5 October, 2015
We had Riff and Ahab, Peter Pan and Hoffman, Panache and Deep Fine Leg, Jay and Southpaw. That last one was me, but I had no clue whose clues are whose when picking the best clue from the Henry Hook playbook.
There was plenty to like in the shortlists, from Pater Pan's 'caught in the headlights' (to signal external Os) to Ahab's AMIN IS SIMIAN.
As a general note, next time I run a comp, please ensure you supply parsing notes for your more ambitious clues. It helps to elicit your latent genius!
So in a break from the usual prize-list read-out, here are Henry Hook's actual clues, followed by our own creative book-hooker:
APOSTROPHE - Develop spare photo as a sign of ownership?
AGATE - Shooter with a gun, empty
ALOES - Lilies from ballooners, not oddly
CAKE - Dessert made with a variety of vitamins
EDISON - Team turned on inventor
SIMIAN - Lost soldier taken in by sloth, perhaps, or monkey
OHIO - I caught you hiding piece of information in a state
IF NOT - In different circumstances, it includes f-number
REVUE - Show last part of manoeuvre the wrong way
KNOW-IT-ALLS - Confounded slow-talkin smart alecks
APOSTROPHE - Gone paper shootin' [Congratz Jay. You win the day.]
So let me know who you are, and where you're at (via email), and Mr Hook's puzzles will be wending their way. Thanks for the HookBook cookery all players.