An occasional (yet perversely popular) series about entering clueing competitions. There were two very strange Azed competition puzzles in a row, the one themed around “Forty Years On”, and the April Fool’s Day puzzles with the clashing letters (I put in APRIL FOOL – I have no problem with being one).
Azed mentioned in the slip that BENNET was “not the most exciting word to clue”. In my note to Azed I echoed that – “A dry grass stalk? There’s not much promising there”. Most of the clues that made their way into the slip used literary references that didn’t come to be at all, so I went with the dry grass stalk…
Knight bit into twisted dry grass stalk (6)
Wordplay: N(knight), E(bit) in BENT(twisted)
I didn’t think it was all that bad, but probably not the most inspiring clue in the world.
I seem to do best in Azed clueing competitions when I have no idea about the word beforehand. I wouldn’t know what a RECOLLET was if he waved tracts at me telling me to detach from creatures and recollect in God. So a complete blank slate. TELLER reversed sounded like a good start, since it could be tied in to the definition. Have to get a C and an O in there. C can be Catholic which keeps with the definition and lots of things can be O – so here’s a HC-worthy clue
Narrator of catholic inside, in retrospect he aims for detachment (8)
Wordplay: O(of), C(catholic) in TELLER(narrator) all reversed
Finally back in the world of HCs! Woohoo – and in grand company with the Youngs, a Morse and four other USA based people. USA! USA! USA!
Feel free to share other failed or unfailed clues, and remember next week should be the new competition puzzle!