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to 2335: CHIPPY

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPUTING terms.  First prize D.A. Henderson, Almonte, Ontario, CanadaRunners-up Robin Muir, Compton, West Sussex; Ian Shiels,…

My holiday hell with die-hard Remainers

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this on the easyJet flight back from Marrakech, where I have just spent a long weekend as a…

The Battle for Britain

2 December 2017 9:00 am

The inventions (and Welsh rarebit mix) that will change your life

2 December 2017 9:00 am

At last. And just what you’ve been waiting for. The official Wiki Man guide to the best gadgets and gizmos…

Mary solves your problems: what’s the right response to a request for no presents?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Q. We have reached the age when we are receiving invitations from our friends for Golden Wedding celebrations. All the…

Glad tidings from a parish in Burgundy

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Advent: I am sure that all readers deplore the vulgarly commercial aspects of the pre-Christmas season as much as I…

Can the beer-bike take on the Boris-bike?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

In Amsterdam the courts have given leave to ban the bierfiets. Fiets is the Dutch for ‘bike’. (The plural is fietsen.)…

Everyone’s doing a mea culpa these days — except me

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The faux Leonardo that sold for 400 million greenbacks — plus a 50 million fee for Christie’s — was a…

Treble doubles, shattered glass and a copper on the doorstep

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The door to Trev’s flat was open so I walked in and found him on the sofa watching TV. He…

Dr Google’s verdict? Anthrax poisoning

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Six months into the renovations and I have so much dust in my lungs I have had to give Stefano…

My hot tips for the jump season

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Richard Johnson may already have 100 winners in the bag, and Paul Nicholls may already have banked £750,000 worth of…

Bridge

25 November 2017 9:00 am

When I first started playing tournament bridge there were relatively few European sponsors. The US was buzzing with sponsored teams…

Alekhine’s heir

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Garry Kasparov was without a doubt Alekhine’s creative heir. The 1985-2000 world champion said himself that he became entranced at…

no. 484

25 November 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Alekhine-Feldt, Blindfold Simultaneous, Tarnopol 1916. White has sacrificed a knight. Can you spot his brilliant…

Let us pray

25 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3025 you were invited to submit a Lord’s Prayer for the 21st century.   One of my…

2337: Millefeuille

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Unclued lights are connected to a theme word (which does not appear), three in each of three different senses. Two…

to 2334: sweet variations

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Four types of CAKE (37) were given UPSIDE-DOWN (5): 10D, 20D, 31D and 33D. Four other types of cake were…

Why did Paperchase bow to a few bug-eyed Corbynistas?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Last Saturday, the high-street chain Paperchase ran a promotion in the Daily Mail offering two free rolls of wrapping paper.…

Wine Club 25 November

25 November 2017 9:00 am

I adore the wines of New Zealand and reckon I could survive on nothing but, if I were ordered to…

The Battle for Britain

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Farmacy’s food is the worst I have eaten in London

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Farmacy, which opened last year, is London’s most fashionable ‘clean eating’ restaurant; it is, therefore, a restaurant for people who…

Let’s give young Ben Foakes a chance to sweep out the Ashes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

So the Ashes has finally got over the line, and not a minute too soon. At the time of writing…

Mary answers your problems: The tactful way to get rid of a drunk guest

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. I was recently at an informal dinner given by two dear friends, but returned home seething with rage against…

When Kingsley Amis needed a new insult, he reached for the taboo

25 November 2017 9:00 am

‘It’s up there on the shelf you can’t reach,’ said my husband in an unhelpfully helpful tone. The ‘it’ was…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…