Clues written by C. O. Butcher
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C. O. Butcher11413992108136Feb 1954Jan 198429y 11m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
1978-1979
314MERIL (Spoonerisms)VHCSome charmer I like – one of the sort for a bed-gameset … board-game; hidden
1977-1978
310STERNFASTVHCWhen sailing it’s let go aft and RN sets outanag.
301TROLLOPISHVHCMoving round, wiggling hips with nothing on – that’s not ladyliketroll + 0 + anag.
294HUMECTVHCHumble dwelling with mortar therein half missing and rising dampcem(ent) (rev.) in hut
289AMNESIACVHCHe has a scrap of material knotted in case he forgetsa m + anag.
281DINOCERASFirstA monster long ago dead I once stuck out on the headd. + anag. + ras
276AMTRACKFirstTwo items of transport in one with waterproof protectiontr in a + mack & lit.
267MORRIS-DANCEVHCCar breakdown ? You could still hoof it in the age-old wayMorris dance; breakdown (q.v.) = dance
1976-1977
250Stands the church clock at ten to three? (Anagram)VHCNo. CCL hatched: court thanks the setter 
243OLYMPICSecondSo-called sports imply running in elevated companyanag. in Co. (rev.) & lit.; sports vb.; Mt. Olympus
238CRAMBOJINGLEVHCA composition following Cowper in outline in which The Task is mirrored? – Nothing so inspiredC,r + job (rev.) in a mingle
234HOROSCOPISTVHCI write lots the Observer has no room for. Pooh, cross it outanag.; no horoscopes in Observer
229METRICATEFirstTo me losing inches is far from simple: we must, if we mustme (in)tricate
216SCANTITYVHCOn girl in St. Tropez what is there to view? – Not a great dealscan + tit + y (Fr. = there)
208RALPHVHCReader? Could be – one surely can’t help reading2 meanings; Ralph R.
1975-1976
203BOGYVHCScratch runner in fabulous shape3 meanings; S. = the devil; one who runs in
190CASSANDRAFirstOne having prior dope and held in little creditass + and in cr. + a, & lit.
187POWDERING-TUBVHCContainer of e.g. rib put down in pickleanag.
178A(U)G(U)ST (Letters Latent)ThirdSummer period abhorrently unsettled? Not this yearaghast less h.a.
165Lance, pompano, bonito, porbeagle, thornback, menhaden, albacore, huso (Anagram)VHCAn anagram can be a pronounced problem – a shibboleth to help cook one 
161ANCONVHCJoint, the sort drinkers use, is one with convenience attachedan + con. (abbrev.)
1974-1975
152ENAMORADO / ESCLANDRE (Right and Left)VHCI’m an amorist, a Romeo and disposed to end up in endless secret intriguing or scandalanag.; land in anag. less t
148BALLYHOOVHCBlatant sales-talk: it’s round you without end without moderationball + ho in yo(u)
143Jingle for BALTHAZAR, MELCHIOR, CASPAR (A jingle)VHCMay your Christmas be merry and bright!
Though room at the inn is so tight,
The landlord will laugh, we surmise,
When told that there’s more come and wise
 
135GABIONADEFirstI form bulges erected on a defence’s sidesI bag (rev.) on a de, & lit.
127FRITHSOKENFirstIt must have reduced the risk of ending in prisonanag. + n, & lit.
114PANICVHCBit of consternation 1 down’s brought about?c, I, nap (rev.) & lit.; 1 down = ossifrage
1973-1974
100CENTENARIANVHCWith what puzzles I entrance – one, Azed, about no. 3,700?anag. + an; i.e. puzzle no. by time of Azed’s centenary
92BRAINWASHVHCFemale underwear consisting of filmy covering – that’s torment with seduction in mindbra in wash
75GROCETERIAVHCWhere it’s right to go round taking tea and rice ad lib.r in go + anag.
70GESTAPO (Misprints)VHCRampant love caresses e.g. in the car could be fatal to those insidewar; O, pats, e.g. (all rev.)
66NONSENSEFirstA bit of silliness – being in love is just thats ens in none
62SOLITAIRESSecondBottoms are loaded with sex-appeal – an aspect we don’t flaunt in companyit, air in soles
57MINARET (Printer’s Devilry)VHCLike the coat? I’ve r/obes, hot at all times 
53ALEXANDERSVHCWhose jazz combo is best in song and improvisation for the sticks2 meanings; ref. A. Ragtime Band; celery sticks
1972-1973
50CORPULE(N)T (Letters Latent)VHCStout work – fifty right cute puzzlesop., L, r + anag.
36CRUSADERVHCHas fought in modern sophisticated wars and longer ago in less sophisticated it appearsSA (= it) in cruder; ref. C. tank
31KITCHENDOMVHCDo men crumble under constant irritation where women rule the roast?k itch + anag.
23SCLERODERMICVHCBreaking mile record’s tiptop of course and extremely hardanag. incl. c
14Terrapin, hermit, elephant, armadillo, rhesus (Anagram)VHCDid all animals put here perhaps trek miles thro’ rain? 
1ORGIASTThirdI realise gravity in a riot’s out of placeg in anag. & lit.
Ximenes competitions
1970-1971
1145GENIPAPVHCBefore being discarded orange-pip might make excellent fruit treeanag. less or3
1140CALLOUSVHCTerm applied to hearts of stone, bureaucrats, assassinscall o u s, & lit.
1127TRAYBITThirdThis would account for waiter getting painedtray bit, & lit.
1110IMPERSONATEVHCTake off raiment and pose undressed—all actors appear toanag.; 2 defs.
1969-1970
1106LEXICOGRAPHYVHCYou must know words for this chap X, e.g. roily, plaguyanag.
1097PANTOPHAGISTVHCI’ve broad tastes—after pop I’m excited at things about operapa + op. in anag.
1089ENCLOISTERVHCA laced in corselet is bound to cramp movementanag.; bound = vb. trans.
1076NEFAST (Misprints)VHCNot very old libertine makes exciting matehate; ne fast
1968-1969
1054PINACOTHECAThirdTo a nice chap, sophisticated, I might allow visits to see etchingsanag.; s. = adulterated
1049SLANGWHANGERSecondBillingsgate merchant—likely agent for whoppers caught by dissembling anglerswhang (= thong) in anag.
1010MOTORISTVHCI’m often in the saloon when I should be abstemious or T.T.—I’m so naughtyanag.; saloon car, drink-driving law
1006CHROME-PLATINGFirstShiny skin—a sorry plight no cream is good foranag.
1967-1968
980OMNIBUSESVHCThey’re helpful to waiters—except when they leave them behinddouble mng.; they, them, deliberately ambiguous
975HALEVHCTo function as drawers bloomers should be light round figures—not O.S.hal(o)e(s); 2 defs.; bloom in health
971MAGOTPIE / ANECDOTE (Right and Left)VHCMy class used to chatter: master having got a bit distraught caned most of school from bottom up, I’m toldMA got pie5; anag. + Eto(n) (rev.)
967CREMOSINThirdMore muddling in Civil Service—because of antiquated sort of tape it uses?anag. in CS + in (= because of)
962PALINGThirdEach year women’s clothing (half unnecessary) is getting lighterp.a. ling(erie)
958DRY MEASUREVHCEmpty bar? That expresses volumes—short of liquordry measure
1966-1967
954CERATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCTut! Men can’t live well on meagre pie/s 
949BROWSINGVHCIn the library it’s common to be vocal and get a b—— scolding over itb row sing
941HYPODERMICVHCCompiling my cipher do I needle some queer people?—Well, sometimesanag.; i.e. ill and not ill
935MALAPROPVHCDame, popular, but lacking in good taste and precisionMa + anag. less U, & lit.
929AMPHITHEATREVHCA chap with a seat should get something the audience will clap at in herea MP hit + at in here, & lit.
916DIAPASONVHCTo give a child a bath involves a whole lot of sounds (often meaning stop)a in dip a son
911DRAGONFirstWith the scent I’ve got on many romantic blades have made passes at medrag on
1965-1966
900PARAMECIA or PAREOEANSVHCKnock back French spirit here and one can fabricate slippery creatures invisible to ordinary eyesparamecia; rap (rev.) + âme ci (Fr.) + a
890DEBENTUREVHCBond and young lady run into danger—without first being introduceddeb (v)enture
882SNAPDRAGONVHCI’m cultivated—and open to squeezing and impromptu horseplay in a fellow’s embrace!snap + rag in don
878ENTOMOSTRACAVHCE.g. Cyclopes—a race not to be trifled with when the majority gets devouredmost in anag.
864PATERNALVHCDisc, with a long following, cut by Ringo’s top of the popsR in paten + a, l.; l. = long
1964-1965
856RODOMONTADEVHCSeries of words with self-evident theme and more to add on in variationanag.; i.e. about oneself
847FRENETICALVHCModern wood compound got from small North California treeanag. incl. N Calif; wood, (obs.) = mad
839GINGER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWe’ll have our tots, being soused, to Pop’s win/e.— They can talk! 
834CARRIEDVHCWhat is a portable? A medium for Radio Caroline primarilyCarrie + (ra)d(io); ref. portable radio and pirate station
832PENNY-WISE (Misprints)VHCFor meat like a goose you’ll need a bit (not very much) sagemean; penny wise
1963-1964
804DETRUNCATEVHCOperate on a loose end with a cutteranag. & lit.
800Charlemagne, Emperor of the West (Anagram)VHCGot ephemeral crown—there’s fame! 
750SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)VHCThese teasers! They’re contrived by X and the language output of X’s following if in a hole must slip into the yes—indecorous!cross + words; f. if in vent in anag.; language = words
1962-1963
743CHEMISTVHCThe sick need me and I knead (sic) themanag.
730ARCH-PIRATEVHCRoguish leading seaman who turns up to divide the spoilarch + tar (rev.) in pie & lit.
721KERB-MERCHANTVHCUnder-skirt specialist—a Petticoat Lane chap, perhaps?cryptic def.
712RHEUMATICKYVHCSemi-humans will get with it and do the twist with creaky and painfully stiff resultsanag. of hum(ans) it creaky
700SOLOMONVHCIndividual married to a back number? A long way back, yes—but what a number!solo m. + no. (rev.); 700 wives
1961-1962
690ASCERTAINVHCSee the light? Don’t look on it —— —— like some will do!as certain; ref. puzzle
678TESSELLATEDVHC’Eck, one detests jiving around with squares!’ell a in anag.
673ERISTICALVHCWith the Queen in Alice it’s mortifying to be thisR in anag., & lit.; mortify = become corrupt
669DRUMVHCA Haydn symphony with Roll out the Barrel—there’s something for all ears3 mngs.; ref. Symphony No. 103, ‘Drum Roll’
664MANIPULATEVHCTo work, content to be “up in the morning—early”? Just the reverse—just the reverse!up in a.m. (all rev.) + late
651NIPCHEESEFirstLavish presentations are not my line—the likes of Felix and Mickey Mouse satisfy me!nip3 cheese; i.e. what F. & M.M. like
1960-1961
642SEETHER (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWhen’s a turn sin?—Viewing lasses—observer swill/ing—sex tending round itSaturn’s
626WOMAN-TIREDFirstYesterday was too mild to wear trousers, to-day seems too gusty for skirts: that’s Eve with clothes!woman + tired (= clothed); gusty = irritable, skirts = women
621CHASEVHCclue not given [see comments]
612CARGO (Misprints)VHCPortion of snails à la française on chips—it’s the goods!ships: hidden in escargots
1959-1960
582MARRYVHCGet your monkey up! Many couples do it before breakfastyr. ram (rev.); wedding b.
573SCAPEGALLOWSFirstAmong lags here is one lag who ought to be strung up head firstcape + lag (rev.) in slows, & lit.
547STORMYVHCRowing is giving ground to rock and roll: that’ll be a blow and the end of Henley!storm + y; rowing = brawling; ground = sufficient reason
1958-1959
529BUTTY-COLLIERVHCA cover with a setting of black diamonds in the shaft: what a cute brolly it would make!anag.; cover = confederate
512NAYLOR (Libel)VHCShe’ll show you a bit of leg in rayon negligé—and she’s actually fifty or more!l in anag., nay L or
508CUMBERGROUNDVHCBeing a vain piece of goods, I prefer the extravagant Mr. Cube to granulated!anag. + ground; ref. trademark of sugar cubes
504LEAD-LINEVHCSomething for the plumber to leave behind—which has to be left of course!lead line; i.e. line (= course) to the left of lead (= leave behind)
1957-1958
486BARACANVHCStrip (nearly nude)—one can let go in a rowdy dance once drapery is out of the way!bar(e) a can(-can); out of the way = rare
467A humorous definition (Humorous definition)VHCCHEST—The thorax; by extension (usu., in women, the utmost possible), its measurement 
451MEGAPODEVHCCause (and effect) of a mouldy dome incorporating a modicum of egg-spacee(gg) gap in anag., & lit.
1956-1957
434CARTONVHCA burlesque leaving nothing to the imagination: one such case was severely cut in Pariscart(o)on, 2 defs.; ref. Sydney C., ‘A Tale of Two Cities’
425TRAVERSEVHCMade by half the voyagers—accompanied by the other half of coursetrave(llers) (cou)rse, & lit.
421DOVETAILVHC“Square”—an expression typifying “innocence” to a follower of the Comets—isn’t expected to rock and rolldove tail; ref. Bill Haley & his C.s, in Britain Feb 1957
390HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)FirstAny M.P. has, we’re told, hopes for immortality after tribulations here—a c/ross in vocation?Eros’s
1955-1956
382ABSTAINVHCDon’t indulge first-of-ApriI disposition to make saint b—— wild (If Ximenes uses his head, he won’t).A + anag., 2 defs.; i.e. X in voting
377MALISONVHCWork of the weird sisters, perhaps.—Macbeth, I ii, l. 1 and so on (nothing less).M, a, l, I + s(o) on; ref. witches
360WRINKLE / EGG-BIRD (Right and Left)VHCOne connected with the sea swallows nutriment in shell form—its source, a king among shellfish, is the cockleegg bird; R in winkle (see cockle3)
351LUSTREVHCIn the Gilbert-Sullivan topsyturvydom is a certain quality manifested by A Pair Of Sparkling Eyeshidden rev.; ref. song from “The Gondoliers”
347TELEVISORVHCIt isn’t half elevating to sit back without—or with it (all depending on how you look at it)elev(ating) in sit (rev.) + or, & lit.
1954 (2)
289CISTERNVHCIn the Civil Service one is not enough—a triplicate form is required. It must be properly filled up to be of useI in CS + tern2

 
HCs awarded to C. O. Butcher
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1983-1984
  610 DOUBLETHINK
 
1979-1980
  414 UNBOSOMER
 
1977-1978
  306 DICKENS
  300 SLINK-BUTCHER
  285 BOYFRIEND (Misprints)
  272 MALAGUETTA
  263 ERIACH (Printer’s Devilry)
  259 TRANSIRE
 
1976-1977
  255 ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE
  249 RUDOLPH THE REINDEER
  247 FLIVVER
  212 SURCINGLES
 
1975-1976
  200 The Extra Guest (minus CC) (Letters Latent)
  197 CAMERA (Printer’s Devilry)
  183 PICKLE
  169 THUGGEE
 
1974-1975
  146 CHARADES
  139 PIEPOWDER
  110 GALLOWS-RIPE
  105 Malabar-rat, raccoon, nylghau, oriole, aberdevine, howler (Anagram)
 
1973-1974
  97 TREBUCHET
  95 THUNDERCLAP
  84 MIRLIGOES / ILL-OMENED (Right and Left)
  79 SLAPSTICK
 
1972-1973
  45 NEMORAL
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
  40 FANTOCCINI
  27 VINEGAR
  18 EPIGONE
  10 LINGERIE
  5 SCEUOPHYLAX
 
Ximenes competitions
 
1970-1971
  1154 CLARIONET
  1119 RONDE (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1969-1970
  1100 BEAU(C)LER(C) (Letters Latent)
  1093 MARTINET
  1091 WENCESLAS
  1080 ANDROMEDA
  1071 ORACLE (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1968-1969
  1045 SPLIT / MOUTH (Right and Left)
  1041 TEA-LEAD
  1039 TEGMEN def. LEGION (Wrong Number)
  1036 CORONETED
  1032 TENONER (Printer’s Devilry)
  1023 CONSOLE
  1019 DISCORD (Misprints)
  1015 HOAR-HEADED
 
1967-1968
  1000 THOUSAND
  997 TREACLE
  989 GRENADINE
  987 THING (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1966-1967
  945 OBLITERATE
  936 MINI SKIRTS
  933 COTTABUS
  920 ARISTATE (Printer’s Devilry)
  907 SORITES (Misprints)
 
1965-1966
  902 WINCOPIPE
  885 GALIMATIAS
  884 MASHER (Printer’s Devilry)
  868 DANDER / TOUPEE (Right and Left)
 
1964-1965
  825 COACHES
  821 SOMERSET
  817 WYLIE-COATS
  812 ABRUPT / TISANE (Right and Left)
 
1963-1964
  786 METAMERES (Printer’s Devilry)
  777 TAILOR-BIRD
  773 FIT-OUT
  764 SHIMMY-SHAKE
 
1962-1963
  734 NASALITY
  717 STAR-MAN (Misprints)
  703 SCAPEMENT
 
1961-1962
  686 FEMALE
  682 PARAMOUR / CHIN (Right and Left)
  676 TRELLIS (DLM)
  660 RUBBER (Misprints)
  647 MADCAP
 
1960-1961
  638 BUREAUCRAT
  630 STREAKY
  624 PSYCHIATER (DLM)
  617 COLOPHONY
  604 APOSTROPHISE
  600 The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)
 
1959-1960
  586 HEBDOMADARY
  578 GATHERED def. LEVANTER (Wrong Number)
  555 JURYWOMAN
 
1958-1959
  538 BANISHING
  500 MOTHERS-IN-LAW
  495 PARTISAN
 
1957-1958
  482 LEASING-MAKER
  477 SEDATENESS
  473 LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)
  469 DAISY
  464 STRAWED
  460 ASTONISHMENT (Misprints)
  447 TOUSLE
  443 HALF-SEAS-OVER
  438 MACARONI
 
1956-1957
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  417 SINECURE
  412 SERVIETTE
  408 BILLET
  386 CLEITHRAL
 
1955-1956
  373 PRESTONPANS
  369 BERET
  356 METOPOSCOPY
  343 EPIGONI
 
1954 (2)
  325 MARRYING
  302 MARTIN
 
1954 (1)
  273 COUSIN
 


Annual Honours record of C. O. Butcher
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
1983-19840 0 1
 
1979-19800 0 1
1978-19790 1 0
1977-19782 (2, 0, 0) 5 6 4
1976-19772 (1, 1, 0) 5 4 4
1975-19762 (1, 0, 1) 4 4 4
1974-19752 (2, 0, 0) 4 4 5
1973-19742 (1, 1, 0) 6 4 1
1972-19731 (0, 0, 1) 5 7 5
 
Ximenes competitions
1970-19711 (0, 0, 1) 3 2 10
1969-19700 4 5 13
1968-19693 (1, 1, 1) 1 8 4
1967-19682 (0, 0, 2) 4 4 7
1966-19671 (1, 0, 0) 6 5 6
1965-19660 5 4 15
1964-19650 5 4 10
1963-19640 3 4
1962-19630 5 3 9
1961-19621 (1, 0, 0) 5 5 5
1960-19611 (1, 0, 0) 3 6 8
1959-19601 (1, 0, 0) 2 3 10
1958-19590 4 3 17
1957-19580 3 9
1956-19571 (1, 0, 0) 3 5 8
1955-19560 5 4 10
1954 (2)0 1 2
1954 (1)0 0 1