XIMENES CROSSWORD No. 47
1. T. W. Melluish (SE24): Sounds like Bellman’s or Ringwood’s instrument—especially after clog-dance (anag. of clog + ‘kens Peel’; ref. song ‘John Peel’, “Ranter and Ringwood and Bellman and True”).
2. S. B. Green (NW10): Instrument for peeling locks (with or without keys) (anag.).
3. P. H. Taylor (Bromley): Instrument for peeling locks—keys or no keys (anag.).
H. Chown (Battle): Included in Irving (Berlin) repertoire? (i.e. Glocken Spiel (Ger.) = bells play; ref. ‘The Bells’, noted success of Henry I., actor; I. Berlin, composer;).
B. C. Davies (Heswall): Sounds as if the General (who’s about 50) knows the sound of this, and of John’s horn (L in GOC + kens + ‘peal’ and ‘Peel’; ref. song ‘John Peel’).
Cdr H. H. L. Dickson (Fareham): You may get sick of this instrument and its long peel (anag. of sick, long, peel).
J. M. Doulton (Orpington): Sloping cleek? An instrument for bell-play, perhaps, but not for ball-play! (anag.; Ger. for bell-play; golf club).
M. Ebbage (York): Musical “Rape of the Sleeping Lock” (anag.; ref. “The Rape of the Lock”, A. Pope).
E. H. Evans (Newport): Strike me! Sound results from simply sloping cleek obliquely! (anag., golf club).
L. E. Eyres (Bath): Instrument which always has a lock, but not always a key (cryptic def.; lock hidden).
G. A. Hornsby (Guisborough): Suitable instrument for spread of Lincke gospel (anag.; Paul L., composer).
F. P. Hussey (Dublin): The playing of bells results in disturbed sleeping when the lock is on the inside (lock in anag.).
Mrs M. Koop (Ferring): Hit on the right way of spelling ecko—you can make it sound as a bell (anag.).
R. Macleod (St. Andrews): Nosegay of College pinks, not necessarily for the Master of Caius (anag.; ref. Cambridge college pron. ‘keys’).
A. M. Osmund (SW13): Bars but no beer in the “Ring o’ Bells” (wooden bars of g.).
Mrs Partridge (Marlborough): “The Bells” as played by Berlin (not Irving) (i.e. Glocken Spiel (Ger.) = bells play; ref. ‘The Bells’, noted success of Henry I., actor; I. Berlin, composer).
Rev E. B. Peel (Fleetwood): Instrument giving a blurred ecko (extremely wild spelling) (anag.).
R. C. Reeves (NW6): Percussion instrument which produces a muffled “clonk” in the finale of Till Eulenspiegel (anag. of clonk, spiegel).
W. K. M. Slimmings (SW15): Might be used for a fantasia on “Gospel Bells,” if the bells were nickel (i.e. anag. of gospel, nickel).
J. F. Smith (Nottingham): Played by Teddy at the Braunhaus? (cryptic def.; ref. T. Brown, xylophonist, d.1946; Nazi Party HQ, Munich).
Comments.—272 correct. Far more mistakes than usual: a large number were “butar-fìngered’ over the “sitar,” and almost as many were brought down in “ruins” by 24. Several “zedders” at 6 showed that they had missed the anag.: and there was a considerable sprinkling of other errors. The first prize winner stood out a mile this time, while Mr Green and Mr Taylor were clearly inseparable seconds. There were naturally many anags., “sloping cleek” and “spelling coke” being the commonest: the first of these is represented above, but none of the coke merchants quite rang the bell—they don’t, of course, nowadays! More entries than usual were ruled out as too difficult: divers of them were fetched from far, and one wondered occasionally if their composers could have solved them. Again a welcome to many new competitors.