Life

Bridge

18 February 2017 9:00 am

What can be more regrettable than picking up a huge hand and landing in the wrong contract?   It happened…

The Battle fo Britain

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Cui Bono

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The cause célèbre at the Tradewise tournament in Gibraltar, which finished earlier this month, was the extraordinary protest by Hou…

no. 444

18 February 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This position is a variation from Hou Yifan-Ju, Gibraltar 2017. Hou lost this game to her compatriot.…

Trigger point

18 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2985 you were invited to provide a poetic preview of the day Article 50 is triggered.  …

2297: Thoroughly

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Each of nine clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part. Corrections of misprints spell a two-word phrase. Clues…

to 2294: Times Square

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perimeter words are names of the most recent GEOLOGICAL PERIODS.  First prize J.P Green, Uppingham, RutlandRunners-up Paul Jenkinson, Zollikon, Switzerland;…

Dear Mary

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Q. My husband and I like to go to concerts and recitals but he is an artist with a very…

American English

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar is in the Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store on Regent Street. It is rare that fashion…

High life

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad One’s unpopularity on account of calling it a night diminishes in direct proportion to the severity of the next…

Low life

18 February 2017 9:00 am

A deep frost in the winter of 1821–22 killed the orange trees in Nice. The Anglican minister to the English…

Rocket

18 February 2017 9:00 am

‘It is rocket science,’ said my husband waving a pinnately lobed leaf snatched from his restaurant salad. He doesn’t much…

Real life

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Fine, so I got it completely wrong. It turns out the sale of my flat was not held up by…

Breathtaking and brilliant

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Perfection in sport: unattainable, but sometimes you can come close. Moments, people, actions you never tire of watching: Roger Federer’s…

Can I bear to sack the digital babysitter?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I was astonished to discover in conversation with another dad last week that he and his wife intended to introduce…

The turf

18 February 2017 9:00 am

The drumbeats are quickening ahead of the Cheltenham Festival and at this stage there really is no substitute for going…

The Battle for Britain

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Bridge

11 February 2017 9:00 am

It’s so hard not to whinge when you’ve had bad luck at bridge — it’s just one of those things…

Tradewise

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The Tradewise tournament at Gibraltar has gained a colossal reputation and is even challenging the traditional tournament at Wijk aan…

no. 443

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Black to play. This position is from Gledura-Topalov, Gibraltar 2017. Bulgarian grandmaster Veselin Topalov is not the force he used…

Hey, Mr Tangerine Man

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2984 you were invited to follow in the footsteps of Green Day and Moby and provide Donald…

2296: Men of note

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights, which include the German eighth, are of a kind. Ignore all accents.   Across 1    Lines fish…

to 2293: Topping

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The unclued lights are items of headgear.  First prize Tony Watson, Twyford, BerkshireRunners-up Philip Berridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire; R.C. Teuton, Frampton…

Dear Mary

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Q. A (very attractive) man I knew at university invited me to a party given by him and his girlfriend.…

Bloody Marys and glorious Jean

11 February 2017 9:00 am

To the Western Isles, or at least to its embassy in Belgravia. Boisdale restaurant always claims to be extra-territorial. There…