The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC May competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 18: Found in retreat, gorgeous red leafy shrubs

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A clue to ELDERS.
5 comments refer to this clue (from 4 competitors, 1 other)

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Comments on the clue
1.You are missing e.g. another "in" after "retreat" for wordplay
2.The wordplay is faulty: ‘found in retreat, x’ doesn’t mean ‘found in x in retreat’ or ‘found in retreat in x’
3.'In' doing double duty here.
4.The contents indicator ("Found in") overlaps the reversal indicator ("in retreat")
5.Good hidden word clue but others were more appealing.