The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

Christmas Special Competition Information
TURKEY (STONES) (Wrong Number)


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Entry Information

For this year's XMAS SPECIAL I am giving you some TURKEY and the chance to attempt a clue type that we visit occasionally, WRONG NUMBER. For this challenge you need to compose a clue to TURKEY(6) which also contains a ONE-WORD definition of STONES(6).

A WRONG NUMBER clue is actually a standard cryptic clue to the main word (TURKEY in this case), but in addition ONE word of this clue also defines another "key word" (STONES in this case).
 
NB, THE ONE-WORD DEFINITION OF "STONES" MUST ACTUALLY FORM PART OF THE CRYPTIC CLUE TO "TURKEY", I.E. NOT TO BE REGARDED AS EXTRA, OR REDUNDANT TO YOUR CLUE FOR "TURKEY".
 
By way of example here is a winning clue of this type from the Azed archives for the combination MAVIN (THONG):
 
Bird having to strip is in the buff (5)
 
EXPLANATION: MAVIN given by "mav(is) + in"; with "strip" also providing the one-word definition of THONG
 
It would be helpful to structure the explanation of your clue so that it is clear which word is providing the additional definition; so in the case of our example:
 
mav(is) + in; strip
 
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!

 

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PINK

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19 clues entered so far.
15 days to go. Entry closes on
Thursday 31st January.


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TURKEY (STONES)
Wrong Number

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37 clues to vote for.
20 votes received so far.
4 days to go. Voting closes on
Sunday 20th January.


RESULTS

HUMMINGBIRD

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2nd place Steve Randall

Humid days bring out tiny hovering creature