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The puzzle’s NUMERICAL DESIGNATION (3 41) is preceded by 7A and followed by 7D 12 33 37 to form the first two lines of a NURSERY RHYME (4): ‘One, two, three, four, five/ Once I caught a fish alive’. Thematically caught fish, in entries at 1D, 5, 19, 26, 31, 32 and 34, are lant, rigg, maid, ide, ahi, ai and carp.

First prize Michael Pigden, Barnet, Hertfordshire

Runners-up C. Elengorn, Enfield, Middlesex; Hugh Dales, Dysart, Fife