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Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Flat spin Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat, according to figures reported over the years?…

Letters: The C of E’s obsession with critical race theory

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Christian approach Sir: Dr Michael Nazir-Ali’s criticism of our report ‘From Lament to Action’ (‘Bad faith’, 1 May) was wide…

Portrait of the week: Covid retreats, raves resume and a £165,000 squid

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Home ‘I think we have got a good chance of being able to dispense with the one-metre-plus from 21 June,’…

Data, not dates: there is no reason to delay a return to normal life

8 May 2021 9:00 am

A slogan can come back to haunt you. For Boris Johnson, the words ‘data not dates’ sounded powerful at a…

2502: Nay-sayers? - solution

8 May 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are HORSES. First prize Bob Toland, Ramsey, CambsRunners-up Gareth Davies, Langstone, Gwent; Catherine Knox, London SW4 Got…

Portrait of the week: A political squall, sub-postmasters exonerated and India’s Covid crisis

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Home By the beginning of the week, 12,071,810 people had received both doses of coronavirus vaccine, and the proportion of…

Letters: The veiled elitism of social mobility

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Levelling up Sir: In making the case for social mobility, Lee Cain unwittingly endorses the classism he hopes to fight…

A vote for the SNP would mean another wasted decade in Scotland

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes, Westminster unwittingly makes quite a good case for Scottish independence. Britain’s Covid emergency has ended, but the damage of…

2501: Delightful - solution

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The ‘Transport of Delight’, in the song by Flanders and Swann, was that ‘big six-wheeler, scarlet-painted, diesel-engined, London Transport, ninety-seven…

The public has kept its side of the lockdown bargain. Now it’s the government’s turn

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Over the past week, the country has started to spring back to life. Trains and buses are no longer running…

Letters: The true cost of the green dream

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Zero possibility Sir: Katy Balls is right to conclude that the government is ‘not being upfront’ on the bill for…

Portrait of the week: Covid pills, Chauvin’s conviction and a red card for the Super League

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced the hunt was on for two effective pills to treat Covid, to be…

Who gave Abba ‘nul points’ in 1974?

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Falling from grace Six Premier League football clubs had announced their intention to join a European Super League, from which…

2500: 50 x 50 - solution

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The solution grid includes the letter L fifty times (L x 50 = 2500). Coincidentally, Doc and his wife, Jean,…

Should we fear for the future of the monarchy?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Fourteen prime ministers; 18 general elections; seven changes of government. Even in a stable country like Britain it is remarkable…

Portrait of the week: Duke of Edinburgh dies, Covid retreats and questions for Cameron

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The Duke of Edinburgh, who was married to the Queen for 73 years, died at Windsor Castle, aged 99.…

How often does it snow in April?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

D of E awards A few of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s lesser-known titles and honours: — Royal Chief of the Order…

Letters: There’s nothing libertarian about vaccine passports

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Taking liberties Sir: I feel that Matthew Parris is absolutely wrong about liberty (‘The libertarian case for vaccine passports’, 10…

2499: Entitled trio - solution

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The theme was C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 38A (of Scotland), 43A and 22D were all…

Letters: The inconsistencies of Mormonism

10 April 2021 9:00 am

A leap of faith Sir: I live not far from the ‘London Temple’ of the Church of Jesus Christ of…

It’s time Boris Johnson lets science restore our liberty

10 April 2021 9:00 am

‘The government would love to put issues such as these beyond the bounds of debate by creating an air of…

Portrait of the week: Vaccine passports, Northern Ireland riots and a cocaine-smuggling kayaker

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Home The government sketched a scheme for a coronavirus passport, or ‘Covid status certification’, to be tried out at the…

2498: Cross-country - solution

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights consist of the names of two countries overlapping by two or three letters: eg 25D ‘JAPANAMA’ gives…

How likely is a false positive from a Covid test?

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Positive thinking The government wants us to test ourselves for Covid-19 twice a week, using lateral flow kits which will…

The false narrative of white vs BAME

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Almost 20 years ago, Michael Howard spoke about the ‘British dream’: that immigrant families like his could come to this…