Life

Save me from middle managers dressed up as Spiderman

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘You’ve got your essay on your back, then?’ said the stable yard owner as I headed out with Darcy on…

The Grand National proved the naysayers wrong – again

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When the photo finish confirmed that Tiger Roll and Davy Russell had held on to win the Grand National by…

Bridge

28 April 2018 9:00 am

England had a narrow lead going into the second weekend of the Camrose, with the Irish National team and the…

Wine Club 28 April

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Irecently did a straw poll of a dozen or so friends in the drinks trade. If, for whatever strange reason,…

Viennese Waltz

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The Vienna variation of the Queen’s Gambit is notable for a line in which the pieces conduct an elaborate dance…

no. 503

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Bluebaum-Vitiugov, Grenke 2018. Can you spot Black’s amazing winning move? Answers to me…

Mind your language

28 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3045 you were invited to provide a poem about euphemisms.   You avoided politics and sex (mostly),…

2356: Beetle

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one individually and five pairs) are of a kind.   Across 1    German leader put stuff back…

to 2353: Too many

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are (too many) TV COOKS, individually at 18, 21 and 28, and paired at 25/13, 27/1A, 30D/10…

Uganda is saving its gorillas – but there’s a human cost

28 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m currently in Africa, about to go gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a large primeval forest located in…

The Battle for Britain

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Could an Owl make video conferencing take off?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

When I was ten, the two things we all expected to enjoy by 2020 were flying cars and videotelephony. What…

Dear Mary: My new boyfriend is too short. Can I make him wear shoe lifts?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Q. An acquaintance, whom I admire but don’t know well, sent me a ‘begging’ letter to donate to a charity…

Put your trust in Hungarian wine (yes, really)

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The wines of Tokaji run like a golden thread through Hungarian history. There are references to their nectar-like quality in…

When is an aubergine not an ‘aubergine’?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

In the warm weather, I had an al fresco hit with my mad-apple bruschette. Mad-apple shows the tangle to which…

It is a sin to die in the Land of the Depraved

21 April 2018 9:00 am

New York Remember when the internet, Twitter, Facebook and other such useless gimmicks were supposed to usher in an era…

Brexit for eight-year-olds

21 April 2018 9:00 am

A week ago I plucked my eight-year-old grandson Oscar from the bosom of his rumbustious young family and took him…

Do we really need an app for everything?

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘If this madness goes on, I will not be able to leave my house without downloading the app,’ I told…

Bridge

21 April 2018 9:00 am

If I had to name my favourite bridge player… actually, I can’t, there are too many. But the young Danish…

Fischer redivivus

21 April 2018 9:00 am

The Berlin qualifying tournament to determine the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen has ended in victory for the American…

no. 502

21 April 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Karjakin-Caruana, Berlin 2018. This game was Caruana’s only reverse in Berlin. Karjakin now…

Let’s talk about sex

21 April 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3044 you were invited to provide a lesson in the facts of life courtesy of a well-known…

2355: 13 16

21 April 2018 9:00 am

13 1A 23 22 is an eight-word quotation by 34 in ODQ. Other unclued lights, including one of three words,…

to 2352: Upright Characters

21 April 2018 9:00 am

‘THE WRITING ON THE WALL’ (Daniel 5.5) at 12/22/41 was ‘MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN’ at 23/16/26, according to Brewer, which…

How to get your child into the best state school: an insider's tips

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Monday was ‘national offer day’, which means that more than half a million parents across England were notified about which…