Life

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Big trouble upstream

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At a wedding a few years back a very gloomy looking guest, a well-known Geordie actor as it happens, arrived…

Form Board

A myth that keeps growing and growing

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I had lunch recently with an assistant head of a leading independent school and he told me about their ‘growth…

Cheltenham Races

The turf

21 January 2017 9:00 am

You had to feel for ITV’s new racing team on their opening day at Cheltenham. It was cold, wet and…

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The Battle for Britain

21 January 2017 9:00 am

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Bridge

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Friday night IMPs game at the Young Chelsea is still the best game around. Some of yesterday’s internationals may…

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Hypermodern

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Richard Réti is one of the most fascinating figures in the history of chess thought. The author of two seminal…

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no. 440

21 January 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Réti-Tartakower, Vienna 1910. Can you spot White’s beautiful tactical coup? Answers to me at…

Fashion statement

21 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2981 you were invited to submit a poem about a politician and an item of clothing.  …

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2293: Topping

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words and one hyphened) are of a kind, all verifiable in Chambers.   Across…

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to 2290: Timely II

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Perimetric trios combine to suggest HOG/MAN/AY: SHILLING, MALE, INDEED; SWINE, ATTENDANT, YES; MOUND, EMPLOYEE, EVER. The relevant activity is FIRST-FOOTING…

Dear Mary

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Q. At a drinks party at Christie’s this evening my face was splattered with flecks of spit from the guest…

Increase Police Security In Front Of Trump Tower Following Protest In New York

Trumped!

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Trump Tower sits between Gucci and Tiffany on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It looks like infant Lego, the…

Luftwaffe Over Greece

High life

21 January 2017 9:00 am

 Athens I can only ask sardonically: was it worth it? Executed after unspeakable torture without giving anything away — and…

Long life

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I am very bad at remembering my dreams: I would have been a poor patient for Dr Freud. But I…

Low life

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Our friend Anthony was reportedly dying and a party of four drove over to the nursing home to say cheerio.…

Carillion

21 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Look, darling, a spelling mistake,’ said my husband, looking out of the window, as he had been for minutes, like…

Real life

21 January 2017 9:00 am

If the buyer asks me any more questions I am going to pull out. I have to put my foot…

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Making work for ourselves

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…

Kray Brothers

Wild life

14 January 2017 9:00 am

We had my parents-in-law Gerry and Jean to stay with us on the farm over Christmas and being in a…

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The Battle for Britain

14 January 2017 9:00 am

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Bridge

14 January 2017 9:00 am

There’s a bit of a ruckus going on in the bridge world at the moment; a lot of people are…

Chess

Gone Giri

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The London Classic is over with the final scores being as follows: Wesley So 6/9; Fabiano Caruana 5½; Viswanathan Anand,…

Chess_Puzzle

no. 439

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Topalov-Anand, London Classic 2016. How did Black conclude? Answers to me at The…

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Festive features

14 January 2017 9:00 am

THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (99) and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (20) – whose DIRECTORS (37) were ERNST LUBITSCH (61)…

Comic effect

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2980 you were invited to submit an extract from a politician’s speech ghostwritten by a well-known comedian.…