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A victory for Mr Tozer this month – but it was a very close-run thing! John triumphed with a nice anagram that formed an entertaining surface story – congratulations on first win of this year!
Second spot, just 3.5 points behind, went to Robert Vere with another interesting anagram – first podium for Robert since 2014, so well done sir!
Third place went to a mystery entrant – looks like they are from down under – a cryptic definition secured the points here, for a third place a mere single point behind
Just a half a point then to Satyen who followed on his success of last month with a second podium in a row, achieving fourth place with another anagram – but a very different surface story!
Finally, hearty congrats to Mark Jordan, who scores a top 5 finish with only his third entry. Welcome to the upper echelons, Mark, a well-constructed composite anagram.
Thanks as always to all who make the effort to enter and vote – on to September!
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Your challenge for AUGUST is a STANDARD CRYPTIC clue to BIBLIOMANIA (11) by the closing date of MIDNIGHT BST TUESDAY 31st AUGUST.
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