Alpha and omega again

October 20, 2011

As a THE reader since its inception, may I congratulate you on its ruby anniversary ("Many happy returns", 13 October). One item sadly missing from your remembrance of things past is the publication's competition to identify the first and last words of a book. The £25 book token I twice secured (among innumerable entries!) gave less pleasure than, in the first instance, winning and, in the second, recognising not a work in my own field as previously, but an Evelyn Waugh novel. Will you restore the competition?

John Kentleton, University of Liverpool

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