Life

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

21 April 2018 9:00 am

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

Brexit for eight-year-olds

21 April 2018 9:00 am

A week ago I plucked my eight-year-old grandson Oscar from the bosom of his rumbustious young family and took him…

Do we really need an app for everything?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘If this madness goes on, I will not be able to leave my house without downloading the app,’ I told…

Bridge

21 April 2018 9:00 am

If I had to name my favourite bridge player… actually, I can’t, there are too many. But the young Danish…

Fischer redivivus

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Berlin qualifying tournament to determine the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen has ended in victory for the American…

no. 502

21 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Karjakin-Caruana, Berlin 2018. This game was Caruana’s only reverse in Berlin. Karjakin now…

Let’s talk about sex

21 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3044 you were invited to provide a lesson in the facts of life courtesy of a well-known…

2355: 13 16

21 April 2018 9:00 am

13 1A 23 22 is an eight-word quotation by 34 in ODQ. Other unclued lights, including one of three words,…

to 2352: Upright Characters

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘THE WRITING ON THE WALL’ (Daniel 5.5) at 12/22/41 was ‘MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN’ at 23/16/26, according to Brewer, which…

How to get your child into the best state school: an insider's tips

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Monday was ‘national offer day’, which means that more than half a million parents across England were notified about which…

The Battle for Britain

21 April 2018 9:00 am

I love this Pep-mania, but don’t forget Klopp

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Fittingly, it took a dire performance from a dismal and dreary United against the worst team in the Premier League…

Dear Mary: At a smart dinner party, is it wrong to ask for the wifi code?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I are excited to have been invited to dinner by our most important neighbour. However our…

If it’s austere calm you want, Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill is for you

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill is on Swallow Street, an alley between Piccadilly and Regent Street, which swallowed most of…

That Beano word ‘scoff’ was first coined in the mid-19th century

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Scarcely a sober breath has been drawn in my house all week for celebrating the 90th anniversary of the completion…

Circe has been recast as the girl next door – it’s a sign of the times

14 April 2018 9:00 am

When poor old battered Odysseus landed on Circe’s island having lost all his ships (except his flagship) when he tangled…

I’ve developed a fascination for anti-terrorist security officers

14 April 2018 9:00 am

A pair of anti-terrorism officers watched us check through into the boarding lounge. They stood behind the easyJet woman and…

‘See it, Say it, Sort it’ makes me want to self-harm

14 April 2018 9:00 am

‘How could you forget to get on the train?’ asked the keeper. ‘I can understand how you forgot to get…

I have to concentrate pretty hard on the Flat when the Grand National hasn’t even been run

14 April 2018 9:00 am

William Haggas’s Addeybb heralded the opening of the Flat season by winning the Lincoln Handicap on 24 March but I…

Bridge

14 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m not saying that I want ‘She played bridge for England’ on my tombstone — but then again… Last weekend,…

Wine Club 14 April

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Three perfect rosés with which to welcome spring and summer

Class club

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The annual Hamilton-Russell competition for London Clubs has been won by the Royal Automobile Club, with the Marylebone Cricket Club…

no. 501

14 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Bluebaum-Anand, Grenke 2018. Anand has been having a rough time in the elite Grenke…

Poison pen

14 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3043 you were invited to provide a short story inspired by the Salisbury poisonings.   Ian McEwan,…

2354: Pioneering

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Two unclued lights form a three-word phrase. Clues in italics are cryptic indications of partial answers; in each case, the…