Life

There is nothing speedy about speedy boarding

13 August 2022 9:00 am

When my black passport arrived in the post, I decided to take a trip. I’m not a good flier, so…

2568: Next door have gone

13 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights, two of two words, and including four pairs using two of the unclued lights twice, are of…

2562: 3 X 2 - solution

13 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights are words (or one phrase) which contain three pairs (3 x 2, in the title) of double…

What Richard Thompson can do for English cricket

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Well alleluia, English cricket doesn’t seem able to put a foot wrong these days. After hitting three cherries with Rob…

Will ‘hosepipe ban’ make it into the dictionary?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

‘Got any ’ose?’ asked my husband, falling into his Two Ronnies ‘Four Candles’ routine, in which he likes to play…

No. 715

13 August 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Navara – Batsuren, Chennai Olympiad 2022. In this strange position Czech grandmaster David Navara found an elegant…

A great chef at his best: Lisboeta reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In 2014, Nuno Mendes, a chef from Lisbon by way of Wolfgang Puck’s kitchens and his own Viajante in Bethnal…

Poems about the James Webb Space Telescope

13 August 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3261, you were invited to submit a poem about the James Webb Space Telescope. The first dazzling…

India’s young stars

13 August 2022 9:00 am

At the Chennai Olympiad, the Indian team began as second seeds, even with former World Champion Vishy Anand absent from…

The Battle for Britain | 13 August 2022

13 August 2022 9:00 am

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The (occasional) joy of being a QPR fan

13 August 2022 9:00 am

I made my way to Loftus Road on Saturday for QPR’s first home fixture of the season. We’ve got a…

Dear Mary: Can I ask our hosts to look for my husband’s tooth in the flowerbed?

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Q. My 74-year-old husband was having drinks in the garden of some young clients when he bit down on an…

Aussie Life

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I read in the Australian last week that the Queensland parliament is considering criminalising stealthing. And no, that’s not a…

Language

6 August 2022 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has alerted me to the use of an odd word ‘alum’ to refer to the graduates of…

Everything’s burned to a crisp – and the horses are suffering

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Everything is well and truly burned to a crisp, and we are piling through hundreds of pounds of hay a…

Don’t bring me sunshine: a week in the Surrey hills

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I’m staying for a week in an 1850s house in the Surrey hills that looks-wise might have been built for…

This year, Glorious Goodwood had it all

6 August 2022 9:00 am

‘You’re being unfaithful,’ says the punter’s wife brandishing a note found in her husband’s suit pocket: ‘Dorothea 07440 521321.’ ‘No,…

How to poach peaches (and why you should)

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I’ve never been very good at leaving things be. I tend to gild the lily. I may plan to do…

No. 714

6 August 2022 9:00 am

Black to play. Smirnov – Duda, Chennai Olympiad 2022. With his next move, Duda forced a decisive gain of material.…

2564: Sea monster – solution

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights 11 SOLITARY, 8 POOR, 38 NASTY, 36 BRUTISH and 35 SHORT are descriptions of 1 THE LIFE…

Sun-drenched days and too much wine: my summer on Patmos

6 August 2022 9:00 am

 Patmos Judging by the news, the world is finally coming apart: Chinese lab escapee Covid is still going strong, monkeypox…

2567: Stop!

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (including two pairs, one of which is three words, and one single light of three words) are…

Spectator competition winners: Government ministries you didn’t know existed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3260, a challenge suggested by a reader, you were invited to reveal the existence of a hitherto…

Bridge | 6 August 2022

6 August 2022 9:00 am

In the modern game, being green versus red (non-vul v. vul) is a licence to bid on tram tickets: passing…

A lucky escape

6 August 2022 9:00 am

I chatted to a spectator after one of my games at the Sparkassen Chess Trophy in Dortmund. ‘A close shave…