The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC October competition voters’ comments
 
Clue no. 3: American tourists shot in Harrods

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A clue to OPAL (PRINTERS DEVILRY).
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Comments on the clue
1.Nice surface reading for both versions. By far my favourite clue.
 
Comments on the competition
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I feel strongly that the undevilled version should make complete sense and read naturally. For the devilled version, it should read grammatically, and should have at least some meaning, although it might sound a bit weird. So for instance, in 17 "I shot at coop to get chicken and eggs" is a perfectly acceptable devilled version, although logically one wouldn't shoot at a coop to get chickens and eggs.

There were some quite ingenious clues, as well as some unexciting ones. My preference is for clues where the two versions are distinctly different in meaning. Clue 3 stood out for me as achieving this in a completely natural way.