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2077: Below par

25 August 2012

Each of seventeen clues comprises a definition part and a hidden consecutive jumble of the answer including one extra letter. The extras spell the first four words of a saying… Read more

High life

25 August 2012

With the exception of the French Academy immortals Michel Déon and Jean d’Ormesson, two wonderful writers and both the epitome of charm and graciousness, the French can be a pretty… Read more

Sickly sweet

25 August 2012

In Competition No. 2760 you were invited to submit an example of the kind of treacly inspirational poetry that adorns the office walls of a life coach and might be… Read more

Low life

25 August 2012

Then she rented us a luxury apartment at Penzance in Cornwall for a week. Sightseeing was not high on our agenda. Bring cable ties, she’d said. I’ve been a naughty… Read more

Oh for the Prince Maurice

25 August 2012

Around the middle of last year, I was approached by the writer Tim Lott to see if I’d like to be a judge in the annual literary competition he organises.… Read more

25 August 2012

Q. My wife is known to run a very well-organised house. As a consequence, weekend guests often arrive without the right kit, assuming they can go and raid our boot… Read more

Real life

25 August 2012

Being the girlfriend of the world’s most devastatingly handsome gay celebrity nutritionist has its disadvantages. I know, how could that statement possibly be true? What could be more divine for… Read more

Cooking witches

25 August 2012

The Witchery is almost a themed restaurant; it is a weeping medieval tenement, just below Edinburgh Castle, which looks like a blackened tooth. Inside, it has wood panelling, wall paintings,… Read more

Long life

25 August 2012

What has happened to Italy, a country that not even Mussolini could discipline? It used to be cheerfully anarchic and self-indulgent: cars parked haphazardly all over pavements, long lunches and… Read more

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2074: capital punishment

25 August 2012

Six unclued lights are names for HELL (12), which is ‘A CITY MUCH LIKE LONDON’ (38 43) according to a quotation by SHELLEY. First prize J.H. Peevers, Didmarton, Glos Runners-up… Read more

Wild life

25 August 2012

Kigali Eighteen years after Rwanda’s bloodbath I disembarked from my flight and was surprised to see that mortar craters no longer pitted the airport tarmac. At a city café where… Read more

Bill

25 August 2012

In 1911, bakers and dustmen were more likely than most to be called Bill, or at least William, according to one of those family genealogy companies, Ancestry.co.uk, which has been… Read more

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No. 231

25 August 2012

White to play. This position is from Leko-Ivanchuk, Nice 2009. All three white pieces are on the kingside while the black forces are all on the queenside. The black king… Read more

Kevin Pietersen needs a Graeme Smith

25 August 2012

Having reached the summit of the Test cricket rankings by thoroughly outplaying England in three matches that flew largely under the radar due to events in east London, South Africa… Read more

BridgeNEW21

25 August 2012

The Olympics may be over — but is another gold medal in the pipeline for Team GB? At the time of writing, the England Women are battling it out with… Read more

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Grand prix

25 August 2012

London’s newest and most flamboyant chess entrepreneur, Andy Paulson of Agon, which has acquired all World Championship rights from Fidé, is set to stage a spectacular Grand Prix tournament at… Read more

The worst result

25 August 2012

This week, the GCSE results envelope landed on doormats across the country. The results ought, on any rational basis, to shame the nation. Never mind how well or badly pupils… Read more

Christopher Booker

25 August 2012

When in 2009 I published a book called The Real Global Warming Disaster it provoked contrasting responses from two members of the royal family. Prince Charles, protesting that he was… Read more

portrait4

25 August 2012

Home After being granted asylum by Ecuador, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, addressed a crowd of supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy, to which he had fled… Read more

Vitruvius on rail franchising

25 August 2012

Ever since nationalisation was invented in the 19th century, private franchising (e.g. the West Coast Main Line) has raised the question: why should private business profit from a public service which the state ‘should’… Read more

25 August 2012

A place for sport Sir: Many of us in the education world are baffled by the political furore over school sports fields. Harris Federation runs 13 academies, largely in tight… Read more

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Downton for adults

18 August 2012

For five weeks from 24 August BBC2 is doing a brave thing: serialising Parade’s End, Ford Madox Ford’s quartet of first world war novels. Arguably the first great modernist English… Read more

How to undo the damage

18 August 2012

There can be no denying that the quality of Australian governance has deteriorated markedly since the election of the Rudd-Gillard government in November 2007. Chronic leadership instability, poisonous internal hatreds,… Read more

Free speech stutters

18 August 2012

In Defence of Freedom of Speech: From Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt By Chris Berg IPA Books, $24.95 ISBN 9780909536749 It’s tempting to imagine some bespectacled ancestor of Chris Berg… Read more

A cure worse than the disease

18 August 2012

Even Julia Gillard seems to have her doubts about Ray Finkelstein’s media recommendations, having recently reportedly offered to water them down in a letter to the CEOs of major media… Read more