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Wine Club 7 September

7 September 2019 9:00 am

A very tasty offer this week from guest partner Honest Grapes, the multi-award-winning online merchant founded five years ago by…

Ding an sich

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Ding Liren, the Chinese grandmaster, has scored a career best in the Classical time limit section of the Grand Tour…

no. 570

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Ding, St Louis 2019. The black pieces are converging on the white king but…

Home delivery

7 September 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3114 you were invited to submit estate agents’ details in the style of a well-known author.  …

2424: Poem V

7 September 2019 9:00 am

1A (four words) and 44 (four words) are quotations from the first verse of a poem (in ODQ). Five remaining…

to 2421: Tina

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Fats WALLER (5), who has been called ‘THE BLACK HOROWITZ’ (40/37/1A), was born in NEW YORK (28) and died in…

The political pact that could save Brexit

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If there is to be an election before we leave the European Union, some kind of non-aggression pact between the…

The Battle for Britain

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Will Ben Stokes be the greatest cricketer of all time?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Feeling depressed about politics? I hope not. Politicians don’t shape the world: they are the furniture movers, not the furniture…

Dear Mary: How much should I tip a black cab driver?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Q. We have near neighbours in the country with whom I would not wish to fall out for all sorts…

I wouldn’t suggest you eat here, but I doubt there’s a better place to drop acid: Camelot Castle reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The Camelot Castle Hotel is a pebble-dashed late-Victorian excrescence on a cliff. It overlooks the ruins of Tintagel Castle. A…

Word of the week: ‘prorogue’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It was most unlooked-for that a king should ally with Whig politicians to seek parliamentary reform, but that was what…

How to be a man

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   I was reading in these here pages Julie Burchill’s review of Candace Bushnell’s Is There Still Sex in…

Catriona’s accident has made of us minor celebrities in the village

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Three weeks ago Catriona was going to the village shop when a building site security fence fell on her. Wire…

The EU has banned a miracle cure for laminitis

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Once upon a time, in a country that didn’t run itself, a horse supplement company invented a cure for laminitis.…

All is not well in the murky world of bloodstock sales

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Carried away on a day at the races a successful businessman bid for and bought a horse from a seller.…

Bridge

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When did ‘literally’ become, literally, the most annoying word in the English language? Fairly recently I would guess, because ‘like’…

Peace conference

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The classical section of the elite Grand Tour event in St Louis, which ended earlier this week, resembled a peace…

no. 569

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Nepomniachtchi-Anand, St Louis 2019. How did Anand exploit his opponent’s lapse? Answers to me…

Initial impressions

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3113 you were invited to submit an acrostic poem about a politician in which the first letter…

2423: Redheads

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights are of a kind.    Across 1    Place to take off sari, pants and slip (8) 8   …

to 2420: Crafty

31 August 2019 9:00 am

1, 4, 23 and 30 are livery companies (33/22). They are found in The 21 and 2 (the singular of…

Must try harder: education is still a vote loser for the Tories

31 August 2019 9:00 am

The reluctance of the Conservative party to take credit for the success of its education reforms is a source of…

The Battle for Britain

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Why no one ever moves back to London

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In last week’s Spectator, Martin Vander Weyer replied to a couple with a baby who had sought his advice on…