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1.  B. Cheesman: No Paper Doll, our Bard’s Belovèd Anne / Hath spurn’d th’impetuous Youth ((Doll) Tear(sheet) + (Anne Hath)away; ref. Henry IV, Part 2).

2.  C. J. Brougham: ‘Beano article’ means Dennis the Menace? (tear a way; ref. comic strip character).

3.  N. C. Dexter: One’s needing bit of telling off and ear boxed? (ear in t away, & lit.).


D. Appleton: Daly’s second is in casual water, agreed? Drop further from the hole. Bogeys may curb his recklessness (a in anag. + ay, tear away; ref. John D., US golfer; bogeys = police).

M. Barley: No end of mayhem for gang of juveniles I’ll follow? (tea(m) + raw + ay, & lit.; I3).

Rev Canon C. M. Broun: Water’s somewhat chilly in Scottish river for one inclined to jump in (ea raw in Tay).

B. Burton: Impetuous teen – not half! – one not corrected alas? (te(en) a raw ay, & lit.).

Mrs M. J. Cansfield: Get weary at a thrash, and drop off (anag., tear away; get n.).

E. Cross: Rash? If weeping, you can use clean tissue to wipe this (i.e. (wipe) tear away).

C. D. S. & E. A. Field: A madcap? T. Sawyer? —— scamp’d gone wild! (comp. anag. & lit.).

Dr I. S. Fletcher: Drop to get out of rough? (tear away (interj.)).

R. Gilbert: Reckless Scots greeting what Hadrian built to pen them in (a wa’ in teary; greet2).

R. R. Greenfield: Cannabis, alas, entraps inexperienced madcap (raw in tea ay).

C. J. Lancaster: Hooligan upset about Celtic not playing at home (awa’ in teary).

J. C. Leyland: A weary tee shot lands one in the rough (a in anag. incl. T).

M. A. Macdonald-Cooper: Who’s still harbouring some hostility over having to accept a bit of authority? (a in a war in yet (all rev.), & lit.).

D. F. Manley: We try AAA out for someone to go under hood maybe (anag.; ref. hoodies, American Automobile Association).

C. Ogilvie: Reckless dope, rough indeed (tea raw ay).

R. J. Palmer: One immature, consumed by drink perhaps, ending in delinquency (a raw in tea + y, & lit.).

D. Parfitt: A wild plant: Asian tree with green, brown and black leaves (tea raw (b)ay; plant = young person).

N. G. Shippobotham: A Wayne R. at play, lacking a bit of nous? (anag. less n, & lit.; ref. W. Rooney).

J. R. Tozer: Reckless, certainly after a drink, and rude (tea raw + ay).

R. J. Whale: A year at reformatory carries little weight with him (w in anag., & lit.).

D. C. Williamson: You might see Bonnie turn —— forming a union with Warren Beatty (comp. anag. & lit.; ref. film ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, starring W.B.).


T. Anderson, D. Arthur, D. & N. Aspland, M. Barker, R. E. Boot, J. M. Brown, E. J. Burge, Dr J. Burscough, B. Butler, C. J. & M. P. Butler, C. A. Clarke, N. Connaughton, G. Cuthbert, E. Dawid, R. Dean, T. J. Donnelly, G. Engelhardt, A. S. Everest, J. Fairclough, P. D. Gaffey, C. George, Mrs E. Greenaway, R. Griffin, J. Grimes, M. Hanley, D. V. Harry, R. J. Heald, P. F. Henderson, R. Hesketh, L. M. Inman, Mrs S. D. Johnson, E. C. Lance, D. Launchbury, Rev M. R. Metcalf, C. G. Millin, J. H. Moore, T. J. Moorey, I. Morgan, C. J. Morse, W. Murphy, R. A. Norton, D. O’Connor, A. Plumb, J. T. Price, W. Ransome, D. R. Robinson, D. Sharp, D. J. Short, I. Simpson, P. L. Stone, C. W. Thomas, Ms C. van Starkenburg, Mrs C. Velarde, Ms S. Wallace, A. J. Wardrop, G. H. Willett, Dr E. Young.

244 entries, no mistakes. Favourite clue of the month (with 14 votes): ‘HM getting corgi back, I see? Indicative of recurrent state (being madly corgi-ed)’ for ERGODIC, followed by ‘Blair’s (or Brown’s) spare member of cabinet’ (HAIN), with 10 votes, and 26 clues getting at least one mention. You do like your topical references, don’t you! To be honest, I felt that the ERGODIC clue was a little contrived and lumpy in its wording, but once I spotted that final anagram I couldn’t resist it. A good competition entry, on the whole, with little unsoundness, which is always refreshing. Variations on ‘rip’, ‘rip-off’ and ‘dropout’ were two a penny, and raised interesting questions of definition, e.g. tearaways aren’t necessarily involved in rip-offs and dropouts aren’t necessarily (if ever) tearaways, or vice versa. And a rip, however disreputable, may be neither reckless nor violent. I found myself weighing all these considerations quite carefully in arriving at my short list. As often happens the three prizewinners settled for treatments which no one else used. I was especially attracted to Mr Cheesman’s cod iambic fragment, an unusual approach but quite sound.
I must be brief this month since the slip is already delayed and I am shortly off on a second holiday (a week’s choral cruise in the Aegean to celebrate my wife’s recent 60th birthday). Two items of publishing news to finish with. Chambers recently published the Chambers Book of Morse Crosswords by Colin Dexter (£6.99, ISBN 0-550-10279-5), a selection of his puzzles first published in the Oxford Times with (inevitably) a bit of an Oxford feel to them. Chambers will also be publishing in October a new edition of Don Manley’s excellent Chambers Crossword Manual (price and ISBN not to hand) and to mark the occasion there will be a launch party at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford, at 7 p.m. on Thursday 19 October, to which all crossword lovers are invited. The publishers say they expect space to be tight, so they urge people to arrive in good time. I shall be there myself, so I hope I may see some of you there as well.


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