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16 November, 2010

You can blame Luke Brattoni, or maybe page 48 of Puzzled, as today’s Storm will prove that less is more. You challenge is to create a two-worded cryptic clue relying on the anagram formula. Not easy when you consider you need to pack three elements: definition, signpost and fodder. To give you a taste:

Shipwreck joints = HIPS
Thicker offenders = DENSER
Windcheater measure = HECTARE

Best if we all present our clues in that fashion. Yes, I know that steals a chance for us to solve your creation, but for reasons of universal admiration – not to mention the judging and the admin – if you could post both your clue and your answer.

Avoid hyphens if you can – as these open the way to blurring the two-word rule. But names and slang and all the rest: go for it.

Not sure how I’ll judge this Storm – shortest clue? Longest answer? Sleekest surface sense? All these categories carry weight, though a deluxe shortlist will keep us all sated. And please, help enrich a likely flood by sending us the cream among your drafts. Something says this will be a feast of fine stuff, and we may need to control the influx.

Last, all Stormers should feel welcome to suggest any deft tweaks to the ideas of others, if there’s the chance of making a good clue spectacular. Here at DA Central, we’re all about the us in bodacious. So get condensing. And may the brevity begin. Deadline is cocktail hour, Thursday.


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