XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 1002
1. G. H. Willett: Be a stripper—put a becoming behind in the big money (lag in pile).
2. C. Allen Baker: For strip tease—the Pigalle (anag.).
3. Sir S. Kaye: Leader of Party that’s inducing mounting rancour should get the sack (P + gall (rev.) in i.e.).
F. D. H. Atkinson: Rifle bore and sear (pill age (vb)).
M. J. Balfour: A stack without frost-proof covering—say sacking—often spoils (lag in pile, 2 defs.).
D. P. Chappell: Results of spoiling the boy with internal ailment—Liveryish? (ill in page; livery (obs.) = handing over).
P. M. Coombs: Head of party bad; time to sack (p ill age).
N. C. Dexter: What’s often felt a large store gives an opening for—not-so-petty pilfering (lag (= strip of felt) in pile).
B. Franco: Manifestation of wickedness in one who holds up trains (ill in page, & lit.).
R. R. Greenfield: Mounting bitterness in member of black and white group can cause this (gall (rev.) in pie, & lit.).
A. Henrici: Pigalle changes spoil strip time (anag.).
N. L. Hindley: The era of tranquillisers, boosters, narcotics, etc—it’s really devastating (pill age).
E. M. Hornby: Aftermath of battle when there were cannon-balls? (i.e. pill age).
A. D. Legge: There’s wickedness in one who holds up a train to commit robbery (ill in page).
J. D. H. Mackintosh: Although late in the post, this may carry off a prize (lag in pile).
H. S. Mason: Robbery with violence: one remedy—a long stretch (pill age).
Mrs E. McFee: You could see the leaders of lamented Aldwych gang in Tons of Money—and Plunder (l, a, g in pile; ref. farces, R. Lynn, T. Walls, etc.).
R. Postill: Control of modern generation needs time—and pluck (pill age).
A. Sellings: Ravine, difficult for would-be champion to circumvent (ill in page; ravine2).
Mrs E. M. Simmonds: Drop a fag-end in the nuclear plant and you’ll get the sack (lag in pile).
G. R. Webb: Fifty-fifty Silver splits the prize—what any true brigand would do (L L Ag in pie; ref. Treasure Island).
C. Allen Baker, T. Anderson, A. J. Barnard, I. M. Barton, P. F. Bauchop, R. T. Baxter, E. A. Beaulah, Mrs K. Bissett, J. C. Brash, E. W. Burton, J. R. Burton, Miss M. P. Butler, H. D. S. Carpenter, R. M. S. Cork, Dr R. O. Davies, T. Davies, Mrs I. Delap, Cdr H. H. L. Dickson, F. E. Dixon, J. A. Fincken, B. H. Ford, Dr E. Gallagher, H. R. Game, F. D. Gardiner, J. Gill, N. C. Goddard, K. J. Harding, Mrs E. J. Holmes, F. G. Illingworth, D. E. G. Irvine, Dr W. I. N. Kessel, A. Lawrie, J. H. C. Leach, L. F. Leason, Mrs R. D. Lemon, A. F. Lerrigo, Mrs B. Lewis, Mrs H. W. Lewis, Mrs S. M. Macpherson, F. D. Marshall, J. Miller, L. A. Monro, P. H. Morgan, C. J. Morse, R. A. Mostyn, T. N. Nesbitt, M. Newman, F. R. Palmer, G. R. F. Park, S. R. Parsons, S. L. Paton, Miss M. J. Patrick, H. C. S. Perry, Mrs N. Perry, D. C. Pleece, H. Quinney, E. J. Rackham, M. C. C. Rich, T. F. H. Richter, Mrs K. M. Russell, D. Salmon, T. E. Sanders, C. A. Sears, D. J. Short, A. M. K. Simpson, Sir W. Slimmings, F. B. Stubbs, J. B. Sweeting, J. W. Taylor, P. H. Taylor, M. J. Tomkinson, M. A. Vernon, Rev D. J. C. Weber.
ANNUAL HONOURS LIST FOR 13 COMPETITIONS:—1. C. J. Morse (3 prizes, 6 V.H.C.s); 2. N. C. Dexter (3, 4), Sir S. Kaye & R. Postill (2, 6); 5. A. Lawrie & Mrs. B. Lewis (3, 3); 7. C. O. Butcher (2, 4); 8. J. W. Bates (2, 1), C. Allen Baker & L. F. Leason (1, 3); 11. P. R. Clemow, R. E. Kimmons, A. D. Legge, C. G. Millin (1, 2), L. W. Jenkinson, Mrs. E. McFee, F. B. Stubbs (0, 4) (annual consolation prize winners).
Total different prizewinners io date:—434.
Total different prizewinners and/or H.C.s:—1531.
COMMENTS:—Over 450 entries with a small crop of mistakes, chiefly failures to get MEARE; the clue was far from brilliant, but the definition was clear. There were a very large number of neat “& lit.” clues of the “What puts the old convict in the money?” type—far too many to get beyond the long secondary list. There was remarkably little unsoundness; I might just mention “Place Pigalle,” which four or five competitors used. I don’t think the verb “place” can indicate an anagram—not enough suggestion of mixture or rearrangement. With final thanks for some more kind messages I must stop to catch the post.
P.S.—Congratulations to Mr. Morse on recovering the “championship,” which he last held in 1964-5.