Life

no. 512

30 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Anand-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2018. How did Anand achieve a winning material advantage? Answers…

Double vision

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3054 you were invited to compose double dactyls about double acts. I didn’t include the rules about…

2365: Beds

30 June 2018 9:00 am

One of the clued lights below reveals the theme which Brewer confirms. One of the unclued lights is not paired…

to 2362: MEN OF NOTE IV

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are COMPOSERS whose surnames begin with the letter D.  First prize E.C. Hynard, GuernseyRunners-up Geran Jones, London…

The problem with deciding that popular culture is ‘problematic’

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A controversy has erupted in Folkestone over a forthcoming screening of Zulu, the classic British war film. A charity has…

The Battle for Britain

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Never mind VAR – this is a fabulous World Cup

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Let’s talk about VAR, why don’t we? We love the World Cup though the football is getting bonkers. The scoring…

Dear Mary: How can I stop a controversial columnist from being sacked?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Q. A close friend is an elderly writer who has contributed, as a monthly columnist, to the same publication for…

Wedge salad in the shadow of the Tudors: Sargeant’s Mess reviewed

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Sargeant’s Mess (2018) is a tourist catcher’s net in restaurant form by the Tower of London (c. 1078). It has views…

The origins of the famous blue tiles of Portugal’s buildings have been misunderstood

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A friend sent a nice postcard from Portugal showing the outside of a church covered with old blue tiles. She…

The Bible’s #MeToo problem

23 June 2018 9:00 am

New York I write this on my last day in the Bagel, and it sure is a scorcher, heat and…

Cancer? I wouldn’t have missed it for the world

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Homesick for England, family and friends, I flew back, and the next day went for a long walk with my…

The hidden costs of dogging

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Every day in every way we are paying for more and more. I realise this increasingly. Things we took for…

How to handle fickle racehorse owners

23 June 2018 9:00 am

On the famed Whitsbury gallops, as corn buntings and stonechats fluttered from the fence posts, a dozen of Marcus Tregoning’s…

Bridge

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Ostend has been host to hundreds of bridge players representing their various countries in the European Teams Championships. The ten-day…

Wine Club 23 June

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Readers will, I’m sure, remember the excellent Merlot-rich Sang du Sanglier from Ch. de Fayolle that we offered here with…

Altibox

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Fabiano Caruana has won the elite Altibox tournament ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen. This result might appear to give…

Puzzle no. 511

23 June 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from So-Carlsen, Norway Chess 2018. The world champion suffered a reverse in…

#MeToo lit

23 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3053, an assignment prompted by Anthony Horowitz’s reflections on creating female characters for his latest Bond novel,…

2364: Frolicsome Threesome

23 June 2018 9:00 am

2/11/12 is a four-word quotation in Chambers. Remaining unclued lights (all appropriate to the language the quotation is in) are…

to 2361: Snoot

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are anagrams of the names of Scottish towns. Dalry (12), Dundee (14)), Brechin (27), Kelso (1D),  Peterhead…

Battle for Britain

23 June 2018 9:00 am

This junk study proves nothing about helicopter parenting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

An academic paper by a group of child psychologists caused a stir earlier this week. ‘Helicopter parenting is bad for…

Is taste all in the mind? Louse crap says it is

23 June 2018 9:00 am

An Iranian friend of mine recently brought me some gaz from Isfahan. Commonly known as Persian nougat, gaz is perhaps…

Dear Mary: I’m a freelancer – how do I get people to return my calls?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Q. Being professionals in trade, we find ourselves increasingly being asked by friends, who could well afford to use our…