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DONCASTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Jockey George Baker riding Litigant leads the field to win the Betfred November Handicap Stakes on November 7, 2015 in Doncaster, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

The dirtiest racehorse names

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Watching whip-thin jockey George Baker, just short of six feet, greeting his mounts used to make me think of the…

Bridge

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Vytas and Erikas Vainikonis, father and son bridge enthusiasts, are the generous hosts of one of the best five days…

Wine Club 27 October

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The finest Bordeaux wines for a fraction of the price

Condottieri

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The recently concluded European Club Cup, held at Porto Carras in Greece, resembled late medieval Italian warfare — populated by…

no. 529

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Carlsen-Ding Liren, Porto Carras 2018. Black tried 1 … Nxg4 here but Carlsen…

Accentuate the negative

27 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3071 you were invited to supply a demotivational poem.   This was your opportunity to come up…

2382: A pointed remark

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Three unclued lights make up a nine-word quotation. Remaining unclued lights are of a kind.   Across 1    Norway blocking…

to 2379: Shocking

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The word is ‘pink’. Definitions of the eight headwords are: CARNATION (9), STAB (43), CHAFFINCH (22D), SMALL SAILING SHIP (41/1A/13),…

Science is on the side of the trans activists

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Some interesting scientific research on gender differences was published last week. Two social scientists studied the preferences of 80,000 people…

The Battle for Britain

27 October 2018 9:00 am

John McDonnell’s right – the four-day week could work

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Most people were scandalised by John McDonnell’s proposal to promote a four-day working week. But before we get incensed about…

Dear Mary: How do I stop my wife from sabotaging my anecdotes?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Q. My wife and I have been married for 50 years. The marriage is basically sound but she has recently…

Searching for God in the twilight on the Aegean Sea

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My friend Jonathan Gaisman recently gave rise to a profound philosophical question concerning wine. Jonathan is formidably clever. He has…

The polite origins of the police

27 October 2018 9:00 am

My husband, who fancies himself as something of a classicist, was delighted to see the Turkish investigators of the Khashoggi…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

Guns and gin: just another Spectator Wine Club lunch

20 October 2018 9:00 am

East of London the Thames broadens dramatically to a surreal waste of mud and sewage-coloured water lined with shipping-container dumps.…

You’ve got Gmail – whether you like it or not

Silicon Valley’s evil plan

20 October 2018 9:00 am

After months of trying not to try the exciting new version of Gmail, the exciting new version of Gmail tried…

Bridge

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from ten days in Orlando, but don’t ask me what it’s like — I haven’t a…

Wine Club 20 October

20 October 2018 9:00 am

We’re with Yapp Bros this week and so popular with readers is the Domaine Gaujal, Picpoul de Pinet (1) that…

Ship ahoy

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The Evans Gambit was invented by a British naval officer of the early part of the 19th century, Captain W.D. Evans,…

no. 528

20 October 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Khmelniker-Harari, Isle of Man 2017. How did White make the most of his…

Mary, Mary…

20 October 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3070 you were invited to provide a poem with the title ‘When I Grow Up I Want…

2381: Step changes

20 October 2018 9:00 am

1 Across and 45 Across form a phrase, and the other unclued entries form a word ladder linking them, by…

to 2378: Boundary

20 October 2018 9:00 am

LIMES (22), a term for a boundary of the ROMAN EMPIRE (7 30), is a DEFINITION (19) of five items…

Why are faceless accusations allowed to end men’s careers?

20 October 2018 9:00 am

On 11 October 2017 an anonymous Google spreadsheet began doing the rounds of American newspapers and magazines — a document…