Life

Let’s choose our politicians by random selection

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Athens Standing right below the Acropolis, where pure democracy began because public officials were elected by lot, I try to…

Italy, in seven hours and five trains

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The train standing at platform 1A had no air-conditioning and the heat was stupefying. Latecomers pressing into the carriage reacted…

Why won’t the police acknowledge that speeding coppers are a liability?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

For a while, it seemed as if the only words my beloved would ever say again were ‘chicken Kievs’. Two…

One to watch: the 5lb claimer Theodore Ladd

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Newmarket’s wisest trainer, Sir Mark Prescott, once noted: ‘The greyhound is propelled through the pain barrier by its desire to…

Bridge

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I have always thought the term ‘bridge holiday’ was an oxymoron. When I travel with my team to various events,…

Tal story

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Sixty years ago, the great Mikhail Tal won the Candidates tournament by a massive margin to qualify for a world…

no. 563

20 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Tal-Rantanen, Tallinn 1979. This game features a typically brilliant Tal finish. Can you…

When two becomes one

20 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3107 you were invited to provide an extract that is a mash-up of two well-known works of…

2417: Six Nations

20 July 2019 9:00 am

One of the unclued entries (two words) can be followed by each of the others (two of three words, one…

to 2414: Matchplay

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Conrad HILTON (2), Michael WILDING (37), Mike TODD (24), Eddie FISHER (3), Richard BURTON (30), John WARNER (31) and Larry…

I’m starting a trade union for intellectuals

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I have just returned from Minneapolis after attending the annual conference of the International Society for Intelligence Research. That’s ‘intelligence’…

The Battle for Britain

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Why extravagant things don’t have to feel expensive

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Suppose you bought a case of claret a few years ago for £20 a bottle. It now sells at auction…

Dear Mary: How should one react when someone invites you to an expensive restaurant — then lets you pay the bill?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Q. Further to your advice about how to refuse invitations, I had a friend, who sadly died young, who disliked…

The tastes of summer: polo, Pimm’s and plenty of Champagne

20 July 2019 9:00 am

England. On a glorious summer afternoon in the Sussex countryside, I had been invited to watch polo at Cowdray Park,…

Must Harry and Meghan’s son really learn to ‘essentialise’ race?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Ha, ha,’ said my husband, as though he’d made a joke. ‘Here’s one for you.’ He waved a page of…

Coco Gauff won fair and square, but she played terrible tennis

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Martina Navratilova has never been shy about telling it like it is. She came out when other athletes were hiding…

Tuscany’s killer climate

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The hotel manager had arranged for me to borrow an Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto two-seater convertible (1982) for the afternoon.…

Not going to the osteopath cured me

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Not going to the osteopath worked a treat. Walking out of that surgery after hearing the crunching coming from inside…

Bridge

13 July 2019 9:00 am

All high-level bridge tournaments involve playing with screens placed diagonally across the table — and there are numerous rules to…

Howard Staunton

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Staunton was the most successful British player of all time, winning three matches against European masters in the 1840s which…

no. 562

13 July 2019 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Wassin-Grigorchuk, Izola 2019. Although the game is only just out of the opening, White…

Twister

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3106 you were invited to submit a poem with an ingenious twist at the end. This challenge,…

2416: Silence

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights share a common feature at least once, different in each case.   Across 7    Liechtenstein test about…

to 2413: Sign here please

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are EPISCOPAL SIGNATURES  First prize Jason James, CambridgeRunners-up K.M. Robb, Borrowstounness, West Lothian; McNeill, Belfast