The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC May competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 47: The Queeen's following tips to Epsom Ladies' Day, getting those before betters

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A clue to ELDERS.
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Comments on the clue
1.Clever use of tips and betters, but 'to' doesn't seem right. Maybe 'for'?
2.Good idea, ‘tips on’ might have been better for the surface reading
3.Typo in "Queen's". Your def is for "elders" as one (syntactic) object in a phrase so "those" is wrong grammar
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."