CCCWC May competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 1: ——— are seen as artful leaders (6)
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A clue to ELDERS.
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|Comments on the clue|
|1.||Unbelievably long-winded explanation|
|2.||The wordplay might be thought to lead to an anagram of LEDS. 16 and 25 have the same defect.|
|Comments on the competition|
|I liked the attempts at composite anagram & lit. clues, though most of these did not indicate this quite right. Clues that did include 1 and 60. The "Leeds" clues were generally very good, but especially 62 with its misleading definition.|
Clues 32 and 47 used interesting syntactic definitions for "elders" as a word appearing in a saying along with the word "betters" but I feel they needed to indicate this better. In that saying, the elders are the betters. For both reasons, a definition like "betters, they say" would be fairer.
When referring to a word syntactically as a word or string of letters it is a single object and matching verbs should be conjugated in the third person singular. This is illustrated by the following (bad) joke:
Pupil: "I is —"
Teacher: "You can't say 'I is' — you need to use 'I am.'"
Pupil: (doubtfully) "I am a short word."