The Clue-Writing Competition 2006

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DECEMBER CLUE WRITING COMPETITION – TURKEY and ANOTHER 6-LETTER COUNTRY OF YOUR CHOICE.

Our Special competition will now span the Christmas AND New Year holidays, so entries please by MIDNIGHT GMT THURSDAY 4TH JANUARY 2007.As many of you will know, I do like to give you extra value for the CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - and CHRISTMAS means DOUBLE CLUE TIME!Your task is to compose a double clue to TURKEY and ANOTHER 6-LETTER COUNTRY OF YOUR CHOICE. A "right and left" clue comprises of two separate standard cryptic clues run together, with no overlapping of the two clues and no redundant words in between. Ideally the "join" between the two clues should be as seamless as possible. The two words can be clued in either order - i.e. TURKEY/CHOICE or CHOICE/TURKEY - that choice is yours too. (By the way CHOICE is not actually a country.) Also, the choice is yours as to whether you try and select a suitable country that has alternative meaning(s) - to install some deception - or just go for a country theme!

Either way, a comprehensive list of possibilities is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries#A

By way of illustration, here is John Tozer's winning clue from the last time we did this for WISEMEN and WASSAIL.

Assault on section of woodland: party developing new semis cut down elders

[W(oodland) + ASSAIL; anagram of NEW SEMI(s)]

If any further clarification is required you can email me direct! Good luck!

Please send your clue and a brief explanation (one that will be accommodated easily within the NOTES to CLUES) to toots@tinyworld.co.uk and NOT to the group as a whole. Ultimately only one clue per entrant, but by all means change, polish, stew, roast, twizzle, scrap and/or resubmit within the given time period.

To remind you - entries, please, by MIDNIGHT GMT THURSDAY 4TH JANUARY

JANUARY CLUE WRITING COMPETITION - KATZENJAMMER (12)
1st...Tim Moorey...In America, it's brouhaha and amazement with JK Rowling's first novel
2nd...Richard Saunders...With amazement joker, not even drunk, gets a hangover
3rd...John Tozer..."Freaking Kmart, man? Jeez, it's a racket!" says American
4th...Margaret Irvine...In corrupt market, religious sect spot racket
5th...Joe O'Farrell...Feline's reported energy state before top breaks off striking mechanism? Headache for Schrödinger, perhaps

RUNNERS-UP
Don Manley; Dave Williams; Dave Parfitt; Mike Warburton; Richard Morse; Ian McGilloway

FEBRUARY CLUE WRITING COMPETITION - SPIKE (5)

1st...Pete Milne...What's the betting American president's a prick?
2nd...Wil Ransome...clue 6...Device for piercing ear
3rd...John Tozer...clue 64...What's the point in railing? This ear isn't listening
4th...Rod Harling...clue 28...Lavender: squad's original Stupid Boy?
5th...Mick Hodgkin...clue 29...Make shooter more or less effective

RUNNERS-UP
Daphne Titus-Rees; Tim Moorey; Dave Williams; Jack Cook; Steve Bartlett; Jim Walker; Niall MacSweeney.

MARCH - TAKE THE BISCUIT (4, 3, 7)
1st...Richard Saunders...Using wrong bus ticket I hate to go too far
2nd...Richard Morse...This Buick Estate convertible is going to be the best
3rd...Chris Jones...Dress a cub - the kit's tie and cap
4th...Mary Kelly...Having broken teeth, I suck a bit and ironically have unexpected success!
5th...Ken Dunn...Steal a kiss, maybe go too far!

RUNNERS-UP
Judith Lindley; Roly Piggott.; Dave Parfitt; Mike Warburton; Nigel Lack; Pete Milne

APRIL - MAYDAY (6)
1st...Brian Douglas...You might take it off, or wear it in an emergency
2nd...Paul Boorer...SMS message: -Its a d8-
3rd... Wil Ransome...Married - yes; daughter - yes. Hence appeal of mistress?
4th...Don Manley...Now there are special dangers I need help!
5th...John Tozer...Listener's produced a worders' feast

RUNNERS-UP
Chris Lancaster; Pete Milne;Richard Morse; Dave Parfitt

MAY - OVERLAPS (9)
1st...Mick Hodgkin...Done with race divisions, finds common ground
2nd...John Tozer...Hannibal's route making a left turn outflanks defenders
3rd...Richard Saunders...When disturbed Pa's lover covers up a bit
4th...Don Manley...Doctored rams (not male) love keeping quiet - they don't butt
5th...Brian Douglas...Closed circuits: they encroach on the neighbours a bit

RUNNERS-UP
Ken Dunn; Pete Milne; Dave Parfitt; Dave Williams; Mary Kelly

JUNE - GODFATHER (9)
1st...Dave Williams...Play 'The Frog' da capo
2nd...John Tozer...What Mercury is to pop, James Brown is to soul
3rd...Richard Saunders...Gang leader arranging for death?
4th...Chris Jones...He'd got far in organisation
5th...Joe O'Farrell...He might order death for gangland leader

RUNNERS-UP
Ian Harper; Wil Ransome; David Crooks; Brian Douglas; Mark Goodliffe; Dave Parfitt

July - LITAS (Printer's Devilry)
1st...Teyrnon Powell...Witnesses of theft from shop window calm as hand grabs trike
2nd...Tim Moorey...What in loo quickly caused a stink was loose minor coupling
3rd...Chris Jones...Spa usage could be a healthy idea
4th...Peter Cargill...Blair appeals to Bush, ''We should calm army situation.''
5th...John Tozer...Holding a massive bust-up? You can't calm all bravery easily

RUNNERS-UP
Michael Hodgkin; James Williams; Ian Harper; Ken Dunn; Brian Douglas; Roger Dickinson

August TERMINAL (8)
1st...John Tozer...Fatal mauling of lion-tamer leaving ring
2nd...Dave Parfitt...The gremlin nearly put out every other workstation
3rd...AJ Moore...Good beginning of Zola novel develops into tense ending
4th...Margaret Irvine...Final duck keeps runs to minimum
5th...Brian Douglas...What's it mean with left & right drawn together roughly? -Curtains, probably!

RUNNERS-UP
Peter Cargill; Chris Jeremy; Joe O'Farrell; James Williams; Julian McIlroy.

September 2006 CANTANKEROUS (12)
1st...Chris Jones...Exotic Korean-Tuscan cross?
2nd... Ian McGilloway...Untangling a knot can sure be difficult
3rd...Don Manley...Grumpy Brown can get in OK? Sure can, if properly spun
4th...Dave Parfitt...UN cars take on new livery
5th...Allan Scott...Kinky courtesan pocketing a note at King's Cross

RUNNERS-UP
John Tozer; Mike Hancock; Ian Harper; AJ Moore; Mike Warburton; Chris Jeremy.

October 2006 ROLY-POLY (Letters Latent)
1st...Dave Parfitt...Some Dunlop lorries returned carrying a few spare tyres
2nd...Richard Saunders...Fatty is detained by cholesterol police
3rd...Mick Hodgkin...East End religious college swollen by large intake?
4th...Dave Williams...Owner of large corporation's hidden postal order in wad of notes
5th...Niall MacSweeney...Playing pool with both hands? Child's play!

RUNNERS-UP
Brian Douglas; Ian Harper; Jon Wilkinson; Chris Jones; John Tozer

November 2006 CARNIFEX (8)
1st...Luciano Ward...With 'circa', 'ex' and 'infra' translated, I completed very tough Latin sentences!
2nd... Margaret Irvine...He might wield African axe, removing heads
3rd...Denis Borris...'Terminator 1' in France surprisingly 'for adults only'
4th...Richard Morse...A good _________ could account for criminal facing axe, right?
5th...Chris Jones...He'd hang from gibbet and fix crane up in the air

RUNNERS-UP
P Pendle; Tim Moorey; John Tozer; Niall MacSweeney; Wil Ransome; Dave Parfitt; Brenda Widger; Ian Harper

XMAS SPECIAL CLUE WRITING COMPETITION - TURKEY TWIZZLER - RIGHT AND LEFT
1st...Dave Parfitt...George Bush's complete failure with no heart, a screw loose and war in troubled country
2nd...Richard Saunders...Price of fame in major dance show - getting the bird
3rd...Richard Morse...Annual excitement comes round with crib, Xmas fare, a star (unnaturally large), music and crackers
4th...Tim Moorey...State, rogue one acquiring a nuclear bomb is endless issue getting crucial
5th...John Tozer...Potty old celebrity plonker's big-breasted bird.

RUNNERS-UP
Margaret Irvine; Jon Wilkinson; Luciano Ward; Paul Coulter; Trevor Crowther

Last Year's Results