Life

Why do monsters make such good writers?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Did any of you know that most of the 20th-century monsters — Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ceausescu, Duvalier, and even the…

Whisky and striptease: stories from an old people’s home

25 January 2020 9:00 am

For the last four years of her long life, this upstairs room and this magnificent sea view belonged to Mrs…

What has Mr Benn got to do with horse insurance?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Time to begin your adventure with Mr Benn!’ said the letter that came through my door, in a big loopy…

The trainer who gives the big boys a run for their money

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Racing’s New Year began well with the award of OBEs to both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls, showing that they…

Bridge

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Sad to say, the length of time you’ve been playing bridge is no indication of how good you are. Indeed,…

More than a game

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Cars, computers and cadavers: taking them apart is normally reserved for experts and the pathologically curious. In his new book,…

no. 588

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Rowson-Yermolinsky, World Open 2002. This position arose after a tactical skirmish. White has only one good way to meet the…

Bizarre books

25 January 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3132 you were invited to submit an extract from one of the following books: Noah Gets Naked:…

2441: To and fro

25 January 2020 9:00 am

28 2, born in 36, is best known for 10 41 (four words). He also produced a 19, 11 (two…

to 2438: Shining Bright

25 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be linked with GOLDEN, at 30D, which had to be highlighted. The trio is GOLDEN EYE…

George Orwell would have been a Brexiteer

25 January 2020 9:00 am

I’ve been reading a new biography of George Orwell that’s been published to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his…

The Battle for Britain

25 January 2020 9:00 am

The great train robbery: why Britain’s rail prices need a rethink

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Outside mathematics, the word ‘commute’ can mean two things. Mostly it refers to the act of making a daily journey…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my mother-in-law sitting on newspaper whenever she comes to my house?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Q. When my mother-in-law visits, she puts newspaper on a dining chair before sitting down. I’m so speechless that someone…

A toast to Roger Scruton

25 January 2020 9:00 am

In clubs and other admirable locations throughout the civilised world, glasses have been raised and toasts proposed. But this was…

Rebecca Long-Bailey is right: hyphens come and go

25 January 2020 9:00 am

When Francis Hurt inherited the Renishaw estate in 1777, he changed his surname to Sitwell. His eight-year-old son and heir…

Two books that made me forget everything else

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been hitting the books rather hard lately, the ritzy-glitzy crowd having gone the way of natural snow. There’s…

War has broken out between me and my siblings

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Last night I watched a boxed set. Parade’s End is a small box set as box sets go, and quite…

How to catch a thief

18 January 2020 9:00 am

My tech guy Andy appeared on the doorstep in a puff of smoke. I had just texted him to ask…

My narrow escape from a burning aircraft

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Addis Ababa airport   This morning I caught a connecting flight via Addis Ababa’s Bole airport. For me this place…

Bridge

18 January 2020 9:00 am

2019 was a big year for Alex Hydes. HUGE in fact. He won, almost consecutively, three major international titles and…

12 rules for chess

18 January 2020 9:00 am

As backhanded Christmas gifts go, a copy of 12 Rules for Life, must be up there with wrinkle cream or a…

no. 587

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Sanguineti–Najdorf, Mar del Plata 1956. White to move. White played 1 Kd8?, to threaten 2 Qe7#. Black resigned, overlooking 1…Rxg4…

You must remember this

18 January 2020 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3131 you were invited to submit a poem beginning ‘Yes. I remember…’ This challenge was suggested by…

2440: Dizzy tiny blonde

18 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights (as four pairs and a singleton which includes an abbreviation and apostrophe) are of a kind. 36…