Ximenes Competition No. 173  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  172  |  174  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
173 Aug 1951HATCHING normal26


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstM. NewmanLining needed for cells of white-coated prisoners that are almost crackers!2 mngs; hatch3; eggs; ref. padded cells
SecondL. E. ThomasNye’s coming out is the result of a heated sittingcryptic def.; nye = brood; ref Nye Bevan’s 1951 resignation
ThirdJ. H. DingwallA profusion of fine, artistic lines enables the counter to get busycryptic def.; hatch3; “don’t count your chickens…”
HCC. A. BakerBursting shells send charging flanks to coverhat + ch(arg)ing
HCJ. A. BlairAlthough the wicket has a good bit of sting, the result is a draw with very close scoreshatch1 + (st)ing; hatch3
HCJ. Burton-PageScoring effort which might result in a duck2 mngs.; hatch3
HCMaj H. L. CarterClutching small child detesting its environment!ch. in hating; clutch2
HCD. L. L. ClarkeIn letting out the clutch, find the opening in the gate firsthatch1 + in + g(ate) ; clutch2
HCMrs W. J. CouperIn the act of plotting when the beak appears2 mngs.
HCC. E. GatesLooks like a wicket!—Not out! Good! Very nearly out for a duck!hatch1 + in + g
HCS. B. GreenPlotting something shady?2 mngs.; hatch2,3
HCR. J. HallPushing the Bill through at the end of a long sitting! That’s a shady practice!2 mngs.; hatch2,3
HCL. JohnsonGetting the bird, and then some, as the result of putting down a sittercryptic def., ref. cricket
HCC. KoopWhat concerns many sitters is the artist’s treatment of lines—it makes them cross!2 mngs.; hatch2,3
HCT. W. MelluishLong sitting required to get a new bill through2 mngs.; hatch2,3
HCF. E. NewloveReleasing the clutch—an initial burst (that’s Shell, that was!)—a flying start!cryptic def.; ref. slogan of Shell petrol
HCD. A. NichollsGetting down and out?cryptic def.; down2
HCE. J. RackhamShould he awaited by counter. (Naturally the eggs are put under!)cryptic def.; “don’t count your chickens…”; ref. black market eggs (rationed in 1951)
HCN. RolesA small child has a natural abhorrence about advancing towards maturitych. in hating
HCE. O. SeymourShady method of scoring gives me only a perishing H.C.—hang it!anag.; hatch3
HCMrs E. ShackletonReckon after this Burns’ night will be ruined with only half the usual food about!anag. of nicht in hag(gis); i.e. count chickens after hatching
HCA. E. SmithThis mischievous “planning” often entails long sittings2 mngs.
HCJ. ThomasApplication of closure: the end of a long sitting2 mngs.; hatch1,2
HCM. WoolfThe shell’s a thing of fragments, chick’s head appears; it’s coming out!ch(ick’s) in anag. of a thing & lit.
HCJ. S. YoungShells bursting, cutting lines and closing communications3 mngs.; hatch1,2,3
HCR. F. ZobelEmerging after a lengthy sitting, it’s just the thing to pour down a gin-sling!hatch1 + anag. of gin; down the hatch!

Runners-Up in competition 173:

E. S. AinleyR. G. GordonA. F. LerrigoSgt J. S. Rioch
J. W. BatesMrs F. HargreavesH. LyonA. Robins
A. E. ClaytonP. A. HarrowE. L. MellershW. Rodgers
F. L. ConstableA. A. HaywoodW. L. MironB. Rowbotham
P. M. CoombsE. L. HillmanS. E. MortonMrs A. W. Sainsbury
A. V. CranniganL. R. HuxtableP. F. OnyonC. A. Shoobridge
W. J. DuffinJ. Hardie KeirMrs A. M. OsmondB. Skidmore
J. A. FinckenMrs M. KidnerH. C. PilleyMrs A. L. Stevenson
Mrs N. FisherF. P. N. LakeG. H. PodmoreF. B. Stubbs
F. D. GardinerG. G. LawranceE. R. PrenticeMiss D. W. Taylor
A. B. GardnerE. W. LeeMrs D. M. C. PrichardJ. F. N. Wedge
P. G. W. GlareR. H. LemonM. H. RiderM. Winterbottom