Puzzles & games


Bridge | 16 November 2017

I spent last weekend glued to Bridge Base Online, watching the 16th European Champions Cup taking place in Latvia, and waving my little St George’s flag. England’s Allfrey team produced some spellbinding bridge, and after 11 rounds they topped the round-robin. Unfortunately, they went on to lose the semi-final to Norway, and ended up coming


Alekhine’s anniversaries

Alexander Alekhine was one of the two world champions (the other being his fellow native Russian Mikhail Botvinnik) who won, lost and regained the supreme title. In fact 2017 represents the 90th anniversary of Alekhine’s victory over the Cuban world champion José Raúl Capablanca at Buenos Aires 1927, and the 80th anniversary of his revenge


Brown studies

In Competition No. 3024 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of Dan Brown. This comp, a nod to the glorious awfulness of the wildly rich, bestselling author Dan Brown’s much-mocked prose, drew a nicely calibrated entry. In the interests of allowing space for six winners (who are rewarded with £25


2336: Irrelevant

Each of four unclued lights is the result of an action that may be described as 7 (hyphened), a definition of which is supplied by an unclued light. One unclued light is the result of 39 (a three-word phrase confirmed in Chambers under its third word). Elsewhere, ignore an accent.   Across 1  Commercial projects

Crossword solution

to 2333: Unchangeable

Answers to clues in italics are SET IN STONE (38). Resulting entries at 1, 2, 14, 25 and 43 (in which the types of stone are rag, agate, opal, pit and metate) are defined by 19, 42, 33, 20 and 6A. First prize Stephen Saunders, Midford, Bath. Runners-up Tim Hanks, Douglas, Isle of Man;Mrs N. Twickel,


no. 483

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Supico, Blindfold Simultaneous, Lisbon 1941. Can you spot White’s remarkable finish, which is based on an idea first played by Frank Marshall in 1912? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 21 November or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk. There is a prize of £20 for the first