Life

to 2434: eat it!

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including the pair at 35/28, are CAKES.  First prize John Maynard, Motcombe, DorsetRunners-up Tony Mouzer, Birmingham; Michael…

Must try harder: Labour wants to reverse a decade of progress in education

7 December 2019 9:00 am

If education rather than Brexit or the NHS was the biggest issue in this election campaign, the Tories would be…

The Battle for Britain

7 December 2019 9:00 am

This year’s top gadgets – according to my inner chimp

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I’d hoped to spend this week writing about my new Geberit Japanese-style toilet, but since the grout is not yet…

Dear Mary: Why does my feminist friend always expect me to pay for dinner?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Q. One of my very best female friends has got into the habit of lecturing me on gender equality, in…

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

What exactly is a narwhal?

7 December 2019 9:00 am

A point that many people mentioned amid the horror and heroism of the attack at London Bridge was the enterprising…

Prince Andrew and me

30 November 2019 9:00 am

No use piling on where Prince Andrew is concerned. It’s a sorry business, and he’s not among the brightest either.…

When Brexiter meets Catalexiter

30 November 2019 9:00 am

After the hostel breakfast, I stood on the tropical grass lawn smoking the first fag of the day and mulled…

I’ve finally found out the truth about my horse-riding nemesis

30 November 2019 9:00 am

She was a trade union activist, she told me. She wanted a second referendum. Well, they all do. I’m starting…

Bridge

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Nothing is ever routine or boring when Alex Hydes is at the table. One of England’s best players, he’s a…

A good year for Carlsen

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen is the star attraction at this year’s London Chess Classic. The festival, now in its 11th edition, runs…

no. 582

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. Zelcic–Melkumyan, Tournament of Peace, November 2019. Melkumyan enjoys a big endgame advantage, and he found a cute…

What’s in a name?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3126 you were invited to rearrange the letters of the names of poets (e.g. Basho: ‘has B.O.’)…

2436: The Devil’s Own

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, including one of two words, comprise two adjectives and six  nouns. All share a common origin and…

to 2433: House and garden

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The painters were Millais (suggested by BOXING MATCH/SLOTHS: 1A/9D), Constable (GYP/FIRM: 7A/35), Gainsborough (EARNS/BROOKLYN: 29/24) and Landseer (NATION/SOOTHSAYER: 30/19).  …

Panto should be about escapism, not saving the planet

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If you were hoping to escape the bilge that’s been pumped out by supposedly neutral organs of the state during…

The Battle for Britain

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Why Ben Stokes should win Sports Personality of the Year

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Oh those lazy, hazy, Stokesy days of summer: how long ago they seem now. When England won the cricket World…

Dear Mary: How do I stop getting lumbered with the washing up on weekends away?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. A friend, who is very careful with his money, occasionally invites a group of six to eight out to…

Nauseating, but I like the garlic bread: Legoland Windsor reviewed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

The theme music to Legoland in Berkshire is the theme music to The Exorcist. It appears from speakers hidden in…

Where did ‘decuman’ come from?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

‘What made you chase that hare?’ asked my husband with rare geniality. John Ruskin was to blame. He asked James…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

The lessons I learned cycling across Rwanda

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The backmarker of the peloton was Eric, a tall, stick-thin Rwandan. Under his cycling helmet he wore a baseball cap…

How you can tell the gender of a thief

23 November 2019 9:00 am

My attempt at being Columbo was only taking me so far. In solving the mystery of who raided the barn,…