The Spectator

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The poem is La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats. ATONY (2), CORYZA (3), LOCKJAW (6), ENTERITIS (8) and NEUROMA (13) are examples of WHAT CAN AIL THEE (1A), while AND NO BIRDS SING might be a comment on GOOSE (26), MARABOU (28), CRANE (38) and RAVEN (39). JK, upwards in the tenth column, was to be shaded.

First prize David Threasher, London W5

Runners-up Chris Edwards, Pudsey, Leeds; Mrs J. Sohn, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth