Clues written by M. A. Macdonald-Cooper
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M. A. Macdonald-Cooper9431081144107Dec 1972Aug 201744y 8mM. A. Cooper
 
 Clue wordAwardClueExplanation
2016-2017
2356PUBLIC SERVANTVHCMixed up Latin verbs with a bit of Cantonese or Mandarin?anag. incl. C
2347ASLEEPVHCBatting lapse in which Yorkshire’s tail-ender is caught oute in anag.
2334ALLELUIAHVHCRefrain from hymn in France that contralto shuns, penned by eminent person dismissing women(c)elui in (w)allah
2322VENTRICOSEVHCContrives somehow to encapsulate what’s central to opera such as Falstaff?e in anag.
2318TIMENOPENNY (TIMENOGUY) (Penny for the Guy)VHCLine that’s not rounded and resonant introducing version of vacuous narrative poemanag. incl. n, e in tinny; line = rope
2015-2016
2305AGREE def. PATCH (Wrong Number)VHCArea covered with grass mostly used in matcha gree(n); area
2296IMPROPERLYVHCTo suggest holding referendum initially works, though ultimately failing in unseemly mannerr oper(a) in imply
2287VALETSecondBye, first to third manvale2 + t
2274SIMPATICOVHCDevilishly clever, I’d dismissed diplomatic service – not exactly congenialanag. less anag.
2272SNOWMOBILEVHCNothing disrupts flourishing women’s lib drive in hostile climate0 in anag.
2270FENESTRAVHCOriel say tuition charges must inhibit men or women ultimately with a right to come upn in fees + a rt (rev.
2265ESPRIT FORTVHCWry self-portrait left artist’s face obscured – Francis Bacon, perhaps?anag. less l, a; ref. FB philosopher and FB painter
2261GANGSTERLANDVHCWhere you’d find Moll or Judy e.g. hugging naughty gentsanag. in Garland
2257BUST-UP / PIT-PAT (Right and Left)VHCRow boat backwards, then ram palpitating old man in Chathamsub (rev.) + tup; pa in Pitt (the Elder, Earl of Chatham)
2014-2015
2222OBJECT LESSONSecondOn leaving Jobcentre, loses work experience of an instructive kindanag. less re
2218FOREIGNERVHC——, think again when migrating: hint – one irking Farage inordinately?comp. anag. & lit.
2209(O)CT(O)BER (Letters Latent)VHCOld ale bottled between Pontefract and Berwickhidden
2200BRINDISIVHC‘Start to brown outside’ is one definition of toastb rind is I
2013-2014
2196SEMANTRA / TRABEATE (Overlaps)VHCConstructed from beams, articles regularly used in better contrived means for adjusting toll bars?a, a regularly placed in anag.; anag.
2161FARRAGOVHCIrregular collection? Hoggish litter dropping West German company admittedAG in farrow less W
2152STUFFED SHIRTVHCThis duffer’s ridiculous, ultimately unimportantanag. + t, & lit.
2012-2013
2144INFERNO (Spoonerisms)FirstFiled wire ruined iron: new iron to be plugged inwild fire; n Fe in anag.
2113PICAROONVHC——, or one tangling with Pan & Co?anag. incl. I, & lit.; ref. Peter P.
2011-2012
2087ROCKETVHCDiamond Jubilee’s last time one famously appeared on track before admiring crowdrock + e t; ref. Stephenson
2083BEWITCHVHCWest Indies being put in make deep impression after Broad’s opening spellB + WI in etch
2074BENNETVHCWhat smitten Nebuchadnezzar’s gobbling up – bit of grasshidden rev.; ref. Daniel, 4, 30
2070MISTREATMENTVHCOn being dispensed, it means torment, potentiallyanag. less on, & lit.
2065DERMESTIDAEVHCTurning crimson, I’m seated uncomfortably – these bugs can be bad for piles!red (rev.) + anag.; bugs = infections
2064COLD TURKEYVHCDistress rocket duly producing sharpish rescue for people on junk?anag.
2053PERISHER def. ESTIMATE (Wrong Number)VHCAnnoying little devil reckoning initially on stray sheep bottling religious instructionRI in anag. + r; reckoning; bottle = fail to undertake
2049PARTY-POOPERVHCProperty OAP renovated becoming damperanag.
2045CATENATEFirstLike traditional sausages fellow worried about E number serves?E n in cat ate
2010-2011
2031EMBROIDERYVHCWork in yarn that’s strangely frightening, containing morbid fancyanag. in eery; work in yarn = contrive to narrate story
2027THRENETICALVHCIn Memoriam Latin teacher’s translating as ——comp. anag.
2023CHAMBRANLEVHCIn church, a decoration executed on side of wallran l in Ch. a MBE, & lit.
2019OVERAWE / HENOTIC (Right and Left)SecondCrush? We’ve endless road works, making one hit cone when manoeuvringanag. less d; anag.
2014HACKETTEVHCShe performs organ work, the fugal parts containing a lot of notes not to be played softly(p)acket in anag.
2010A COMING OF AGEVHCReason for party gathering? Necessary to protect Lib Dem leader, once involved in a stirMing (Campbell) in oof all in a cage (= prison)
2009-2010
1988PERIQUEVHCEarly signs of eruption in long-dormant peak, source of pungent smokeer in pique3
1984ORWEL(L)IAN (Doublethink)VHCCharacteristic of Blair, having fabricated lie on war?anag.
1975SEPTENTRIONALVHCNorthern Ireland’s potent brews unsettling head in Down or Derryanag. less D
1967SUBORDINATELYVHCNew Labour destiny – playing second fiddle?anag.
1962ANADEMVHCFlowery adornment Dame Edna sports when first shows are screenedanag. less D, E; show = sign, indication
1960NGANA (3 defs + letter mixture) (Parcels)VHCSyndicate member mismanage own money? It’d affect stock fatallyWONGA NAME
1953TRAUMA (misprint of T) (Misprints)FirstHears of distraught mother’s emotional shockheart; trau + ma
2008-2009
1936LITMUS TESTVHCContent of chemical it must establishhidden & lit.
1918PALAMPOREVHCSort of ‘counterpoint’, as was said in English, after Malaprop, mangled?anag. + E
1906MORSEVHCOne famed for cracking clues showing incipient misery over ridiculous style ‘Endeavour’first letters; ref. Inspector M.
2007-2008
1871FAIRY GOLDVHCPelf, when penniless, or ——?i.e. fairy (= elf) + gold, &
1862UNALIKE (Spoonerisms)VHCTron casting debut for understudy to cover one hampered by broken anklecontrasting; u + I in anag.; ref Tron Theatre, Glasgow
1853ANTIQUITARIANVHCUnusually quaint old hostelry retaining touch of Tudor air – I like it!anag. + T aria in in
2006-2007
1831MARGINALIAThirdLara, aiming cut, evoking observations from commentators?anag.; ref. cricket
1827AMAKOSI def. DENUDED (Wrong Number)VHCTribal leaders, African American, odd characters from Ohio, stark ravingstark; Am + anag. of alternate letters
1784TEARAWAYVHCWho’s still harbouring some hostility over having to accept a bit of authority?a in a war in yet (all rev.), & lit.
2005-2006
1750PLOUGHMANVHCCrew bound to fail, one trailing after pulling punches?plough + man
1746ENTOMICVHCSupply organised to men in command of soldiers in colonies, typically?anag. + i/c; supply adv.
1741LORD NELSONVHCLondoners’ landmark’s leader at seaanag. incl. l, & lit.
1737ANIMUSVHCHostile spirit from Australia clinching contest as to who’ll take last match?nim in AUS
1733PALESTRAVHCSeek quarter from Leonidas in Sparta wrestling here?Le in anag., & lit.
2004-2005
1724MONEYBAGSVHCGnome, say, with capital in Berne, rolling?anag. incl. B, & lit.
1996-1997
1303PONIARDSecondPlunge knife in, and sew up after surgery’s over?op (rev.) + drain (rev.)
1286CHALETThirdAccommodation for Heidi, high, we’re told?ref. ‘Hi-di-hi!’, TV holiday camp sitcom; & lit.
1281ABLUTOMANEVHCWasher possibly needing shrink to make fit – manual to be revised?washer, shrink, fit 2 meanings
1277NOVE(M)BER (Letters Latent)VHCPerennial number eleven, brave one batting without a hint of apprehension?anag. less a
1268ARGIE-BARGIEVHCDevelopment of bigger area around Ireland’s capital – Donnybrook, perhapsI in anag.
1264TREDRILLE / FERVOROUS (Right and Left)VHCUse for devil’s books as material in service? Typically zealous, Bible or nothing’s featured in tracts Scots holddrill in tree; RV or 0 in feus
1260OUT-AND-OUTSecondUnqualified don working in Open University taught in modern styleanag. in OU taut
1992-1993
1084PIERCEABLE / SALESGIRL (DLM)VHCSays Celia ‘Pre bedtime, I’m apt to be bored’ –
She’ll ring me up, hoping perfume from Grasse I’ll afford!
 
1991-1992
1024PRESENT (3 defs + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)VHCMysore: Gavaskar’s opening batting, always a tense dutySEM(PRE SENT)RY-GO; anag. incl. G
1989-1990
913ARCHIBALDVHCCamel had rib smashed if you fired me!anag. less me, & lit.
1988-1989
862OFF-AND-ONVHCSometimes, with an incompetent, party suffers bouleversement – a real possibilitynaff in do (rev.) + on, ref. Govan by-election
857REDCAP / NICETY (Right and Left)VHCGood effort but no runs – distinction lacking as dropped international becomes baggage handler!nice t(r)y; r(as)ed cap
840SONDEVHCDoesn’t it sometimes cast storming?anag. less ’t, & lit.
1987-1988
818EMBUSQUÉVHCJanuary’s exercise: waiting past, queues mob wildly, missing nothing!anag. less 0; ref. Jan. comp./sales
816POTLACH (with extra O in word) (Extra letter)VHCUnlimited chocolate supply (nothing less) – what Bunter’s expecting around festive seasonanag. of (c)hocolat(e) less 0 in PO
801LINCHETVHCWonderful clean hit, one going for boundaryanag. less a
792DISTHENE (Printer’s Devilry)VHCWhen we heard and sa/w ‘soft’ Roy, did Owen truthfully pale?Troy, Dido
1986-1987
774VICTORINEVHCI contrive elaborate cape a character might display!anag., hidden & lit.
753SHEEPDOGVHCFemale, 45 maybe, having to trail after one accustomed to whistlesshe EP dog
1985-1986
727WELL-TO-DOThirdFlutter not allowed with starters off? You’ll find most bookies the same!anag. less first letters
718FLO(GG)IN(G) (Letters Latent)ThirdSix from Quelch? Fat Owl’s in squirms when swishing taws is restedcomp. anag.; ref. B. Bunter
714MOTEVHCErratic comet returns this century – it’s hard to see with the naked eye!comp. anag., mote1; returns = produces
1984-1985
675CONSTERNATESecondWhat flag day will do to Aberdonian (embarrass Scot with a tenner)?anag.
1982-1983
572SNAKE-OILVHCRisk’s extreme in wild North Sea – maybe what’s found there’ll hardly make one well!kin anag. + oil
552NOURICE-FEEVHCSou finally for time in refection contrived at end of nipple?u for t in anag. + e & lit.
1981-1982
506ELANET (Printer’s Devilry)VHCA wee hand: s/ae warm the palm – in Januaryref. Handsel Monday q.v.
1980-1981
460SWOOPVHCJock and I’ll crash Vanessa’s party – could be the death of Mrs MacD. and the kids!oo in S(ocialist) W(orkers’) P(arty)); ref. V. Redgrave, Lady Macduff in ‘Macbeth’
1979-1980
419RAMILLIESVHCHead covering one described as thoroughly modern? This head covering isn’t!Millie in ras
1977-1978
301TROLLOPISHVHCAs a pert schoolgirl, lacking elements of grace, could unfortunately becomecomp. anag. & lit.
300SLINK-BUTCHERVHCWhat’s my line? Product of keb, mortling and such – but not mog!comp. anag. & lit.
285BOYFRIEND (Misprints)VHCOne daring girl flaunting fine body’s about right for me!dating; r in anag.
281DINOCERASVHCWrecking Wyoming homesteads I could have caused scare amongst weedy hominoidscomp. anag. & lit.
276AMTRACKVHCIn Army attack per mare I’m deployed with a REME partycomp. anag. & lit.
267MORRIS-DANCEVHCFirst of May heralds dancing in cadres – or ——?M + anag. & lit.

 
HCs awarded to M. A. Macdonald-Cooper
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2016-2017
  2351 RHAGADES
  2343 RESTORE (Printer’s Devilry)
  2338 TRUMP
  2325 MASON
  2324 CELEBRATIONS
  2313 PERFECT
 
2015-2016
  2291 AVESTA (Printer’s Devilry)
  2250 MILESTONE (with missing O) (Missing Letter)
 
2014-2015
  2248 WAISTLINE
  2244 AVANT-GARDISTE
  2239 ERADIATE (Spoonerisms)
  2235 CHOCK-A-BLOCK
  2230 GATES OF DEATH
  2213 SOLECISM
  2205 CUMBERSOME
 
2013-2014
  2187 WEST
  2178 PARISON
  2170 SAYONARA
  2168 CENTURY (with missing C) (Missing Letter)
  2165 OUT OF ORDER
  2157 MELODRAMATIC
 
2012-2013
  2139 DE RIGUEUR
  2135 LOB
  2131 DIVES / MALIK (Right and Left)
  2118 BLOKEISH
  2105 TITANIC / ICEBERG (Overlaps)
  2100 A STITCH IN TIME
  2096 TRICK
 
2011-2012
  2091 SNIFTER
  2078 RÉCOLLET
  2062 APPLE-KNOCKER
  2058 ROBUST
 
2010-2011
  2036 AL CONTO
  2012 BLOATING
  2000 TWO THOUSAND
  1997 FADO
  1992 FOULARD
 
2009-2010
  1979 FAR-OUT
  1971 WATERMANSHIP
  1958 HANGDOG
  1949 PALFRENIER
  1945 PRISON
  1940 SCANT def. SNEAP (Wrong Number)
 
2008-2009
  1923 ELLIPTIC
  1914 VE(S)TAL (Letters Latent)
  1910 BARPERSON
  1908 WE THREE KINGS
  1901 SANITISE
  1897 WASH-OUT
 
2007-2008
  1875 GOUTTE / UPREAR (Right and Left)
  1866 BINGE
  1858 HUMONGOUS
  1849 AUXESIS
  1840 W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH (Letters Latent)
  1836 POSTHASTE
 
2006-2007
  1801 RUSE DE GUERRE
  1797 HEART
 
2005-2006
  1771 PARTERRE
  1762 DUDDERY
  1758 BIMBETTE
  1753 DIAGONAL
  1752 MIDWINTER
 
1997-1998
  1322 CARPET
  1316 FINGERLICKIN’
  1312 REST-CURE
 
1996-1997
  1307 AGILE (Spoonerisms)
  1284 STALE (3 defs. + sub. ind. of wrapping) (Parcels)
  1273 SIPOREX
 
1995-1996
  1250 SONEOCARDIA (STENOCARDIA) (Ten to One)
 
1993-1994
  1117 STAMNOS (3 Consecutive Letters)
 
1992-1993
  1069 (P)OSTICHE (Headpieces)
 
1991-1992
  1039 TOLERABLE
  1026 LET-OFF
  1013 ALVEARY
  1008 SPORTSCASTER (Misprints)
  1000 ONE THOUSAND
  995 STASIMA (Printer’s Devilry)
 
1990-1991
  987 IRON CURTAIN
  961 WAVESON
  956 SPEAR-SIDE
  952 STAR (Spoonerisms)
 
1989-1990
  934 LACE-UPS
 
1988-1989
  878 MOUSEPIECE
  874 BLUESTOCKING
  869 HOLD-UPS
  853 DEBACLE
  849 VISITE
 
1987-1988
  835 PROSAICAL
  831 COOLABAH (Spoonerisms)
  827 MICKEY-TAKING
  823 SARBACANE
  809 DOLCE VITA
  805 LITOTES
  788 CROW
 
1986-1987
  783 CAMPESINO
  779 MISSING LINK
  770 HERMITS
  766 GUBBINS
  764 CHILDERMAS
  762 OBELISE
  757 ETHEROMANIAC (Misprints)
  750 SALMAGUNDY (THLMAGUY/OULMAGUY) (750 themed clue)
  744 SKIRL-IN-THE-PAN / COFFEE-DISEASE (Right and Left)
  735 MALIGN
 
1985-1986
  731 STRING
  696 ANTIMNEMONIC
  688 CUCURBITAL
  683 BANISH
 
1984-1985
  679 ESTOVER (Printer’s Devilry)
  662 BARGE-COUPLE
  660 Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (Anagram)
 
1983-1984
  622 SIMP (Printer’s Devilry)
  607 CARNEY
  590 MINEVER
  581 SPADROON def. MAVERICK (Wrong Number)
 
1982-1983
  576 TOP-NOTCH
  556 SWEAL (Misprints)
  547 GLEEMAN
 
1981-1982
  517 IMMORTELLE
  504 SIMMENTHALER
  491 SEVENTY-EIGHT
  486 JUMPED-UP
 
1980-1981
  469 APLUSTRE
  464 SIMKIN
  456 BALADINE
  452 DISSENTERISM
  443 STEEPLECROWN
 
1979-1980
  410 CUL-DE-SAC
  401 GO-AHEAD
  393 INTRACARDIAC
  388 ALEXIPHARMIC
 
1978-1979
  358 UPSTART def. NON-TERM (Wrong Number)
  340 BOOKSIE
  327 HEMLOCK
  319 PODESTA
 
1977-1978
  310 STERNFAST
  294 HUMECT
  259 TRANSIRE
 
1976-1977
  255 ROYAL SILVER JUBILEE
  247 FLIVVER
 
1975-1976
  195 SHILLY-SHALLY
  169 THUGGEE
 
1974-1975
  143 Jingle for BALTHAZAR, MELCHIOR, CASPAR (A jingle)
 
1972-1973
  43 A neologism (Neologisms)
 


Annual Honours record of M. A. Macdonald-Cooper
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YearPrizes
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VHCsHCsPosition
2016-20170 5 6 19
2015-20161 (0, 1, 0) 7 2 6
2014-20151 (0, 1, 0) 3 7 19
2013-20140 3 6
2012-20131 (1, 0, 0) 1 7
2011-20121 (1, 0, 0) 8 4 5
2010-20111 (0, 1, 0) 5 5 9
2009-20101 (1, 0, 0) 6 6 6
2008-20090 3 6
2007-20080 3 6
2006-20071 (0, 0, 1) 2 2 26
2005-20060 5 5 13
2004-20050 1 0
 
1997-19980 0 3
1996-19973 (0, 2, 1) 4 3 4
1995-19960 0 1
 
1993-19940 0 1
1992-19930 1 1
1991-19920 1 6
1990-19910 0 4
1989-19900 1 1
1988-19890 3 5
1987-19880 4 7 17
1986-19870 2 10
1985-19862 (0, 0, 2) 1 4 11
1984-19851 (0, 1, 0) 0 3
1983-19840 0 4
1982-19830 2 3
1981-19820 1 4
1980-19810 1 5
1979-19800 1 4
1978-19790 0 4
1977-19780 6 3 10
1976-19770 0 2
1975-19760 0 2
1974-19750 0 1
 
1972-19730 0 1