The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

September Competition Information

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Time now for the one and only thing that divides the country more than Brexit! Yes, it's Printer's Devilry – your challenge for September is a Printer's Devilry (PD) clue to ASTER (5).

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 ASTER 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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29 clues entered so far.
9 days to go. Entry closes on
Monday 30th September.



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48 clues to vote for.
39 votes received so far.
15 hours to go. Voting closes on
Saturday 21st September.



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5th place Neil Mondal

Do I deserve any encouragement?