Smoke signals light up quick crossword | Brief letters

David Walliams and the Bible | Boris Johnson | Broken asylum system | Quick crossword | 80th birthday present

I am sorry that David Walliams did not think that the Bible has a happy ending (Books that made me, 2 July). Did he miss Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”? What could be happier than that?
Lesley Barnes
Greenford, London

• To be fair, had Boris Johnson not thought that “he was ‘unfit’ to lead the country” (Boris Johnson said becoming PM was “ludicrous” idea Cummings claims, 5 July), his lack of judgment would suggest he was unfit to lead the country. A classic catch-22.
Bill Bradbury
Bolton, Greater Manchester

• You quote Priti Patel as referring to the “broken asylum system” (Priti Patel to reveal proposals for offshore centres for asylum seekers, 5 July). Given that the Tories have been in power for 10 years, one has to ask who broke it?
Ian Arnott

• May I take this opportunity to thank the compiler of quick crossword 15,962 (5 July) for using my surname, however inadvertently, in answer to the clue: start to smoke. There are very few of us around, and seeing my surname in the crossword made this one feel very happy.
Roger Lightup

• For my 80th birthday on Sunday, I received from my loving family a full-sized table tennis table, the dining table having proved too restricting (Letters, 4 July).
Jean Gulston
Histon, Cambridgeshire

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