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Caption Competition

27 September 2013

This week's competition

Have a go at our next caption-competition picture (above). Entries must reach us by Friday 11 October. 

By email to: captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk. By post(postcards only) to: Caption Competition, Church Times, 3rd Floor, Invicta House, 108-114 Golden Lane, London, EC1Y 0TG. By fax to: 020 7490 7093


Last week's competition


A GOOD innings for our latest caption competition, even though Tom Corfield emailed: "A caption? This time I'm stumped."

Something about cricket prompted many readers to turn biblical: "The wicked shall fall (Proverbs 11.5)" and "The wicked shall be overthrown (Proverbs 14.11)" (both from Colin Sowter); "The wicket shall perish (Psalm 37)" (Richard Hough); "Next time he prayed for 'the downfall of the wicked' he'd say it more carefully" (Richard Martin); "Young Gideon Judge, called in to bowl for the Young Farmers, makes short work of his old Dad's baals" (Ann Rance); and "It was easier to pick them off one-by-one after all, Elijah decided - only 449 Priests of Bail to go" (John Swanson). Then there was: "And on the Day of Pentecost, Peter stood up among the Eleven and was bold" (David Hole, John Williams, and others).

Congratulations to John Radford for working in a football reference: "The bails flew off, but it wasn't to Madrid". We also had: "It was difficult to say who was more confused: Sunday Sport readers when their 'Spot the Ball' competition failed to appear, or Church Times readers, when it appeared there instead" (Sandra Tracey); and "There was one entrant in the annual 'Spot the Ball' competition who quite clearly didn't. . ." (Marcus Booth). On a similar theme: "No ball! Stumped by the Holy Spirit again" (Eric Lishman).

A few more puns: "Our Bishop said 'Be bold, be strong'" (Janet Stockton); "Bowled, I approach the eternal throne" (Richard Martin); "Baal worshippers caught on camera" (Richard Barnes); and "He blamed his dismissal on original spin" (John Appleby).

Many good entries, once again.We particularly liked: "Jeremy's initial musings about his Trinity Sunday sermon were rudely interrupted" (Paul Clifford); "Reverse swing is something that Anglican clergy are having to come to terms with" (Don Manley); "When they bowled out Canterbury for 25 in the Church Times cup final, Dr Sentamu's real reason for forming the Yorkshire super-diocese was clear. . ." (Shaun Clarkson); "Once again, as with his sermons, a full-length delivery proved to be his downfall" (John Saxbee); and "It was at timeslike this, that the curate mused on the limited use of hisPh.D. in Patristics" (James K. Betteridge).

We could have awarded Fairtrade chocolate (kindly donated by Divine, www.divinechocolate.com) to several people this time, but have restricted ourselves to two.

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