Clues Revealed


The Tower Poetry Competition 2018 is now open for entries!

That means that we will reveal the meaning of the four clues to the theme.

This year’s competition is on the theme ‘Secrets’, and the clues we posted are all code words in espionage.


The first clue, ‘Innocent Postcard’, refers to a postcard with an innocuous message sent to an address in a neutral country to verify the continued security of an undercover operative.

‘Pocket Litter’, our second clue to the theme, refers to items in a spy’s pocket (receipts, coins, theatre tickets, etc.) that add authenticity to his or her identity.

The third clue, ‘Chicken Feed’, is code for genuine, but not seriously damaging, intelligence knowingly provided to an enemy intelligence agency through an agent or a double agent to establish his bona fides.

The last clue, ‘Window Dressing’, signifies ancillary materials that are included in a cover story or deception operation to help convince the opposition or other casual observers that what they are observing is genuine.


Let us know how you or your students approached the clues.


















This year’s poster