The Clue-Writing Competition 2004

Managed by Robert Teuton

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January 2004

1st...John Tozer...Clue 31...44pts - The reverse of cool in America
2nd...Tony Percy...Clue 17...43pts - Horlicks lovers retire with class
3rd...Margaret Irvine...Clue 11...42pts - Disorder created by returning United supporters
4th...Phil Turner...Clue 30...41pts - Sunday feud regulary causes chaos
5th...John Guiver...Clue 1...38pts - A quintessentially confused mess

Runners Up
Peter Cargill...Clue 5...34pts; Richard Palmer...Clue 20...33pts; R.E.Boot...Clue 12...24pts; Sarlo...Clue 10...19pts; Paul Boorer...Clue 28...19pts

February 2004
1st...John Guiver...Clue 27...52pts
Nothing's mo/ister than a dense London fog
2nd...Eddie Young...Clue 3...49pts
Being an old charmer, didn't Head o/gle girls?
3rd...AJ Moore...Clue 10...42pts
Dealers in metals ha/ve stint in market
4th...Richard Palmer...Clue 30...41pts
Prof Pillinger is going - spa/ce probe disappeared on Mars
5th...Margaret Irvine...Clue 19...34pts
I can't see! The Spi/ce Girls next door planted leylandii

Runners Up
Brian Douglas...Clue 46...32pts; Roger Dickinson...Clue 38...29pts; Paul Coulter...Clue 13...25pts; R.E.Boot...Clue 8...22pts; Mark Oshin...Clue 48....20pts

March 2004 - SCUPPERNONG (11)
1st...Peter Brooksbank...Clue 37...58pts
Sweet wine could make nuns grope PC
2nd...Nick Smith...Clue 25...54pts
Put paid to non-German plonk
3rd...Paul Boorer...Clue 30...51pts
Second prize for an Australian prune wine
4th...Margaret Irvine...Clue 39...42pts
What makes do for a drink around noon?
5th=...John Guiver...Clue 18...25pts
North Carolina sponger possibly drinks up this wine
5th=...Mark Goodliffe...Clue 46...25pts
Wine: serve cold during evening meal, drongo!

RUNNERS UP
John Tozer...Clue 5; Judith Lindley...Clue 10; Nic Pursey...Clue 43; Richard Grafen...Clue 1; Gez Connolly...Clue 15

April 2004 TAPA (4)
1st...Brian S Douglas...clue 2...90pts
A pat on its head will produce a bark or maybe a bite
2nd...Mark Goodliffe...clue 32...44pts
Terriers put outside before a meal bark
3rd..Dave Parfitt...clue 9...39pts
Bug with a modest bite found in Iberia
4th...John Guiver...clue 22...38pts
Savoury feta pastry wraps
5th...John Tozer...clue 11...36.5pts
Don Juan's 'bit on the side' returns a caress

RUNERS UP
Judith Lindley...clue 33; Margaret Irvine...clue 18; R.E.Boot...clue 7; Edward Halliwell...clue 1

May 2004 CRICKET (7) - MISPRINTS

1st...Margaret Irvine...clue 23...65.5pts
Low stool is short with square legs
2nd...Peter Brooksbank...clue 37...57pts
Team lame with cramp before the start of extra time
3rd...Paul Cockayne...clue 35...33pts
Snort cocaine with dicky ticker
4th...Dave Parfitt...clue 12...29pts
Infect with constant and unending illness
5th...John Tozer...clue 32...25.5pts
Quintessentially English name for a flower found in America and in France

RUNNERS UP
Denis Borris...clue 31...23.5pts; Chris Lear...clue 2...22.5pts; Brian Douglas...clue 15...22.5pts; Paul Coulter...clue 43...22pts; Ian Harper...clue 18...21pts

June 2004 GAZUNDER (8)
1st...John Coward...clue 24...57pts
NZ argued about Trevor Chappell's low ball
2nd...Ed Hall...clue 41...54pts
You might catch an Australian No. 1 using this?
3rd...Margaret Irvine...clue 19...47pts
It's used by peers to try to reduce property costs
4th...John Guiver...clue 37...39pts
Unglazed potty left out for 'runs'?
5th...Richard Saunders...clue 37...33.5pts
Wildly gaze round and round going potty

RUNNERS UP
Don Manley...clue 35...24pts; Edward Halliwell...clue 14...23pts; Chris Jeremy...clue 2...21pts; Brian Douglas...clue 15...16pts; Eddie Young...clue 38...16pts

July 2004 MASTERMIND (10)
1st=...John Guiver...clue 16...50pts
Doctor isn't mad, merely lacking half a brain
1st=...Ian Harper...clue 28...50pts
It means the heads of research, development and manufacture rolled into one
3rd...Chris Jeremy...clue 32...40pts
Mister man badly drawn at first: it's Mister Big!
4th=...Richard Saunders...clue 19...39pts
Game Tim's Wimbledon final dream is shattered
4th=John Tozer...clue24...39pts
I cultivate a plot, taking flower into my care

RUNNERS UP
Teyrnon Powell...clue 40...35pts; Phil Turner...clue 25...34pts; R.E.Boot ...clue 10...30pts; John Coward...clue 47...26pts; Vinod Raman...clue 14...23pts

August 2004 AUGUST (6)
1st...Richard Saunders...clue 38...35pts
This time ace clue's third? Blast!
2nd...Dave Parfitt...clue 19...34pts
Imposing Masters course not completed
3rd...Dio Boss...clue 6...28pts
Celebrated gang leader endlessly lusts after gold
4th=...R.E.Boot...clue 35...22pts
Sublime fiddles in first section of ' Autumn '
4th=...Phil Turner...clue 36...22pts
Sublime instant

RUNNERS UP
John Guiver...clue 17...21pts; Peter Cargill...clue 22...18pts; Chris P Robinson...clue 41...18pts; Michael Hodgkin...clue 18...15pts; Robin Gilbert...clue 46...15pts

September 2004 GUTTER PRESS (LL)

1st...Richard Saunders...clue 5...55pts - Crazy urge to iron rags
2nd...John Coward...clue 20...34.5pts - Model gets upset with sordid rags
3rd...Dave Parfitt...clue 18...30pts - Hacks away with head of golf club (iron)
4th...Margaret Irvine...clue 2...29pts - Conjecture about queen and prince is typical tabloid journalism
5th...Brian Montgomery...clue 34...22.5pts - Take a shot at race record, entering hacks in Celebrity Chase

RUNNERS UP
Nick Smith...clue 13...18pts; AJ Moore...clue 4...17pts; Andrew Smith...clue 10...16pts; Eddie Young...clue 33...16pts; Phil Turner...clue 8...14pts; Vinod Raman...clue 28...14pts

October 2004 CLAIRVOYANT (11)

1st...Brenda Widger...clue 26...51.5pts - Only a vicar, perhaps, has time for looking into the future
2nd...Ian Harper...clue 32...50.5pts - Redeployment of cavalry into forward observation role?
3rd...Mike Warburton...clue 21...43.5pts - One foresees a Tony Blair victory shortly - new chapter for Britain?
4th...Richard Saunders...clue 37...37pts - Shot at, vicar only becomes diviner
5th...John Tozer...clue 15...35.5pts - I'll see something done in future about mess in lavatory

RUNNERS UP
Dave Parfitt...clue 13...25pts; Margaret Irvine...clue 43...25pts; Robin Gilbert...clue 42...21pts; John Guiver...clue 38...20pts

November 2004 SNIPE (5)

1st...Chris Jones...clue 12...57pts - Cut ! End of the shoot
2nd...John Guiver...clue 30...53.5pts - Start to nibble mince pies around open fire?
3rd...John Coward...clue 32...50pts - Sure thing last in race behind long shot?
4th...Brian Douglas...clue 17...24pts - Having arranged pigeons, go off and shoot one
5th...Peter Brooksbank...clue 39...24pts - Will's someone who lacks brains and backbone, twisted inside

RUNNERS UP
Robin Gilbert...clue 11...23pts; Ian Harper...clue 22...20pts; Niall MacSweeney...clue 5...20pts; Mick Hodgkin...clue 14...18pts

December 2004 WISEMEN/WASSAIL (7,7)

1st...John Tozer...clue 1...44pts - Assault on section of woodland: party developing new semis cut down elders
2nd...Margaret Irvine...clue 15...42pts - Knowing pieces, travelling trio perform carols with attack
3rd...Richard Morse...clue 21...40.5pts - Party with drink left some old birds and me fuddled with wines
4th...John Coward...clue 9....34.5pts - Elders swilling wine seem half-hearted with very long drinking-song
5th...Robin Gilbert...clue 28...31pts - Star trio from Orient, making win seem rigged, raise a glass to leader of Wolves attack

RUNNERS-UP
Ian Harper...clue 30...22pts; Dave Parfitt...clue 5...21pts; Brian Douglas...clue 14...18pts; Nimish Adani...clue 27...16pts; Eddie Young...clue 32...16pts; Paul Coulter...clue 36...15pts

Annual Competition 2004

1st...Margaret Irvine...21pts
2nd...John Guiver...20.75pts
3rd...John Tozer...15pts
4th=...John Coward...14.5pts
4th=...Richard Saunders...14.5pts

RUNNERS-UP
Dave Parfitt...13pts; Ian Harper...10pts; Peter Brooksbank...10pts; Brian Douglas...9pts

Last Year's Results