Ximenes Competition No. 153  Ximenes Slip  |  ◀  152  |  154  ▶  |  Other competitions
No.DateClue wordClue typeClues
153 Nov 1950SAMISENS normal19


AwardClue writerClueExplanation
FirstS. B. GreenA flat be obtained from us if you want it without being broke by the expenditure!mise in sans; flat = note
SecondF. E. NewloveGutlessness (or lack of pluck) makes us ineffective: all our players are yellow!cryptic def.; i.e. gut strings, yellow-skinned
ThirdMrs L. JarmanWe make Japanese pling-plong racket, unsuitable for English ballcryptic def.; cf. ping pong
HCF. E. ChappellThese oriental instruments are hardly used “in masses” and seldom in “fugues and ops.”anag.; ref. Mikado’s song
HCJ. C. ChavasseGetting the wind up won’t evoke any response from these highly-strung Asiatics—but pluck will!cryptic def.
HCG. N. CollinsWe are suppliers of oriental music. French buyers may write without enclosing a depositmise in sans (Fr.)
HCF. L. ConstableWanting to take in a present to the Superior, did the three little maids from school pluck these?mise in sans; ref. The Mikado
HCMrs D. M. D’EathFriends in a way to our near allies, but Japanese are heard to be in touch with themamis in sens (Fr.)
HCM. G. EllisThe string section for the “Mikado” is in the same new styleis in same + NS
HCMrs N. FisherThe “It” girl held most of the men, but Bow wouldn’t touch our chords!SA + (m)en in miss; ref. Clara Bow, film star
HCMaj A. H. GilesString ’em up! Get ’em by the neck! A sharp twist and the Japs may change their tune!cryptic def.
HCDr D. S. M. ImrieThey’re good plucked ’uns to play without outside-half, injuredanag. of semi in sans
HCC. KoopMessina’s tremors shown by recording instruments in Tokyoanag.; ref. Sicilian city destroyed by earthquake in 1908
HCG. M. MercerYum-Yum thought these were Marine Parades—strange confusion for otherwise sane missanag.;. ref. The Mikado, Act I
HCC. J. MorseThe Japanese enjoy their music without limiting expendituremise in sans
HCMrs M. G. PorterNips give them guts and they are consequently well pluckedcryptic def.; Nips (offensive) = Japanese; gut strings
HCR. PostillCultivated in masses—and plucked with “The flowers that bloom in the Spring”?anag.; ref. song in The Mikado
HCMrs E. RichardsThese little men play with pluckcryptic def.; Japanese thought of as small
HCJ. S. YoungThey might go for a song if you know how to pull the strings—without involving expendituremise in sans

Runners-Up in competition 153:

C. A. BakerC. E. GatesE. L. MellershE. O. Seymour
Maj H. L. CarterDr G. P. HartiganT. W. MelluishMrs E. S. G. Sheehan
Rev B. ChapmanA. R. M. HooperW. L. MironE. T. Smith
P. M. CoombsT. O. HughesR. O’DonoghueO. Carlton Smith
H. F. DixonB. J. IliffeW. B. O’HanlonMrs E. B. Stevens
T. N. DowseW. IslipG. PerryR. I. Sutherland
J. DuffillR. D. JonesH. PerryMiss A. C. Tatham
T. DwyerB. M. LeggE. J. RackhamD. R. Taunt
H. H. ElliottR. H. LemonH. B. RidleyA. H. Taylor
L. E. EyresMrs MagruderA. RivlinRev P. G. Woodcock
Rev B. FoleyB. J. McCannA. J. C. Saunders