Life

The EU has banned a miracle cure for laminitis

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Once upon a time, in a country that didn’t run itself, a horse supplement company invented a cure for laminitis.…

All is not well in the murky world of bloodstock sales

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Carried away on a day at the races a successful businessman bid for and bought a horse from a seller.…

Bridge

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When did ‘literally’ become, literally, the most annoying word in the English language? Fairly recently I would guess, because ‘like’…

Peace conference

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The classical section of the elite Grand Tour event in St Louis, which ended earlier this week, resembled a peace…

no. 569

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Nepomniachtchi-Anand, St Louis 2019. How did Anand exploit his opponent’s lapse? Answers to me…

Initial impressions

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3113 you were invited to submit an acrostic poem about a politician in which the first letter…

2423: Redheads

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights are of a kind.    Across 1    Place to take off sari, pants and slip (8) 8   …

to 2420: Crafty

31 August 2019 9:00 am

1, 4, 23 and 30 are livery companies (33/22). They are found in The 21 and 2 (the singular of…

Must try harder: education is still a vote loser for the Tories

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The reluctance of the Conservative party to take credit for the success of its education reforms is a source of…

The Battle for Britain

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Why no one ever moves back to London

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Martin Vander Weyer replied to a couple with a baby who had sought his advice on…

Dear Mary: What do you do when your hostess licks your spoon?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Q. I have happily overcome many moments of diplomatic and social challenge, but was stumped by the case of the…

Reasons to be cheerful: gardens, Ben Stokes and cold wine

31 August 2019 9:00 am

‘The Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ Is there a more charming passage in…

Is a cow always a cow?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

I’ve noticed a tendency among townies like me to call all cattle cows (which they feel they must mention in…

My jailhouse diet

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s written in the Declaration of Independence, so it must be true: the pursuit of happiness is an…

How Captain Mainwaring lightened my mother’s dying days

24 August 2019 9:00 am

On Saturday evening I showered, shaved and, prompted by a strange impulse, put on my going-out clothes. Then I cycled…

A mysterious case of fly-tipping immunity

24 August 2019 9:00 am

When is fly-tipping not fly-tipping? I think I can explain, now the pile of rubble has finally moved from the…

The astonishing resilience of my beach paradise

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Malindi   I could measure my whole life in the summers I’ve spent on the beach in front of our…

Bridge

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Terence Reese’s concentration at the bridge table was legendary. Most people know the story of how Boris Schapiro once wagered…

No garlands

24 August 2019 9:00 am

At St Louis, world champion Magnus Carlsen met with unexpected setbacks in both the rapid and blitz sections. In both…

no. 568

24 August 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Aronian-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2019. We are only just out of the opening but White…

The Brexiteers

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3112 you were invited to submit an extract from Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Brexiteers.   The title…

2422: 40 furlongs

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are of a kind, as are the unclued Down ones, all verifiable in Chambers.   Across…

to 2419: Figures in place

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are English place names which include a number in their spelling. These words appeared as figures in the…

I’m back on the ‘public humiliation diet’ – thanks to my kids

24 August 2019 9:00 am

I’m on holiday with my family in Turks and Caicos, and maintaining my current weight is proving difficult. Regular readers…