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I think those that took part in this special competition enjoyed the challenge, but bearing in mind the number of entries it was not everyone's cup of tea! I will continue to try different ideas occasionally, but I will put this particular one on the back burner for a good while!
That said there were some truly Olympian efforts.
Our runaway Gold Medal winner is John Nicholson – his first win after a couple of previous podium finishes. Very well done John, especially as you held off the man very much in form over the build up to the Olympics – and by that wide margin.
Superb consistency continued by Mike Baker in gaining that Silver, just holding off John Tozer who snatched Bronze. The CCCWC being superior to the actual Olympics (!), we also award a Tin medal to Tim Moorey, and a Pewter to Don Manley.
As often is the case, an Olympic challenge has brought out the very best performances, thank you to all who took part in this "different" challenge – I can barely wait four years till the next one!!
Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Monday 17th September.
Due to the particular restrictions on this clue challenge, I have done my best to vet the clues for validity. As far as I am aware, all the clues in the list DO meet the requirements (I did have to "disqualify" a handful of entries) so you should be able to concentrate on the judging.
PLEASE NOTE: Clue 17 – normally there would be a requirement for elements in this clue type not to overlap (one word in the clue does double duty). However, this was not specified in the instructions so I have let it through.
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!
The wonderful spectacle of the London 2012 Olympic Games may well be over but the Paralympic Games are still to come…
I have been brazen enough in the past to borrow ideas from Azed. I was wary of doing so again until on my return from holiday I discovered that in Azed 2097 he has pinched one of OUR ideas :) – clues in rhyming couplets!
So we shall go ahead with our Olympic/Paralympic challenge with a triple Definition and Letter Mixture clue!
Your clue should represent an Olympic/Paralympic message/commentary consisting of both a definition (one or more words) and a mixture of the letters (beginning at the beginning or ending at the end of a word in the clue) of the three clue words(IN THE CORRECT ORDER AS GIVEN). Both indications of the first clue word must precede both indications of the second, etc. In each case either the definition or the letter-mixture may come first.
As an example here is a sample clue from the original Azed puzzle (based on New Year's Resolutions).
Make down payment on swimming lessons as relative beginner
needing encouragement: a late bather, I gasp exactly like a distressed dugong! (5, 7, 6) – answers: ARLES, ABETTAL, SEAPIG
As you will see, a certain amount of "padding" is acceptable to improve the surface reading of your clue, but remember, judges will tend to award conciseness!
I hope this all makes sense – good luck with the challenge!
Closing date is midnight BST Friday 31st August.