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Howard Staunton

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Staunton was the most successful British player of all time, winning three matches against European masters in the 1840s which…

no. 562

13 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Wassin-Grigorchuk, Izola 2019. Although the game is only just out of the opening, White…

Twister

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3106 you were invited to submit a poem with an ingenious twist at the end. This challenge,…

2416: Silence

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights share a common feature at least once, different in each case.   Across 7    Liechtenstein test about…

to 2413: Sign here please

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are EPISCOPAL SIGNATURES  First prize Jason James, CambridgeRunners-up K.M. Robb, Borrowstounness, West Lothian; McNeill, Belfast

I love Boris for not firing me when I wrote a play about his sex life

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Fourteen years ago, almost to the day, Lloyd Evans and I received a note from Boris. It was the press…

The Battle for Britain

13 July 2019 9:00 am

What the new generation of tennis players could learn from Rocket Rod Laver

13 July 2019 9:00 am

A chum was in Waitrose a year or two back, and was bending down with some difficulty to look at…

Dear Mary: How do I stop men sending me articles from the Guardian?

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Q. It is difficult to know what to do when homeless people ask you for cash as you are leaving…

The devil eats Prada: Patisserie Marchesi 1824 reviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The Prada Café is both a cake shop and a historical inevitability. It sits on Mount Street, almost opposite the…

Lib Dem MEP Luisa Porritt in the European Parliament last week (Twitter)

The Lib Dems are wrong – it’s ‘ballocks’ to Brexit

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I agree with James Joyce on the spelling ballocks. The Liberal Democrats made their MEPs wear T-shirts printed with ‘Bollocks…

Credit: drante

The death of free thought

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Hold the presses, this is a world exclusive. A Boris ex I sat next to last week gave me the…

Credit: Dean Mitchell

Why can’t my mother be allowed to die at home

6 July 2019 9:00 am

As they say: it all happened so quickly that it wasn’t until afterwards. One minute I was bawling at my…

Was this guy a mystical healer or was he addicted to crunching people’s bones? Credit: Fox Photos / Stringer/Getty Images

Is my osteopath a psychopath or a mystical healer?

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Either the osteopath is a psychopath or he is the second coming. I see no other possibility. I turned up…

Rising star Nicola Currie riding Raising Sand to victory at Ascot Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer / Getty Images

Why female jockeys are a better bet

6 July 2019 9:00 am

When Hayley Turner was made, she wasn’t just given a competitive spirit, a sensitive pair of hands and excellent balance.…

Wine Club 6 July

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Our offer from Corney & Barrow is absolutely jam-packed this week so I trust you’ll forgive me if I get…

Bridge

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I know I’m not the strongest declarer in the world (or even at the table) but I didn’t realise my…

Tigran, Tigran, burning bright

6 July 2019 9:00 am

This year Tigran Petrosian would have celebrated his 90th birthday. The Armenian grandmaster and world champion was noted for the…

no. 561

6 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Reti-Bogolyubov, New York 1924. How did Reti conclude his attack with a fine blow? Answers…

Belles of the ball

6 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3105 you were ­invited to submit a fragment of commentary on the Women’s World Cup delivered by…

2415: The limit

6 July 2019 9:00 am

1A (hyphened) suggests a word which, with changes to its 7D 33, becomes the four other words (including a name)…

to 2412: Transponders

6 July 2019 9:00 am

On 15th June 1919 John ALCOCK (34) and Arthur BROWN (37) completed the first non-stop transatlantic flight when they crash-landed…

Scotland and Wales have much to learn from England’s education reforms

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I’ve contributed a chapter to an education book published this week by the Institute of Economic Affairs. I was asked…

Battle for Britain

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Why governments should spend big on tech

6 July 2019 9:00 am

I was talking to a large Silicon Valley video-conferencing firm the other day. ‘Just for interest,’ I asked, ‘what would…