Puzzles & games


Bridge | 10 September 2015

The bridge world continues to be electrified by the scandal that Janet wrote about last week. Lotan Fisher and Ron Schwartz (‘F-S’), the superstar players accused of cheating, are part of the Israeli team which qualified to play in the world championships held in China later this month. Now, in light of the accusations, Israel


Checkmate me in St Louis

The Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, one of the strongest tournaments of all time, has been convincingly won by the Armenian grandmaster and triple Olympiad gold medallist, Levon Aronian. Unusually for such a high-level tournament, a number of games ended in vicious attacks which resulted either in checkmate or decisive material gain. To start with,



In Competition No. 2914 — which was inspired by a speech given by the late Sir Keith Joseph in which he said that the government was trying to ‘Bennboozle’ the country — you were asked to submit coinages inspired by today’s politicians, supplying full dictionary definitions and illustrative examples of their use. As is often


2228: Unfair

One unclued light (ignore its umlaut) is the home of a team known by a name which is another unclued light. This name is also given to a group of 13 28; four related members (one hyphened) are the other unclued lights. Each of ten clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part; corrections

Crossword solution

To 2225: Category

1D, 3, 15D and 40 are fictional TIGERS (30) created by 20, 35, 4A and 12. Extra letters in clues form the thematically allusive statement high risk pets emerge in reports, supplying unchecked letters of the unclued lights. First prize Patricia Gibbs, Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire Runners-up E. Hogg, London SW13; Philip Hawkins, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire


Puzzle no. 378

Black to play. This position is a variation from So-Aronian, St Louis 2015. How can Black conclude the attack? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 15 September or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk or by fax on 020 7681 3773. The winner will be the first correct answer out of a hat, and each