From Duke@21:1/5 to All on Fri Mar 5 10:17:27 2021
There being no objection, here are my judgments on ASCWC 259. If you're looking for the winner, you're in the wrong place: that information is revealed at the end.
From Kevin Wald:
Orator's valediction would linger (4)
Sounds like "Bye" + 'd (for "would"); def. is "linger"
The surface is excellent. I don't love " 'd " for would, but maybe that's just me (he shakes his head, muttering "coulda, 'da, shoulda").
Ask Molly to stay (4)
BID + E for Ecstacy (= Molly); def. is "stay"
Ah, Molly. What would we do without her? Another excellent surface and unimpeachable wordplay. Perhaps a touch easy, but puzzles need easy clues.
Live shows AC/DC starts to detest (4)
"Bi" (=AC/DC) plus two starting letters of DETEST; def. is "live"
All three of Kevin's clues are very good, and this is my favorite. Nothing wrong here and the surface makes total sense.
Old bear's shot with rifle out east (4)
Bid ("shot") + last letter of riflE; def is "old bear" = "bear, in older usage"
Great definition, fine wordplay. A very nice clue with lots of misdirection. "Out east" almost feels as if it's instructing the solver to remove the last letter, rather than keep only the last but I know better.
Stay in bed, madly hugging yours truly (4)
Anagram ("madly") of BED hugging I
Another well-done clue. Perhaps a touch easy. But -- you heard it here first -- puzzles need easy clues.
Wait in the same place outside shed (4)
IBIDEM losing outside letters; def. is "wait"
"Ibidem" is not a word I use much, but it's fairly clued. Nice.
From David A:
Wait! upon reflection edible without the French (4)
Reversal ("upon reflection") of EDIB-LE; def. is "Wait!"
This works fine. In the surface, "the French" might be a salad dressing. "Wait! Upon reflection" is a very natural way to start a sentence. Nice, if easy to those who have met the "the French" construct. But, you know, puzzles need easy clues.
Hold on! debit curtailed? Awkward (4)
Anagram ("awkward") of DEBI-T; def. is "hold on!"
Nothing wrong here either. Sensible surface and fair wordplay.
Stick with 80% of 46 (4)
Take 80% of BIDEN (U.S. President #46); def. is "stick"
If you get the 46 reference, this is pretty easy, and if not, I would think not. But I like it. Short and sweet.
There were lots of good clues in this competition. Many thanks to those who entered. The winner is...Kevin, for his unhappy rock band. Close runner-up: Luciano, though why he felt the bear needed shooting is not clear.