Puzzles & games


Bridge | 26 March 2022

The England U26 juniors have been flying high lately. A couple of weeks ago they won the Junior Camrose, and last weekend they went to Belgium and brought back the Channel Trophy as well. One of the most talented players, Ewa Wieczorek, has already qualified for the English women’s team in partnership with Ewa Kater.


England-Sweden Challenge

Three summers ago, I was invited to the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, for a brief but exciting match against their top player, the affable Nils Grandelius. Earlier this month, Grandelius visited London, this time to play a match against my England team-mate David Howell. The England-Sweden Challenge match was staged as part of the 30th

Chess puzzle

No. 695

White to play and mate in 2. Composed by Bo Lindgren, Probleemblad 1969. Answers should be emailed to chess@spectator.co.uk by Monday 28 March. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address and allow six weeks for prize delivery. Last week’s solution 1 Bh6+!


Spectator competition winners: spring triolets

In Competition No. 3241, you were invited to submit a spring triolet. Banjo Paterson, the bard of the bush, had this to say about the triolet in 1894: Of all the sickly forms of verse, Commend me to the triolet.It makes bad writers somewhat worse: Of all the sickly forms of verse… But this challenge


2548: Poem VII

Unclued lights are nine words taken from a poem whose first three words (as quoted in ODQ) will appear in the completed grid. The poet’s surname is a clued light and must be shaded. Surplus words in six clues are more words from the poem.   Across 7 Monkey making glaring mistake (6) 11 Young

Crossword solution

2545: With a twist – solution

Suggested by 41, the other unclued lights were worms entered backwards in the grid. To comply with the preamble, 6 down needs to be CESTODE (the individual worm) rather than CESTODA (the subclass). First prize Leslie Verth, Newton Mearns, Glasgow Runners-up Roslyn Shapland, Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Oenone Green, Feltham, Middlesex