The Spectator

2647: Pabulum’s last bow – solution

The theme word is MARCH. The examples are CROWN IMPERIAL (1A/22) and COLONEL BOGEY (26/33). The March sisters from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth, appear in SOJOURN (12), OMEGA (34A), CRYPTOGAMY (10) and BETHINK (28). ALCOTT (in the third column) is to be shaded. Title: (pabulu)M + arch (defined).

First prize Pam Bealby, Stockton-on-Tees

Runners-up Chris Edwards, Pudsey, Leeds; Richard Andrews, Ashford, Middlesex