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Bridge

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Anyone who doubts that bridge keeps your brain sharp in old age should have a game with Bernard Teltcher. Bernard…

Wine Club 8 September

8 September 2018 9:00 am

We were going to run an entirely French offer this week courtesy of FromVineyardsDirect, but I couldn’t resist the 2017…

Peaceful solution

8 September 2018 9:00 am

In the recent super-tournament in St Louis, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana and Lev Aronian opted to share the laurels. According to…

no. 522

8 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Caruana-Karjakin, St Louis 2018. Can you spot White’s classic mating finish?…

Living dangerously

8 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3064 you were invited to supply a newspaper leading article exposing the hitherto unsuspected corrupting influence of…

2375: 2

8 September 2018 9:00 am

2 describes a pair of unclued lights (three words altogether), which in turn include the others.   Across 12    Single…

2372: Spot-on

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The key phrase is LIKE A TANSY (39). The scientific name of the tansy is TANACETUM VULGARE (4A 12); remaining…

The neo-Marxist takeover of our universities

8 September 2018 9:00 am

According to Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt, America’s universities have succumbed to ‘safetyism’, whereby students are protected from anything that…

Battle for Britain

8 September 2018 9:00 am

So farewell, Alastair Cook: a wonderful cricketer and exemplary sportsman

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I first became aware of Alastair Cook in the Ashes summer of 2005 when he was named the Young Cricketer…

Dear Mary: I can’t put names to faces – and it’s starting to upset friends

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Q. I am in my mid-sixties and have started to suffer from nominal aphasia. At a recent wedding in the…

I am served up a crime against breakfast: Sketch reviewed

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Sketch is a restaurant and art gallery in Conduit Street, Mayfair. There is a photograph of the Queen in the…

Optics: stingy pub measures and politicians’ images

8 September 2018 9:00 am

If you’d like to buy a copy of Newton’s Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours…

Wild flowers and mountain peaks are no substitute for a pretty woman

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad The pastoral heaven of this place can get very dull during the summer months. Green hillsides, neat farmsteads, pleasing…

What would Oscar tell his dad first about our eventful fortnight in the south of France?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

I was present in the room when Oscar encountered his father for the first time since returning from his fortnight…

When you compare ragwort to Islamic extremism, who should be more offended?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

When I made a joke about ragwort being like Islamic extremism, I expected someone to write in. I was fully…

Why Goodwood is the toughest course for jockeys

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Having spent most of my life among politicians I guess I have become unaccustomed to candour. The only example I…

Bridge

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the best players today are technically excellent in card play. They know all the odds and end plays to…

Shak attack

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The Azeri grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has been distinguishing himself recently at both classical and speed chess time limits. Last month…

no. 521

1 September 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Mamedyarov–Georgiadis, Biel 2018. Many of Mamedyarov’s games feature a kingside attack based upon a…

Pundemic

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3063 you were invited to submit a poem about puns containing puns.   Dryden regarded paronomasia as…

2374: Watch your step

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (three of two words) are of a kind.   Across 1    Slices top of sausage in…

to 2371: In a paddy

1 September 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights and those clued without thematic definition (2, 11, 26, 33 and 42) are Irish forenames. Nuala Considine’s…

Why is a BBC executive calling for the removal of middle-aged white men from television?

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Cassian Harrison, the editor of BBC Four, told the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week that no one wants to…

The Battle for Britain

1 September 2018 9:00 am