Life

2380: Dedover

13 October 2018 9:00 am

All the unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are all the unclued Down ones. They can be paired…

to 2377: Service book

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The twelve unclued lights can be arranged into the sequence yielding phrases from ‘First’ to ‘Twelfth’. First 21, Second 24,…

Shouldn’t the police be chasing down theft and assault, not thought crime?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

West Yorkshire Police hit the headlines twice this week. First we learned that the fourth-largest force in England and Wales…

The Battle for Britain

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A non-stop flight to Perth showed me that better beats bigger

13 October 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I flew to Sydney to speak at a conference. The first leg was on the new…

My long gossipy letters to an old friend get just a few words in response

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Q. An old friend shares aesthetic sensibilities and tastes in people. Hence we have sustained a highly enjoyable correspondence over…

Disloyal toast: this is the worst cabinet vintage ever

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Drink and democracy have one important point in common: an ambivalent relationship with discord. They can mitigate it. They can…

To avoid knowing the distasteful origin of ‘scumbag’, look away now

13 October 2018 9:00 am

President Vladimir Putin of Russia remarked of Sergei Skripal, whom his agents tried to kill, ‘He’s simply a scumbag.’ Scumbag…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

The English-Scottish gender divide

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Once the house move was completed, Catriona’s oldest and best Scottish friends, two of them, came to stay for a…

I am a prisoner of Norton AntiVirus

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Two and a half hours after my tech guy began trying to uninstall Norton, he had purple smoke coming out…

I saw my future in the entrails of a butchered sheep

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   The Turkana cowhands are on Facebook and they spend a lot of time on their cell phones,…

Bridge

6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just arrived in Orlando, where the 15th World Bridge Series is taking place. I’m here for the second event…

Wine Club 6 October

6 October 2018 9:00 am

As we all know, getting the first drink of the day right can be a tricky business, not least because…

Role model

6 October 2018 9:00 am

World champion Magnus Carlsen is not competing in the Batumi Olympiad (of which more next week). Doubtless he is conserving…

no. 526

6 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Giron-Altaya, Batumi Olympiad 2018. Can you spot White’s classic winning combination? Answers to…

Back-to-front sonnet

6 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3068 you were invited to provide a sonnet in reverse, using as your model Rupert Brooke’s ‘Sonnet…

2379: Shocking

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Eight headwords in Chambers consist of the same word. Unclued lights (including two trios and one doing double duty) give…

to 2376: Somewhere XI

6 October 2018 9:00 am

On 15 September, Costa Rica, bordered by PANAMA (31) and NICARAGUA (5), and whose capital is SAN JOSÉ (40/10), celebrated…

Alexa, who is Toby Young?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My oldest friend Sean Langan came to lunch last Sunday and, rather disappointingly, he seemed more interested in playing with…

The Battle for Britain

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Teamwork? It’s not the American way, even in the Ryder cup

6 October 2018 9:00 am

For a nation which gave us a brilliant TV show called Band of Brothers, the Americans find it hard to…

Dear Mary: what do you say to neighbours who find you in your nightdress?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Q. I recently gave a jolly dinner for eight friends (some old, some rather famous), all home cooking, ending with…

Can my inner feminist cope with another restaurant named after a prostitute? Cora Pearl reviewed

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Cora Pearl is the new, and second, restaurant from the people who made Kitty Fisher’s in Shepherd Market, Mayfair. Kitty…

Was everyone a psychopath before 1909?

6 October 2018 9:00 am

My husband is enjoying Do No Harm, the arresting memoir of the brain surgeon Henry Marsh who was on Desert…