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Here’s why not to go to the Hamptons

16 June 2018 9:00 am

New York The summertime exodus is upon us. The Hamptons are overflowing with mouth-frothing groupies looking for celebrities, and the…

Donald Hankey: a remarkable – and neglected – English voice

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Last year the BBC radio drama department received 3,797 scripts from hopeful authors, of which just 33 were recommended to…

It’s war in my neighbourhood – and this time it’s gloves off

16 June 2018 9:00 am

After sanding floorboards for two days I became even more demented than usual. The hand sander was the exact right…

Bridge

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I’ve just come back from Ostend, where I spent four perfect days. No, not sun, sea and sand — eight…

Viktor the Terrible

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Viktor Korchnoi is the subject of a poignant new book from the distinguished pen of the Dutch grandmaster and former Soviet…

no. 510

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Korchnoi–-Karpov, World Championship game 17, Baguio 1978. Can you spot Karpov’s dramatic finish?…

A sonnet on it

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3052 you were invited to supply a sonnet inspired by a well-known contemporary figure’s characteristic feature. There…

2363: Case ending

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Four of the unclued entries make up a ten-word Shakespearean quotation, including an apostrophe. The other three (two of two…

to 2360: Diplomatic

16 June 2018 9:00 am

THE AMBASSADORS (1D) by HANS HOLBEIN (15 16) includes, as a MEMENTO MORI (17 27), an ANAMORPHIC (11) depiction of…

Paying women for housework? Here’s a feminist proposal I actually like

16 June 2018 9:00 am

According to a new study published by some feminist academics at the Australian National University, women risk damaging their health…

The Battle for Britain

16 June 2018 9:00 am

As our World Cup hopes grow, let’s not fret about the brilliant Belgians

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a question: name some famous Belgians. Well there’s Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany, and Eden Hazard. And if that’s…

Dear Mary: What is the correct form when you find someone hiding from you in a cupboard?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Q. Is there a tactful way to ask people with whom you’ve been interacting on an almost daily basis over…

A Soho House restaurant in Television Centre is as ghastly as it sounds: The Allis reviewed

16 June 2018 9:00 am

The Allis is a restaurant inside the new Soho House at White City — it is called White City House…

When ‘activist’ used to mean ‘Nazi supporter’

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Rudolf Eucken had a beard and a way of tucking the ends of his bow tie under his collar that…

50 years after Bobby Kennedy’s murder, the ‘deep state’ still reigns supreme

9 June 2018 9:00 am

New York   This week 50 years ago saw the assassination of Robert Kennedy, a man I met a couple…

Why did a Ukrainian oligarch invite me to his party in Paris, and pay for me to get there?

9 June 2018 9:00 am

On Monday night I went to a party at the Crazy Horse nightclub in Paris thrown by the oligarch Vitaly…

Turmeric is the hero herb – an all-natural, vegan alternative to common sense

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Dear customer, we are invading your privacy and sending you this unsolicited email in order to tell you that you…

The thoroughbred exists because of a piece of wood: the winning post of the Epsom Derby

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In the previous 17 runnings of the Derby this century no fewer than nine had been won by horses trained…

Bridge

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Talk about Custer’s Last Stand. My poor old team has been knocked out of all this year’s main tournaments —…

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9 June 2018 9:00 am

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will be contesting their World Championship match in London in November. As I mentioned last…

no. 509

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Black to play. This is from Pillsbury-Lasker, St Petersburg 1895/96. Black has sacrificed two rooks for a bishop to drive the…

Royal treatment

9 June 2018 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3051 you were invited to supply an entry by a well-known diarist describing the wedding day of…

2362: Men of note IV

9 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are of a kind. Ignore all accents and diacritical marks throughout the puzzle. The fifth letter of…

to 2359: Down

9 June 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by BLUE which was hidden at the start of the third row and had…