On Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 8:50:06 AM UTC-7, Duke wrote:
> I’m prepared to give Rob the win in this one.
Okay. It's time for the final judgment. Let's run down the clues.
Flower produced by wild thyme amid boiling March sun (13)
Anagram ("produced by wild") of THYME with anagram ("boiling") of MARCHSUN
Beautiful, poetic surface. We could use some of that heat in March where I live. My only quibble is that I expect the anagram of THYME to be inside -- amid -- the MARCHSUN one, whereas the Y needs to migrate. Still, a strong effort.
Wavering cry and hums around song regarding big Japanese chair (13)
Anagram ("wavering") of CRYHUMS surrounding ANTHEM; the "big Japanese chair" is, of course, the Chrysanthemum Throne occupied by that country's emperor.
Nice try at an inventive definition. The wordplay works but the surface is uninspiring -- we would say "humming" there, I think.
So the winner is....Rob! Congratulations. But unless he jumps in in the next day or so, I will seize the mantle and offer up the next ASCWC.