Magazine article The Spectator

Competition Paracrostic

Magazine article The Spectator

Competition Paracrostic

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n Competition No. 2724 you were invited to supply a poem in which the initial letters of each line read down the page reproduce the last line.

Though some of you clearly relish competitions of this kind (check out F rank McDonald's double-paracrostic in the winning line-up), there was the inevitable rumble of protest in the ranks. Here's Jerome Betts: 'To write a verse within such rules, / How can this count as fun? / I think that only drunks or fools/ Suspect it can be done. . .'

Bill Greenwell agrees: 'Some competitions/ E xpect you to slave/ Nightly. Perdition/ Draws near, as, unshaved, / Manic and glum, / E xpecting to die, / F olly fills bumf. / I t's like working out pi.'

Discontent notwithstanding, you rose to the challenge with gusto. Commendations to Neil MacKinnon, Alan Birglar, John Samson, Mary Holtby, Mae Scanlan and D.A Prince. The winners are printed below and get a well deserved £25 each. The bonus fiver belongs to Ray Kelley.

Katherine's soulful eyes disarm.

I rene has lustrous auburn hair;

Sue, buxom bounce beyond compare;

Stella, a voice of warmth and charm. …

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