Puzzles & games


Bridge | 17 September 2015

The cheating scandal rages on. The latest to be accused is the world’s number one-ranked pair, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes, who play for the mighty Monaco team. Frankly, it’s too depressing to go into and instead I am going to tell you about a local hero called Alan Woo, who has been playing bridge


Grand Tour

This week I conclude my coverage of the St Louis leg of the million dollar Grand Tour.   Carlsen-So: Sinquefield Cup, St Louis 2015 (see diagram 1)   Although Carlsen is a pawn down here his knight is so much better than Black’s bishop that this small material imbalance is essentially irrelevant. 29 a4 Bd8


Arty limericks

In Competition No. 2915 you were invited to submit limericks featuring a well-known artist and a destination of your choice. This challenge was spawned by a limerick Robert Conquest wrote about Paul Gauguin: When Gauguin was visiting Fiji He said things are different here, e.g. While Tahitian skin Calls for tan spread on thin You


2229: Gnome

The third letters of extra words in two dozen clues spell out a 35 (in ODQ 7&8), associated with the 19 31, which explains the remaining unclued lights (all different real words), one of which is the cause of the others and must be shaded.   Across   4    Packed out balls getting odd crew

Crossword solution

To 2226: Whitehouse

X was Ingrid Bergman, winner of a TERN (21) of OSCARs (8), who was born on 29th August 1915 and died on her 67th birthday. She appeared in MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (O), ANASTASIA (O), FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (perimeter) and GASLIGHT (O) (29). 15, 16 and 23 were to be shaded. Title: Casablanca.


Puzzle no. 379

Black to play. This position is a variation from So-Nakamura, St Louis 2015. How can Black conclude the attack with a brilliant coup? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 22 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