16 November, 2017
So many sipid clues to sample – thanks for the Storm of contrary clues. I was gruntled all week, just seeing the wordplay appear.
Hard to single out a winner as well, as the hit-rate wasn’t effable. To pick out a few humdingers, I thought the best clue for surface and concision (and a brilliant dovetailing of wordplay and definition) went to that recidivist, SK:
NOCUOUS: Commonsense to save odd coupon cutting
Followed closely by SR’s grisly story:
MACULATE: Spotted male cat playing with mouse heart
Then there was Mauve’s amazing discovery, adding (and subtracting) an R to the target word:
EVITABLE: Avertible crash kills redhead
On the short-and-sweet side of the ledger, I loved Jon’s work:
RULY: Certainly not headstrong!
Plus Sam’s classy brace:
SIPID: Tasty dips I prepared
PECCABLE: Air-kissable? Wrong!
But in the spirit of contrary, looking for the best treble, with three consistent confections, I dip my lid to LA’s list, which almost reads like a noir synopsis:
EVITABLE - Bill detected in immorality – final outcome uncertain
KEMPT – Waste reduced following introduction of kitchen tidy
WIELDY - Moderate, ye wild winds!
Thanks to all players for your gruntling work. Thanks also to SK for rebooting the Gargantuan prize – a simpatico gesture. Great as well to see some familiar names back at the forge, and look forward to more semantic shenanigans in 2018.
And LA – let me know your snail mail, and will send your humungous parcel soon. Yours nocently and not ungratefully, DA