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Wine Club 2 February

2 February 2019 9:00 am

He will hate me saying this, but Anthony Barton — now in his late eighties — is the grand old…

A tale of two tournaments

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The start of the year sees the elite of the chess world divided between Wijk aan Zee in Holland and…

no. 539

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Howell-Bilguun, Gibraltar 2019. How can Black play for the win? Answers to me at…

Tweet beginnings

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3083 you were invited to submit a poem or a short story that begins ‘It started with…

2393: Monster Mash-up

2 February 2019 9:00 am

1D (two words) 15 10 26 né 21 died on 2 February. Most famous for 7A 37 and 14, he…

2390: Tea Shop

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The theme word is GRASS (for which the title is a cryptic clue). 1A, 1D, 6 and 37 are informers;…

An inconvenient truth: white children are underperforming everyone else in UK schools

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The Department for Education (DfE) published its finalised data on the 2018 GCSE results last week, revealing that, for the…

Battle for Britain

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Why HS2 doesn’t stand up to the test of time

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In past years, I have been a critic of HS2. I might now change my mind. One simple tweak might…

Dear Mary: Should I ever tip at a private club?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

 Q. I am an artist living in the UK and was charmed to be invited by a fellow artist, a…

Is wine an art?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Acouple of lawyers were disagreeing about a matter which could become increasingly relevant. Could a sitting president pardon himself? But…

Names, like drink, go by fashion

2 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Sounds like fun,’ said my husband, wearing a hat with the sign ‘Irony’ in its band. He had read a…

Roger Federer during his fourth round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 Australian Credit: photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images

My hero Roger Federer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Asked how he was feeling as he was about to give a speech to a ladies group, Mark Twain, looking…

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When a reader invited me to stay with him in Exmoor estate, how could I refuse?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

My first night back in Blighty, I sat all evening at the kitchen table drinking wine with a charming, courteous…

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Surrey’s Gore-tex-collar crime wave

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The frustrating thing about rights is that when you give them to people they don’t cherish and appreciate them. They…

Bridge

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Zia Mahmood is as famous today as when I first met him 20 years ago. Not only is he still…

Game changer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Game Changer, the long-awaited book by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan, has now appeared. This represents the most thorough inside…

no. 538

26 January 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Carlsen-Rapport, Wijk aan Zee 2019. The influence of AlphaZero is being felt at elite…

Happy talk

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3082 you were invited to write a poem taking as your first line ‘Happy the man, and…

2392: Beknighted

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights, two of two words and the remainder when paired, are of a kind.   Across 1    No…

to 2389: All change

26 January 2019 9:00 am

The paired unclued lights are anagrams of one another, most being symmetrically arranged; 2/21, 5/23, 12/41, 15/25, 19D/20.  First prize Alan Peevers,…

The media were guilty of their own ‘fake news’ when it came to protesting schoolchildren

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Donald Trump is often criticised by liberal news organisations like CNN and the New York Times for resorting to the…

The Battle for Britain

26 January 2019 9:00 am

When trans sportsmen and women compete, can it ever be a level playing field?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Amid the many splendours of West Side Story is this lyric: ‘My sister wears a moustache, my brother wears a…

Dear Mary: how do I stop a Londoner dominating my village book club?

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Q.A senior colleague, on discovering that I’m a friend of someone who has become quite famous, engaged with me warmly…