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2552: πŸ˜€ – solution

2552: πŸ˜€ – solution
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The emoticon which formed the title of the puzzle suggested George Smiley, Le Carré’s nemesis of MI6 moles, ordered as per the thematic rhyme: Alleline (Tinker), Haydon (Tailor), Bland (Soldier) and Esterhase (Poorman).

First prize Charles Oliphant-Callum, Crowthorne, Berks

Runners-up Nick Porter, Beeston Sandy, Beds; Margaret Shiels, Edinburgh