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A beastly business

The quote is 1A/92/18D from the poem ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’. The theme was the names of the eight reindeer in the poem. Three were highlighted whilst the others each suggested three unclued lights: Dasher (26, 63 and 83 — sprinters); Comet (12, 48 and 64 — astronomers’ names given to comets); Dancer (7, 49 and 74); Vixen (64A, 85 and 89 — female animals); Cupid (4, 25 and 46 — love deities).

The winners

The first prize of £100, three prizes of £25 and six further prizes of Bletchley Park Brain Teasers by Sinclair McKay (Headline) go to the following. In addition, the first four winners each win a bottle of champagne.

First prize Peter Turner, Bearsden, Glasgow

Runners-up F. Milne, Wells, Somerset; Jacqui Sohn, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; Andrew Tee, Kirtlington, Oxford

Additional runners-up Simon Shaw, Goosnargh, Lancashire; Jeffrey Frankland, Storth, Cumbria; Richard Stone, Barton under Needwood, Staffs; Jeff Aronson, Oxford; Mark Rowntree, London SE10; J. Bielawski, Liverpool