Life

to 2368: Cobbled together

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (6, 20/9, 21, 23/31, 30D/13, 34/3 and 42/32) are characters in Coronation Street with its COBBLED streets.  First…

Thanks, Ryanair, for wrecking our holiday

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The Young family’s annual summer holiday could not have got off to a poorer start, thanks to Ryanair. As veteran…

Battle for Britain

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Sport will not survive if it keeps being sold to the highest bidder

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s just too hot and too early to get worked up about football, so the two highlights of the late-summer…

How should you deal with a competitive best friend?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. Good friends, who moved away from our city suburb a couple of years ago, retain a pied-à-terre the better…

Temper, a new pizza restaurant in Covent Garden, land of the itinerant rich

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Temper is a new pizza restaurant in Mercers Walk, Covent Garden, and it is as glib and polished as you…

‘Crest’ and the absurd language of heraldry

11 August 2018 9:00 am

A friend of my husband’s, yet a well-educated man, said in conversation as we walked to Tate Modern: ‘Is that…

Sailing past the charred eastern coast of Greece

4 August 2018 9:00 am

On board S/Y Puritan   I’m sailing off the charred eastern coast of Athens where so many died last week,…

Confessions of a cave-dweller continued

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The cave house next to ours is let out to weekly renters. A green-eyed German with a ponytail came out…

The only guarantee I have is that there is no guaranteeing my guarantee

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Beko. I always want to sing that song by Peter Gabriel from the movie about the South African freedom fighter…

The power of Sir Michael Stoute

4 August 2018 9:00 am

On a foggy November day in 1965 the young son of a Barbadian police chief was one of six contestants…

Bridge

4 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s that time of year again — summer and its attendant holidays. No bridge for me for a month, unless…

Wine Club 4 August

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Our Spectator Winemaker Lunches are extremely cheery affairs, held in the boardroom at 22 Old Queen Street. There are never…

Rice gambit

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The recent successful revival of the musical Chess, by Sir Tim Rice and the men of Abba, featured some genuine extracts…

no. 517

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from the classic game Réti-Alekhine, Baden Baden 1925. What was Black’s next move? It…

That’s chemistry

4 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3059 you were invited to supply a poem inspired by the periodic table. The writer and chemist…

2370: Problem XII

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Fans of classic 12 will know that where ‘Q’ = ‘the number of’: Q26 x Q1D x (Q34 + [Q36D/5A…

to 2367: When pigs fly

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The quotation ‘NEVER (1A), NEVER (35), NEVER (41), NEVER (7), NEVER (32)!’ is from King Lear (V.iii.310). Lear was the…

Joining the Twitchfork mob is not the answer

4 August 2018 9:00 am

This summer has seen yet another group of thought criminals being mobbed on social media. Some of them are the…

The battle for Britain

4 August 2018 9:00 am

There is nothing that makes you more anxious than being rich

4 August 2018 9:00 am

H.L. Mencken once said that a rich man is anyone who earns more than his wife’s sister’s husband. The anthropologist…

Dear Mary: Help! My husband won’t wash his hands after going to the loo

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. My husband doesn’t wash his hands after spending a penny and he doesn’t wash his hands after ‘spending tuppence’,…

The pleasures of mindful drinking

4 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was at school, some time before the last ice age, the final day of term was a quasi-holiday.…

Signage

4 August 2018 9:00 am

My husband, in company with a similarly superannuated medic on the unfamiliar London Underground, was bidden at Baker Street to…

The books and novelists I have read

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Reading is the best antidote to debauchery I know of, and I’ve been hitting the books lately. History mostly. Once…