Clues written by D. A. Nicholls
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D. A. Nicholls4546354955Jul 1945Nov 197934y 4m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1979-1980
384OUTSPREADINGVHCPound is great abroad: going even furtheranag.
1977-1978
267MORRIS-DANCEVHCA nice set of figures for the Fiesta – outcome of Cowley capers?i.e. Morris dance; ref. Ford F., Morris Co. based in Cowley
1974-1975
146CHARADESThirdFreeze? No, no place for that, but unions must help our problemschar Ades; ref. miners’ strike
1973-1974
53ALEXANDERSVHCIt’s Brew Ten, and the last word in beers: builds great men? That’s something to chew on perhapsale X and (be)ers
Ximenes competitions
1967-1968
1000THOUSANDVHCX joins Ringo in this week’s top numberi.e. 10 O o
1964-1965
856RODOMONTADEVHCMore to-do and rampaging around—the sort of palaver we expect from Cassius!anag.; ref. C. Clay
829FAREWELLVHCLast words do nicelyfare well
1963-1964
790PETER-SEE-ME (Sire and Dam)ThirdPanoramaPeter Pan
780NOBLEST (and Eximenamination)FirstExim: 20 marks out of 25
773FIT-OUTVHCHome unsuitable? No! No! The order’s changed but it’s much the same set!i.e. out (not home) fit (not unsuitable) in reverse order; ref. Douglas-H.’s appointment as PM
769PENNYVHCCheap, common piece, much discussed in a recent Report!cryptic def.; ref. Halsbury report on decimalisation, and Denning report on Profumo affair
1958-1959
521SOUPVHCTo dunk bread in this will he non-Ui.e. so(U)p, & lit.
504LEAD-LINEVHCGovernment policy is made up to sound all right—but it flops!lead line, 2 defs.; sound3
1957-1958
482LEASING-MAKERThirdAny constructive person catching on to the Rent Act becomes a speaker of seditious words!leasing + maker; ref. deregulation of private renting in 1957
477SEDATENESSVHCUnflappability? That’s dense, with seats in jeopardy!anag.; ref. to Lord Hailsham
473LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)VHCExplorer’s signa/l—odious to us people—searsref. Explorer 1, USA’s first satellite
456PLAFONDVHCJittery “flap” over a round object—no date given for upshot. Gaze upward to admire its convolutions!anag. + O + n.d.; ref. Sputnik, launched Oct 1957
447TOUSLEVHCHerbert Morrison’s tip-top in a riotous Left-wing scuffle!hidden, 2 defs.; ref. H.M.’s hairstyle
1956-1957
425TRAVERSEThirdWhat do television scanners do? Disturb rest with an intrusion of utter drivel!rave (vb.) in anag.; surveying
421DOVETAILVHCA bit of craftsmanship in the construction of the Cabinet has brought Macmillan’s sleep back!dove2 tail; ref. PM Harold M., Cabinet reshuffle, 1957
417SINECUREVHCYou may have your work cut out to find such a situation: you certainly will in keeping it!cryptic def.
415When the snow lay round about (Anagram)VHC“What weather, boy!” “No sun, old ’un!” 
1955-1956
334CHEROOTVHCThe corona should have an end cut off to give a decent smoke!anag. of the coro(na)
329HAMADRYADVHCNot like Guinness to lead to a day with the staggers and the doctor in—must be the wood spirit!ham + Dr in anag.; w.s. = meths.; ref. Alec G., actor
1954 (2)
316BATHROOMVHCclue not given
304ORLEANSVHCSound French jean, dark, for my maid—that’s the stuff!i.e. ‘Jeanne d’Arc’, Maid of O.
302MARTINVHCWho’d be blessed with his summer damp and autumnal? I’m about ready to quit this country!2 mngs.; St. M.’s Summer: “a season of mild damp weather in late autumn” (Webster); migration
300COCCOVHCclue not given; 16 greedier, 23 cocco, 30 Pucio (Point in Philippines), 33 stork
289CISTERNVHCMy dribbling finishes with proper ball control, my tap supplies Dixie—so back gets the bird!sic (rev.) + tern; ball-valve; D. Dean, footballer
287MANCHESTERVHCThe East has contracted and merchants must take it—but there’s a rumpus here!E in anag., & lit.
1953 (2)
253DERATIONFirstAbandon the cut-aways and cross-overs of standard pattern books—try a neat Dior creation!anag.; ref. ration books and coupons
1953 (1)
213LEMONADEVHCCoward’s name made in Bitter Sweet! Press effusive about “this refreshing production”anag. of Noël made, 3 defs.; B.S., operetta by N.C.
1952 (2)
206PIEPOWDERVHCCourt where givers of short measure were tried—and wiped, perhaps, with a knotted rope!anag. of wiped, rope
1951 (2)
178HIDEOUSVHCOnly a slight change in the House; the result is about the same. It’s ghastly!id. in anag.; ref. 1951 Gen. Election
174ANACREONTICSVHCSuch free verse could be made the subject of a transoceanic exchange long before 1941!anag.; ref. transatlantic calls between Churchill & Roosevelt
173HATCHINGVHCGetting down and out?cryptic def.; down2
171SERINGASVHCCut a circle from the bark and see the floods around the rubber-trees!ring, vb., in seas
1951 (1)
161TILLERFirstKeep your head, cox, or I’ll show you who’s masteri.e. (c)ox, & lit.; t. of boat and t. = master of ox
1948 (1)
69MISANTHROPEVHCJust the man to maltreat orphan mites and give mothers pain2 anags. & lit.
67SURFEIT (DLM)VHCI will never drink to excess (or X——s) if true merit receives no tokenexcess; i.e., Ximenes
1947 (1)
50APOSTLEVHCOne Simon (pre-Stylite) sat spread-eagled on a broken poleanag. of sat, pole
1945 (1)
3STOVEPIPEFirstBurst open two hogsheads to get a draught? My hat!stove + pipe (cask size)
2UNSPEAKVHCclue missing

 
HCs awarded to D. A. Nicholls
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1979-1980
  397 BIJOUTERIE (Misprints)
 
1977-1978
  310 STERNFAST
  306 DICKENS
  301 TROLLOPISH
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  298 NOSER
 
1976-1977
  250 Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)
 
1973-1974
  62 SOLITAIRES
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1143 MORGIANA
 
1965-1966
  884 MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1964-1965
  832 PENNY-WISE (Misprints)
  817 WYLIE-COATS
  808 WAGONER
 
1963-1964
  796 STRAKE (or STRAIK) (Misprints)
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  782 SWELL
  777 TAILOR-BIRD
 
1962-1963
  721 KERB-MERCHANT
 
1958-1959
  517 CAROTID
  500 MOTHERS-IN-LAW
 
1957-1958
  486 BARACAN
  438 MACARONI
 
1956-1957
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  386 CLEITHRAL
 
1955-1956
  373 PRESTONPANS
  364 HELLEBORE
  347 TELEVISOR
 
1954 (2)
  306 CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)
  295 SENSE-ORGANS
 
1954 (1)
  283 SOBER
  281 SCRAPS def. LOCALS (Wrong Number)
  277 PRODIGALLY
  271 TRIPLET
 
1953 (2)
  257 PYROTECHNICS (Straight Clue)
  251 UNMETHODICAL
  243 LODESTAR
  241 MANDOLINE
 
1952 (1)
  182 MISTLETOE
 
1951 (2)
  179 CADRE
  177 DESOLATE
  176 SPIGOT
  175 HAIR-LINE
  172 GARNISHER
  170 GUINEA
  168 PIPS (Misprints)
 
1951 (1)
  162 TITANESS
 
1949 (1)
  93 BUMBLE-PUPPY
 
1948 (2)
  90 ROTHER
 
1947 (2)
  65 PIVOT
 


Annual Honours record of D. A. Nicholls
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1979-19800 1 1
 
1977-19780 1 4
1976-19770 0 1
 
1974-19751 (0, 0, 1) 0 0
1973-19740 1 1
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19710 0 1
 
1967-19680 1 0
 
1965-19660 0 1
1964-19650 2 3
1963-19642 (1, 0, 1) 2 4 7
1962-19630 0 1
 
1958-19590 2 2
1957-19581 (0, 0, 1) 4 2 5
1956-19571 (0, 0, 1) 3 2 8
1955-19560 2 3
1954 (2)0 6 2 7
1954 (1)0 0 4
1953 (2)1 (1, 0, 0) 0 4
1953 (1)0 1 0
1952 (2)0 1 0
1952 (1)0 0 1
1951 (2)0 4 7 15
1951 (1)1 (1, 0, 0) 0 1
 
1949 (1)0 0 1
1948 (2)0 0 1
1948 (1)0 2 0
1947 (2)0 0 1
1947 (1)0 1 0
 
1945 (1)1 (1, 0, 0) 1 0