Ximenes Competition No. 364  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  360  |  369  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
364 Xmas 1955HELLEBORE normal20


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstT. E. BellA flower of surpassing beauty that returns amid the old white splendour of the Christmas scenebelle (rev.) in hore, & lit.
SecondDr S. L. PatonI blossom forth in December showing beauty returning in old agebelle (rev.) in hore, & lit.
ThirdMiss E. J. CampbellAs a rose in December, beauty returns in old agebelle (rev.) in hore
HCC. Allen BakerA blooming early riser sets the alarm when retiring to ring hours before needing to be about!bell (rev.) + O all in h + ere
HCE. A. BeaulahProminent beauty makes a come-back in very cut version of H.M.S. Pinafore as Buttercupbelle (rev.) in H(MS Pinaf)ore
HCS. A. CheethamCrowfoot results from revulsion of beauty in old agebelle (rev.) in hore, & lit.
HCR. N. ChignellIt can lend colour to Christmas where spirits are followed by duck with free beer all roundhell + O in anag.
HCW. M. EastherMay mean a most unpleasant death—produced beneath the earth’s surfacehell E bore, & lit.; some species of h. are poisonous
HCA. S. G. FishOld madman’s radical cure for the evil power that weighed ’im downhell ’e bore; h. used by ancient Greeks to treat mental disorders; radical = of root
HCMrs N. FisherThe end of December leads to an exclamation about its beauty recurring always(Decemb)er + belle in oh (all rev.), & lit.
HCT. P. FooksThe principal male’s a girl (confusion!) and Beauty is back in his arms: a hardy perennialbelle (rev.) in anag. of hero; ref. panto “Sleeping B.” [see comments]
HCMrs L. JarmanThis drug may kill Tinker Bell here and now—clap in the circle and the light will appearO in anag. of Bell + here; some species of h. poisonous; audience must clap to save TB; TB’s light, crossword light
HCL. JohnsonBriefly, he will be changed by the end of Pinafore, Buttercup providing the solutionhe’ll + be (rev.) + (Pinaf)ore
HCC. J. MorseGreek girl stopped on cross-channel flight was carrying dopeHelle bore; ref. the flying ram (Krios Khrysomallos), who rescued Helle
HCR. PostillBeauty returns in old age, like a rose that blooms anew in winterbelle (rev.) in hore
HCT. E. SandersHe’s got about 1¼ yds. drill, but you’ll need to double that for a pair of winter bloomersell in he + bore; double, i.e. 2 hellebores
HCMrs E. ShackletonExample of this season’s bloomers—modern style requiring 1⅓ lengths drillH ell e(ll) bore; H-line
HCJ. A. L. SturrockHeavily censored version of H.M.S Pinafore includes cartwheeling French beauty—that’s something like a Buttercup!belle (rev.) in H(M.S. Pinaf)ore
HCH. T. R. TwyfordVariegated English herb, inner parts of yellow, petals white when it’s black! Do you see it now?anag. of E herb (y)ello(w); black h. has white petals at Christmas
HCR. A. WalkerHe’ll be back with the makings of a pig in a pokehe’ll + be (rev.) + ore; pig = unforged metal; poke4 = white h.

Runners-Up in competition 364:

F. D. H. AtkinsonP. GraystoneP. H. MorganF. B. Stubbs
G. F. BamfordS. B. GreenF. E. NewloveJ. B. Sykes
J. W. BatesH. GreenbergD. A. NichollsP. H. Taylor
H. BernardJ. H. GrummittSgt L. W. G. OxleyD. G. Thomas
G. BoltonC. T. HattenH. C. S. PerryD. H. Tompsett
R. S. CaffynD. HawsonE. G. PhillipsH. S. Tribe
P. B. ChapmanD. HendersonE. J. RackhamMiss Twells
R. F. S. ChignellS. HolgateK. ReedS. E. Wilson
A. H. CloughA. H. IliffeD. V. ReevesS. E. Woods
Capt B. P. ConnorsE. G. IllingworthA. M. RobertsonM. Woolf
J. CorderyW. IslipA. J. C. SaundersC. P. Wroth
Mrs C. CrawfordC. KoopMrs E. M. SimmondsH. T. Young
Cdr H. H. L. DicksonP. W. W. LeachD. SlaterI. Young
C. E. GatesJ. D. LockettW. K. M. SlimmingsK. R. Young
S. GoldieH. LyonG. Stanhope-Lovell 
J. H. GoldthorpeD. P. M. MichaelE. B. Stevens