CCCWC January 2018 competition results
46 clues entered. 37 votes cast (32 competitors, 5 others).
Congratulations to Tom Borland who kicks off 2018 with a victory – his first success for a while after a "barren" 2017. Neat wordplay with a nice surface.
Satyen has established a routine of regular visits to the podium and starts off the year with a second place – again some nice natural wording in the surface.
Toby regains his excellent form from the first half of last year and snaffles third spot – and once again a natural surface reading.
Hearty congratulations to Dhirendra who can celebrate a debut podium finish! Discovered wasn't to everyone's taste but it found enough fans to push it into 4th place.
Final podium spot went to Simon Shaw – good to see him back in the fray and could be one to watch for 2018!
Well done to all – on to the February challenge!
|1||41||Tom Borland||Vintage silver car's back in 007's possession?||R (car's back) in AGENT (007); def. Vintage silver, ref. Bond's Aston Martin DB7||53||1||2|
|2||30||Satyen Nabar||Silver ring lost? No great shakes||(nogreat)* – o||34||2||2|
|2||46||Toby Robertson||White pawn checks king||R in AGENT (checks=contains), def. white (Chambers)||34||2||3|
|4||5||Dhirendra T||Curious stranger discovered silver (6)||Definition: silver (as an adjective) Wordplay: [(-s)TRANGE(-r)]* (which is stranger "dis-covered"); anagram indicator curious||32||2||3|
|5||24||Simon Shaw||Shield designed with this displays herald's tinge||Composite anagram & lit.; ref. heraldic tincture||31||2||2|
|6||20||Steve Randall||Regret unevenly donning fake tan seeing colour on arms||ReGrEt in tan*; def as heraldic colour||30.5||0||3|
|7||31||Jeff Robinson||Silver surfer's terminal seized by spook||[A<R>GENT]||26.5||0|
|8||28||Pete Milne||Silver in Great North Run||Anag of GREAT+N. RUN as adjective.||24||0|
|9||16||David McKie||Nice money to be had from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?||French word for money, hidden in guitAR GENTly||19.5||1||3|
|10||6||Colin Thomas||Doctor Strange – not initially white?||Anag. [s]TRANGE. Reference to the Marvel comics character, who is now Caucasian but was originally drawn as having Asian ethnicity.||18||1||2|
|10||9||Rod Beards||Fed seizes last of poor poet's silver||AGENT seizes R||18||0||2|
|12||11||Garnet changes colour (6)||Garnet and argent are both colours – and are anagrams.||17.5||3||2|
|13||45||White knight's great move||*N(knight)+GREAT||16||1||2|
|14||7||Dope dressed up by painting white on arms||GEN inside ART : Argent = white in heraldry||14||2||3|
|14||37||That particular gentleman is partial to French bread.||Hidden/def ("French bread" [money]).||14||3||1|
|16||32||Silver trout ? (6)||Def: SILVER. Tout = AGENT around R. A(R)GENT. The “?” is to indicate unusual parsing||12||1||2|
|17||35||Sun returning, bloke reveals white part of arms||Ra rev. + gent; coat of arms||11.5||3||1|
|18||44||White alpha male capturing power at last (6)||White = definition. Alpha = A, Male = GENT, power at last = R, capturing = surrroundicator. A GENT around R. Maybe Trump and his base view his presidency as such.||11||4||2|
|19||25||Silver and garnet design||Anag.garnet||10||2||1|
|20||1||A red knight is white on his escutcheon.||a(A) red(R) knight(GENT) = heraldic white||9||0||1|
|21||8||Every other hair on nice man’s head is silvery||Every other hair = (h)a(I)r, nice man = gent, head suggests the ar is at the head (front) of gent and silvery is definition||8.5||0||1|
|21||26||Silver dollar finally found in bureau||a-(dolla)r-gent||8.5||1||2|
|23||43||What's vital for silversmith – granted when struggling and penniless?||Grante(d)..anag… less..d = penny.||8||2|
|24||17||Not oddly, hair on man's top becomes silvery (6)||Not oddly hair = AR; on man's top = on top of GENT; becomes = connector; silvery = def||5||1||1|
|25||3||Blue garnet or white (6)||Garnet*||4.5||1||5|
|25||38||The 'Lone' Ranger? Not he, no loner, going out with Silver!||anag less he, loner, name of his horse in TV series||4.5||0|
|25||42||What field sports regularly featured game tenants?||Def: WHAT FIELD SPORTS (vb). Regularly fe A tu R ed G am E te N an T s. ('Field' = surface of shield. 'Field sports' = hunting, shooting and fishing. 'Game tenants' = those who hire shooting or fishing rights)||4.5||1||1|
|28||4||Colour-sergeant parading south-east off ground||[se]RGEANT*||4||1||3|
|28||22||Sailor's head chopped off – by mostly John Silver?||Sailor – TAR, John – GENTS, (-T)AR+GENT(-S), Ref to Treasure Island||4||3||1|
|30||14||Information welcomed in the application of skill producing silver||ART around GEN||3.5||1||1|
|31||18||Old silver found in two thirds of country. Don't shed tears for it! (6)||Don't cry for me Argent(ina). Old silver= definition||3||0||1|
|31||19||Old silver piece of Ancient Roman origin found by short chap||Old silver – def (listed as archaic in C.); A (piece of Ancient) + R (Roman origin) + gent (gent[leman])||3||0||1|
|31||21||Retired bank manager pocketing a bit of René's money in Paris||AGENT containing R(ene) def argent = money in French||3||0||3|
|34||2||Artist returns with the following information for a heraldic colour.||Definition: 'a heraldic colour'. 'Artist returns = RA becomes AR + 'the' = T which follows 'information' = GEN.||2.5||1||2|
|34||15||It's silver for La Albiceleste, in a departure from the norm||ARGENTina||2.5||1||1|
|36||13||Half-cut Lone Ranger and Tonto heading drunkenly for Silver||([loner]ANGER + T[onto])*; Ref. to the TV series characters.||2||0||2|
|37||23||Say mole having subdued colour, marginally white on arms||AGENT(mole) around R(margin in colouR); def: white on arms (heraldry/Chambers, arms=coat of arms)||1.5||0||1|
|38||10||Force enters row having lost face over old silver||Ar(g)[-gum]ent||1||0||1|
|38||34||Stranger, without right, brings the shilling out but is tortured for the heraldic silver||Stranger without right is STRANGER minus R = STRANGE; brings the shilling out is STRANGE minus S = TRANGE; tortured is anagram of TRANGE = ARGENT or the heraldic silver||1||0||1|
|38||39||This term in heraldry might lead you to 'grey' (and 'tan', mistakenly)||ARGENT and end (term) in heraldr(Y) = GREY & TAN anag ('mistakenly'); silver in Chambers = whitish-grey||1||2||2|
|41||33||Singer for one – no soprano! – gets fat in Paris||(S)ARGENT. “fat” = money (Chambers) or, in French, argent. Ref. Singer Sargent, portrait painter.||0.5||0||1|
|41||36||Surprisingly The Lone Ranger shot with one in each hand. He fired silver (6)||anag of (THELONERANGER) minus (shot) LONER (ONE in LR) and minus (fired=dismissed) HE. NB Confusingly The Lone Ranger fired silver bullets but also his horse was called Silver – "fired silver" indicates the former – not that he sacked (or shot) his horse. The def is of course "silver".||0.5||2|
|43||12||Guitar gently weeps both old and new money||Hidden word 'guitAR GENTly'; hidden word indicator = weeps; def = both old and new money; ref: Argent is both an old silver coin and a type of Bitcoin.||0||0||3|
|43||27||Silver found in cracked Red Rock(6)||Silver (ARGENT) is to be found in an anagram (indicated by cracked) of a red rock (where rock can mean precious stone – a red rock is GARNET)||0||0||2|
|43||29||Silver is smuggled in a criminal gentleman's right (not left) pocket.||Defn: silver; hidden word indicator: smuggled in; criminALGENTleman, but R replaces L.||0||0||1|
|43||40||Upcoming article recalled The Clash, without doubt 70s rock legends||'Upcoming article' is the 'The', 'recalled' = taken back, i.e. removed; 'Clash' minus 'doubt' = ARG[um]ENT; def: the band 'Argent' feature on this DVD: https://www.discogs.com/Various-70S-Rock-Legends-/release/9166898||0||0||1|