It's clue writing competition time again!
Griff is eagerly awaiting your entries!
Write a cryptic clue of your very own, using an anagram, for the answer word INTERCHANGE. Write your clue, and then post it in a comment below this post.
Don't be scared, you can do it. It's even fun (honest)! Your clue can be silly, weird, 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 will be looking for.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
Remember that the basic anatomy of a cryptic clue is:
Wordplay + Definition = Answer
Definition + Wordplay = Answer
So — (a bit of wordplay) (definition) (rest of wordplay) is not allowed. The definition has to sit at the start or end of the clue, and not be interrupted by the wordplay.
In an anagram clue, the Wordplay = the fodder + the anagram indicator (or indicator + fodder, or some fodder + indicator + rest of the fodder).
Your cryptic clue will need:
1) A definition for INTERCHANGE — 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). There are several definitions for 'interchange', you can choose whichever one you like.
2) An anagram (fodder) — this needs to be an exact anagram of the word INTERCHANGE — for example, 'hearing cent' or 'rang teen hi C'. There are heaps of possibilities, and it can run over 2 or 3 or even 4 words. YOu can use up to one abbreviation for one or two letters (so 'Charlie' or 'cold' could = C, in the 'rang teen hi C' example). This is called the anagram fodder.
3) An anagram indicator — this is a word that tells the reader to mix up the letters of the fodder. This can be a word like annoying, bust up, funny, or naughty. There are thousands of possibilities! Look for a word (or two or three) that matches well, and makes sense, with your fodder.
NB: The anagram indicator isn't allowed to do 'double duty' - so you must not use the definition for interchange as the anagram indicator.
That's it! You've got a fortnight, so entries close at midnight Monday 4 November 2013, Australian Eastern Summer Time (+11 hours GMT).
NB: if you're going to post Anonymously, which is fine, please put your first name in your comment with your entry, otherwise we won't be able to distinguish all the anonymouses from each other!
I will choose my three favourite clues, and the three winners will be announced on Thursday 7 November 2013.
Prizes will be a copy for each winner of one of my Dummies books, your choice of which book you'd like.
Griff and I are looking forward to seeing your entries!