7 September, 2013
Votes have been counted. We have a majority of quality candidates, with plenty of grass-roots support, but who wins the mandate to boast for the week, and get to read Dr Johnson’s Reliquary of Rediscovered Words?
But first a general word of counsel: KISS. This week I’ve seen splendid ideas struggle due to needless uploading of words or complexity. To win general favour (bear in mind I came last recently), see how you can pare. And ask yourself: is it fair? As often a cluttered clue will carry redundancy, or demand a step that’s not lucidly supported.
Anyway, the top five vote-winners first, and then candidate with the highest aggregate, tallying both clue scores:
CORANGAMITE – Cook organic meat [With the perfect name, Sausage Sizzle exhibits the perfect KISS example. He gets 14 points from 5 votes.]
LINDSAY – Layabout independents [Despite a lack of explanation, Albert Langer impressed plenty, with 15/6.]
ASTON – Empty answers by Abbott found wanting? [Loved the ‘found wanting’ device, and the newsiness is brilliant. A worthy 19/6 for Sausage Sizzle.]
ASTON – Hidden agendas, Tony? [Donkey Voter struck early with a brilliant hidden, accruing 21/6]
ASTON – Backflips cannot save faction [Nice to know I can still dazzle with my acrobatics, earning 28/7 as Core Promise.]
Tally time, and we have a bunch of stranded aspirants. (Hence my advice. It can be tricky to nail the tone – or Tone.) The margins go like this: A Week Is a Long Time and Cob Batter (both clean sheets I’m afraid), Kony Rubbot 3, Stephanie Bannister 6, Albert Langer 15, Donkey Voter 28, and Core Promise AND Sausage Sizzle both on 33.
That’s right a hung parliament. Though as the book holder, and prize pledger, I hereby make my concession speech, granting the Sausage full rights to the title. Congratulations. Well campaigned, all hacks. Now, who is our mystery winner?!"