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A long-awaited gift for me ... started playing in 1954, and have been a member at Hampton Court since 1958.

The big question is : who is "Mountain Ledges" ? With knowledge of the World Championship challenge being played the following week ... it was brilliantly streamed, free and live, from the hosting club at Newport R.I ... he/she must be a keen member of one of the several clubs in UK or US ?

James Leonard (Citrus/Rustic/Mr. Lemon), sadly no longer with us, was a talented player, as well as being British Open Champion at rackets in 1967. Otherwise he would have been a prime suspect.

I feel that this unfamiliar nom-de-guerre is of the wordplay, rather than the anagram variety. Ben Ridges, say or Everest Sills ?

Incidentally, I had a go at a Mephisto the other day, the first time for say twenty years, and noted its setter using his real name (alias, to us, Auctor) Is it just tradition for setters to disguise themselves, or is there a practical reason ?

One of Richard Stilgoe's anagram aliases was Giscard O'Hitler, just the sort of character who might influence how we vote on June 23 ?


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