XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 451
1. S. B. Green: I put out the clutch on a hill, and a small boy in the way beats a retreat! (page2 (rev.) in mode).
2. N. C. Dexter: Having big feet, I’m an upholder of long dresses coming back into fashion (page2 (rev.) in mode).
3. Mrs N. Fisher: I lay down under being labelled a backward boy in form (page2 (rev.) in mode).
F. AyImer: In this game dope is freely used: it should get the bird from the Mound (anag.; ref. stand at Lord’s).
C. Allen Baker: Get me sitting on a loaded shell in a mass of earth? Not this bird! (me + a pod in Ge, & lit.; m. does not sit on eggs).
P. C. Barclay: I make myself a crevice in a hill, and then lay (me gap ode, & lit.).
C. O. Butcher: Cause (and effect) of a mouldy dome incorporating a modicum of egg-space (e(gg) gap in anag., & lit.).
C. E. Gates: I may be found making a rough dome round a vacant spot—the start of an eggery (gap in anag. + e, & lit.).
Dr T. O. Hughes: English dollar deficit is in a state. I’ve got my nest-egg in the Bank of Australia (E gap in mode).
Dr T. J. R. Maguire: Mo.-ped., crazy with age, gets a flying start from Shell (anag.; m. can fly from moment of hatching).
E. L. Mellersh: Indigenous Australian with distant relations in Surrey thinks the Mound ought to be on the Oval (cryptic def.; m. lays eggs in a mound, related to grouse, etc.; ref. stand at Lord’s).
J. J. Moore: At a Victorian hen-party it would not be unusual to see me break into song (me gap ode; gap vb.).
C. J. Morse: You’ll find me with a fabricated hatching-place in the earth (Greek form of name) (me + a pod in Ge, & lit.; pod = silk cocoon).
M. Rich: A device for holding one’s skirts back in fashion—to show what big feet one’s got? (page2 (rev.) in mode).
T. E. Sanders: May, one that’s full of beans perhaps and leader of England, is sure to make a pile in Australia (Meg a pod E; Meg = May, see Names in C.).
Mrs E. M. Simmonds: I give the undeveloped egg a parking-place in a queerly-constructed dome (eg(g) a P in anag., & lit.).
K. C. Slater: Layer who makes a pile from backing perfect specimen against animal without feet (gem (rev.) + apode).
F. B. Stubbs: This bird’s egg’s beginning to crack inside a sort of dome (e(gg) gap in anag., & lit.).
J. B. Sykes: You’ll find a shell, perhaps, amid old earth assembled by me (me + a pod in Ge, & lit.).
Miss D. W. Taylor: One of the sort you see down under, making a pile in the dope game (anag.; 2 mngs. of down under).
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COMMENTS—320 entries, 291 correct, most of the errors being “orbs” for ORBY. An accurate and ingenious entry for a puzzle which seems to have been found by many more difficult than usual. Please excuse lack of further criticism this time, as I have only just finished in time to go away for a week. (Note: there are so many “& lit.” clues that I have not indicated them [indicated in Archive notes]).