The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

Welcome to CCCWC hosted by & lit.

You love solving Cryptic Crosswords … now test your Clue-Writing skills!

Congratulations to Tom Borland, winner of the CCCWC 2018 Annual Honours competition, and to Peter Robinson, whose ‘e-ticket’ was drawn at random from 2018’s clue-writers and voters in the Annual Prize Draw. The annual draw will be repeated in 2019 – the more times you enter and vote, the better your chances. See the Annual Results page for the 2018 results.

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CCCWC is the monthly cryptic crossword clue-writing competition open to all members of The Crossword Centre ( mailing list.

It’s free to enter, and there’s a prize, donated by Collins, for the clue voted best each month.

There’s more help and information at the About CCCWC link on the left.

If you want to join The Crossword Centre’s Yahoo! Groups mailing list and take part in the competition, follow the Register and join link.

If you’re already on The Crossword Centre’s mailing list, you can register now for the competition. If you join the mailing list as a new member, please allow a day for the membership lists to be synchronised before registering on this site.

Looking for Clue-Writing inspiration? CCCWC is the sister site of & lit. – The Azed Slip Archive, where you can find thousands of the best cryptic crossword clues from more than 70 years of the Observer Azed and Ximenes Clue-Writing Competitions. Follow the link on the left.



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27 clues entered so far.
11 days to go. Entry closes on
Thursday 28th February.



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52 clues to vote for.
31 votes received so far.
3 days to go. Voting closes on
Wednesday 20th February.


2018 Annual Results

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See the full results

Winner Don Manley

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