The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

Xmas Special Competition Information
Christmas Cocktails (Right & Left)

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A different look to the podium in the Christmas Cocktail Special. A first win for S.Sreeni after a third place in October, so congratulations and welcome to the winner's enclosure!
Rather appropriately, there was a fair amount of bubbly on the podium and Neelima provided a glug in second spot, following up a 4th place in September.
Neil rounded off a successful first year in our competition with his 3rd top 5 finish, incorporating two neat anagrams in a concise clue – well done!
More bubbly from Satyen with a 5th podium finish for the year – another with a successful campaign!
The final spot goes to Vinit, who completes the year with 3 podium finishes…
Hearty congratulations to Steve Randall who was a runaway winner for 2019! 2 wins, 5 other podium placings and over the year he finished in the top 10 on 10 out of 12 occasions – the model of consistency and a well-deserved winner!
Closer bunching further back with Tom Borland, John Tozer and Don Manley coming 2nd, 3rd and 4th, followed by Pete Milne and Satyen Nabar tying for 5th.
Well done to all and the slate is wiped clean for 2020 – GOOD LUCK!

Voting Information

Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Friday 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

With the December competition being launched tonight, you may have been expecting an Election based theme…NO! – as always we shall enter into the Festive Spirit!
So your challenge for December is to mix your own Christmas Cocktail in the form of a RIGHT & LEFT CLUE to TWO words of your choice from the three 9-letter words CHAMPAGNE, COINTREAU and CRANBERRY. The closing date is Midnight GMT Tuesday 31st December.
So you can choose to clue CHAMPAGNE & COINTREAU, CHAMPAGNE & CRANBERRY or COINTREAU & CRANBERRY – and you can clue your chosen two words in either order. Some more details about the clue type…
A “Right and Left” clue comprises of two separate clues that run together to form one “double” clue, with NO overlapping of the two clues and NO redundant words in-between. Ideally the “join” between the two clues should be as seamless as possible. The two words can be clued in either order – i.e. CHAMPAGNE/COINTREAU or COINTREAU/CHAMPAGNE, etc. – the choice is yours.
Take a look at this example of a Right and Left clue from an old Ximenes competition winner. Note how the “join” is well disguised and the two clues combine to create a good overall surface reading:
Curt treatment of brat up in court is a necessary remedial measure

[ABRUPT:anag. “brat up” – TISANE hidden]




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59 clues to vote for.
25 votes received so far.
8 days to go. Voting closes on
Wednesday 12th August.



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5th place Luciano Ward

Teen song you associate with Richard, essentially?