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What was the New York Times’s real motive for exposing Weinstein?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I smell a rat when it comes to Harvey Weinstein. Let’s take it from the start. The telephone rang very…

Stepping (literally) into my girlfriend’s ex-husband’s shoes

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Early on Friday morning I flew from the north of Iceland to Reykjavik, from Reykjavik to Heathrow, then I hopped…

Build a bonfire, build a bonfire, put Melissa on the top?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

They are building the bonfire already. In the dip where winter flooding sometimes creates a small lake, the wood and…

The phenomenal Eve Johnson Houghton

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The mission was simple: take a load of garden refuse to the council dump and be back in time to…

Bridge

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere between 1 and 3 a.m., I turn off the lights but I can’t turn off my whirring brain. Cards…

Prodigy

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Twelve-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa scored a sensational result in the recent Isle of Man Masters. At the age of ten years…

no. 478

14 October 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from the above game, Praggnanandhaa-Howell, chess.com Masters. What is the accurate move White needed…

Officially amazing

14 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3019 you were invited to submit a limerick describing a feat worthy of inclusion in Guinness World…

2331: Anagrams

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Unclued lights suggest nine different words, each made up of the same five letters. These letters will appear in the…

Solution to 2328: Second coming

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The suggested title is Brideshead Revisited, HEEDS/RABID (6A/42) being an anagram of BRIDESHEAD. The six characters, all members of the Flyte…

Wine Club 14 October

14 October 2017 9:00 am

As readers know, The Spectator is a famously broad church. All manner of opinions are held and expressed here, and…

The Harvey Weinstein scandal threatens to engulf Hollywood

14 October 2017 9:00 am

According to an ex-employee of Harvey Weinstein’s, the movie producer once whispered something to himself that she found so disturbing…

The Battle for Britain

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Why is England’s football team so unexciting?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

During a riveting session at the Cheltenham Literary Festival with sporting brainboxes Mike Brearley and Matthew Syed, discussion touched on…

Dear Mary: the TV mogul whose floral offering did not cut the mustard

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Q. A well-known television mogul,whom I had met only once, came to dinner at my house. I was on good…

Elle Decoration meets pub food: The Mandrake reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The Mandrake is a new ‘design hotel’ in London, which means it is for people who treat Elle Decoration magazine…

Did Buffy the Vampire Slayer invent this irritating phrase?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Kiss me mucho,’ sang my husband with a revolting leer, ‘and we’ll soar. And we’ll dance the dance of love…

Gigolos I have known

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The death of the richest woman on this planet, as the tabloids dubbed Liliane Bettencourt, brought back some vivid memories,…

How to mend a car, Russian-style

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The temperature gauge needle heeled hard over into the red. ‘Not again,’ I said to Oscar, sitting beside me on…

The painful legacy of the builder boyfriend

7 October 2017 9:00 am

How reassuringly like old times it is, going to a God-forsaken retail park with Stefano. We mooch about the DIY…

What I must destroy in order to survive

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia Ripping up the black cotton soil on the farm’s high savannah I get a sense of what it must…

Bridge

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago, Zia Mahmood offered a £1 million bet that no team of his choosing could ever be beaten…

Historic

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Congratulations to the organisational team of the Isle of Man Masters, which concluded last weekend. They assembled what must have…

no. 477

7 October 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Anand-Esserman, Isle of Man 2017. White now killed off the exposed black king. What…

Get a life

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3018 you were invited to take your lead from Meik Wiking — CEO at the Happiness Research…