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Re(3): Listener No. 4385: PD by Dragon

Hi Gerry,

If your two examples were acceptable, you could clue a full PD puzzle inside ten minutes - and no one would ever be able to solve a single clue. The idea is that the solver has to insert the answer into a word and in the undevilled version the answer will start within a word and finish within a word. A result where one end of the answer is hanging free is not actually unsound but itís definitely lower league stuff.

In the Azed competition it is also a good thing if the meaning of the clue changes between the devilled and undevilled versions, as in the HAS-BEENS example in the preamble. Some need to mess about with the other parts of the text adds spice although HAS-BEENS is distinctly OTT.


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