The four-letter word was BAND. Unclued lights suggest bandicoot (7A), bandh (11), banda (41), bandana (1D), bandoneon (3), bandook (7D), bandar (14), bandolero (19) and bandy (35). BAND (ending on 26) was to be shaded. Title: name of a BAND.
First prize Tim Knox, London WC1
Runners-up Kathleen Durber, Stoke-on-Trent; Peter Chapman, South Perth, Western Australia