The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

February Competition Information
ATONEMENT


Results Information   See results

Well he certainly is the form horse and he romps home by some lengths this month! Congratulations to Steve on another top place – excellent use of the word "putting" in his winning clue.
 
Tom opens his "podium account" for the year with a clue that employed some nifty wordplay to craft a smooth surface reading.
 
The Don grabs 3rd place with a trademark biblical reference in a neat hidden clue.
 
John Hood pops up in 4th with a nice anagram subtraction.
 
Fifth place is shared by Alexander – second podium in a row, well done indeed! – and Anthony with some neat wordplay that I enjoyed.
 
Well done to all and thanks for your continued support during these turbulent times. Stay safe and enjoy the seemingly only competitive sport still running!


Voting Information

Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Wednesday 18th March.
 
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!
 
COMMENTS:
 
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

Your challenge for February is a STANDARD CRYPTIC clue to ATONEMENT(9) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT GMT SATURDAY 29th FEBRUARY.
 
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!

 

ENTER

CAESAREAN

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35 clues entered so far.
10 days to go. Entry closes on
Sunday 26th July.


VOTE

THE YOUNG ONES

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54 clues to vote for.
42 votes received so far.
32 hours to go. Voting closes on
Friday 17th July.


RESULTS

ELDERS

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Winner John Tozer

We’re getting on train heading for Retford and Leeds