The numbers were linked to titles of classic works of FICTION (12): The Two DROVERS (26) (Walter Scott), The Three MUSKETEERS (1D) (Alexandre Dumas (père)), The Thirty-Nine STEPS (34) (John Buchan), The Five RED HERRINGS (36D/5A) (Dorothy L. Sayers), Eight COUSINS (15D) (Louisa M. Alcott) and Five WEEKS IN A BALLOON (14/20) (Jules Verne). 2 x 3 x (39 + [5 x 8]) x 5 = 2370.
First prize M. O’Halgon, East Lothian, Scotland
Runners-up Philip Wickens, Horsham, West Sussex;
Kathryn Apandwicz, East Witton, Leyburn