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2549: Obscurity – solution

23 April 2022 9:00 am

PALE FIRE is a novel by Vladimir NABOKOV (18). Synonyms of words in the novel’s title are 7, 15A, and…

Letters: The hard truth about soft power

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Soft ground Sir: We have heard much over the years from the overseas aid lobby about the value of soft…

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Britain and the West must step up support to Ukraine

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The first few weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine went so badly that it was tempting to see the withdrawal…

Which countries have the most expensive train tickets?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Park the issue Gladstone Park in Brent may be renamed as a result of the former PM’s connections with slavery.…

How much did Emily Maitlis cost licence fee payers?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Off duty How many non-doms are there in the UK? – In the year ending 2020, 75,700 people filled in…

The French election should be a warning for Boris

16 April 2022 9:00 am

In just over a week’s time, Emmanuel Macron will most likely win a second term. He has the opponent he…

To survive, Boris Johnson must do more than pose as a war leader

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Attending an impromptu birthday party in the office is not the most heinous of crimes, and of course Britain’s fixation…

Letters: The Scottish government must be held to account

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Backward devolution Sir: Thanks for once again highlighting the many issues with government in Scotland (‘Sturgeon’s secret state’, 9 April).…

Portrait of the week: Boris in Kyiv, Rishi in hot water and crystal meth in a cereal packet

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, travelled to Kyiv in secret and joined President Volodymyr Zelensky for the cameras in…

2548: Poem VII - solution

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The poem is ‘Rondeau’ by Leigh Hunt. Its first three words as quoted in ODQ are ‘JENNY KISSED ME’ (diagonally…

Portrait of the week: Covid fines, cancelled flights and sunflower oil shortages

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s business spokesman, said that the government should be preparing for energy rationing, but Grant Shapps, the…

What happened to Tory radicalism?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Whatever advantages money may have brought Rishi Sunak as he rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wealth has…

Which foods are seeing the biggest price rises?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Palm substitutes Palm Sunday was so-called because of the palm fronds thrown before Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem. But…

Letters: The revelation that could force Boris to resign

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The lie’s the thing Sir: Your leading article (‘Partygate’s hangover’, 2 April) maintains that if the Prime Minister receives a…

2547: Ascending order - solution

9 April 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are phrases which include the numbers from 1 to 7, with 1 featured twice. First prize John…

Letters: To achieve net zero, we need to go nuclear

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Nuclear future Sir: It is refreshing to see Martin Vander Weyer note that, properly and fully costed, nuclear power is…

Portrait of the week: Partygate penalties, Oscars drama and Dairy Milk shrinks

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Twenty fixed-penalty fines were issued after the police inquiry into Downing Street parties that broke Covid rules, but the…

How much of a litre of fuel is now tax?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Common knowledge Tensions in the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Jamaica led some to speculate that…

2546: Picture book - solution

2 April 2022 9:00 am

NICOLAS POUSSIN painted ET IN ARCADIA EGO and A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME. The latter inspired ANTHONY POWELL,…

Boris Johnson and the partygate hangover

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Afew weeks ago it seemed that the issue of Downing Street parties over lockdown had been usurped by a more…

2545: With a twist - solution

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Suggested by 41, the other unclued lights were worms entered backwards in the grid. To comply with the preamble, 6…

Letters: We’re all still paying for the financial crash

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Don’t blame the banks? Sir: Kate Andrews struggles to disentangle the causes of the developing cost-of-living crisis (‘Cold truth’, 19…

Portrait of the week: Spring statement, weapons for Ukraine and no more free-range eggs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Home Britain had provided Ukraine with more than 4,000 Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons, the Ministry of Defence said. Shell…

Which countries have ditched daylight savings time?

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Time for a change A bill before the US Senate would abolish daylight saving time. Some countries which have previously…