The word ladder connecting UNITED and STATES goes: UNITES (1D), URITES (18), WRITES (7D), WHITES (34), WHILES (30A), WHALES (7A), SHALES (10), STALES (31).
First prize Belinda Bridgen, London NW8
Runners-up Tom Eadon, Melton Mowbray; Tom Richards, Wolfscastle, Pembrokeshire
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