Life

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

Was there pleasure at Passchendaele?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

At ten to eleven we filed outside the church and assembled in the graveyard around a small cenotaph commemorating the…

Life is tough at the bottom of the equality heap

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The incident I am about to recount I make no judgment about, other than that I believe it tells us…

Bridge

18 November 2017 9:00 am

I spent last weekend glued to Bridge Base Online, watching the 16th European Champions Cup taking place in Latvia, and…

Alekhine’s anniversaries

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Alexander Alekhine was one of the two world champions (the other being his fellow native Russian Mikhail Botvinnik) who won,…

no. 483

18 November 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Alekhine-Supico, Blindfold Simultaneous, Lisbon 1941. Can you spot White’s remarkable finish, which is…

Brown studies

18 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3024 you were invited to submit a short story in the style of Dan Brown. This comp,…

2336: Irrelevant

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Each of four unclued lights is the result of an action that may be described as 7 (hyphened), a definition…

to 2333: Unchangeable

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Answers to clues in italics are SET IN STONE (38). Resulting entries at 1, 2, 14, 25 and 43 (in…

It’s a jungle in there, Stanley

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Crikey Moses! Stanley Johnson has been cast as the token pensioner in the new series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me…

What we need is a Freedom of Uninformation Act

18 November 2017 9:00 am

One dietary fad that never made sense to me was the campaign against the consumption of eggs. Now call me…

The Battle for Britain

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Mary solves your problems: My husband’s started working from home – and he’s driving me crazy

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Q. My husband, who used to be away on business most of the time, now works from home and has…

Gender comes in fluid form

18 November 2017 9:00 am

I have lost faith in British boyhood. In mixed schools, young males have failed to seize an opportunity that previous…

What two little words that combine virtue signalling and denunciation?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The inventor of the verse form known as the clerihew, Edmund Clerihew Bentley, had a way with this seemingly simple…

Why Harvey, Dustin and Brett did it

11 November 2017 9:00 am

A dinner in honour of Arki Busson hosted by Michael Mailer in his brilliant Brooklyn flat on the banks of…

A lament for the best pub in Devon

11 November 2017 9:00 am

We had a hyperbole competition, the taxi driver and I, over the climbing full moon, clearer and brighter than either…

Are my horses conspiring against me?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

When it comes to horses, troubles come in multitudes. Multitudes of lame legs. Gracie, the hunter pony, kicked things off…

The founding father of bookmaking

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Imagine Ryan Moore getting caught on the line by a rival’s late spurt at the end of a Newmarket race…

Bridge

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The third and final weekend of England’s Premier League took place in Solihull and was a very jolly affair. All…

Master class

11 November 2017 9:00 am

While researching some early games in the Bf4 version of the Queen’s Pawn openings favoured by world champion Magnus Carlsen,…

no. 482

11 November 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is from Rasmussen-Nyback, Crete 2017. How can White win at once? Answers to me at…

Mixing it

11 November 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3023 you were invited to submit cringeworthy portmanteau words. The word portmanteau was first used in this…

2235: Chippy

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words — ignore its accent) are of a kind.   Across 1    I’m the…

to 2332: glad all over

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are preceded by HAPPY to yield phrases listed in Brewer.  First prize Tony Hankey, London W4Runners-up C.…