The unclued lights form the folk rhyme ‘Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief’. A.A. Milne (MILNE had to be highlighted) used this as the basis for Cherry-Stones, (9d) though the beggar-man became a ploughboy. Milne’s next five jobs are also mentioned in various clues.
First prize Lydia Miller, Vale, Guernsey
Runners-up Rafe Magrath, London SW13; Dr John Stabler, North Creake, Norfolk