Life

The hidden costs of dogging

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Every day in every way we are paying for more and more. I realise this increasingly. Things we took for…

How to handle fickle racehorse owners

23 June 2018 9:00 am

On the famed Whitsbury gallops, as corn buntings and stonechats fluttered from the fence posts, a dozen of Marcus Tregoning’s…

Bridge

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Ostend has been host to hundreds of bridge players representing their various countries in the European Teams Championships. The ten-day…

Wine Club 23 June

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Readers will, I’m sure, remember the excellent Merlot-rich Sang du Sanglier from Ch. de Fayolle that we offered here with…

Altibox

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Fabiano Caruana has won the elite Altibox tournament ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen. This result might appear to give…

Puzzle no. 511

23 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from So-Carlsen, Norway Chess 2018. The world champion suffered a reverse in…

#MeToo lit

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3053, an assignment prompted by Anthony Horowitz’s reflections on creating female characters for his latest Bond novel,…

2364: Frolicsome Threesome

23 June 2018 9:00 am

2/11/12 is a four-word quotation in Chambers. Remaining unclued lights (all appropriate to the language the quotation is in) are…

to 2361: Snoot

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are anagrams of the names of Scottish towns. Dalry (12), Dundee (14)), Brechin (27), Kelso (1D),  Peterhead…

Battle for Britain

23 June 2018 9:00 am

This junk study proves nothing about helicopter parenting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

An academic paper by a group of child psychologists caused a stir earlier this week. ‘Helicopter parenting is bad for…

Is taste all in the mind? Louse crap says it is

23 June 2018 9:00 am

An Iranian friend of mine recently brought me some gaz from Isfahan. Commonly known as Persian nougat, gaz is perhaps…

Dear Mary: I’m a freelancer – how do I get people to return my calls?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Q. Being professionals in trade, we find ourselves increasingly being asked by friends, who could well afford to use our…

Weak but stable, Theresa May is the opposite of a good claret

23 June 2018 9:00 am

It is enough to make a man turn to drink. On a distinctly non-abstemious day, I was sitting in one…

‘Iteration’ has escaped from the computer shops

23 June 2018 9:00 am

‘They should say, irritation, not iteration,’ exclaimed my husband as a voice on the wireless spoke about men’s fashion and…

Here’s why not to go to the Hamptons

16 June 2018 9:00 am

New York The summertime exodus is upon us. The Hamptons are overflowing with mouth-frothing groupies looking for celebrities, and the…

Donald Hankey: a remarkable – and neglected – English voice

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Last year the BBC radio drama department received 3,797 scripts from hopeful authors, of which just 33 were recommended to…

It’s war in my neighbourhood – and this time it’s gloves off

16 June 2018 9:00 am

After sanding floorboards for two days I became even more demented than usual. The hand sander was the exact right…

Bridge

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from Ostend, where I spent four perfect days. No, not sun, sea and sand — eight…

Viktor the Terrible

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Viktor Korchnoi is the subject of a poignant new book from the distinguished pen of the Dutch grandmaster and former Soviet…

no. 510

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Korchnoi–-Karpov, World Championship game 17, Baguio 1978. Can you spot Karpov’s dramatic finish?…

A sonnet on it

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3052 you were invited to supply a sonnet inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature. There…

2363: Case ending

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Four of the unclued entries make up a ten-word Shakespearean quotation, including an apostrophe. The other three (two of two…

to 2360: Diplomatic

16 June 2018 9:00 am

THE AMBASSADORS (1D) by HANS HOLBEIN (15 16) includes, as a MEMENTO MORI (17 27), an ANAMORPHIC (11) depiction of…

Paying women for housework? Here’s a feminist proposal I actually like

16 June 2018 9:00 am

According to a new study published by some feminist academics at the Australian National University, women risk damaging their health…