Ximenes Competition No. 421  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  417  |  425  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
421 Feb 1957DOVETAIL normal26


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstH. RotterA tough joint is a devil to cut up!anag.
SecondR. F. S. ChignellA union that’s a devil to bust upanag.
ThirdC. R. DeanTo chisel two parts of a wedge shape and join end to enddo (=cheat) + ve(e) + tail, & lit.
HCP. C. BarclayHow can you unite an Assembly which admits the confounded veto?anag. in Dáil; ref. President’s power of veto
HCC. M. BrounIt’s a devil to knit together, i.e., if not shaped properlyanag. & lit.
HCC. O. Butcher“Square”—an expression typifying “innocence” to a follower of the Comets—isn’t expected to rock and rolldove tail; ref. Bill Haley & his C.s, in Britain Feb 1957
HCP. CranmerThis is a swell joint: do try a ’49 Fin de Colombedo vet a IL, dove tail; colombe (Fr.) = dove; ref. Chateau St. Colombe wines
HCD. D. CummingCan one reach perfect agreement despite the abuse of the veto in the Assembly?anag. in Dáil; ref. President’s power of veto
HCJ. C. B. DateAll the peacemaker has behind him to bring the two sides together is a doubtful vote in the Assemblydove tail, anag. in Dáil
HCN. C. DexterFeather-brush for use in the cornerdove tail; feather = birds collectively
HCW. J. DuffinGiven a tonic by the doctor before indisposition, you should find yourself nicely fitdo vet ail; A1 = do (mus.)
HCF. D. GardinerA joint of this kind is a devil to rentanag. & lit.
HCJ. A. Maxtone GrahamHow to hold your drawers together—make a gusset with a little elastic over the seat!do ‘V’ e tail
HCS. B. GreenDid a dive in New York follow the way of a common joint in Trafalgar Square?dove3 tail; ref. T.S. pigeons
HCE. J. GriewKnit two together: make five: decrease gradually to end of needledo V e tail
HCP. H. MorganThough apparently a gentle bird and a bit backward, I keep members of the Cabinet in their place!dove tail
HCC. J. MorseGet fit the artisan’s way—treat first and diagnose the disease afterwardsdo vet ail
HCF. E. NewloveVeto misused in Assembly: take joint action or it’s the end of Peace!anag. in Dáil, dove tail
HCD. A. NichollsA bit of craftsmanship in the construction of the Cabinet has brought Macmillan’s sleep back!dove2 tail; ref. PM Harold M., Cabinet reshuffle, 1957
HCJ. W. ParrHomer’s Ilium, not the later capital, is the vicinity for a stable fit for a wooden horsedove tail; homer = a pigeon; ilium = haunches
HCR. PostillIt’s a devil to put together—and a devil to pull apart!anag. & lit. [see comments]
HCK. ReedA neat chiselling job: mark the two sides in a vice, finish off with a file and join end to enddo3 v(ic)e tail, 2 defs.
HCC. Tilden SmithWedded state contrived by correspondence: personal expression of endearment to followdove tail
HCJ. G. StubbsAmerican dived in front of the train. Fit? Exactly!dove3 tail
HCH. S. TribeWooden wedding resolves violatedanag.
HCJ. F. N. WedgeJoint veto exercised in Assembly—end of peace hope?anag. in Dáil, dove tail

Runners-Up in competition 421:

J. A. AdamsonP. W. DennisM. C. LeafA. J. C. Saunders
R. B. AdcockCdr H. H. L. DicksonJ. S. LeishmanC. M. Sherrell
J. P. H. AllonJ. H. DingwallA. F. LerrigoMrs E. M. Simmonds
F. D. H. AtkinsonF. E. DixonR. W. LerrigoW. K. M. Slimmings
J. W. BatesL. A. DunnC. J. LoweJ. E. Smith Wright
R. Baxter PhillipsDr W. M. EastherMiss J. S. LumsdenE. B. Stevens
E. A. BeaulahH. H. ElliottMiss J. MeakinMiss D. W. Taylor
Miss M. BehrentJ. B. FilburnE. L. MellershS. N. Taylor
Mrs F. A. BlanchardJ. A. FinckenT. W. MelluishL. E. Thomas
Mrs G. BonsallMrs N. FisherJ. G. MilnerC. T. Tulloch
Mrs F. R. BurrowE. GabbitasS. H. MooreCapt C. Tyers
J. D. CampbellE. GomersallA. A. O. MorrisonB. J. Wain
W. C. CartnerW. B. JamiesonK. NealeA. D. Walker
P. CarwardineJ. W. JenkinsD. A. NelsonJ. O. Ware
Rev B. ChapmanV. JenningsSgt L. W. G. OxleyCdr D. P. Willan
R. N. ChignellC. KauffmanG. W. PughDr D. G. Wilson
A. N. ClarkC. R. KennabyMaj J. N. PurdonM. Woolf
P. R. ClemowC. KoopE. J. RackhamJ. S. Young
P. M. CoombsA. LawrieH. RaingerFlt Lt N. D. Young
T. DaviesP. W. W. LeachA. Robinsalso B. J. Iliffe, who entered by cable from Capetown