The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

March Competition Information

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This was a close one. Barely a cornflake separated the first two clues but in the end Steve Hicks squeezed into first place, following up his 2nd place in January. A neat anagram &lit – congrats to Steve.
The unlucky bridesmaid was John Hood with what was another neat anagram (without the &lit though). There were just 2 points in it, but it notches up John's first podium of the year.
A little further back in 3rd place was Nick Smith who found the same anagram as John. This is Nick's first podium for a couple of years, so well done sir!
Fourth spot went to Terry Neale, who last reached the top 5 in October last year. Another nice anagram coupled with a smooth surface.
Final placing went to Steve Randall. Whilst you are managing to keep him away from the upper echelons of the podium so far this year, this is still his second score of 2021. Very similar anagram to Terry and again a convincing surface story.
Thanks to all for the efforts you continue to put it, which makes it all worthwhile – good luck on your April Odyssey!

Voting Information

Voting is open until Midnight UK time on Friday 16th April.
Please award FIVE points maximum to the clue you judge best: FOUR points for second, THREE for third, TWO for fourth, down to ONE point for fifth; but otherwise you may distribute your votes as you see fit including ½ marks for split voting – as long as you award no more than 15 points IN TOTAL and no more than 5 points to any one clue…
…and of course you may NOT VOTE for your own clue!
Your comments in general and on individual clues, however much or little you write, are always most welcome! Please remember that if any particular clue or clues do not find favour with you, it is more helpful to offer constructive criticism – many of our members are keen to learn and hone their clue writing skills through our competition – feedback may be useful for their future efforts!

Entry Information

Your challenge for MARCH is a STANDARD CRYPTIC clue to CORNFLAKES (10) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT BST SUNDAY 28th MARCH.

Remember that whilst you are composing (and pondering) your clue effort, the entry interface allows you to "Save but don't submit". But even if you "Submit this clue" you are still able to amend – or even retract – your entry right up until the end.





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67 clues to vote for.
34 votes received so far.
9 days to go. Voting closes on
Saturday 15th May.



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3rd place Nick Smith

Unlikely menu item in New Orleans KFC?