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Cheltenham was the perfect antidote to election politics

23 November 2019 9:00 am

I can only be sorry for the 67,496,581 citizens of the UK who were not at Cheltenham last Saturday. For…

Bridge

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Well, it has taken 12 years, two relegations, one second place and endless ‘nowheres’ playing the Premier League and we…

Wine Club 23 November

23 November 2019 9:00 am

At dinner the other night, our host spotted a well-priced magnum of fizz on the list and beckoned the sommelier.…

A fresh approach

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Reimagine democracy. Reimagine capitalism. Reimagine education. For all the reimagining thrown at big ideas, they don’t seem much perturbed. You…

no. 581

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Bagi–Zvjaginsev, Montenegro 2019. Black to play. 61… Ke6 looks obvious, but Zvjaginsev preferred 61… Rg6! and White resigned instead of…

First or last

23 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3125 you were invited to compose a comically appalling first or final paragraph of the memoir of…

2435: A little puzzle

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights, two of two words, are of a kind, verifiable in Brewer. Elsewhere, ignore two accents.   Across 12   …

to 2432: Getting dry

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The DODO (30) organised the CAUCUS RACE (12) to get dry. Participants included ALICE (2), EAGLET (7), DUCK (17), MOUSE…

Prince Andrew should have married someone like my wife

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Like many people, I watched Prince Andrew’s Newsnight meltdown with mounting disbelief. Why had he agreed to do it? It…

The Battle for Britain

23 November 2019 9:00 am

No one else has the weird levels of self-regard shown by people who appear regularly on TV

23 November 2019 9:00 am

One of the more tedious tropes of recent years is for journalists to bemoan the rise of populism while busily…

Dear Mary: How do I stop my husband eating everything in the fridge?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Q. A friend of a friend has an apartment in Venice. I would like to commiserate with her about the…

Wine that puts politics in its place

23 November 2019 9:00 am

In the era of vinyl, lost in one of Bruckner’s longueurs, it could be hard to tell what was stuck,…

From Pliny to poetry: the history of ‘ictus’ and ‘ductus’

23 November 2019 9:00 am

‘I know the difference between ictal and icteric,’ said my husband proudly, reminding me of Tweedledum in Through the Looking-Glass.…

I’d rather live under communism than the tyranny of social media

16 November 2019 9:00 am

At the time it felt like a century, but it was only 12 years. I began this column in 1977…

The joy of a Rwandan airport

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Our plane touched down in Rwanda at 7 p.m. Stepping outside on to the metal steps, I smelt that unmistakable…

The strange case of six missing horse rugs

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The night after the fireworks display the barn was raided and our horse rugs were taken. Good job I’ve watched…

Bridge

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Congratulations to Janet de B and her team, who had an excellent week last week — as I know to…

Wine Club 16 November

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Reports of the demise of our old chums at FromVineyardsDirect are grossly exaggerated. Indeed, those many readers who expressed concern…

Dubov’s dynamite

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When Daniil Dubov advanced his queen’s pawn in Batumi last month, he might as well have chewed the head off…

no. 580

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Dubov-Svane, White to play. Later in the event, Dubov played another masterpiece, sacrificing a rook to reach this extraordinary position.…

It’s a date!

16 November 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3124 you were invited to compose clerihews about any date in the calendar. I was very grateful…

2434: Eat it!

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words), individually or as one pair, are of a kind.   Across 9    City…

to 2431: Pride of place

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Each of the pairs of unclued lights is a CITY (formed from the letters in the yellow squares) and its…

Why does someone keep sending me furniture?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

When a new vacuum cleaner was delivered to my house last week I assumed it was a belated birthday present…