Today is the 15th birthday of my business, Sutherland Studios. And it's Chrissie time. So to celebrate, I'm giving you pressies — no other course of action else makes sense!
Here's the challenge, should you choose to accept it!
Write a cryptic clue of your very own, using an anagram, for the answer word CHRISTMAS. Write your clue, and an explanation of how it works, in a comment, below this post.
Don't be scared, you can do it. It's even fun (honest)! Your clue can be quirky, surreal, funny, serious, whatever you like. It needs to read well, like a mini phrase or sentence (not just a random assortment of words stuck together). Creativity and clue accuracy are what I'll be looking for.
Here are some tips to help you get started. Your cryptic clue will need:
1) A definition for CHRISTMAS — this can be as simple, as oblique, or as silly as you like. The definition needs to be at the start or end of the clue (not stuck in the middle).
2) An anagram — this needs to be an anagram of the word CHRISTMAS. Something like 'arch mists' — there are heaps of possibilities, and it can run over 2 or 3 words. This is called the anagram fodder.
3) An anagram indicator — this is a word that tells the reader to jumble up the letters of the fodder. This can be a word like cooked, confused, inebriated, or upset. There are thousands of possibilities! Look for a word (or two or three) that matches well, and makes sense, with your fodder.
- You can use this anagram engine or this one to help find some good ways of breaking up the word "Christmas".
- There is a list of anagram indicators on my website.
- This post from this blog explains the mechanics of anagram clues.
- And this post goes into the details of how cryptic clues work in general.
That's it! You've got a fortnight, so entries close at midnight 5 January 2013, Australian Eastern Summer Time (+11 hours GMT).
I will choose my three favourite clues, and winners will be announced on 6 January 2013.
First PrizeA signed copy of Solving Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies :D
Second PrizeA copy of Bradford's Crossword Solver's Dictionary, 7th edition, which has heaps of cryptic references, abbreviations, and other useful stuff. Extra good for solving cryptics!
Third PrizeA 1 Across crossword beanie, my original design, knitted by me, as featured on Knitty.com. 100% pure wool. It's the actual beanie featured in the third photo on the Knitty page. Fits an adult.
ETA: I'm happy to take people's prize preferences into account when allocating the three prizes. So, if you're hankering for the beanie, but not the crossword dictionary, for example, let me know :)
I look forward to reading your clues!