Clues written by A. Robins
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A. Robins6917619677Dec 1945Oct 196317y 10m
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
Ximenes competitions
1963-1964
760METAMORPHOSEVHCA dreadful term struggling with “amo”: hopes, oddly enough, to develop in new formanag.
1962-1963
725SILENUSVHCPanic issue of American stock after serious indiscretion about upsurge of English poundE + L (rev.) in sin + US; S. was son of Pan; ref. 1962 “Flash Crash” of US stock market and surge in London
712RHEUMATICKYVHCWhat makes the air mucky? The sort of weather we so often get!anag.
703SCAPEMENTVHCPa’s cement mixer makes a tooth come out at each vibrationanag.
1961-1962
690ASCERTAINVHCProve unreliable in car-seatanag.
686FEMALEVHCMe a fellow? That’s baseless—quite wrong!anag. less low, & lit.
678TESSELLATEDVHCThe eldest shall mingle with the least, in accordance with Mosaic lawanag.; Mosaic = according to Moses
669DRUMSecondGive the bullet—not half!—encompassing end of career!r in dum(dum) & lit.: mil, slang
660RUBBER (Misprints)VHCBuick with soft texture tyres will demonstrate its versatilitybrick; 2 mngs.
651NIPCHEESEVHCHe is tight with pence!anag. & lit.
1960-1961
634BEDSTEADVHCThe minimum offer of a pension on retirement?cryptic def.; pension = boarding-house
608CUSTOMERVHC“I’m All Right Jack!”—this would be quite unthinkable without Sellers!ref. Peter S. film; “the c. is always right”
600The Light Brigade, noble Six Hundred (Anagram)VHC“Big-shot” lax—he blundered, dithering 
595INORNATE / OMADHAUN (Right and Left)VHCA human being unfortunately fitted to do the same as a fool is simple, or embraced by the word “natural”anag. incl. do, & lit.; or in innate
1959-1960
573SCAPEGALLOWSVHCDepths of depression after transgression with girl—I really ought to be highly strung and dancing on air!scape2 gal lows
1958-1959
529BUTTY-COLLIERSecondYou bet till limited credit is dissipated: 1 help to keep mine going with a pony or two on the trackanag.; cr. = credit
521SOUPVHCIt can bring you round, when swallowed by the small mouthful, getting you well and out of bedo in sup, so up, & lit.
519RIDICULE (DLM)VHCWhy can a lunatic always make jokes about lice during the full moon?
Because then he’s a perfect nit-wit!
 
504LEAD-LINEVHCPut a bob on it and it’ll go down the straight and win by a lengthlead line; plumbing bob; straight3
495PARTISANVHCWhat constitutes the “fan”? There’s the smaller, noisy section, and the larger ——!i.e. part is ‘an’, & lit.; fan = f + an
1957-1958
473LISSOME (Printer’s Devilry)VHCTake a spoon for the M.O., lass; ’e’s junior—ah—and fu/ssy 
447TOUSLEFirstLet us stand by the Sovereign, beset by extreme Member—and let’s see the end of the matter!us + L (£1) in toe: end = object; matter = one who mats; ref. article by John Grigg, 2nd Baron Altrincham, attacking the Queen, Aug 1957
443HALF-SEAS-OVERVHCRoaming afar, she loves being at the point—or pint!—of no returnanag.
1956-1957
425TRAVERSEVHCOblique, endless tram-lines are moving over the screen—it does make one cross!tra(m) verse, 4 defs.; TV lines
395SCALE-ARMOURVHCOur “Sovereign” Camera’s Versatile! Its Overlapping Plates could take Shots from any Angle!anag. incl. L (£1); ref. Angles, Saxons, etc.
390HESITATE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCShew ears, hero new! Hit ebon net annually—and B. Lanc/aster!B. L., film actor
1955-1956
377MALISONVHCWhen no trump turns up, I may interrupt the proceedings!I in no slam (rev.), & lit.; slam = trump, game
373PRESTONPANSVHCScotland beat England here, showing style and reversing the confident forecast in the newspaperston2 + nap (rev.), all in press
334CHEROOTVHCIt heralds the appearance of a Prime Minister, associated with the English cause!Ch(urchill) E root, & lit.
329HAMADRYADVHCBeing regarded as having died out with Tree, overacting gets a frigid notice and evokes hissesham a dry ad.; ref. H. Beerbohm Tree, actor
1954 (2)
325MARRYINGVHCProspect for promising bachelor, having rashly (extremely!) invested in a ringMA + r(ashl)y in ring, & lit.
302MARTINVHCI come in early or late summer, right in the middle of the wet stuff: if I came later, it might be dry!rt. in main, martin(i)
297CONTRAPUNTALVHCPresenting the Melody Combination in “Knock on the Door,” “The Nut Cracker,” and the Finale of “Parsifal?”con6 + trap + anag. + (Parsif)al
293CABVHCTowards the end of my day with horses, I’m tired, or have a tender behind!cryptic def.; tire2, tender3
287MANCHESTERVHCAn apt motto for this school of potential English merchants might be Honour Bright!anag. incl. E; ref. novel ‘David Chester’s motto: “H. B.”’ by H. E. Inman
1954 (1)
281SCRAPS def. LOCALS (Wrong Number)VHCYou’ll find places on the shelf for boxesplaces; 2 mngs.; on the shelf = redundant
271TRIPLETVHCTravel permit for a person of German birth with two companionstrip, let; german = fully related
267TRADEVHCIf I were in this business, you’d have a special issue of cross words!t(I)rade
265THERMAEVHCA victory for Persia—we must abandon poly-synthetic geysersThermopylae less anag. of poly
1953 (2)
243LODESTARVHCPilot to Pilot: Watch trade winds bearing Southlo + s in anag.; winds, vb.
239GENISTA (Printer’s Devilry)VHCMaladroit Mating Multiplies Morons—Eu/phony!eugenist
237BASTINADESecondTea is distributed with the band plugging Underneath the Archesanag.
235ASPHETERISMVHCIf you wanted somewhere to hang your battered hat, I couldn’t offer you normal premises!anag. of premises, hat, & lit.
1952 (2)
202SPALPEENVHCThe Knave of Spuds!cryptic def.
201AMETHYSTVHCPeople thought I couldn’t make them stay tipsy, but I can!anag. & lit.; ‘canned’
194KNOWLEDGE BOXVHCA tree ultimately assumes the ancestral tree’s power, and a nut appearsknowledge + box3; see “Tree of Knowledge” in C.
1952 (1)
193TRADUCERVHCHis perverted skill may be applied to composition of crude lettersart (rev.) + anag., & lit.
1951 (2)
179CADREVHCThe potential force of a large battery is a piece of copper placed in the charged. in care
177DESOLATEVHCI must be abandoned, to carry on embracing in this wayso in delate
176SPIGOTVHCGive me a half-turn if you want a little draught to get pastsip, got (p.t.) & lit.
174ANACREONTICSSecond“The Poetry of Clubs”—a tract on physical jerksan acre on tics; ref. The Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen’s club; Indian club exercises
1951 (1)
162TITANESSVHCTwo-ton Tess in “Ain’t Misbehavin’?” On the contrary!i.e. anag. of ain’t in Tess; ref. ‘Two Ton’ Tessie O’Shea
158RATINGVHCOne of many sailors taken back in the Reservetar (rev.) + in, +“G” & lit.; post-war reserve category for the RNR
155LYTERIANVHCI’m just finishing an illness—a year’s agony through careless application of lintanag. of year lint
1950 (2)
154RABBITVHCHarvey is a poor batsman? Confound it, he gets his scores at a phenomenal rate!3 mngs; r. = confound!, gets = begets; ref. Neil Harvey, cricketer, and play and film ‘Harvey’
152SEA-LIONThirdOwner of bark with one sail negotiates globe skilfullyanag.; balances ball
149DOMESTICVHCPrivate prescription is a waste of Doc.’s timeanag.; ref. NHS
135STRIPPEDVHCUsual condition of the N.C.O. with a soft heart!p in striped, & lit.
1950 (1)
126RASPBERRYVHCBoo-hoot-iful frui-hoot!hoot = raspberry; cf. soup in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, Mock Turtle’s song
1949 (2)
111PLEASANTVHCFacetious action by Father Christmas—left without a present!plea + Sant(a)
105SMITHEREENSVHCFission chips—see the riddle in it?i.e. …the ree…; punning def.
1949 (1)
101BARRACKSVHCSave the young rabbits, lodging protests against those who bump them off!bar racks; rack8
94SARDELLEThirdIn Hansard Ellen Wilkinson used to refer to overcrowding by a more familiar namehidden; sardine; Labour Min. of Education, d. 1947
1947 (2)
60HEELVHC“The Rage of Paris” (Paramount) scored a hit here, despite that elusive 75 per cent!Achilles’ heel, (h)eel; ref. film tax and 1938 film ‘The R. of P.’
59TAMEVHCDull here. Will strike camp and find flattestament less anag. of tents
53SHINVHCStraight enough in the leg, but contrariwise in between the shouldersi.e. s. in withers = withershins
1946 (2)
39GNATHICVHCThis motion is defeated by gaggingcryptic def.
1945 (2)
22SLEEPYHEADVHCPlease, Miss Lamarr, break it up! I’m tired!anag. of please Hedy; ref. H. Lamarr, film star
14Punning name (Punning name)SecondMajor B. Ed. Lyonet‘made your bed, lie on it’

 
HCs awarded to A. Robins
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Ximenes competitions
 
1963-1964
  769 PENNY
  764 SHIMMY-SHAKE
  750 SEVEN-FIFTY / CROSSWORDS (Right and Left)
 
1962-1963
  738 ANAESTHETIC
  734 NASALITY
  730 ARCH-PIRATE
  728 ALDERMA(N) (N’s missing in def.) (Letters Latent)
  717 STAR-MAN (Misprints)
  708 HEARTS
  700 SOLOMON
 
1961-1962
  673 ERISTICAL
  647 MADCAP
 
1960-1961
  638 BUREAUCRAT
  630 STREAKY
  624 PSYCHIATER (DLM)
  621 CHASE
  604 APOSTROPHISE
 
1959-1960
  590 STATANT (Printer’s Devilry)
  586 HEBDOMADARY
  578 GATHERED def. LEVANTER (Wrong Number)
  571 PESTER
  569 PROPOSAL
  564 SHE-BEAR
  555 JURYWOMAN
  551 PITCHER
  543 NUTRIA / ERMINE (Right and Left)
 
1958-1959
  534 RAIL-SPLITTER
  525 MORALE (Printer’s Devilry)
  512 NAYLOR (Libel)
  508 CUMBERGROUND
  500 MOTHERS-IN-LAW
  490 CLEAR def. WEIGH (Wrong Number)
 
1957-1958
  486 BARACAN
  482 LEASING-MAKER
  477 SEDATENESS
  451 MEGAPODE
 
1956-1957
  430 GAMIN (Printer’s Devilry)
  421 DOVETAIL
  412 SERVIETTE
  408 BILLET
 
1955-1956
  347 TELEVISOR
 
1954 (2)
  306 CHICANE / RAMPART (Right and Left)
  304 ORLEANS
  295 SENSE-ORGANS
  289 CISTERN
  285 PARALYSES
 
1954 (1)
  273 COUSIN
  269 ASCENT
  263 We think so then and we thought so still! (Anagram)
  259 AGANIPPE
 
1953 (2)
  257 PYROTECHNICS (Straight Clue)
  255 SCUTTLE
  249 BALM
  245 GLAMOUR / SOPRANO (Right and Left)
 
1953 (1)
  231 PREAMBLE
  229 MASCOT
  225 TOUCHSTONES
  223 MELODRAME
  213 LEMONADE
  211 CAROL-SINGERS or HOLLY-BERRIES
  209 ELAPSION def. IMPERIAL (Wrong Number)
  207 PAGEANT
 
1952 (2)
  205 CANTANKEROUS
  199 HONESTY
  197 SCALES
 
1952 (1)
  191 DENIGRATE
  190 CHEQUERS
  186 ASHMOLEAN
  185 STOUT
  184 MEREST / WYOMING (DLM)
  183 SAUSAGES
  182 MISTLETOE
  181 HANGABLE
 
1951 (2)
  178 HIDEOUS
  173 HATCHING
  172 GARNISHER
  170 GUINEA
 
1951 (1)
  165 CABBAGE
  157 ORANGE
 
1950 (2)
  139 HECATOMB
 
1950 (1)
  128 AMMETER (Printer’s Devilry)
  124 BARHAM or BRAMAH
  122 LEATHER
  121 SNAPSHOT
  119 UMBLE-PIE
 
1949 (2)
  116 WATERLOO
  114 TAPPIT-HEN
  112 SHEET (DLM)
  110 LEVIGATE
  109 PERI
  107 STRAMASH
 
1949 (1)
  104 STARE (Printer’s Devilry)
  103 MOSES
  100 Word containing ADDING
 
1948 (2)
  84 SHINGLE / THIRSTY (Right and Left)
 
1948 (1)
  75 PETROLEUSES
 


Annual Honours record of A. Robins
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YearPrizes
(1, 2, 3)
VHCsHCsPosition
Ximenes competitions
1963-19640 1 3
1962-19630 3 7
1961-19621 (0, 1, 0) 5 2 5
1960-19610 4 5 17
1959-19600 1 9
1958-19591 (0, 1, 0) 4 6 8
1957-19581 (1, 0, 0) 2 4 15
1956-19570 3 4
1955-19560 4 1 16
1954 (2)0 5 5 9
1954 (1)0 4 4 14
1953 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 3 4 9
1953 (1)0 0 8
1952 (2)0 3 3
1952 (1)0 1 8
1951 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 3 4 11
1951 (1)0 3 2
1950 (2)1 (0, 0, 1) 3 1 10
1950 (1)0 1 5
1949 (2)0 2 6
1949 (1)1 (0, 0, 1) 1 3
1948 (2)0 0 1
1948 (1)0 0 1
1947 (2)0 3 0
 
1946 (2)0 1 0
1945 (2)1 (0, 1, 0) 1 0