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ASCOT (AZ-kuht)

1. A broad neck scarf knotted so that its ends lie flat, one upon the other

2. An English racecourse

Common clues: Broad neck scarf; Broad necktie; Royal races locale; Fancy tie; English racetrack

Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year

Frequency in English language: 14489 / 86800

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Video: How to tie a tie

An ascot tie, or ascot, is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings, traditionally made of pale gray patterned silk. The wings are folded over and held firm with a pin.


The ascot is descended from the cravat. It became a separate entity sometime in the 1880s, when upper-middle-class European men began to wear it on formal morning (i.e. daytime) occasions. One of these events, the Royal Ascot race meeting at the Ascot Racecourse, gave the ascot its name. The ascot was also commonly worn for business in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In the United States, "ascot" is another name for a cravat.

In a popular American cartoon, Scooby-Doo, Fred "Freddie" Jones sports an orange ascot.

Tying methods

  • The Traditional knot, with the Ascot inside the shirt (more traditional)

  • The Traditional knot, with the Ascot outside the shirt (less traditional)

  • The Ruche (Scrunchie) knot (worn outside the shirt)

  • The Jabot knot (worn outside the shirt)

Ascot Racecourse is a English racecourse, located in the village of Ascot, Berkshire used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is closely associated with the British Royal Family and is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 9 of the UK's 31 annual Group 1 races. The site belongs to the Crown Estate.

Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. The first race, "Her Majesty's Plate," with a purse of 100 guineas, was held on August 11, 1711. Seven horses competed, each carrying a weight of 12 stones (76 kg). This first race comprised three separate four-mile (6437 m) heats.

In 1813, Parliament passed an act to ensure that the grounds would remain a public racecourse. In 1913, Parliament passed an act creating the Ascot Authority, an entity that manages the racecourse to this day. From its creation until 1945, the only racing that took place at Ascot was the Royal Meeting, a four-day event. Since that date, more fixtures have been introduced to the grounds, notably the Steeplechase and hurdles in 1965.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Ascot tie” and “Ascot Racecourse”.

9 Knotted scarf

6 Tu+ >1 06 Fancy necktie

5 Mo >1 99 Fancy cravat

5 Tu+ >1 03 Broad necktie

5 Th >1 07 Race place TRACK

4 Tu- >1 03 English race place

4 We- >1 08 Cravat's cousin

4 Th- >1 08 Knotted neckwear

4 Th- >1 01 Neckwear

4 Th WSJ 08 Knotty neckwear

3 Mo+ >1 05 Wide tie

3 >1 96 English racetrack

3 Tu+ >1 04 Broad neck scarf

3 Tu+ >1 03 High-class tie

3 Th- >1 08 Race site since 1711

2 Mo NYS 08 Dandy's tie

2 Tu- >1 99 Broad-ended necktie

2 Tu >1 01 Queen Anne's race

2 Tu >1 99 Cravat

2 Tu >1 98 Neckerchief

2 Tu >1 98 Type of tie

2 We- >1 06 Trendy tie

2 We >1 95 Neckwear item CHAIN

2 We >1 08 English racing village