The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

Christmas Special Competition Information

Voting Information

Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Wednesday 17th January.
Please award FIVE points maximum to the clue you judge best: FOUR points for second, THREE for third, TWO for fourth, down to ONE point for fifth; but otherwise you may distribute your votes as you see fit including ½ marks for split voting – as long as you award no more than 15 points IN TOTAL and no more than 5 points to any one clue…
…and of course you may NOT VOTE for your own clue!
Your comments in general and on individual clues, however much or little you write, are always most welcome! Please remember that if any particular clue or clues do not find favour with you, it is more helpful to offer constructive criticism – many of our members are keen to learn and hone their clue writing skills through our competition – feedback may be useful for their future efforts!

Entry Information

Some festive fun for you this Christmastide! Your task for December is a Printer's Devilry (PD) clue to ARCHER (6).

A Printer's Devilry clue is a passage from which the printer has removed a hidden answer, closing the gap and sometimes taking liberties with the punctuation and spacing, but not disturbing the order of the remaining letters. There is no need to include a definition of ARCHER in your clue, but there is nothing to stop you if you so wish. However, from past experience, few judges give any extra merit for this unnecessary hard work!
A previous Azed winner will provide as an example:
Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears inane, scary
Answer: PESTO.
Undevilled version: Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears in an escape story
Every passage, when complete, should make sense. NB Many "judges" will normally give preference to PD clues in which the breaks before and after the word omitted (before and after omission) do not occur at the ends or beginnings of words in the clue.
Please give the full undevilled version of your clue as the EXPLANATION – plus any additional notes required.




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30 clues entered so far.
10 days to go. Entry closes on
Wednesday 31st January.



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3rd place Colin Thomas

Swimmer has left raft here at sea

Voting is now closed for ARCHER (PRINTERS DEVILRY).
Results will be out shortly.