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Aussie life

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The education of the young is an essential component for the transmission of culture from one generation to the next.…

Language

21 May 2022 9:00 am

We all know ‘adult’ the noun, and we know what an ‘adult’ is (‘because,’ as a friend said to me,…

My one to watch at the French Open

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The timing of Brendon McCullum’s appointment as England’s Test match coach couldn’t be better for him, or for the matey…

2556: Recent origins

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The unclued entries have something in common, and are the most recent of their type. One umlaut should be ignored…

Dear Mary: How do I dodge my village’s Jubilee tug-of-war contest?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Q. I’m 28 and lucky enough to own a four-bed house in Notting Hill. I let three of the rooms…

The perfect restaurant for the Labour party: Arcade reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

I should know better than to visit restaurants assembled as if from disparate bricks, like thrift-shop Duplo: but the ever-credulous…

2553: Island alien - solution

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights when arranged as 12, 11, 43, 5, 24, 1D, 1A form Chambers’definition of MULLET at 30D. First…

Why nothing ever comes ‘for free’

21 May 2022 9:00 am

‘It’s not as nice as it looks,’ said my husband, not leaving time to look it in the mouth before…

No. 703

21 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Vachier-Lagrave-Caruana, Bucharest 2022. The Bh4 can retreat to g3, f2 or e1. Which one is best, and…

Jacob Rees-Mogg does Mills & Boon

21 May 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3249, you were invited to submit an extract from a Mills & Boon novel whose central character…

Rock, paper, scissors

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The Superbet Chess Classic in Bucharest concluded last weekend in a dramatic tiebreak between Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Levon…

The art of laziness

21 May 2022 9:00 am

New York Living a life of pleasure is fun, but it can also become tiresome. Living an ethical life of…

The politics of horse muck

21 May 2022 9:00 am

‘You coming to help us poo pick?’ said my friend Terry, in a desperate sounding voice message. The builder boyfriend…

How not to fish

21 May 2022 9:00 am

After two nights at Le Grau-du-Roi (the King’s Pond) and a night spent within the medieval walls of Aigues-Mortes (Stagnant…

Bridge | 21 May 2022

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It was time to celebrate! The Schapiro Spring Foursomes was back again after the enforced Covid break, and the EBU’s…

The courage of Katharine Birbalsingh

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Five years ago, I put my friend Nell Butler in touch with Katharine Birbalsingh, Britain’s most outspoken headmistress. I was…

The Battle for Britain | 21 May 2022

21 May 2022 9:00 am

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Aussie life

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Are conservative journalists more endangered than polar bears? Unlike the habitat of the world’s largest land carnivore, the landscape across…

(Pro-) Aussie life

14 May 2022 9:00 am

‘We are not changing any of the settings and I don’t believe we need to change any of the settings’…

Spectator competition winners: The last will and testament of Gollum

14 May 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3248, you were asked to submit the last will and testament of a fictional character. In a…

No. 702

14 May 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Averbakh-Zita, Szczawno-Zdroj 1950. Black has just interposed Rb6-g6, so White needs an accurate finish before e3-e2 mate…

Solution to 2552: 😀

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The emoticon which formed the title of the puzzle suggested George Smiley, Le Carré’s nemesis of MI6 moles, ordered as…

2555: 6 x 2 mixtures

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (one of two words) can be resolved into six pairs, in some way related. Ignore one acute…

Remembering Averbakh

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Yuri Averbakh had a wry explanation for why he was made chairman of the USSR Chess Federation in 1972. There…

How not to understand the Brexit referendum

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Simon Kuper’s Chums: How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK is a wonderful compendium of anecdotes…