Puzzles & games


Bridge | 12 November 2015

The EBU’s Premier League takes place over three weekends and decides who will represent England in next year’s Camrose (home nations) Trophy. My team were leading after both the first and second weekends and I was all geared up for the coveted England shirt that says you are a bridge god and play for your


Sporting chance

I was not quite sure whether to be annoyed or relieved about the recent High Court decision not to recognise bridge as a sport. On the one hand, it’s a comfort to know that there is now little danger of British bridge and, pari passu, chess being classified alongside activities that feature perspiring individuals running


Martian poetry

In Competition No. 2923 you were invited to describe an everyday object, in verse, from the point of view of a Martian. James Fenton coined the term Martian to describe the work of poets such as Craig Raine and Christopher Reid, whose poems cast familiar objects in an unfamiliar light. In his 1979 poem ‘A


2237: Experimental

One unclued light is a publication (two words). The others are relevant figures (all in Chambers) who appear in a form suggested by the publication’s title. Across 1 Maybe camping, emptied lavatory diligently (8) 8 Heartlessly shakes young animals (4) 12 Earl leaves part of UK, touring king’s avenues (5) 16 Bed of rock’s silicon

Crossword solution

To 2234: A greater measure

MARCOBRUNNER (11) is composed of words whose definitions are 1D, 24, 32; 13, 17, 35; and 9, 29A, 38. First prize Peter Bond, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire Runners-up Rebecca Mawle, Great Nolford, Warwickshire; Peter Maddox, Swansea


No. 387

White to play. This position is a variation from A.Muzychuk-Dzagnidze, Monaco 2015. How can White finish off with a classic combination? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 17 November 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,