CCCWC November 2017 competition results
39 clues entered. 33 votes cast (28 competitors, 5 others).
Hearty congratulations to David McKie who has continued his tremendous run of podium finishes with first place this month! A neat anagram enabling a convincing surface!
Commiserations to Steve Randall who managed to craft the same breakdown, but with what was regarded as slightly less felicitous wording. However, his excellent second place pushes him to the top of the annual rankings with just December to go – it's close at the top!
Colin Thomas has almost emulated David with his 4th podium in a row – he's just missing that elusive first win of the year! Colin also (c)rafted a neat anagram.
Big hand to Jezz who has managed his first ever top 5 finish – welcome to the podium Jezz! Jezz exploited an alternative name for the fish.
Barry Solomons completes the placings – his second 5th place of the year.
Well done to all and good luck with the Christmas Devilry!
|1||14||David McKie||Health fears spread about source of rotten fish||HEALTH FEARS (anag – spread about) + R||65||1||2|
|2||15||Steve Randall||Health fears start to reflect plastic found in fish||anagram of health fears r||44.5||2||5|
|3||33||Colin Thomas||Swimmer has left raft here at sea||anag HAS+L+RAFT+HERE (left = L)||37.5||1||4|
|4||1||Jezz||A fresh halter prepared for bull-head (6-6)||'Bull-head' is another name for the 'father-lasher'. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myoxocephalus_scorpius>||33.5||1||2|
|5||13||Barry Solomons||Girl occupying fashionable flatshare – found it after trawling the net?||GIRL = HER…occupying FLATSHARE (anag)||31||0||5|
|6||7||Peter Cargill||Catch me if you can? Rash hare left embarrassed!||Father-lasher rarely caught (see British Sea Fishing). *RASH+HARE+LEFT. Ref The Tortoise and the Hare.||20.5||1||3|
|7||36||Gurmukh Singh||the rare flash of a sea scorpion||sea scorpion = definition anagram of (the rare flash)||19.5||1||5|
|8||21||Satyen Nabar||Old man, sea, marlin? Essentially Hemingway's top novel on fish||FATHER + (SEA+RL+H)*; Down clue. Ref: Ernest Hemingway's classic 'The old man and the sea'||18.5||3||3|
|9||6||rose bird||Cast feather's harl for pig fish.||anag(cast) of feathersharl + def (Harl is the barb of a feather used to make artificial flies for fishing.)||15.5||1||5|
|9||22||Peter Bennett||One exposing himself around topless swimmer is an odd fish.||Flasher around (b)ather. Odd fish means strange fellow but also the father-lasher is a fairly strange-looking fish!||15.5||2||1|
|11||4||Around Queenie, Flashheart’s wild as an animal||anag around ER (=Elizabeth I), ref. characters in Blackadder 2||14||2||3|
|12||11||Flashheart, at sea with Queenie and Blackadder, finally gets fish||(FLASHHEART)* + [queeni]E + [blackadde]R; Ref. to the three Blackadder characters.||13.5||0||2|
|13||18||Horny whore in Newfoundland providing nearly half rate with fresh tumble||(HALf+RATE+FRESH)*; def='horny whore' (in Newfoundland), ref Wikipedia||12||1||3|
|14||10||Fish thrash frantically with eel in heaps||THRASHEEL* in FAR (e.g., all the other clues are heaps (far) better than this); eel = plural of eel||10||2||2|
|15||31||Sea scorpion female at her weir||Def=F+at+her+(synonym of lasher)||9.5||0||2|
|16||3||All-weather fisher's at sea lacking dodgy wiles — to catch this?||Anag ALLWEATHERFISHERS less anag WILES. Fish.||8.5||2||2|
|17||16||Her farts heal frenzied scorpion||Anagram (frenzied) of 'her farts heal'.||8||1||6|
|18||35||The old man's the one flogging an odd-looking fish.||Father + lasher/def.||7.5||2||1|
|19||12||Fouler weather has undone you ultimately with woe sadly undetected, Fish!||anag less anag incl. u, ref. M Fish and hurricane of 1987||5.5||0||2|
|20||25||Pervert with twisted heart – a danger to small fry||F(ATHER)LASHER (heart)*||4.5||2||5|
|20||38||Writhing after being cut by that woman's whip – it has a sting in the tail (6-6)||AFTER* (writhing as anagrind) cut by HER LASH (that woman's whip) def = it has a sting in the tail (According to Oxford dictionary, the male of this fish defends the eggs by lashing out with its spiny tail)||4.5||2||2|
|22||8||Daddy sculpin falls in pursuit of Abba.||Def + lasher after father||4||0||2|
|23||9||Fish flee harsh rat in panic||FLEE HARSH RAT*||3.5||1||2|
|23||32||Something fishy is going on – old man (Hollywood royalty) is keeping quiet (6-6)||Going after FATHER, LA ER is keeping SH Hollywood is in Los Angeles||3.5||0||3|
|23||34||Swimmer, heart-broken exhibitionist outside||FLASHER + HEART anag inside||3.5||1||2|
|26||19||Losing his head, he exposes himself on the Thames ? Queer fish !||(f)lasher on Father(Thames)||3||1||2|
|27||5||Bizarre thief alarms her, not a man, a sea creature (6-6)||Def. sea creature Wordplay [thief alarms her – i – m (not a man)]*; anagram indicator bizarre||2.5||0||4|
|28||20||Obese woman's left devilled hares for fish||FAT HER L + anagram of HARES||2||1||1|
|28||26||Priest abuser in deep waters (6-6)||CD. Father-Priest, lasher~abuser. Father lasher is a demersal fish i.e. it stays close to sea be. Hence deep waters. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/163174/Priest-abuser-removed-from-post||2||0||3|
|28||39||Zip has broken on fisherman's fly in rejecting retired miller's thumb.||FA (zip) + T [ HERL + ASH ] ER. ('HERL' = fisherman's fly). Def: miller's thumb.||2||0||2|
|31||17||Her sandwiches mostly don’t go bad when topped with greasy fish (6-6)||HER sandwiches = HER on either side; Don’t go bad= LAST – mostly is LAS. greasy = FAT; When topped with denotes FAT comes first (Down cllue). Def: Fish FAT HER (LAS)HER||1.5||2||2|
|31||24||Overweight, the man has a single slice of bacon wrapped around lean pig fish||Overweight [FAT], the man [HE], a single slice of bacon wrapped around lean [R(L)ASHER]; def = pig fish (another name for Myoxocephalus Scorpius, or Father-lasher).||1.5||1||4|
|31||27||Priest before cat? Both could put it away.||FATHER(priest, a club used to kill fish)+LASHER(cat/whip). Put away = kill or eat.||1.5||0||1|
|34||28||Priest given, when last here, Manx fish.||FATHER LAS[t]HER[e] (Manx, i.e. tailless), def. 'fish', it is edible, but tasteless.||1||0||2|
|34||30||Reverend Trasher with horny whore!(6,6)||Direct = horny whore (per Wikipedia). Reverend = Father, Trasher = lasher.||1||0||3|
|36||2||Adopt almost weird pool for swimmer||Definition = 'swimmer'. 'Adopt' = FATHER, 'almost weird' = WEIR, so 'weir pool' = LASHER||0||1||2|
|36||23||One of two fish rears half the litter: male parent’s share left abandoned||anag. and father + anag. inc. L; litter = lie untidily about; father-lasher is 'name applied to two bullhead fish' in Chambers||0||0||2|
|36||29||Priest who beats young boys? Dirty old man hiding troubled heart||QM for slightly quirky definition; F<heart*>LASHER||0||0||2|
|36||37||The Rev.’s tier later provided a bite after a line-up (6-6)||The Rev = father + tier = lasher, a bite after a line-up = def..||0||0||3|