Puzzles & games


Bridge | 28 March 2019

Susanna and I don’t play on the same team very often, but once a year Fiona Hutchison puts together a squad of eight to play the Garden Cities Qualifier — I’m not exactly sure what we were qualifying for but I think it’s possibly a second qualifier. It’s a lovely, fun, stress-free evening of bridge


Fischer favourite

A favoured line of the great Bobby Fischer was to meet both the French Defence (1 e4 e6) and the Caro-Kann Defence (1 e4 c6) with 2 d3, introducing what is known as the King’s Indian Attack. Fischer won celebrated games with this line against such powerful opponents as the Argentine grandmaster Oscar Panno and


Cringe benefits

In Competition No. 3091 you were invited to submit toe-curlingly bad analogies. This is an idea shamelessly pinched from the Washington Post, whose contests have produced the impressively so-bad-they’re good ‘Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze’ (Chuck Smith) and ‘Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever’ (Jennifer Hart).


2401: Sign here please

The unclued lights are of a kind and all have to be ignored in the completed grid.   Across 1    Fortune-teller worried small company chairmen. Right! (11) 7    Party goer often over the clutch (3) 11    Spike, I look anaemic! (6) 13    Prize stone cut with edge of blade (7) 15    Become liable to back

Crossword solution

to 2398: All steamed up

The unclued lights are the names of FAMOUS STEAM TRAINS including the pairs at 14/15 and 17/30.   First prize Jenny Harris, Cheltenham, Glos Runners-up Virginia Porter, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff; Wendy Atkin, Sleaford, Lincs


no. 547

White to play. This position is from Fischer–Myagmarsuren, Sousse Interzonal 1967. How did Fischer conclude his attack in fine style? Answers to me at The Spectator by Tuesday 2 April or via email to victoria@spectator.co.uk. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer out of a hat. Please include a postal address