Life

I’m back in New York: the city that’s perennially offended

23 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   Goodbye, snow-capped peaks; hello, swampy brown East River. So long, fresh alpine air; greetings to choking diesel…

After ten weeks spent caring for my mother, I had to relearn the art of conversation

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I said my goodbyes and went outside with my trolley bag to wait for the taxi. While waiting, I looked…

Professional villagers won’t rest until they have eliminated mud from the countryside

23 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Don’t touch anything sharp. Don’t saw anything or drill anything or sand anything,’ said the builder boyfriend as he left…

Bridge

23 March 2019 9:00 am

It’s exceptionally rare to pick up an 11-card suit. You might think it would happen at least once in a…

Family silver

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, finished last week with a victory for Russia but with an outstanding team…

no. 546

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Sasikiran-McShane, Astana 2019. Black’s queen is attacked, his knight is vulnerable and b7…

The big reveal

23 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3090 you were invited to submit a recently discovered lost poem by a well-known poet that makes…

2400: Unclued

23 March 2019 9:00 am

All unclued entries are, unusually, not all unclued; all are different and there are no proper nouns. A repeated cryptic…

to 2397: Obit V

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Albert Finney, a fine ACTOR (13), died on 7 February 2019. His legacy includes SATURDAY NIGHT (10) and SUNDAY MORNING…

Farringdon’s Quality Chop House is macabre, but at least it has character

23 March 2019 9:00 am

I love the drug of television, which is slightly less awful than the drug of social media because the conversation…

Does a dark lantern give out light?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

‘Does a dark lantern give out black light?’ asked my husband as if in delirium. He was reading a book…

Why the LGBT health panel isn’t diverse enough

23 March 2019 9:00 am

On Monday, the government announced that Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities as well as the Secretary of…

The Battle for Britain

23 March 2019 9:00 am

How Scotland humiliated England in the Six Nations

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Outside the rugby superhighway of the A316, linking Richmond, Rosslyn Park, the Quins and HQ, it’s hard to imagine anyone…

Dear Mary: how do I stop a man making lewd comments?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Q. My wife’s closest friend and her husband visit us every couple of months or so. Without fail he will…

Hulton Archive

The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

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The travesties competing in the Terrier category at Crufts

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Does the BBC suppose that it will convert the public to a belief in equality if it does not, in…

Handbags

From a solar-powered bin to HS2: the destruction of my childhood home

16 March 2019 9:00 am

My mother is a classy lady. I have always known this, but it still affected me in a way I…

Rich Ricci, former executive chairman of BetBright. Credit: Alan Crowhurst / Stringer

While some bookies behave admirably, the BetBright debacle is a disgrace

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Encountering a generous-hearted bookmaker is normally as rare an occurrence as finding a picture of the Duchess of Sussex without…

Bridge

16 March 2019 9:00 am

James Vogl excelled at poker and backgammon and thought, like many of us, that when he took up bridge about…

Oxford win

16 March 2019 9:00 am

The annual Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge ended in a surprisingly narrow victory for the dark blues. Their team…

no. 545

16 March 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Finn-Abbas, Varsity Match 2019. A strategic puzzle rather than a tactical one. White has…

Climate change

16 March 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3089 you were invited to put your own spin on a weather forecast.   The seed for…

2399: Lines of work

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Eight unclued entries (two of two words, one hyphened) form a folk rhyme used as the basis for the first…

to 2396: Reader …,

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights were husbands (40A) of Jane Austen’s heroines.  First prize Alison Hinder, Sholing, SouthamptonRunners-up Janet Dibley, Polegate, East Sussex;…