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Leningrad Lip

14 July 2018 9:00 am

This description of Viktor Korchnoi was coined (an oblique reference to Muhammad Ali’s nickname of Louisville Lip) by Ian Ward…

no. 514

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Karpov-Korchnoi, Dortmund 1994. In this unusual position Karpov has two queens but Korchnoi’s forces…

Closed shop

14 July 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3056 you were invited to submit an elegy on the death of the High Street.   Your…

2367: When pigs fly

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Five unclued lights form a quotation from a work concerning the 18 of 19, 15A and 23. The 18’s name…

to 2364: Frolicsome Threesome

14 July 2018 9:00 am

WEIN (2D) suggests 21, 35 and 37 (German wines); WEIB suggests 10, 25 and 42 (Germanic female names); GESANG suggests 14,…

Video games like Fortnite are fun — so they must be bad

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It was only a matter of time. The headteacher of a primary school in Ilfracombe in Devon has banned ‘Flossing’,…

The Battle for Britain

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The true winner of this World Cup? Russia

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Like most people with any taste, I like the odd vodka, I love Crime and Punishment, I enjoy Turgenev and…

Dear Mary: How do you deal with a monologuing fellow guest on board a yacht?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Q. A long-standing friend has an admirer of some means. He has invited her to borrow his fully staffed and…

A Wimbledon-themed tea has little to do with tennis, but I loved it: Claridges reviewed

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Claridge’s is a toff sanctuary and one of the best hotels on earth. It specialises in its own myth, which…

Has Boris brought ‘turd’ back into polite society?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

I have never lost my admiration for Boris Johnson’s summary of British ambitions over Brexit as ‘having our cake and…

The limitations of left-wing hacks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Oh, to be in England, and almost die of heat after the Austrian Alps. Yes, Sarah Sands was right in…

Up close with the Rolling Stones

7 July 2018 9:00 am

At 7 p.m., panting, I knocked on the door of room 201 of the Hotel InterContinental, Marseille, expecting it to…

Sex and MOTs

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Opening a button of my shirt to get the horse lorry through its MOT is the sort of thing I…

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…