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Wine Club 18 August

18 August 2018 9:00 am

We’re clearing the decks and having a late summer sale — or rather our partner Mr Wheeler is. Fill your…

Luke’s gospel

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Perhaps the outstanding clash of the recently concluded British championship in Hull, supported by Capital Developments Waterloo Ltd, was the…

No. 519

18 August 2018 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Fernandez-Pritchett, Hull 2018. White found an extraordinary, problem-like move to finish the game.…

The appliance of science

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3061 you were invited to imagine a well-known author who doesn’t normally write in the genre having…

2372: Spot-on

18 August 2018 9:00 am

One unclued light (three words) is a phrase referring to an item whose scientific name is formed by two unclued…

to 2369: Prodigious

18 August 2018 9:00 am

WUNDERKIND — given by corrections of misprints in clues — can be read as W UNDER KIND, indicating the unclued…

Vocational schools are not to be sneered at

18 August 2018 9:00 am

When I was 16 I failed all my O-levels, bar a grade C in English Literature, and concluded I wasn’t…

The Battle for Britain

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Why data doesn’t always reveal the truth

18 August 2018 9:00 am

In late 1973 the graduate admissions department at UC Berkeley discovered that for the forthcoming year it had awarded places…

Dear Mary: What do I say when people want to visit my family’s stately home for free?

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I were among the first to arrive at a recent large house party in Scotland. We…

Wine, women and willow: a perfect combo for a perfect English summer day

18 August 2018 9:00 am

The first time I went to Lord’s was in 1970, just before the unofficial Test series which replaced the cancelled…

Petrichor: an awkward word for a pleasant phenomenon

18 August 2018 9:00 am

I’m not too sure about the word petrichor, invented in 1964 as a label for the pleasant smell frequently accompanying…

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

How to survive a French heatwave

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Me in a black polo-neck jumper looking sour; Oscar wearing a floppy hat; her youngest daughter nude and stooping to…

Welcome to customer services, Guantanamo Bay-style

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The engineer from Beko arrived and got to work trying to mend the new fridge. Having spent a very long…

Bridge

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Over the many years I’ve been playing competitive bridge, I’ve managed to cobble together a system-file which now runs to…

Royal shame

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Nine-year-old Shreyas Royal, widely regarded as the UK’s best hope to become a future world chess champion, is being deported…

no. 518

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Howell-McShane, British Championship, Hull 2018. This was the conclusion of the game that enabled…

A new Jerusalem

11 August 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3060 you were invited to provide an updated version of ‘Jerusalem’ starting with the words ‘And did…

2371: In a paddy

11 August 2018 9:00 am

In loving memory of 20 41 Considine (10/10/27–24/7/18), the doyenne of crossword compilers. The unclued lights and those clued without…

to 2368: Cobbled together

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights (6, 20/9, 21, 23/31, 30D/13, 34/3 and 42/32) are characters in Coronation Street with its COBBLED streets.  First…

Thanks, Ryanair, for wrecking our holiday

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The Young family’s annual summer holiday could not have got off to a poorer start, thanks to Ryanair. As veteran…

Battle for Britain

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Sport will not survive if it keeps being sold to the highest bidder

11 August 2018 9:00 am

It’s just too hot and too early to get worked up about football, so the two highlights of the late-summer…

How should you deal with a competitive best friend?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Q. Good friends, who moved away from our city suburb a couple of years ago, retain a pied-à-terre the better…