1 JUNE 1991, Page 45

No. 1681: Hats and squiggles

The circumflex and the tilde, officially, and the apostrophe, unofficially, are in danger of abolition or extinction. This seems the perfect subject for a pompous or jocose newspaper leader. Please supply up to 150 words from such a piece. Entries to 'Com- petition No. 1681' by 14 June.