Ximenes Competition No. 182  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  181  |  183  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
182 Xmas 1951MISTLETOE normal25


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstR. J. HallI’m held in suspense at The Family Reunion. You’ll find me full of T. S. Eliot’s eccentric charactersanag. in me; ref. his play, “The F. R.”, 1939
SecondC. J. MorseWith me about, it’s wrong to hinder loveanag. + let + 0, all in me, & lit.
ThirdJ. C. ChavasseAn attractive home fixture at Christmas for Wolves—X is likely resultcryptic def.; wolves = womanisers, X = kiss and draw in football pools
HCC. A. BakerA fine spray in the air is a good sign for fishing smackscryptic def.; i.e. obtaining kisses
HCJ. A. BlairFashionable title some cover girls like to go underanag.
HCD. L. L. ClarkeTo let in poor repair, needing expenditure on the outside. Scheduled to come down in a fortnightanag. in mise
HCA. E. ClaytonOverhead plant functions continuously for twelve days coping with face level pressure!cryptic def., ref. to industry
HCT. DwyerI hang about where couples are kissing, making up lost time before the end of the danceanag. + e
HCMiss R. LeS. FilleulTotem lies shattered. Once sacred symbol now no longer reveredanag.; m. was sacred to ancient Druids
HCD. J. FurleyHigh decoration (for gallantry): even great men are more familiar with lower orders just below itcryptic def.; gallantry = devotion to ladies; lower orders = e.g. servants
HCL. JohnsonSpray covering the smacks—slight fog starting—put to into shelter!mist + to in lee; smack = kiss
HCF. P. N. LakeOne way of getting “XXX” at Xmas is to let me arrange itanag.; XXX rum / kisses
HCG. G. LawranceI live with my host throughout the year and get put up for Christmascryptic def.; m. is a parasite
HCJ. P. LloydA popular Home choice this season, but cover for 2, with the possibility of an Xcryptic def.; ref. football pools, i.e. home win, away win (2pts.) and draw (X)
HCB. J. McCannIf you want a surprise introduction to her at the party, the best thing is to let me arrange itanag.
HCM. B. McIlroyMost élite houses sport seasonal decorationanag.; houses (vb.), sport = variation
HCT. W. MelluishMiss Buss could hardly have understood?cryptic def., understood = stood under; ref. anon. rhyme,“Miss B. and Miss Beale,” see ODQ.
HCF. E. NewloveAt Christmas parties (most élite otherwise) toilets become ruffled with me aroundanag., anag. in me; toilet = dress & appearance
HCRev E. B. PeelI sometimes cling to a peach, but just now necking is beneath mecryptic def.; m. is a parasite of various fruit trees
HCE. J. RackhamDanger sign for ladies—toilets are disarranged with me embracing!anag. in me; toilet = dress & appearance
HCW. K. M. SlimmingsWhat may cause unquiet lips to meet!anag. less p, & lit.
HCH. S. TribeIl est Moët qui produit le “hangover” à Noëlanag.; ref. champagne
HCE. W. TullochSimply lives on apple but won’t always keep the doctor away—from the nurses?cryptic def.; m. is a parasite of various fruit trees
HCR. A. WellsGreen?—I’m a sucker! I get the bird and the sharp end of a boot!mistle, toe; sucker = parasite
HCDr D. W. WilliamsSuitably arranged, allows lips to meet (though you must have a little quiet)i.e. mistletoe + p = anag. of lips to meet

Runners-Up in competition 182:

F. AllansonC. DaviesJ. P. MernaghMrs J. Robertson
F. A. J. ArmstrongW. J. DuffinD. P. M. MichaelA. Robins
D. AshcroftBrig W. E. DuncanD. A. NichollsO. Carlton Smith
Mrs F. BeggW. M. EastherC. NorfolkJ. A. L. Sturrock
H. BernardS. GoldieMrs A. M. OsmondF. L. Usher
M. BrownRev J. G. GrahamJ. W. ParrJ. F. N. Wedge
Rev B. ChapmanS. B. GreenMrs M. G. PorterH. T. Young
H. ChownT. O. HughesM. C. T. ReillyJ. S. Young
H. P. ChubbMrs L. JarmanH. B. Ridley 
F. A. ClarkR. H. LemonA. Rivlin