Competitions nos. 136A and 136B: results

Edward Shanks reminds readers that Dr. Watson once referred to an unpublished Holmes adventure involving a lighthouse, a politician and a trained cormorant. In 250 words he wants a synopsis of the problem Sherlock handled …

… but not its solution! But half the entrants gave a solution, many involved Bolshevists and Chinese (because of the cormorant) and most assumed the politician was a criminal. T.S. Twane (who has been hovering near the winning enclosure for a bit, but who seems to be a pseudonym) is told that he hasn’t expressed himself too well – and then given the top prize. The second prize goes to R. Hartman, who has also being doing well lately.

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The B competition is for a poem ‘on the pleasures of driving in a closed car on a wet day’. Jocularity was discouraged, so there wasn’t any submitted. There is a huge list of commendations, and three prizes allowed, making the column so full that the third prize is held over to the next week (from where I have rescued it). The winners are William Bliss, Rufus, and the bizarrely-designated Correct Contact.

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