A new judge, Norman Collins, formerly an assistant editor at the OUP, but now literary editor under Robert Lynd at the News Chronicle, steps into the column. Collins was later to become famous, not only as a novelist (‘London Belongs To Me’) but later found success as the controller of the Light Programme (he was in charge when ‘Woman’s Hour’ started), as head of BBC Television in 1947, in time to take charge of the Olympic broadcasts in 1948, and one of the key people involved in setting up independent television in the early 1950s.
He asks firstly for the best replies to the following six remarks:
Apparently there was a Soviet plan to create a hybrid that combined the cow, the sheep and the goat. The sceepgoat, perhaps, although seven entrants independently came up with ‘gowp’. Nothing seems to have come of it (although peek at this blog). Collins asks for a parody of Blake’s ‘Little lamb who made thee?’ The prizewinnres are another newbie, Lyn Carruthers, and Ciel: