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Bridge

8 December 2018 9:00 am

This is my last column before Christmas (I know… I’ll miss you too) and as 2018 rolls to an end…

Wine Club 8 December

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Being a veritable martyr to Christmas Affected Doom, Depression and Despondency, I admit to feeling far from chipper. My wife…

Beneath the surface

8 December 2018 9:00 am

After 12 games of classical chess, the world championship between the incumbent, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and his American challenger,…

Chess Puzzle

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Carlsen, World Championship (Game 10), London 2018. Black is a rook down.…

Shakespearean sonnet

8 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3077 you were invited to submit a sonnet with the name of a Shakespearean character hidden in…

2388: Sea rocket

8 December 2018 9:00 am

‘12/15’ (six words in total) is a quotation (in ODQ) suggested by the remaining unclued lights (two hyphened), whose fifth…

to 2385: R and R

8 December 2018 9:00 am

The two people were Prince RUPERT (12) of the Rhine, born 1619 in PRAGUE (6) and died 1682 in WESTMINSTER…

The mind-readers who know we’re all racists inside

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For months I’ve been looking forward to the Guardian’s much-heralded report on racism in Britain, which was unveiled this week.…

The Battle for Britain

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Technology wastes as much time as it saves

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I have just spent a weekend planning a family trip to Chennai and Hyderabad. Since some of the flights are…

Dear Mary: my Botox treatments make me look standoffish. How can I appear warm?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Q. A friend and I are giving a combined Christmas drinks party for 120 people. It’s being held at her…

Why our soldiers are more impressive than every other kind of leader

8 December 2018 9:00 am

One of the pleasures of journalism is the opportunity to meet eminent persons: bankers, businessmen, civil servants, diplomats, politicians, vignerons.…

The real reason people say ‘I text him’ instead of ‘I texted’ him

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Martin Allen has written with a very interesting question. It follows on from his initial query, which is why people…

Homo floresiensis, living on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 18,000 years ago, had a skull the size of a grapefruit

Human evolution: a short essay

1 December 2018 9:00 am

This makes Brexit take a back seat: hints of ancient life have appeared on Mars. Carbon building blocks and other…

‘Yellow Vest’ (gilets jaunes) protesters continue to block French roads in protest against — everything

Only a Leaver would be stupid enough to go to the wrong airport

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Three of us on a cold metal bench waiting for the bus. It’s almost dark. Winter arrived yesterday and we…

The joy of dentristy

I was right; the vet was wrong; and the scary sexy dentist sorted out the horses

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The horse dentist is handsome, with blond windswept hair and a weather-beaten face. There is something Heathcliffian about him, something…

Bridge

1 December 2018 9:00 am

It’s been six months since the legendary Martin Hoffman died, but I’m still not sure if I’ve quite registered the…

Atticus

1 December 2018 9:00 am

The Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope contains a memorable excoriation of his fellow wit and former friend Joseph…

no. 534

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is a variation from Caruana-Carlsen, World Championship (Game 10), London 2018. The black queen is trapped…

Bad romance

1 December 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3076 you were invited to submit seriously misguided love poems. You seemed to embrace this task especially…

2387: On the spot

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Two unclued lights give the name of a location and another a means of arrival and -departure. Other unclued lights…

to 2384: bang!

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Unclued lights, individually or as a pair (38/9), are FIREWORKS.  First prize F. Whitehead, Harrogate, North YorksRunners-up I. Livingston, Wilmslow, Cheshire;…

Why we’re lying to ourselves over trans rights

1 December 2018 9:00 am

On 21 November, a debate took place in the House of Commons about proposals to reform the Gender Recognition Act…

The Battle for Britain

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Talksport, cricket’s new radio stars

1 December 2018 9:00 am

‘And I need a wee,’ said the former England fast–bowling legend Darren Gough, as tension built up during the Sri…