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27 November 2021 9:00 am

Koalas & babies When Covid first hit the news nearly two years ago the Save the Children Fund ran an…

Aussie Language

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The hot political word of the moment has to be faction. In Victoria the anti-corruption body, IBAC, is currently investigating…

Dear Mary: how can I get out of a Christmas party?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Q. I belong to a fairly intimate private club which is the one reliable oasis of calm and civility that…

The Battle for Britain | 27 November 2021

27 November 2021 9:00 am

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I’ve become a social pariah – just for having children

27 November 2021 9:00 am

When Caroline and I got married in 2001, having four kids was not only fashionable, it was the socially responsible…

A small victory in a bad year: José Pizarro at the RA reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Piccadilly is losing its patina of dirt, its cadaverous character. It is overpriced and over-renovated,a meeting place for luxury goods.…

The Kushner conundrum

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Gstaad I have two special girlfriends, Lynne and Fiona, the ladies who guard The Spectator’s entrance against the outraged #MeToo…

Bridge | 27 November 2021

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Succumbing to your emotions at the bridge table can be fatal. Whatever you’re feeling, get a grip! Easier said than…

A feast of feelgood emotion

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ascot’s image is all champagne and fascinators, high society and high rollers. Said Art Buchwald: ‘Ascot is so exclusive that…

2534: Off-pitch

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Eight unclued lights (four of two words) are of a kind.   Across 1 False prophet faces interjection, perhaps (12,…

Poor Ole wasn’t cut out for Man U

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Manchester United have ended up with a temporary coach before they look for an interim manager. Haven’t we heard that…

There is a new and deadly threat to the countryside

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Surprise, surprise. The person who had the shield taken out of the street light so it shone back into my…

Should we ramp down ramping down?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Language change outdoes nonsense, just as misbehaviour outdoes satire. In Through the Looking-Glass Alice mentions to the Gnat that, where…

The joy of French hospital food

27 November 2021 9:00 am

After checking me in, the receptionist, who was wearing an overcoat, said: ‘There is no heating in the hotel. The…

The world championship

27 November 2021 9:00 am

‘Time to say Dubai,’ tweeted Magnus Carlsen, like some wry Bond villain, when he learned that the Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi…

No. 681

27 November 2021 9:00 am

White to play. Erigaisi–Liem, Tata Steel Rapid, 2021. Here 1 Rxf6? Qd1+ sees White getting mated on the back rank.…

Spectator competition winners: ‘O scintillate, bright orb celestial! Gleam’ (‘Twinkle, twinkle, Little Star’)

27 November 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3226, you were invited to rewrite, in pompous and prolix style, any well-known simple poem. The seed…

2531: Villainy - solution

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are VILLAINS encountered by James Bond. First prize Ian Skillen, Cambuslang, Glasgow Runners-up Liz Knights, Walton Highway,…

Aussie Life

20 November 2021 9:00 am

You know the royals are in trouble when a prominent member of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy writes an article suggesting…

Aussie Language

20 November 2021 9:00 am

It’s that time of the year again—when dictionaries around the world start announcing their chosen ‘Word of the Year’. First…

2533: Monday’s Child

20 November 2021 9:00 am

A nine-word phrase (in five unclued lights, two used twice) opens a work for 1A (three words) by 8 (two…

Battle for Britain | 20 November 2021

20 November 2021 9:00 am

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How are you meant to pronounce Uranus?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I had thought there were two pronunciations of Uranus. My husband, still capable of distinguishing the anatomical from the planetary,…

The key to happiness? Getting behind the wheel

20 November 2021 9:00 am

A friend of mine recently visited a company in Europe which plans to manufacture human-carrying, pilotless drones. These would be…

My moment of madness in the opticians

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Foolishly I chose new specs in the village optician’s after a long lunch: a rather outré design that I might…