Life

Shocking bad hat

23 September 2017 9:00 am

My husband complains that the disposition of teenagers in London is one of mocking hostility. I seem to suffer less…

Real life

23 September 2017 9:00 am

BT have just put the phone down on me for asking them to stop sending me junk mail, which is…

The mystery of socialism’s enduring appeal

23 September 2017 9:00 am

One of the mysteries of our age is why socialism continues to appeal to so many people. Whether in the…

Make life easier and all else will follow

23 September 2017 9:00 am

You can try to change people’s minds, but this is difficult. You can bribe people to change their behaviour, but…

Diary stories

23 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3016 you were invited to submit an extract from the diary of the spouse of a high-profile…

Dear Mary

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Q. Last year my husband and I stayed with a much-loved, but slightly airy-fairy friend in her house in Tuscany.…

All’s fair in love and Waugh

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I was reminded of Wild West films from boyhood. Then, the beleaguered garrison scanned the horizon; would the US cavalry…

High life

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As everyone who stands up when a lady enters the room knows, the once sacrosanct rules of civility throughout the…

The Battle for Britain

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Low life

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I got off the plane at Changi still pleasantly sedated by Xanax, passed through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel, and…

Bridge

23 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m writing this from Stuart Wheeler’s beautiful villa in Tangier, in the hills just above the bay, where for a…

Bronstein’s legacy

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Last week I focused on the games and somewhat tragic career of the ingenious David Bronstein. Before his time the…

no. 475

23 September 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Jobava-Nepomniachtchi, FIDE World Cup, Tbilisi 2017. Can you spot White’s winning coup? Answers…

2328: Second coming

23 September 2017 9:00 am

6A and 42 (whose unchecked letters give IDEA) combine to suggest the title of a novel. Remaining unclued lights give…

to 2325: Hard task

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The theme was PIGS.  First prize J. E. Green, St Albans, HertfordshireRunners-up Michael Moran, Penrith, Cumbria; John M. Brown, Rolleston…

Watching the clock

16 September 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3015 you were invited to submit a poem about Big Ben’s bongs.   The decision to remove…

Dear Mary

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Q. My partner and I recently had two close friends — one a Peer, the other a former Member of the…

Gorblimey trousers

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Piles of black plastic rubbish sacks lie in the streets of Birmingham because, since the end of June, the dustmen…

Real life

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Stefano and his boys got to work with gusto and within a few days the upstairs of my house started…

Bridge

16 September 2017 9:00 am

This summer was the longest I have gone without playing bridge since I began about 20 years ago. Not one…

Study in obsession

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Genna Sosonko is a writer and grandmaster who straddles two great chess cultures, Holland and the USSR, his chosen and native…

No. 474

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Carlsen-Bu, Fidé World Cup, Tbilisi 2017. Can you spot Black’s winning coup? Answers…

2327: Exhibition

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Five unclued lights are titles of works by a person whose name is formed by two unclued lights. Three clues…

2324: In the frame

16 September 2017 9:00 am

11, 42 and perimeter entries are titles of COMPUTER-ANIMATED FILMS.  First prize B. Midgley, Ettington, Stratford-upon-AvonRunners-up Arabella Grandage, Bradenham, Bucks;…

High life

16 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m in Venice for the film festival that just ended and, as an American humorist once wired his paper: ‘Streets…