Life

Bridge

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Long after my own team had been knocked out of this year’s Spring Fours in Stratford-on-Avon (the most prestigious and…

Trumpeting success

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Regular readers will recall my column of 15 April in which I speculated on the future of the eccentric Fidé…

no. 457

20 May 2017 9:00 am

White to play. This is from Euwe-Fischer, New York 1957. How did Euwe capitalise on the threatening position of his…

Lost in translation

20 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2998 you were invited to submit a set of instructions for an everyday device that have been…

Constitutional Amendment

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Unclued lights are six characters from 45 and its author. Five of these undergo 45 in one way before entry;…

2307: Obit IV

20 May 2017 9:00 am

On 18 March 2017 the great ROCK’N’ROLLER (3) Chuck Berry died. Round the perimeter run the titles of four of…

Dear Mary

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My mother always told me that only boring people are bored. However she never got stuck at a drinks…

French fancies

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘That sweet enemy, France.’ It takes a poet to summarise centuries of military and diplomatic history. On a prosaic level,…

High life

20 May 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a Trump insider gossiped about an American president having had an affair with…

Low life

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Chez Frank is a popular local boar-hunters’ bar, tobacconist and general store at a lonely crossroads in the forest. It…

Anniversary

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘It’s like Pin number,’ said my husband, drifting into lucidity. So it is, in a way. The construction under discussion…

Real life

20 May 2017 9:00 am

The builder boyfriend has dug himself a hole. I don’t mean he’s in trouble with me. I mean he has…

Stupid is as stupid votes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

John Stuart Mill is usually credited as the person who first called the Conservatives ‘the stupid party’, but that isn’t…

Why we need paper promises

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When you get into a taxi, there’s usually a framed sheet of paper describing what you pay for your trip:…

Global mourning

13 May 2017 9:00 am

In Competition No. 2997 you were invited to submit an obituary for planet Earth.   It was a smallish but…

2309: Complicated

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Each of fifteen clues contains a misprinted letter in the definition part. Corrections of misprints spell the four-word title of…

to 2306: Instruction

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The instruction was ‘SEND IN THE CLOWNS’ (21D/14) from A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim. The remaining unclued lights…

Dear Mary

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My 23-year-old son has taught himself to play the piano, learning the theme tune to The Truman Show without…

Character floors

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Six Storeys on Soho is in a slender grey townhouse on Soho Square: a bar, restaurant and club. It is…

High life

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Much like the poor, the charity ball has always been with us, but lately it’s turned into a freak. Something…

Low life

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I was sitting between mother and daughter on the sofa, and we were having a ‘wee night’ as Glaswegians put…

Progressive

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I laughed, in a sympathetic way I hope, when I read a letter in the Daily Telegraph pointing out that…

Real life

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Well, there were seven of us in this chain, so it was a bit crowded, to paraphrase a princess. We…