XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 1158
1. D. V. Harry: Sportively tells a peahen it belongs in a large pod (anag.).
2. Sir S. Kaye: It might well chew up a pen and eat shell (anag. & lit.; pen = cuttle-bone).
3. C. J. Morse: Take a pea, shell ten and sort for the biggest in the pod (anag.).
C. Allen Baker: Scotch then pale ales—you’ll get me swimming in drink (anag.).
J. W. Bates: Special size applied to paper blind gives an attractive coat (elephant + seal3 (= seel1)).
Mrs A. Boyes: Vast mass on shore from ‘Panther’—no end to it—in all English S.E. anyhow (anag. Panthe(r) all E S.E.; ref. Liberian tanker recently grounded on Goodwin Sands off S.E. coast).
E. Chalkley: What could destroy a net without help and then be secure? (anag. in anag. + seal, & lit.).
J. Crowther: I’m big enough to dispose of lant-eel—heaps (anag. & lit.).
N. C. Dexter: You’ll see me surface—pate all sheen—at sea (anag.).
J. P. H. Hirst: A source of oil that’s ruined all the open sea (except the middle) (anag. less o).
P. Hurst: Possibly greatest header of a ball—heads back, slips, then alas (Pele rev. + anag.).
G. Johnstone: I may dispatch eel and lant—heaps (anag. & lit.).
L. F. Leason: The Big Dipper, then pale ales—you must get the sequence right (anag.).
Mrs B. Lewis: The plane’s doing stunts—stick tight—it’s a flipping jumbo (anag. + seal).
D. F. Manley: I wallow in the drink, pale ales, then go dizzy (anag.).
C. G. Millin: One of the greatest ball-players, when I turn and lash a net can get broken (Pele rev. + anag., & lit.).
Miss M. J. Patrick: Being largely used to the sea, the seaplane crashed on a short lake (anag. + l).
F. H. W. Peters: Lant (eel-shape) writhing about—big swimmer (anag.).
Brig R. F. E. Stoney: Wreck of the seaplane left an ugly source of oil that comes ashore (anag. + l).
J. G. Stubbs: The seaplane in a spin before long dives into the ocean (anag. + l).
F. D. H. Atkinson, M. J. Balfour, T. E. Bell, Rev C. M. Broun, R. S. Caffyn, J. H. Cleary, A. E. Danher, R. A. Dean, A. L. Freeman, Mrs J. O. Fuller, E. Gomersall, Mrs S. Hewitt, Sir G. Hodgson, Mrs E. J. Holmes, H. W. Jenkins, Mrs D. B. Jenkinson, R. E. Kimmons, R. W. Lerrigo, Mrs E. McFee, D. P. M. Michael, D. G. C. Mockridge, J. L. Moss, R. A. Mostyn, M. Newman, L. W. G. Oxley, W. H. Pegram, T. C. Perks, R. Postill, E. Robinson, T. E. Sanders, Sir W. Slimmings, J. R. Stocks, J. B. Sweeting, Mrs M. P. Webber, J. F. N. Wedge.
COMMENTS:—About 350 entries, nearly 100 incorrect—the result of the first (quite unintentional) solving trap for some time. The actress is Shani Wallis; shan, s.v. shand, is base coin, snide; but many thought I must mean ‘sham’ and wrote ‘Shami’. I’m sorry about this, but I never thought of the danger, and I’m afraid I can’t do anything about it. The entry wasn’t large; I expect holiday posts are to blame and many will arrive late—no post on Monday was a pest. Again, I can’t do anything about it; the results must go in, and I also don’t want the slips to be late. It is wise to post as early as you can.
There was very good variety in the clues; two who came near to prizes were C. G. Millin (I don’t quite like his ‘when I turn’) and Brigadier Stoney (it’s a matter of opinion, I suppose, but why ‘ugly’?). Among the weaknesses which ruled out unsuccessful clues were :—‘Footballer gets up …’: it’s an across word, and its parts, therefore, don’t go up. ‘Led first’ is quite impossible as an indication of ‘L’, ‘Not’ definitely cannot indicate an anagram; one needs a suggestion that the order of letters is disturbed.
No time for more; I must catch the post.