Life

Remembering Tim Hoare – a man like no other

14 September 2019 9:00 am

He was a Falstaff in his drinking and in his celebration of life, but his greatness lay in his friendships.…

The woman laid out in the coffin in front of us wasn’t Mum

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The receptionist with brown lipstick showed my son and me into a faultless waiting room, whose centrepiece was a big…

Pet health insurance is a scam

14 September 2019 9:00 am

‘The reason vets are so expensive now,’ explained the vet in her snazzy green uniform, ‘is because we can do…

Excessive gambling is dangerous – a flutter on the horses is not

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Sorry is allegedly the hardest word to say — so Carolyn Harris, chair of the all-party parliamentary group studying gambling-related…

Bridge

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Not many male bridge players over a certain age (ten) would call themselves feminists. I won’t repeat what the partner…

Benko’s endgame

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The Hungarian/American grandmaster Pal Benko has died at the age of 91. Among his numerous distinguished achievements was his double qualification…

No. 571

14 September 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Benko-Jeney, Budapest 1950. Benko has just sacrificed rook for knight. What is his…

Fabulous

14 September 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3115 you were invited to submit a fable for the 21st century, complete with moral. James Michie,…

2425: Herein

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights (two individually, both of two words, one an abbreviation, and five pairs) are of a kind. One…

to 2422: 40 furlongs

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are words abbreviated by F which includes ‘40’ and the unclued Down lights are abbreviated by f…

How John Bercow saved me from Short Man Syndrome

14 September 2019 9:00 am

I think my colleagues on the pro-Brexit side of the aisle have been a little unkind in their response to…

The Battle for Britain

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Business is the only area of human activity where you get paid to change your mind

14 September 2019 9:00 am

In 1891, a 29-year-old man moved from Philadelphia to Chicago intending to start a business. With $32 to his name,…

Dear Mary: How do we explain being in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Q. We often have friends coming to stay before (and after) we all head off for Glyndebourne, a 20-minute drive…

Claret, dogs and nothing to grouse about

14 September 2019 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac and an agnostic? Someone who wakes up at 4…

When did ‘big girl’s blouse’ become an insult?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Fotherington-Thomas was introduced by Nigel Molesworth, the narrator of Down with Skool!, in 1953: ‘As you see he is skipping…

My soulmate Brian Sewell

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Romy Somerset is the sweetest, nicest young girl in London. She’s also my goddaughter and I remember, during her christening…

The mysterious ways of the French

7 September 2019 9:00 am

These new tablets that will save or at least prolong my life have unpredictable side effects which only now, a…

How it feels to be the only Brexiteers in the village

7 September 2019 9:00 am

We are the only Brexiteers in the village. That, at least, is how it feels. Out they come, the far…

Bridge

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Benjaminised Acol, better known as ‘Benji Acol’ — and its variant ‘Reverse Benji’ — is one of the most commonly…

Ding an sich

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Ding Liren, the Chinese grandmaster, has scored a career best in the Classical time limit section of the Grand Tour…

no. 570

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Ding, St Louis 2019. The black pieces are converging on the white king but…

Home delivery

7 September 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3114 you were invited to submit estate agents’ details in the style of a well-known author.  …

2424: Poem V

7 September 2019 9:00 am

1A (four words) and 44 (four words) are quotations from the first verse of a poem (in ODQ). Five remaining…

to 2421: Tina

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Fats WALLER (5), who has been called ‘THE BLACK HOROWITZ’ (40/37/1A), was born in NEW YORK (28) and died in…