Well, due to the snowy weather in these parts, this evening’s Sheffield Circle Christmas open meeting was somewhat sparsely attended… just the three of us. As our regular reader will know, I have a sideline in preparing puzzles for pubs and newspapers, so I thought I’d produce a puzzle sheet for tonight’s event. Here’s part of it.

Anagrams of the names of 14 famous (or in some cases infamous) magicians appear in the following sentence. Can you find them all?

JOHN, NO LESS[1], the BALD MALE[2] KEYPAD PLANER[3], PAINED US ALL[4]. I TOOK[5] OLD KATE[6] (a BRAVE NUN[7] who WEARS TAT[8]) to meet my BRAIN BROTHER[9], a MALEFIC ROGUE[10] whose AIRY RESOLVES[11] to BE NOCTURNAL[12] APPLIED FERVID COD[13] to my INNER MELONS[14].

As well as the various ‘stars of magic’, there are three Sheffield magicians’ names in there. There is a possibility that in some cases their fame may not have spread beyond this fair county of Yorkshire (or in some cases, beyond the confines of their immediate family). So, to give everyone a chance, I shall reveal that the minor magi are: Ken Appleyard (Sheffield Circle President), Les Johnson (inventor and all-round grey eminence) and Adam Bell (of whom it has been said).

The anagrammed names are, of course, the words in capitals. Answers here after Christmas.

May your Christmas be merry, your new year happy and productive, and your cod always fervid.

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