The Spectator

22 July 2017 Aus

Freeze out the bedwetters

Life

Crossword

2319: Poem III

Unclued lights are words from a famous poem whose title will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded.…

Crossword solution

No. 2316: Divine alteration

Redundant words were 12A virgin, 16A crazy, 38A mammal, 18D state, 21D greed, 25D tendon, 34D extremist. These respectively defined…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. Last summer a friend of my brother-in-law’s house-sat for us while we were in Greece for a week. We…

Food

Salt-beef delirium

Katz’s Delicatessen, established 1888, is a theme park of Jewish-American food, with tribute gift shop, on the lower east side…

Low life

Low life

Valencia was a furnace. During the short ride from the airport, the taxi driver supplemented his chat about the weather…

Mind your language

Support

The Foreword didn’t bode well. This was on the first page of The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. It…

Real life

Real life

Two months after I cancelled Sky, a strange letter arrived in the post. ‘We are writing to you because we…

Spectator sport

Rog apart, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

Status anxiety

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

The turf

The turf

A woman I once encountered at the dining table whose prime years were clearly behind her described herself as ‘approaching…

Bridge

Bridge

The first week of July is heaven for those of us who don’t normally hear the words ‘bridge’ and ‘holiday’…

Chess

New in chess

New in Chess is one of the world’s leading chess magazines. At one time or another, every contemporary champion and…

Chess puzzle

no. 466

White to play. This position is from Quparadze-Uzunoglu, Cesme 2017. Black is hoping for counterplay on the a1-h8 diagonal but…

Competition

Cat call

In Competition No. 3007 you were invited to submit a poem about Larry, the Downing Street cat. Larry came to…