NOTE: Well I biffed here. Even though I had the clue written on my notepaper, I picked the wrong one out of the list of clues and comments. Apologies to whomever submitted the original clue, if they are looking in.
Here was mine…
Maybe this will get lesser friends back on course? (8)
And Richard Rogan’s comment.
The idea here is that “lesser friends” would be “sub-allies”, however that would lead to the answer “SEILLABUS”, as the alternative form of the plural of “ALLY” (“ALLYS”) which the answer requires is not valid.
Well guess who has been in the US far too long where the plural of ALLY is ALLYS… and since American spellings (unless specifically mentioned) are a no-no I should hang my head in shame. Doubly so.
Struck out again on this one, and I was hoping for maybe a place this time. I’m not sure I like the clue that won, I did like the clue that placed second. Here was my clue for SYLLABUS Junior colleague’s backing curriculum (8) And Richard Rogan’s comment…
The wordplay here is a reversal of SUB ALLY’S. I’m not sure the idea of a junior colleague is adequately conveyed by the term “sub-ally”.
I wonder if that means the clue is no good at all, or that “Junior” is not a good indicator for SUB, or if I’m going to reverse two elements of wordplay that I have to have more than just “backing” – for “backing” to apply to all the rest of the clue, then it has to be a single entity? Head is spinning now…
Filed under: Clueing competitions (fail)