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Farmers get treated like terror suspects by the RSPCA

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘What do you mean, you have no ID?’ I asked the farmer, starting to feel dizzy with the mind-boggling convolution…

Trainer Neil Mulholland at Exeter Racecourse.Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images

Why we need to support middle-ranking trainers

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Owner Phil Simmonds from Rochdale was 17 when he first went racing, joining a friend’s stag party at Haydock Park.…

Bridge

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The winter ‘season’ of terrific bridge competitions came to a close last weekend with the Lederer Trophy held at the…

Wine Club 2 March

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Chateau Musar is beloved of Spectator readers, thanks largely to my sainted predecessors — Messrs Waugh and Hoggart — both…

Playing the blues

2 March 2019 9:00 am

This Saturday (2 March) sees the annual varsity match between the teams of Oxford and Cambridge. Oxford are strengthened this…

no. 543

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Wagner–-Eckersley-Waites, Varsity Match, London 2008. How did Black make effective use of the…

Haikick

2 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3087 you were invited to submit haikicks. We already have short-form hybrids such as the clerihaiku (here’s…

2397: Obit V

2 March 2019 9:00 am

We recently lost a fine 13, whose legacy includes 10 (two words) and 9 (two words), and four other unclued…

to 2394: Opening time

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Never eat an oyster unless there’s an R in the month’ (Brewer). Eight unclued lights (in appropriate order) start with abbreviations…

We thought having four kids would be idyllic. What were we thinking?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

You’d think the little buggers would be grateful. Caroline and I had just shelled out for our two middle children…

The Battle for Britain

2 March 2019 9:00 am

We put a man on the moon before wheels on suitcases. What else are we missing?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The Romans never invented the stirrup. It took 50 years after the invention of canned food for someone to invent…

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Dear Mary: Plastic or wooden loo seats?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Q. Please advise on how I can move on from a social impasse. My best friend of 50 years claims…

Twenty years on, the Walbrook is still an enchantment

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Early last century, an impoverished youth emerged from the East End. Able and hard-working, he discovered — as many had…

Where on earth does ‘kibosh’ come from?

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘What is a kibosh?’ asked a German medical friend of my husband’s, when the word cropped up. No one knew,…

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I’m all for abolishing flying: first-class on a liner is far more fun

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s party time here. From the richest billionaires down to those impoverished souls with only a few million…

The strange people who keep a nightly vigil over my mother

23 February 2019 9:00 am

To begin with it was mice. The house was overrun with them. She saw them out of the corner of…

From Swarfega to cleanse and polish: my long path to perfect skin

23 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Is it for your daughter?’ said the sales assistant as I pointed to an expensive skincare product. She had glided…

Bridge

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Is it my imagination, or are we bridge players far more aggressive than we were a decade ago? I don’t…

Rock solid

23 February 2019 9:00 am

This year’s Gibraltar Masters saw some surprising results at the top, chiefly the victory by the young Russian, Vladimir Artemiev,…

no. 542

23 February 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is taken from Galinsky–Gunina, Gibraltar 2019. How can White finish off in this complicated position?…

Writer’s block

23 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3086 you were invited to submit a poem about the difficulty of writing a poem.   In…

2396: Reader…,

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are a set of literary 40s. Their creator is hidden in the grid and should be shaded. Elsewhere,…

to 2393: Monster Mash-up

23 February 2019 9:00 am

HORROR FILM (1D) ACTOR (15) BORIS (10) KARLOFF (26), né PRATT (21A) died on 2 February 1969. Most famous for…

The Battle for Britain

23 February 2019 9:00 am