Re(2): Competition clues IP: 18.104.22.168 Posted on February 3, 2016 at 03:51:46 PM by David Harry
Competitions are won by outstanding clues i.e. clues that stand out. These are not necessarily the best in absolute terms. In Ximenes 1135 over a third of the competitors used exactly the same anagram - X’s comment was that it “made my life a little difficult as I definitely thought it the best idea.”
So one tries to find a USP. Topicality helps (especially sporting and especially especially aimed at the judge’s favourite sport) as does the wider range of options conferred by a comp.anag. And although neatness and brevity help there aren’t the same length constraints as there are on the clues in a real puzzle. Neither is solvabiliity such an issue. Competition clues are judged by different standards to those of puzzle editors or us simple solvers.