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2444: Ones in the country solution

7 March 2020 9:00 am

The unclued answers are all words inChambers, having their origin in Indonesia (clued by wordplay in the title). First prize…

The good boy of jazz: Dave Brubeck’s time has come round at last

7 March 2020 9:00 am

On 8 November 1954, Dave Brubeck’s portrait appeared on the cover of Time magazine, accompanied by the words ‘The Joints…

Portrait of the week: Weinstein convicted, Harry and Meghan answer back, and coronavirus spreads in Europe

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The government told Britons returning from 11 quarantined towns in northern Italy to isolate themselves, for fear of spreading…

Who can use the word ‘royal’?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

What a hole The World Health Organisation added processed meats to its list of ‘known’ carcinogens. A few of the…

Letters: How to really revitalise the North

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Devolved or decentralised? Sir: Paul Collier (‘Northern lights’, 22 February) conflates what devolution has come to mean, in UK terms, with…

to 2443: Middle of the road

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Each unclued light is a genus name of a TREE (i.e. ‘middle of the road’ = (s)TREE(t)). Cornus was also allowed…

The ‘Westminster paedophile ring’ is a lesson in how not to carry out a police investigation

29 February 2020 9:00 am

A cornerstone of any -functioning democracy is the separation of police and the courts on one hand, and government and…

Britain is booming – despite Brexit

23 February 2020 6:30 pm

After the vote for Brexit, it was often said that our departure from the EU was most likely to harm…

Britain is booming – despite Brexit

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

After the vote for Brexit, it was often said that our departure from the EU was most likely to harm…

Portrait of the week: Cabinet reshuffle, another royal divorce and coronavirus hits iPhones

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The Budget, still scheduled for 11 March, had to be rewritten after Rishi Sunak was made Chancellor of the…

Who actually goes on a cruise?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Breeding controversy A Downing Street aide, believed to have been recruited as a result of Dominic Cummings’s advert for ‘weirdos…

Letters: How to make a cup of tea

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

No defence Sir: Jon Stone (Letters, 15 February) recalls the horrors and miseries of being subjected to bombing from the…

2442: Don’t nod solution

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

ROTAVATOR (4A), NAURUAN (12), DEED (25), DEIFIED (36), MALAYALAM (39), REIFIER (4D), TERRET (15D), and REPAPER (18) are palindromes as…

Borrow-and-spend Boris risks repeating Gordon Brown’s mistakes

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not clear, but has become more so with the announcement this week…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

Letters: Britain can be zero carbon – but only by becoming poorer

15 February 2020 9:00 am

A green and poor land? Sir: Your editorial (8 February) is a timely warning about what the government’s headlong drive…

to 2441: To and Fro

15 February 2020 9:00 am

FRANCIS THOMPSON, born in PRESTON, wrote THE HOUND OF HEAVEN and a poem, AT LORD’S, remembering the run-stealers that flicker…

Boris must have the courage to spell out the true cost of ‘net zero’

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After being sacked as the chairman of the COP26, the UN climate conference which is to take place in Glasgow…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves the EU, coronavirus evacuations and a great day for Trump

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The United Kingdom quietly left the European Union at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January. Boris Johnson, the Prime…

Is the Wuhan coronavirus really that deadly?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Mumbo jumbo The Prime Minister called opposition to imports of US-produced food ‘mumbo jumbo’. The expression was introduced to the…

Objects of desire

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

‘Homosexuality without the cant’, by Simon Raven, 14 June 1968: ‘All virile societies,’ writes Mary McCarthy à propos the Florentines,…

Letters: Innovation has been stifled in Britain for too long

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The chance to fail Sir: Matt Ridley’s article ‘Risky business’ (1 February) offers a variety of reasons why innovation has been…

to 2440: Dizzy tiny blonde

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The unclued lights (paired at 5/8, 24/3, 30D/30A and 42/35, and the singleton at 37) are titles of series of…

Britain is taking on a new role – as the European Union’s strongest ally

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The moment of Britain’s departure from the EU was always likely to be an anticlimax, both for those who expect…