XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 1066
RAVE / PAIR (DLM)
1. D. H. Tompsett: Slavering over his flame—the least inspirational of spectacles (flame, vb.; pair of spectacles, cricket).
2. E. A. Beaulah: And would have rather said “I’m on the wagon, mate. No Parisian high jinks for me” (rave2; mate, vb.).
3. Mrs N. Fisher: Saying “Give over, amie. I’m on the wagon, so we abstain and, pure, may reap riches” (rave2; pair of abstentions).
J. Alderson: But rather in martial rage have routed the foe. Then praise would be justified, even in France (pair, Fr.).
Lt Col R. L. Bell: Too enraptured to shout “bravo” to Taillefer, valiantly harping until cleft in twain by house-carls (T., troubadour, led charge).
J. F. Coldwell: But unwaveringly would have sought the Storm of battle, needing no mate after his spiracular retread (mate, vb.).
T. E. Girdlestone: Would have gone on the wagon. However, a sharp instrument won him victory while the couple dallied (rave2).
W. F. Goodman: Nor dallied with a piece on the side, however alluring, whilst the English were rapidly put to flight (rave2; pair = flight of stairs).
B. F. Jones: And blither spirits would have risen to brace the Norman ranks and win the day for a price less dear (blither, vb.).
A. Lawrie: But with a prayer, a vow to crush the foe, have set forth caparisoned to brace himself for battle (crush = infatuation).
Mrs B. Lewis: A very libertine, but taking fire would have let slip arrows more deadly, marry!, than the love-god’s (fire, vb.).
G. A. Linsley: Nor kept a side-piece—a very questionable combination living in pari delicto (rave2).
Dr T. J. R. Maguire: Where avouterers have shared Scotch with a flight of harpies (rave3 = rive = share2; pair = flight of stairs).
G. D. Meddings: And would have won a veritable storm of adulation in Paris Match.
C. G. Millin: And would have renounced sex with contemptuous rage, except to sire a prince or two.
Mrs E. M. Phair: But, infatuation over, armoured in greve and brace, he would have let rip against the foe.
R. Postill: And, if you think this utter nonsense, read what Matilda revealed in “Ma Conquête” (Paris Match, 1067) (utter, vb.).
S. Sondheim: Carved up Harold’s side piece by piece, put him to flight, and deserved history’s praise (rave2; pair = flight of stairs).
Brig R. F. E. Stoney: Feigning talk as if enraptured. Is this a very fair page of history, or a pack of old lies? (pair (obs.) = pack of cards).
F. T. Walton: But, ruddier, than the chérie, varied his flattery with a rapid “Now catch Harold’s eye, mate” (rave (obs.) = extravagant praise).
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COMMENTS:—Over 550 entries, only one mistake in solution among those I had to check. I greatly enjoyed a most amusing variety of clues; but I didn’t find weeding out the best ones quite as difficult as I feared. A good many, alas, ruled themselves out (1) by using sentences which didn’t fit syntactically on to mine, e.g., by using the wrong tense or part of verb, such as “ . . . or make , “ . . . not drove ; (2) by excessive length: I asked for reasonable brevity, and I don’t think a clue longer than my longest was justified, especially in dealing with two simple short words: (one clue ran to 43 words); (3) by clueing the words ¡n the wrong order—it was surely obvious that this wouldn’t do; (4) by using a rhyming couplet, which was inappropriate; (5) by irrelevance to the context. But, there were so many perfectly sound efforts that for real distinction I had to look for special humour or ingenuity in the choice of definitions. The winner has, I think, all the possible merits, including brevity: the second and third are equally ingenious, but I preferred the second because of the rather weak ending of the third.
I was very glad to read that the puzzle, though easy, gave amusement; thank you for kind comments. I admit to the grossness of the libel, I perpetrated; I gather that the Enc. Brit. says “In a profligate age William was distinguished by the purity of his married life” (with Matilda, daughter of Baldwin V of Flanders). In extenuation I can only add “R.I.P.”. I am asked to state what my own ending was; I’m afraid the answer is “None”; I purposely didn’t attempt one before receiving the entry, and I certainly couldn’t write one now. Thank you for much entertainment.