Nifty wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:54 pm
FrenchForumSurvivor wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:33 pm
Nifty, as it says in the guide, "The starting point (that everyone agrees on – I hope) is that a cryptic clue must give the solver a fair chance of solving the clue." If we have no idea where to start, that's not a fair clue.
Two others did not seem to have any problem .
When the offending clue was written I was not aware that there were any rules that had to be followed.
Clearly, then, you don't do the cryptic crosswords in the like of The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian etc. There is a great variation in the nature of clues but all share the basic premise that the answer must be explicable from the clue.
Your random anagrams were not solved by decrypting but simply by rearranging the letters but your clue gave no indication of the direction to that answer.
That 2 people rearranged the letters to form the answer does not indicate that the clue was valid. Even with the answer known there is nothing in your random jumble of letters that hinted at the answer.
If you want to post random anagrams why not start a Random Anagrams
thread and leave this one to those that understand how cryptic crossword clues work?