The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

September Competition Information
SEVEN (Printer's Devilry)

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It's time again for…Printer's Devilry! – your challenge for September is a Printer's Devilry (PD) clue to SEVEN (5) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT GMT WEDNESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER.
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 SEVEN 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!

The winner of our last PD competition will provide as an example:

Greens are happy to see we cycled
Answer: ASTER.
Undevilled version: Greens are happy to see waste recycled

Every passage, when complete, should make sense. NB Most, if not all "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.



Printer's Devilry

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41 clues entered so far.
6 days to go. Entry closes on
Wednesday 30th September.



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4th place Nathan Townshend

By pursuing love with that man, lady's exposed as stupid