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When you compare ragwort to Islamic extremism, who should be more offended?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

When I made a joke about ragwort being like Islamic extremism, I expected someone to write in. I was fully…

Why Goodwood is the toughest course for jockeys

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Having spent most of my life among politicians I guess I have become unaccustomed to candour. The only example I…

Bridge

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the best players today are technically excellent in card play. They know all the odds and end plays to…

Shak attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been distinguishing himself recently at both classical and speed chess time limits. Last month…

no. 521

1 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Mamedyarov–Georgiadis, Biel 2018. Many of Mamedyarov’s games feature a kingside attack based upon a…

Pundemic

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3063 you were invited to submit a poem about puns containing puns.   Dryden regarded paronomasia as…

2374: Watch your step

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (three of two words) are of a kind.   Across 1    Slices top of sausage in…

to 2371: In a paddy

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights and those clued without thematic definition (2, 11, 26, 33 and 42) are Irish forenames. Nuala Considine’s…

Why is a BBC executive calling for the removal of middle-aged white men from television?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC Four, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week that no one wants to…

The Battle for Britain

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Watch out comrade: big business is turning communist

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Is it me, or is business becoming a teeny-weeny bit Stalinist? Common features include 1) Paranoia about political ideology; 2)…

Dear Mary: How can I weed out the party ‘flakes’?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Q. I invited four younger colleagues, all in their mid to late thirties, to go for a meal at a…

The great Seven Stars – but not, alas, its furry bar staff – is immune to change

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Roy Hattersley once wrote a plangent passage about a painful aspect of the human condition: the short span of animals’…

1880s slang: How to fig a nag and pitch a snide

1 September 2018 9:00 am

‘I want my money back,’ said my husband. ‘This is from the 1880s, not the 1980s.’ He looked up from…

My marriage secret? I’m a faithless husband, but a good one

25 August 2018 9:00 am

This was a real surprise, and on my birthday (11 August) to boot: a grown man, whose parents I used…

A spiritual journey to see some very expensive paintings

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The Villa Carnignac art gallery is located on a Mediterranean island off the French Riviera called Porquerolles. Purpose-built to show…

I am high as a Kite on gloss paint (excuse the pun)

25 August 2018 9:00 am

After I had been glossing the woodwork for a few days, I started to feel light-headed. It hadn’t occurred to…

I'm taking the bull by the horns and heading to the prize show

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia ‘This year we’re too broke to take our cattle to the show,’ I told Mark. For six months we…

Bridge

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Long-married couples are notoriously intolerant of one another at the bridge table. It’s as if all their pent-up irritation comes…

Royal road

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The mathematician Euclid once boldly informed King Ptolemy Soter I of Egypt that there was no royal road to geometry.…

no. 520

25 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Mamedyarov, St Louis 2018. Unfortunately for Mamedyarov, he has just blundered in a…

Where there’s a Will

25 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3062 you were invited to submit a Shakespearean-style soliloquy that a contemporary politician might have felt moved…

2373: Susurrus

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights are three groups of three words of a kind, each group defined by the name of a different…

to 2370: Problem XII

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The numbers were linked to titles of classic works of FICTION (12): The Two DROVERS (26) (Walter Scott), The Three MUSKETEERS…

Jamie Oliver’s jerk rice comes with a side serving of insanity

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Labour MP Dawn Butler ‘called out’ Jamie Oliver for ‘appropriation’. His sin, according to the shadow…