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The happiest Royal Ascot in memory

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Let’s get the crowing over first. The returns from our Twelve to Follow over jumps last season were somewhere well…

Bridge

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Hubert Phillips is a knockout tournament unlike any other. First it is mixed — there has to be at…

Wine Club 7 July

7 July 2018 9:00 am

My dear old alma mater Berry Bros & Rudd broke with Spectator Wine Club tradition recently by offering a six-bottle…

We still have Paris

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The second leg of this year’s Grand Tour was contested in Paris, almost immediately after Leuven. For Paris, Anish Giri…

no. 513

7 July 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Nakamura-Kramnik, Paris Blitz 2018. The third victim of Nakamura’s hypnotism was Vladimir Kramnik who,…

Question time

7 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3055 you were invited to take a well-known figure on the world stage, living or dead, and…

2366: The square

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Three items (one consisting of three words, and two consisting of four words each) read clockwise round the perimeter. Part…

to 2363: Case ending

7 July 2018 9:00 am

In Henry VI part II, Dick says to Cade: ‘The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers’, thus…

In the crazy world of identity politics, facts don’t matter

7 July 2018 9:00 am

According to a poll of 538 experts on women’s issues, the United States is one of the ten most dangerous…

It doesn’t matter how hard you work – just how busy you look

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The behavioural scientist Dan Ariely once found himself chatting to a locksmith with a curious problem. The better he became…

Dear Mary: How does a Wimbledon ball girl deal with a disgusting player?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Q. I’ve accepted an invitation to stay in a small house party in France. My host hasn’t mentioned who else…

London’s perfect Paris brasserie

7 July 2018 9:00 am

We order some French things better in London — often, admittedly, with French help. A grenouille friend recently took me…

Ideation, from suicide to management speak

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Suicide!’ yelled my husband, while performing an inappropriate mime of a hangman’s noose. That was his reply when I asked…

Is it time to move to Austria?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Schloss Wolfsegg   I was watching two very old men slowly approaching the open doors of the Pilatus airplane I…

Why I was proud to be a dustman

30 June 2018 9:00 am

I heard the last and final call for flight 6114 to Nice while shuffling forward in the unexpectedly long queue…

Me and my gun

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Finally, I got my hands on a gun. About the size of a sawn-off shotgun it was, just under 20in…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in the…

Bridge

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When my talented friend Paula Leslie and I decided to put a team together for the Hubert Philips Bowl (England’s…

The Caruana conundrum

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Over the course of this year Fabiano Caruana has scored splendidly in tournaments with classical time limits, notching up first…

no. 512

30 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anand-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2018. How did Anand achieve a winning material advantage? Answers…

Double vision

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3054 you were invited to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about…

2365: Beds

30 June 2018 9:00 am

One of the clued lights below reveals the theme which Brewer confirms. One of the unclued lights is not paired…

to 2362: MEN OF NOTE IV

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with the letter D.  First prize E.C. Hynard, GuernseyRunners-up Geran Jones, London…

The problem with deciding that popular culture is ‘problematic’

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A controversy has erupted in Folkestone over a forthcoming screening of Zulu, the classic British war film. A charity has…