1502 4 March 01 RAPPEL C. R. Gumbrell
What’s given by drum if end of truce is approved?
(app. for e in reel, & lit.)
1506 1 April 01 BARE(-)BONES N. G. Shippobotham
Obese? Bran flakes for the slimmer outline!
April Fool puzzle titled ‘———’. Hidden theme was ‘Parliaments’ – an anagram of April + aments (fools).
1511 May 01 DEEP-SEATED R. K. Lumsden
Old fencing épées, boxed set
(anag. in dated: box = mix)
1515 Jun 01 SNIDE C. G.
Nasty innuendos could be this – also noun
(comp. anag. & lit.)
1519 Jul 01 CARRY-ON C. J.
Wild love affair like this could give you coronary
(anag. incl. 0, & lit.)
1524 Aug 01 INGRATITUDE G. H.
Guttering laid badly, leads missing – sin of omission of roofer?
(anag. less first letters; roofer = thank-you letter)
1528 Sep 01 STROP ‘Spoonerisms’ R. J. Heald
Top performer starved of acting work would make Caine bleed
(keen blade; st(a)r op; ref. Michael C.)
1533 Oct 01 MASTER-MARINER Dr
Capsizing trawler’s last tar remains – me?
(anag. incl r, & lit.; ref captain going down with his ship)
1537 Nov 01 CAFTAN N. C.
Dress with not much leg showing – in fact possibly just a pair of ankles
(anag. + an, & lit.)
1541 Dec 01 CHUPRASSY P. W.
Page, say? Such works acquiring rupees
(r in anag. incl p, & lit.)
1544 Xmas 01 PATROL (with jumble of RAPTORES) ‘Christmas
devilry’ R. J.
Castro perhaps in troop making entrance after complete internal revolution
(Chaps…; portal with inside letters reversed)
Competitors provided a normal clue into which a jumble of the given word had been inserted, the clue to make sense before and after insertion.
1546 Jan 02 TRANSPARENT M. Barley
After ‘Devilry’, entrants must tackle standard ‘Plain’
(par in anag.; ref AZ comp. puzzles)
1550 Feb 02 MEMORITER R. Phillips
So trio member might play without book
(anag. less b, & lit.)
1554 Mar 02 PEARL C. J. Morse
With this gem, is setting done? No, coral would add further lustre
(coral anniversary, 35 years; lustre = 5 years; ref. AZ series)
Theme and variations puzzle to mark 30th anniversary of the Azed series.
1559 Apr 02 THEOLOGASTER Mrs J. Mackie
One appearing in God slot, there lacking depth and confused?
(a in anag. less d, & lit.)
1563 May 02 SLYBOOTS M. Bath
A tinker with the computer starts one learning some dodges
(Sly boots,. ref Taming of the Shrew)
1567 Jun 02 QUEEN N. G. Shippobotham
Clue leads to Elizabeth, now enjoying quinquagesimal uplift
(anag. of first letters, & lit.)
The clues of this Golden Jubilee weekend puzzle (titled ‘Corgis in Castle’ – an anagram of ‘single acrostic’) formed acrostics spelling ELIZABETH THE SECOND and ROYAL GOLDEN JUBILEE. The solutions across when rearranged formed an acrostic of GOD SAVE OUR GRACIOUS.
1572 Jul 02 SHIELD-MAY D. F. Manley
A possible representation of M. Hilda, yes?
(anag. & lit,; ref. Margaret H. Thatcher)
1576 Aug 02 FAÇADE R. Phillips
It’s a ‘rocking-horse’ movement Lambert delivered
(falcade less l, &lit.; ref. W. Walton’s musical ‘entertainment’ with words by Edith Sitwell, originally performed by Constant L.)
1580 Sep 02 MARGENT def. BEETLES (‘Wrong Number’) J. P.
After wasting years divided, Germany tears to pieces old boundary
(tears; anag. less y/ears)
1585 Oct 02 SHIATSU R. J. Whale
Tailor has suit technique of making one fit by hand
1589 Nov 02 JOKESMITH J. R. Tozer
Front of kazi covered with rude items by nameless toilet humorist, long gone
(k + anag. in joh(n))
1593 Dec 02 MANSUETE J. R. Beresford & M. Coates (joint
What’s use meant ‘broken’?
(anag. & lit.)
The first ever joint winners in a ‘normal’ competition (the only previous tie was in the anagram competition No. 250).
1596 Xmas 02 GENISTA with def. of anagram (‘Christmas & Its
Charms’) N. Connaughton
Is bagged by the chap first to arrive?
(seating; is in gent + a, & lit.)
In this Christmas puzzle, every solution had a one-word anagram that was either defined or cryptically indicated by the clue.
1598 Jan 03 PHRASEMONGER R. Teuton
Ha! Emperor’s new clothes no good – he’s all talk and no trousers!
(ng in anag.)
1602 Feb 03 FENESTRA Dr I. S. Fletcher
Hole in one’s after playing shot of round
(anag. less O)
1606 Mar 03 TEOSINTE / INTELSAT (‘Overlaps’) R. J. Heald
What’s good if you like browsing among tat? Jumble sale for one
(in + tat with anag. for a)
Across lights consisted of two words overlapping by four letters. In the clues one word was defined and the other indicated cryptically.
1611 Apr 03 LEISLER C. R. Gumbrell
It’ll need sonar to get about, fluttering and not going astray
(anag. less anag., & lit.)
1616 May 03 RUGATE J. R. Tozer
Dramaturge wanting a stiff drink, struggling with lines
(anag. less dram)
1619 Jun 03 GISMO (Printer’s Devilry) T. J. Moorey
Devastating Kournikova bu/st regrettably getting floppy!
(name of serious computer virus)
1624 Jul 03 BELAY C. R. Gumbrell
Hearts of sailors applauded in the old book Westward Ho!
(l, a in ye b, rev., ref. Charles Kingsley novel)
1628 Aug 03 ENCOMION J. P. Guiver
Reckless CO’s mention in dispatches isn’t ground for high commendation
(anag. less anag.)
1633 Sep 03 EMPATRON / WINTERLY (‘Right and Left’) M. Barley
In vintage form, champion English tramp gleefully upon dismal Welsh and cross tryline
(E + anag. + on; W + anag.)
1637 Oct 03 AMNESIC V. Dixon
One may have had minders since subject to recurrent blanks
(alternate letters, & lit.)
1641 Nov 03 GADGETEER Dr I. S. Fletcher
I, with love for a bit of gismology, could be eccentric to a degree
(anag. with g for O, & lit.)
1646 Dec 03 BLACK J. R. Tozer
Void is at Bible’s beginning
(B + lack, & lit.)
1648 Xmas 03 MAGIC LANTERN N.C. Dexter
Item gran arranged family slides in?
(clan in anag., & lit.)
1650 Jan 04 SAPHENA N. Connaughton
One’s on drip after clot in ——?
(sap + hen + a, & lit.)
1654 Feb 04 CRESCENT / ENTHRALS (‘Overlaps’) M. Barley
Growing concerns are expressed about conclusions of Hutton report, and with Blair et al.’s intrigues
(c(a)res + c; last letters + al.’s, ref. Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the death of Dr Kelly)
Across lights consisted of two words overlapping by three letters. In the double clues one word was indicated cryptically minus the overlapping letters.
1659 Mar 04 SCAREDY-CAT R.R. Greenfield
I show indecently ready compliance in order to retreat.
(anag. + C in scat!, & lit.)
1663 Apr 04 ARMAMENTARIA J.P. Guiver
What’s all that’s needed to heal limb? Answer: a term in a cast
(arm + a + anag.)
Puzzle excluded from the annual competition because many entries were delayed by a postal strike in Oxford.
1667 May 04 CLARINI N.C. Dexter
Some brass monkey about with air nil C!
(anag.; C = Celsius)
1672 Jun 04 IMPASTOS (‘Spoonerisms’) C.J. Brougham
Derby ought to let in tearaway equine
(dauby art; to in imp ass)
1676 Jul 04 CRINGE-MAKING J. Grimes
Ginger McCain splashed out a thousand for colt of very little merit
(anag. with K for c; ref. racehorse trainer)
1680 Aug 04 PILLOW-CUP N.C. Dexter
What’s maybe downed before one’s about to get aloft?
(pillow c up, & lit; downed = filled with down)
1685 Sep 04 MINO (Printer’s Devilry) D.J. Short
Tony passes election ad/vert: ‘O Alan, what will Gordon think?’
(…admin over to…; ref A. Milburn)
1689 Oct 04 SYNOD T.J. Moorey
Setting date for ending in government, our PM’s overturned ministerial convention
(d for t in Tony’s, rev.)
1694 Nov 04 MISINTERPRET J.R. Tozer
In test primer discoloured gloss badly
1698 Dec 04 CROSSTIE T.J. Moorey
Son admitted, see Tories falsely express tears over it
(s in anag. incl C; ref, Blunkett affair)
1700 Xmas 04 FIVE-O'CLOCK SHADOW R.J. Hooper
'In Foreign Office, I've hit trouble,' the PM bristles
(I've in FO + clock shadow)
Puzzle titled ‘The Spirit of Christmas?’ 1700 = 5 o’clock p.m.
1702 Jan 05 WORDSMITHERY Mrs J.E. Townsend
The artistry of wits, rhymed or otherwise
(anag. & lit.)
1707 Feb 05 GALENA (with definition of anagram) D.F. Manley
What was assessment of lawn? Good, given a nitrogen-enriched tract of grass
(alnage; g + a = N in lea; lawn, fabric)
1728 Apr 05 RELEASE / RASPING R.R. Greenfield
A spring cuckoo’s strident note anticipates end of April: relief, relief!
(anag.; re l ease)
1719 May 05 ANHELATION C J Morse
Happiness starts with an H - a rough breathing to the likes of Hippocrates
(an H elation: ref Greek 'h')
1724 Jun 05 MONEYBAGS T J Moorey
I enjoy lots of mint sauce on my rump of lamb cooked with sage
(anag. incl. b: mint sauce = money)
1733 Aug 05 PALESTRA C.M. Edmunds
Hardy embracing with Nelson a possibility? Disabled tar’s plea permits it.
(anag.; ref. ‘Kiss me, Hardy’, wrestling hold)
1741 Oct 05 LORD NELSON V. Dixon
Elevated way above teeming Londoners, one who commands a tenacious hold.
(L2 + anag., lord + nelson, & lit.)
Puzzle marking the bicentenary of Trafalgar.
1750 Dec 05 PLOUGHMAN R.P.C. Forman
One going up-along, him, shattered.
(anag. less I, & lit.)
Milestone puzzle on the theme of Gray’s Elegy, to which the winning clue refers.
A celebratory lunch was held at Balliol College, Oxford.
1752 Xmas 05 MIDWINTER R.J. Hooper
Time around which man taking sack maybe appears after dark’s returned.
(dim, rev., + t in winer, & lit.)
1753 Jan 06 DIAGONAL J.C. Leyland
Possibly I do anag. & lit. rendering it lamely: ‘A line doing a slant’.
(anag. less it; anag. inc. l)
Puzzle appearing on 1st January with the greeting HAPPY NEW YEAR along one diagonal.
1758 Feb 06 BIMBETTE M. Barley
Vacuous blonde bit, me, feature of tabloid spread.
(anag. inc. b(lond)e, t, & lit.)
1762 Mar 06 DUDDERY T.C. Borland
Sisters and their mother sniffily dictated what Cinders wore about the house.
(congested pronunciation of ‘nunnery’)
1766 Apr 06 GEST (Printer’s Devilry) N.C. Dexter
Panel of jud/o ok decision and settle ‘dan’ award.
(Panel of judges took decision and settled an award)
1771 May 06 PARTERRE J.R. Tozer
Driving off in F1 race inept Ferrari stalls in the pit.
(anag. less in FI)
1775 Jun 06 ROUGH-AND-READY Dr E. Young
A hard tussle with Dr E. Young plainly winning?
1779 Jul 06 NEWIE (misprint of U) E. Cross
This is fresh oat scone WI exhibits (just a slice thereof).
1784 Aug 06 TEARAWAY B. Cheesman
No Paper Doll, our Bard’s Belovèd Anne/Hath spurn’d th’impetuous Youth.
((Doll) Tear(sheet) + (Anne Hath)away)
1788 Sep 06 ETHEREAL OILS D. Parfitt
These I loosely associate with L’Oréal.
(anag. & lit.)
1792 Oct 06 APPALOOSA / ESTAMINET Dr I.S. Fletcher
Alarm raised when those packing food spotted grey mould in meal set for café.
(appal + as (f)oo(d), rev.; anag.)
1797 Nov 06 HEART D. Parfitt
The location of love within you?
(position of 0 in you, & lit.)
Many Thanks to Paul McKenna, Kevin McDermid, Dafydd Price-Jones and Roderick Forman who supplied me with much of this information and to John Tozer who edited all these pages when he was in possession of Azed’s book.