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CCCWC Christmas Special 2020 competition results

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37 clues entered. 39 votes cast (29 competitors, 10 others).


A Christmas List (see instructions) (Anagram)

I think it's fair to say that a good deal of fun was had with his competition! Most entrants seemed to appreciate the festive deviation from normal cluing and most judges enjoyed the different challenge. Whether you loved or hated it, this type of challenge will not pop up very often…I think John and I expected, and had our fill of pizza and jazz, so kudos to those that managed to utilise those zeds differently. I particularly enjoyed the comment – related to clue 16 – that 'we need to see the pictures!'. Sadly our camera was broken in the melee that ensued during the Twister competition at the CCCWC Christmas party. Never mind, there's always next year…I remember, back in the day when I used to compete and judge in the competition myself that I would often try and guess the authors of particular clues…I don't think I ever once got it right! So it proved in this exercise; nobody correctly guessed that clue 34 was John's…
 
Congratulations to Bhalchandra, whose list was chosen as the best, no space to mention the rest with Annual Result to follow…
 
ANNUAL RESULT
Huge congratulations to Steve Randall for his superbly consistent performance throughout the year – well done Steve!
John Tozer kept pushing Steve right to the end, but was 6 pts back in 2nd – well done JT for another excellent year!
Tom Borland, Andy Smith, Neil Mondal and Satyen Nabar were some way back in filling the rest of the podium places, but the slate is clean for 2021! Good luck to all!

PosNo.NameClueExplanationPoints Merits 
117Bhalchandra PasupathyJazz CDs, Gin, Brie, Scones, Kilt, T Shirt, Apron, Thermos472  3  
218Satyen NabarJeans, T-shirt, Lobster, Pizza, Scotch, Gin, More drinks.464  4  
334John TozerSkol, G’n’T, chips, shirt, a CD (no jazz!), Boris’s retirementSkol lager40.50  2  
422Andy SmithMoonshine, Ritz Crackers/Stilton, Bright PJs, Azeds383  5  
52Jeff RobinsonBEER, GIN, MINTS, SHIRT, SOCKS, TORCH, RADIO, NETS, JAZZ LPDrinks, something to eat, apparel + some other goodies (the nets are for fishing)372  2  
616Luciano WardJazz CD, retro hot pants (Boss), lingerie, kirsch, mints344  4  
75Charlie OakleyChintz shirts, cardigans, broken pretzels, mojitos314  2  
820Dave WilliamsLobster/rocket panini, gin, shirts, jazz CDs, thermos.263  1  
911Vinod RamanGin, Mini-Pretzels, Borscht, Orzo, Shirts and Jackets25.50  1  
1012Don ManleyGIN,TONIC,JAM,ROCK,BLAZERS,HIPSTERS,DOZEN T-SHIRTS23.53  2  
1128 Pretzels in borscht, jedi mask, strong shiraz, tonicBorscht is eaten at Christmas in Eastern Europe213  1  
1237 SPRITZER, TONIC, SCHNITZEL, DRESS, SKIRT, BOA, MAHJONGIncluding a non-alcoholic option for the driver and something for a night on the tiles – don't fight over the boa though! ;-)19.52  5  
1330 scotch, gin, drinks, booze, pretzels, jam, shirts, train12.53  2  
146 Chocs, mid-Korean gin, street-jazz LPs, robin T-shirtsThings to eat and drink, a hint of pop culture and Christmassy clothing122 
148 Drizzle cake, Pastis, 'BoJo (No. Ten's Mr Grinch)' T-shirtsSorry chaps, keeping presents to a minimum this year – even the t-shirt artwork was hastily scribbled by my mate Banksy. Happy New Year120  1  
1421 Meths, thin drizzle, tripe, string socks, corona jabsAwful until the jabs at the end, representing 2020. Thin drizzle is the safe/non-alcoholic option.120  1  
177 Cider, Snort, Pizza, Men's Socks, T-shirt, Banjo, LighterCider, Snort (drinks – see Collins for def of 'Snort'); Pizza (food); Men's Socks, T-shirt (clothing); Banjo, Lighter (miscellaneous)11.53 
1719 KIRSCH, BITTER, SINGLET, HAM, JAZZ RECORD, TINS, SPOONS11.50  2  
1935 snazziest red shirt, choicest jam, strong plonk, rib10.50  2  
201 absinthe, prime stilton, night socks (R), jazz recordsR = right foot only93  3  
2113 Herbs on pizza, jam, gin, Noel shirt, Corrs CD, test kits81  1  
2123 Moonshine, straight jackets, blinis, zz top CDs, errr…80  2  
233 BLAZER, CHORIZO, GIN, JOSS STICK, PRINTER STAND, METHS7.52  2  
2325 Pate, hooch, jazz records, mints, bent girls in skirtsShould Robert and John need something to wear, they can respectfully ask the girls to take off their skirts. The hooch may help.7.51  2  
2329 PRETZELS, JAM, GIN, SOCKS, TINS, RAZOR, HORN, CHITS, BIDET7.51 
2627 pizza, jam, scotch bonnet; rose; dress shirt, kilt, ringrose wine; Indigestion tablets also provided ;-)71  1  
2714 It's tizer 'n' lemon, horse ribs, chintz jockstrap. Gads!Drink, food, clothes30 
2731 Send: nine T-shirts, hot pork, Bristol Cream, jazz cigsAnagram30  1  
2732 Short joint, pizza, strong cider, belt, mask, richness.30 
3010 Gin, matzo, blintzes, joint, red shirts, crackers, hopsGIN = drink; MATZO, BLINTZES = eats; JOINT = eats or possibly something else (no comment!); RED SHIRTS = to wear; CRACKERS = obvious (or could be 'eats'), HOPS = get cracking with your beermaking!2.53 
3115 JAMB, SKIT, PIZZA, GREENS, ORCHIDS, STILTON, HORN, CREST20 
324 Brisket (in net), pints, clothes, horror disc, jazz magsBrisket roasting joints often come held in a net; everyone needs a little… ahem… Blue Note in their lives!11 
3224 "NORTH END" GIN SPRITZ, CHORIZO BITS, ARMLESS JACKETSRhyming items12  1  
349 EastEnders, Scotch, Gin, Pizza, Kilts, Mirth, No Jobs, R’RUtilising the apostrophe from the original text to create R’R, rest and relaxation, which I hope you both achieve over the holiday period. Thank you for all you do and best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas to all those here!00  1  
3426 Pizza, hock barrels, rich Dijons, strong mitten sets00 
3433 shortbread, spritz, tie, jet, zilch mask-scorning sonThe list starts with suitable Christmas food, drink and attire, then proceeds to a luxury item that should be obtainable for a bargain price given the world's limited use for them. The last item is a gift of COVID-safe advice (presumably from a cowboy).00 
3436 Sorts lights, nectar comb, pizza dinner, shirt jokes!Nectar(drink), pizza dinner, shirt: 3 required items00  1