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It’s time to repair the damage caused by lockdown grade inflation

13 August 2022 9:00 am

When A-level results are published next week, we will find out if the government has made any progress in stemming…

Letters: The Tavistock is a national health scandal

13 August 2022 9:00 am

The race isn’t run Sir: Bravo Fiona Unwin (‘Rooting for Rishi’, 6 August) for the best piece I have read…

2562: 3 X 2 - solution

13 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are words (or one phrase) which contain three pairs (3 x 2, in the title) of double…

Portrait of the week: Energy bills up, NHS waiting lists down and hosepipes off

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Home Energy bills will be £4,266 for a typical household by January, according to the consultancy Cornwall Insight, which had…

What are the rules around ex-presidents’ paperwork?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Tracing paper FBI agents raided Donald Trump’s estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, in search of papers he is accused of removing…

Letters: How Rishi Sunak could beat the odds

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Injured party Sir: Prue Leith’s short interlude as a Conservative party member and subsequent resignation underlines a feature of the…

Can Liz Truss be trusted?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Liz Truss has taken the lead in the Tory leadership race with an agenda that seems radical and ambitious, whereas…

2564: Sea monster – solution

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights 11 SOLITARY, 8 POOR, 38 NASTY, 36 BRUTISH and 35 SHORT are descriptions of 1 THE LIFE…

When did ‘best before’ dates begin?

6 August 2022 9:00 am

An idea past its sell-by date Waitrose has announced the removal of ‘best before’ dates from many food products. –…

Portrait of the week: Hosepipe bans, England’s women win the Euros and a strike over dragons

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Home BP reported quarterly profits of £6.9 billion, its biggest for 14 years, after oil and gas prices rose steeply.…

Germany’s energy crisis is a warning to Britain

30 July 2022 9:00 am

During the eurozone crisis, southern European states had to go cap in hand to Germany to stave off national bankruptcy.…

Portrait of the week: Sunak vs Truss, London dodges a blackout and 94st walrus capsizes boats

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Home In a television debate between the two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative party (and hence the prime…

Letters: Let’s get fracking

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Get fracking Sir: All credit to The Spectator for grabbing the cancelled Tory leadership debate slot (‘The final three’, 23…

Which country has hosted Eurovision the most?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

The longest heatwave How did the recent heatwave compare with that of 1976? That year, the temperature peaked at 35.9˚C…

2563: Areas for development - solution

30 July 2022 9:00 am

As suggested by 11 across, the other unclued lights were anagrams of capital cities: 23A Nairobi, 25A Nassau, 29A Lima,…

Portrait of the week: Record-breaking heat, a summer of strikes and a warning for snake-owners

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Home In the contest for the leadership of the Conservative party, Jeremy Hunt and Nadhim Zahawi were the first of…

Just how hot has it got in the UK?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Hot topic Last week’s Barometer detailed past UK temperature records. Those were broken by this week’s heatwave. On Monday a…

Letters: What William Blake meant

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Procurement profligacy Sir: In response to Susan Hill’s query ‘Who allows the profligacy in NHS hospital procurement to continue?’ (‘Best…

2562: Clear view... - solution

23 July 2022 9:00 am

The title resolves into CL RVW which suggests the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams. The unclued…

The heatwave shows the lockdown instinct is still alive

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Trains were running even more slowly than usual. Schools were closed again. Offices were empty. No one would deny that…

What’s the hottest it’s ever been in the UK?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Hot hot hot The Met Office said temperatures may hit 40˚C on Sunday, which would be the highest ever recorded…

Letters: In defence of Boris Johnson

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Boris’s legacy Sir: It is grossly unfair to assert that Boris Johnson’s legacy was the lockdown (Leading article, 9 July).…

The Uber scandal highlights big tech’s big failure

16 July 2022 9:00 am

A few years ago the Conservatives were excited about the march of the tech giants. Uber was offering an alternative…

Portrait of the week: Mo Farah’s secret, hot weather warnings and hot competition for the Tory leadership

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Home The Conservatives began the process of finding a new leader, which involves balloting MPs and then sending two names…

2561: Ports - solution

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The unclued entry RECYCLING thematically links six unclued cyclic non-word permutations that appear in the systematic order GCYCLIN, NGCYCLI, INGCYCL,…