The Clue-Writing Competition 2005

Managed by Robert Teuton

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JANUARY 2005: TAMBOURINES (standard cryptic)

1. Richard Morse: Rock opera's introduction - it numbs ear drums

2. Craig Fothergill: Beat us - on rim, perhaps?

3. Dave Parfitt: Beat us on rim to play

4. Peter Cargill: We're both beaten and shaken: bout remains unsettled

5. AJ Moore: 'Mr' Count Basie avoids clubs playing these instruments

RUNNERS-UP
Ian Harper, Don Manley, Joe O'Farrell, Margaret Irvine, Neil Aspland

FEBRUARY 2005: CAVE (standard cryptic)

1.Richard Morse: Is it cut out of rock, primarily?

2. Mike Warburton: Beware list of qualifications containing a first in everything

=3. AJ Moore: Carve the middle out
=3 Chris Jeremy: Explore the depths of the bible in church

5 Edward Halliwell A hollow warning

RUNNERS-UP
Chris Jones, Dave Parfitt, Nigel Lack, John Tozer, Mark Goodliffe, Eddie Young

MARCH 2005: BUNNY-HUGGER (11)

1st...Neil Aspland: I've got a taste for animals and I'm hungry - gnu, be alarmed!

2nd...Chris Jeremy: Someone unlikely to resolve hunger by gun?

3rd...Jack Cook: Rabbit lover's hungry, begun stewing

4th...John Tozer: One with animal passion, who embraces the Playboy image?

5th...Dave Parfitt: One displaying animal passion? Hugh Hefner, perhaps!

RUNNERS-UP
Vinod Raman: Robin Gilbert; Michael Hodgkin; Joe Meredith;Brian Dungate

April 2005: ELECTION (8) Misprint clue

1st...Kevin Armes: Pole dancing celebration when bra comes off

2nd...Don Manley: Result of ballet? Toe starts to look nasty - must be treated with ice

3rd...Andrew Smith: Battle of Hastings - the French invading once it's over

4th...Chris P Robinson: English lesson for Pole?

5th...Wil Ransome: Fred will start to enjoy reading

RUNNERS-UP
Neil Aspland: Brian Dungate: Edward Halliwell: Chris Jeremy: John Tozer:Margaret Irvine: Rod Harling.

May 2005 PSYCHIC (7)
1st... Peter Cargill: Between extremes of plainness and elegance get close to happy medium
2nd... Chris Jones: Friendless, physically shattered and cold? He might raise spirits
3rd... Margaret Irvine: One with powers cloaked in gypsy chicanery?
4th... Brian Douglas: Last of curry and cold chips served up - what you might get at a sitting?
5th... Kevin Armes: Gypsy chick admits being clairvoyant

RUNNERS-UP
Don Manley: Neil Aspland; Teyrnon Powell; STATTMICHA@aol.com; Phil Turner

June 2005 TENNIS ELBOW (6,6)
1st... Neil Aspland...British teen slow in moving around, showing effect of long Wimbledon match?

=2nd...Eddie Young...Sinew strained with net lob?

=2nd... R.E.Boot...Wine snob let loose heightened sensations on a bender

4th...Richard Morse...Lines won't be hit with this?

5th...Niall MacSweeney...Pain of too many court appearances?

RUNNERS-UP
Andy Smith...clue 14; Ian Harper...clue 54; Dave Parfitt...clue 23; Don Manley...clue 30; Margaret Irvine...clue 55; Simon Anthony...clue 52

July 2005 CERO (4) Printer's Devilry
1st...Margaret Irvine..."You've let me down" twi/n Reggie Kray told his brother
2nd... Dave Parfitt...Too much liquor? I/t's your stomach!
3rd...Chris Jones...Quiet - or fa/lling pin?
4th... Michael Hodgkin...Pole dan/gled from a crossbar? That's the goal!
5th... Don Manley...Didn't you actually despise the gro/wn-up, you Thatcherites?

RUNNERS-UP
Kevin Armes...clue 11;Richard Grafen...clue 8; John Tozer...clue 18; Chris Jeremy...clue 29; Andy Smith...clue 12; AJ Moore...clue 26

August 2005 NOSEDIVE (8)
1st...John Tozer...Does invite appear dodgy? Bin it and decline quickly
2nd...Niall MacSweeney...I've heard pride goes before a fall
=3rd...Dave Williams...In New England, dodgy videos go down badly
=3rd...Pete Milne...Quick drop called for - one's drunk at bar
5th...Don Manley...What's done by dove sine flapping?

RUNNERS-UP
Richard Morse; Eddie Young; Michael Hodgkin.; RE Boot; AJ Moore

September 2005 Anagram of BRADFORDS CROSSWORD SOLVERS DICTIONARY SIXTH EDITION
1st... Richard Morse...This extraordinary vol. sorts odd words - I'd crib, I confess!
2nd...John Tozer...Discover extraordinary lists of words - do Dons crib this?
3rd... Neil Aspland...Where I'd find 'Salvo', 'Sorbic', 'Sordor', 'Stoic', 'Stridor' and 'Styx'
4th...Eddie Young...Boss's donor orders a lady's rich text for victors. Did I win?
5th... Margaret Irvine...It is rich discovery for x-word brains too old and stress'd

RUNNERS-UP
Jack Luyt; Dave Parfitt; Joe O'Farrell; Paul Coulter; Robin Gilbert

October 2005 BOWYANG (7)
1st...Dave Parfitt...The Victorian rustic commuted by wagon
2nd...Rob Hick...Shearer slips on this, compounding black-and-white agony
3rd...RE Boot...Redesign a gown by means of taking in flares below the knee
4th... Don Manley...No way bug can be problematic if middle of trouser has this?
5th... Dave Williams...Strapping lad embraces wife: a nice girl, initially

RUNNERS-UP
Eddie Young; Michael Warburton; Richard Morse; Neil Aspland; Wil Ransome; Peter Cargill; Paul Coulter

November 2005 PLASTER (7)
1st...Mike Warburton...Perhaps Band Aid record brought back tears when broadcast
2nd...Eddie Young...Model in a dress
3rd...Heather Cooke...First aid for latest England opener to be taken in by spin
4th...Ian Harper...Wally Grout: amazing test player, yet strangely forgotten
5th...Wil Ransome...A coating ultimately

RUNNERS-UP
Peter Milne; Roger Dedman; Kathy Stevenson.; Allan Scott; Chris Jones; Chris Jeremy; Michael Hodgkin.

December 2005 MINCE PIES(5,4) (including a letter mixture of a drink)
1st...Richard Morse...Madam's reinvented nice birds as tarts
2nd...Dave Parfitt...Eastenders' viewers, perhaps, see epic resolved in explosive special
3rd...Chris Lear...Part of Yule menu - wild specimen I caught
4th...Andy Smith...Baker's seasonal goods, with which butcher's are taken?
5th...Margaret Irvine...Recipient is man, upset, lacking train fare for Christmas

RUNNERS-UP
Eddie Young; Michael Hodgkin; Don Manley; Neil Aspland; Kevin Green; Heather Cooke

Annual Roll of Honour
1st...Richard Morse...23pts
2nd...Dave Parfitt...19pts
3rd...Neil Aspland...16pts
4th...John Tozer...13pts
=5th...Margaret Irvine...12pts
=5th...Eddie Young...12 pts

RUNNERS UP
Don Manley...10pts; Mike Warburton...9.5pts; Chris Jeremy...8pts; Chris Jones...8pts; Peter Cargill...7.5pts; R.E.Boot...7pts

Last Year's Results