On 19 October John le Carré turned eighty-eight (hinted at by TWO FAT LADIES (19/26/20)). His real forenames are DAVID JOHN MOORE (1A). The titles suggested were A Perfect Spy (GOLDEN MOLE: 16), The Looking Glass War (RAW: 29), A Small Town in Germany (BAD REICHENHALL: 46), The Russia House (ROMANOV: 21) and The Little Drummer Girl (the puzzle’s title). CORNWELL (27) was to be shaded.
First prize Alastair Aberdare, London SW13
Runners-up David Morris, Birchington, Kent; D & D. Keating, Beeford, Yorkshire