0, 6), R. J. Palmer (0, 6), T. Rudd (1, 4), P. L. Stone (2, 2), Ms S. Wallace (1, 4); 27 (equal). Ms K. Bolton (0, 5), T. J. Moorey (0, 5), I. Simpson (0, 5), L. Ward (2, 1); 31 (equal). V. Dixon (0. 4), M. Hodgkin (0, 4), A. J. Whittaker (0, 4).
J. R. Tozer, C. G. Millin, R. C. Teuton, Mrs A. M. Walden, P. Tharby, A, J. Wardrop, D. & N. Aspland, B. Lovering, R. J. Palmer, Ms K. Bolton, T. J. Moorey, I. Simpson, V. Dixon, M. Hodgkin, A, J. Whittaker.
186 entries, four or five with PICENE for PINENE but no other mistakes. Favourite clue, of 16 nominated at least once, was ‘Basic Box “Browny”?’ for SPARTAN. I was actually less than entirely happy about this myself, because I’m sure the popular cheap camera of yesteryear was spelt ‘Brownie’, which is why I used the inverted commas. (We had one in my family when I was a boy, my mother having acquired it by saving up Fry’s chocolate tokens. I remember that some insect died inside it, obscuring the viewfinder, so that photos depended very largely on point-and-press guesswork! How long ago that now seems.) One of my other clues raised an interesting issue. In ‘Treatment involving ‘sun and air’ hotel hype exploited’ for HELIOTHERAPY, is it (I was asked) legitimate for part of the anagram fodder to be inside the quote and part of it outside? It was not, I confess, something that bothered me at the time of writing. Comments welcomed.
Lots of lovely foodie clues for me to savour, with a veritable salmagundi of anagrams. I was amused by the idea of uncle with no teeth, but I wasn’t keen on anagrams that included ‘hen cutlet’, a term that would surely never be used, and the use of a definition of ‘lunch’ as part of the wordplay, when it is clearly part of the derivation of the full word, struck me as distinctly uninspired.
Congratulations to all those on the honours list, especially to Richard Heald on regaining his position in solo first place, despite a strong challenge from Mark Barley (third last year), Competition at the top is as fierce as ever. And my thanks as always to Martin Perkins for keeping the score and presenting it so clearly for me to add in the final results.