The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC Xmas Special competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 17: Corruptly Simpkin, we hear, pretended sheet of stamps confused non-European auctioneer. It's essentially orange.

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A clue to Christmas Cocktails (Right & Left).
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Comments on the clue
1.A somewhat forced surface and a definition that 'stands apart'