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2481: Octet solution

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The octet associated with CHERRY STONES (19) is: tinker (1A), tailor (40), soldier (20), sailor (15), rich man (6A), poor…

Denial is not a strategy, Prime Minister

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The psychodrama in No. 10 is badly timed. The government has used emergency powers to ban meetings, church services and…

Letters: The limitations of a Covid vaccine

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Still distant Sir: In James Forsyth’s analysis (‘Boris’s booster shot’, 14 November) he infers that a vaccine, if provided to…

What does it mean to be ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Boris and the butcher’s dog Who first coined the phrase ‘as fit as a butcher’s dog’? It has been traced…

Portrait of the week: Cummings goes, Corbyn returns and pigeon sells for £1.4m

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Cummings, the chief adviser to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, left Downing Street after a week in which…

Letters: Why lockdown II was necessary

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Cancelled procedures Sir: Your leader (‘A lockdown too far’, 7 November) suggests that the Prime Minister should have shown ‘leadership’…

Open and shut case: how did lockdown affect shops?

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Shot in the arm Global stock markets reached a new high after pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced a vaccine it is…

2480: Warning - solution

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Ten symmetrically placed unclued lights are synonyms for the warning ‘WATCH OUT’. First prize Andy Wallace, Ash Green, CoventryRunners-upCaroline Arms,…

Boris won't be forgiven if he caves on Brexit now

14 November 2020 9:00 am

It now looks increasingly likely that lockdown will end on 2 December, after all. The decision to impose further restrictions…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine hopes up, Zoom shares down and Biden calls Boris

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Home Pfizer and BioNTech announced a vaccine against Covid-19 of 90 per cent efficacy from two injections three weeks apart.…

Books of the Year II — chosen by our regular reviewers

14 November 2020 9:00 am

David Crane If nothing else, this has been a good time for catch-up. Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest (translated by Walter…

2479: Shielded solution

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are heraldic terms. First prize J.P. Carrington, Denchworth, OxfordshireRunners-up David Shields, Merthyr Vale M.E. Bosence, Bournemouth Got…

Letters: Wales has been betrayed by Westminster

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Woeful Wales Sir: Allison Pearson succinctly points out the absurdity of the so-called Welsh government and its assembly, now trying…

Portrait of the week: England’s lockdown, America’s meltdown and houses fall down

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Home The government imposed a lockdown on England to last until 2 December. On television, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister,…

No one has made a clear and logical case for this lockdown

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The benefit of having a lockdown announced some days in advance is the ability to savour what is about to…

Who came up with ‘lockdown’?

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The start of lockdown The earliest known use of ‘lockdown’ in its current sense was in a 1973 story in…

Books of the year, chosen by our regular reviewers

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Reviewers choose the books they have most enjoyed in 2020 – and a few that have disappointed them

2478: Namesakes - solution

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The lyrics of the perimetric I’M POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN and FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN were written by Sammy Lerner,…

Where is there water in the solar system?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The Moon under water Nasa scientists using spectrometers claim to have found good evidence of water on the surface of…

Portrait of the week: Shopping bans in Wales, soft drinks in Scotland and stowaways at sea

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Home Wales, entering a 17-day ‘firebreak’, closed most shops by law but then tried to stop supermarkets selling ‘non-essential’ items…

A Biden victory would be no great boon for Britain

31 October 2020 9:00 am

It is remarkably uncommon for a US president to fail to be re-elected. It has happened just twice in the…

Letters: How Nicola Sturgeon outdoes Boris

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Ask the English Sir: Toby Young rightly criticises the juvenile posturing of the devolved governments of the Union over Covid-19…

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Why is the Republican party symbol an elephant and the Democratic symbol a donkey?

25 October 2020 3:03 am

Political animals Why is the Republican party symbol an elephant and the Democratic symbol a donkey? Both go back to…

2477: Rendezvous - solution

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights take an extra letter to make BRAMBLING (1A), BUDGIE (12A), STARLING (14A), REDSTART (23A), BRANCHER (27A), TURACO…

How many school teachers are male?

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Special Offa A regulation passed by the Welsh government to prevent people travelling from Covid hotspots in England has brought…