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Portrait of the week: new alerts, birthday honours and fires on Kilimanjaro

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Home ‘The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country,’ Boris…

Mind the gap: how wide is the North-South divide?

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Red light, green light The three tiers of Covid restrictions have been described as a ‘traffic light’ system. — The…

Britain is a successful melting pot – and the government should say so

17 October 2020 9:00 am

When the Black Lives Matter protests struck London in the same week that Public Health England published a report into…

Letters: what unites the two sides of the mask debate

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Wind worries Sir: You are right to side with the 2013 version of Boris Johnson, when he claimed that wind…

2476: Playtime solution

17 October 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights form pairs of famous soloists and the instruments they play; 1A/19, 5/34, 23/8, 31/39, 43/16A. First prize…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s wind power pledge, Trump catches Covid and James Bond kills Cineworld

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Home Coronavirus was on the increase. At the beginning of the week, Sunday 4 October, total deaths (within 28 days…

Now the Tories must make it their mission to repair the country

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The centrepiece of Boris Johnson’s speech to Tory party conference this year was his Damascene conversion to the merits of…

2475: Poem VI - solution

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The poem was The Brook by Alfred Tennyson. The words were HERN (8A), LINGER (20), BRIMMING (32A), FLOW (40), TROUT…

What happens when a US president dies?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Vice squad Donald Trump catching Covid-19 has concentrated minds on what happens if a US president dies in office. Normally,…

Letters: The sorry state of BBC sport

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Misplaced Trust Sir: Charles Moore is as ever bang on target (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 September). National Trust members have…

Portrait of the week: Curfew street parties, Trump’s taxes and a bone-eating vulture

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Home More than a quarter of the population of the United Kingdom (three-fifths of the Welsh, a third of the…

Who started America’s presidential debates?

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Word for word US presidential debates are often traced back to the first televised debate, between Richard Nixon and John…

Letters: Lessons for Boris from the classroom

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Lessons for the government Sir: James Forsyth suggests that the Prime Minister wishes to avoid sounding as if he is…

The lockdown battle of Marseilles is a warning for Boris

3 October 2020 9:00 am

From the vantage point of Downing Street, Boris Johnson may feel reassured that the further measures against Covid-19 he imposed…

2474: Love Me Do solution

3 October 2020 9:00 am

In George Orwell’s 1984 WINSTON SMITH (31/3) worked for the MINISTRY of TRUTH (43/21). The MINISTRY of LOVE (43/34) got…

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The first 2020 presidential debate — live blog

30 September 2020 9:25 am

7:25 p.m. ET — Matt McDonald: Hello and welcome to The Spectator’s live blog for tonight’s tête-à-tête between President Donald Trump…

Whose bright idea was the circuit-breaker?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

It’s electrifying! Who invented the circuit-breaker? Thomas Edison patented it in 1879, realising what damage could be caused to electrical…

Letters: It’s too late for Boris

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Disastrous decisions Sir: In his otherwise excellent analysis of Boris Johnson’s premiership (‘The missing leader’, 19 September), Fraser Nelson suggests…

2473: May solution

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights, along with Peter MAY in the title, are England cricket captains. First prize Harry Hyman, Streatley, West…

Iran hasn’t earned the right to bear arms

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Hard though it is to remember now, 2020 began with a very different dark cloud on the horizon. For a…

Portrait of the week: New Covid restrictions, a Supreme Court vacancy and an earthquake in Leighton Buzzard

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Home Pubs and restaurants would have to close at ten o’clock, under new coronavirus restrictions announced by Boris Johnson, the…

Who will have more informants: the Stasi or Covid marshals?

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Information overload The government’s plan to put ‘Covid wardens’ on the streets to enforce the new rule against more than…

Letters: In defence of seagulls

19 September 2020 9:00 am

China’s covered Sir: If Charles Moore had contacted the BBC, rather than conducting a fruitless Google search, we would have…

2472: All-inclusive solution

19 September 2020 9:00 am

The perimeter quotation is from Mahler. Remaining unclued lights were names of symphonies: 12A Mahler / Schubert; 26A Haydn; 39A…

Portrait of the week: new laws, illegal mingling and bungled tests

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Home At one minute past midnight on Monday, new laws came into force prohibiting households in England increasing their numbers…