The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC September competition voters’ comments
 
Clue no. 33: Pro ran awful business

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A clue to ASTER (PRINTERS DEVILRY).
3 comments refer to this clue (from 2 competitors, 0 others)
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Comments on the clue
1.Makes sense in both versions and does the business
2.Undevilled version makes less sense than devilled.
 
Comments on the competition
1.
A lot of entries don't seem to get the point of PD clues, which is that the undevilled version should make sense in a way that convinces the solver that the answer is correct. It's good if the devilled version makes sense too, but that is a secondary consideration. 32, 33 and 46 are examples where the undevilled version makes less sense than the devilled; 2, although it "works", doesn't give the solver enough information. Several clues used "b/aste roast", but most of them, didn't make it clear enough _why_ basting is a good thing. 21, which I gave my best score to, successfully makes both versions make sense, with a nice change of meaning between them.