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Congratulations to Tom Borland who kicks off 2018 with a victory – his first success for a while after a "barren" 2017. Neat wordplay with a nice surface.
Satyen has established a routine of regular visits to the podium and starts off the year with a second place – again some nice natural wording in the surface.
Toby regains his excellent form from the first half of last year and snaffles third spot – and once again a natural surface reading.
Hearty congratulations to Dhirendra who can celebrate a debut podium finish! Discovered wasn't to everyone's taste but it found enough fans to push it into 4th place.
Final podium spot went to Simon Shaw – good to see him back in the fray and could be one to watch for 2018!
Well done to all – on to the February challenge!
Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Monday 19th February.
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!
…and so we start another year of challenges! Your first task for 2018 in the January competition is a STANDARD CRYPTIC clue to ARGENT(6) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT GMT WEDNESDAY 31st JANUARY.
Remember that whilst you are composing (and pondering) your clue effort, the entry interface allows you to "Save but don't submit". But even if you "Submit this clue" you are still able to amend – or even retract – your entry right up until the end.
BUT DON'T FORGET TO CLICK THE "SUBMIT THIS CLUE" BUTTON BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE!