Two trophies, generously donated by Ascot, are awarded annually: the Solver Silver Salver and the Ascot Gold Cup.
The Solver Silver Salver is awarded to the Listener solver who has sent the most correct puzzles during the year.
The skill and persistence of Listener solvers is such that several often complete every puzzle successfully and it is necessary to go back a year or more to find the solver with the longest all-correct run. As of the end of 2011, the current record-holder is Simon Long, with a run of 383 consecutive correct entries (from No 3788 to No 4170).
If the leading solver in a year has already won the Solver Silver Salver in a previous year, it is now traditional for the award to be ceded to the next highest-placed solver.
This, in reality a Silver Rose Bowl, is awarded to the most admired Listener puzzle during the year. This is decided on by the winner of the Solver Silver Salver, often in partnership with other top solvers for the year. The 2005 winner was Kea.
The table below lists all winners to date. Other all-correct solvers in each year (and sometimes puzzles placed 2nd and 3rd) can be found in the Annual Statistics, particularly the Dinner reports. Click on the puzzle number to find out more about it.
|Year||Solver Silver Salver||Ascot Gold Cup||Setter||No|
|1987–88||R T Baxter||No Clues||Mime||2924|
|1988–89||P Bailey||A Three Pipe Problem||Law||3009|
|1989–90||J R Beresford||Cretan Bull||Phi||3024|
|1991||A F Bishop||Merry Mazes||Sabre||3096|
|1992||H Blanco White||Players||Law||3150|
|1993||Dr D J Flower||Whodunnit 3: Locked Room Mystery||Mime||3202|
|1994||J W Leonard||New Year’s Resolution||Dimitry||3234|
|1995||G B Hinde||Hangover||Plausus||3300|
|1996||G Mullineux||Up and Down||Doubleshooter||3350|
|1997||D W Arthur||All Square||Dimitry||3398|
|1998||D McNeill||A Marvellous Game||Columba||3486|
|1999||C J & M P Butler||Scans||Peeper||3505|
|2000||S R Rice||Playfair||Dolos||3559|
|2001||J P S & E A Ruff||Trick or Treat||Dimitry||3641|
|2003||R P C Forman||No Turning Back||Ark||3734|
|2004||S Anthony||Koeql Haeospo||Elgin||3795|
|2006||D & N Aspland||Olde Treasure Hunt||Merlin||3883|
|2008||J R Daddow||Conflict Resolution||Kea||4011|
|2010||J Reardon||Sine Qua Non||Shackleton||4079|
|2011||P Sant||Carte Blanche with a Twist||Mash||4162|
|2012||A Mylward||Duet for One||Bandmaster||4197|
In 2011, all-correct solver P Sant delivered his votes for the 2010 Ascot Gold Cup as a “re-imagining” of the White Knight’s song (actually line for line) from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, a quotation from which formed the basis of Listener Crossword 4104, Merchandise by Adam. The poem is available as a PDF document here.
At the 2012 dinner, he summarised the 2011 puzzles in a pastiche of Rudyard Kipling’s poem If…, which is available here.