Life

to 2357: Half a Drum

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights were five fictional TOMs and their authors: JONES (14A) and FIELDING (8D), SAWYER (16A) and TWAIN (35A), BROWN (41A)…

The BBC makes Jeremy Thorpe’s downfall a very enjoyable scandal

26 May 2018 9:00 am

As a conservative, I wasn’t sure what to make of the news that the BBC was adapting A Very English…

Battle for Britain

26 May 2018 9:00 am

London Bridge station: Netwór Krail’s £1 billion experiential artwork

26 May 2018 9:00 am

In the shadow of the Shard, not far from Borough Market, is a £1 billion public artwork, an allegorical sculpture…

Dear Mary: As best man, can I seduce the groom’s sister?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Q. We often take friends to what my husband calls a ‘poncey’ pub which has won numerous awards and where…

It’s not so easy to turn wine into words

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Words, words, words. Over a couple of sessions, we drank a selection of serious wines, starting with a Cantemerle ’05.…

Similar to (as opposed to like, as with, such as)

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I’m often annoyed by like being misused in different ways. (In place of as, for example: ‘Like I expected, he was…

The other side of D-Day

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Omaha Beach, Normandy I am standing in a German cement bunker having walked through a large gaping hole caused by…

Will LSD cure my Brexit obsession?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

An 87-year-old friend, a former doctor, has been urging me for some while to have a look at the latest…

My name’s Melissa and my horse is a grassoholic

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Laminitis is a lot like alcoholism. Once you cross the line you can’t go back. ‘My name’s Gracie and I’m…

Bridge

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always suspected that pessimists make better card players than optimists — and I recently came across the proof. A…

Musical chairs

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Chess, the musical by Sir Tim Rice and the male half of ABBA, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, runs at…

no. 506

19 May 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Carlsen-Wojtaszek, Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2018. How can White power through?…

New word order

19 May 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3048 you were invited to take an existing word and alter it by a) adding a letter,…

2359: Down

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two of two words) can be all be preceded by the same word which solvers have to…

to 2356: Beetle

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are compositions by Vaughan Williams; 17, 19/8, 21/23, 27/11, 36/4, 43/28 with the title of the puzzle…

The left’s ‘gammon’ slur just shows conservatives are winning

19 May 2018 9:00 am

I was disappointed by the reaction of my fellow conservatives to gammon-gate. For those who haven’t been following this mini-scandal,…

Lord’s next week is the place to be

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Good for Ed Smith. The new national selector can’t just rock a fine pair of sunglasses, he can make bold…

Dear Mary: How can I explain the cushion I must take everywhere to sit on?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Q. I have incurable, inoperable back pain that severely hinders my ability to sit and necessitates my taking a cushion…

Here’s where you come to eat dreams – for £95 a head: Ollie Dabbous’s Hide reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Hide is a £20 million restaurant at the Green Park end of Piccadilly, on the three lower floors of a…

Is Donald Trump really bonkers?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff, has a way with words. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003…

Did Jared Kushner punish Qatar because of a building on Fifth Avenue?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

New York Talk about high life this is not. I smelled a rat long ago, but then the scent got…

The critics may have liked The Death of Stalin but the French certainly don’t

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Should I or shouldn’t I go and see The Death of Stalin, showing at the French village cinema last Sunday…

The women who are turning horses into dogs

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The first time I saw a woman leading a horse down the lane on a lead, both she and it…