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The COTY Cup

28 December, 2012

Clue of the Year is here, picking out the pick of the UK puzzles, predominantly in the Times. (Next year I’m tempted to have our own COTY Category, amassing the biggest scorers in our Storm battles – so beware.)

Feel free to nominate other clues you loved, if you still have a record. To cull the quality down to this shortlist wasn’t easy – and you won’t find voting for a single candidate simple either. Take a look at these beauties, and then head for the poll to vote for the most striking. We’ll see which setter is Best At Show for 2012 (minus 3 days). And by all means, air your views in the Comments.

  1. Substitute brought in for a term? That could be issue for children = SYNONYM [Times 9202]
  2. Blasted by a TV judge, I’d hope not to hear this = DON’T GIVE UP THE DAY JOB [Anax]
  3. Perhaps it’s the sea could fill a small one, from west to east and north to south! = WORD SQUARE [Times ???]
  4. Livery in store room, say? = HEPATIC [Times 9256]
  5. New Age music or Mamma Mia! = GRACIOUS ME [Sunday Times 780]
  6. I gather it’s inaccurate to describe “lead” in pencil – what should it be? = GRAPHITE [Times 9341]
  7. Something that steers will lack – right! = UDDER [Times 9389]
  8. The price for stopping mad cow disease? = MOORAGE [Times 9352]
  9. Juggling act using two balls for catching = CONTAGIOUS [Anax]
  10. Tanks shells plaza, smashing area round about = AQUARIA [Times 9425]

CLUES OF SPRING III – 1 Troll 2 voila 3 hero worhsipper 4 each 5 aquaria 6 crouton

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