Competitions 75A and 75B: results

Clennell Wilkinson, still technically in the silly season, asks for wills in verse. (The season was far from ‘silly’: the government had just resolved itself into an all-party National Government, with a promise of an election – this was the last week of August and the election was to come in October.)

As Wilkinson observes, it was easy enough to write good verse, but they had to be good wills as well. This competition plays into W.Hodgson Burnet’s way of thinking. He cunningly works the names and the addresses into the rhyme-structure:

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The runner-up is Chauve-Souris:

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75B asks for a barristers defence of a young man attempting to kiss a woman policeman on Hampstead Heath. Are you thinking what I’m thinking.? Guy Innes was, although Heber beats him to the first prize (to Wilkinson’s surprise, there are no parodies of specific barristers):

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