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How Kyrgios saved Wimbledon

16 July 2022 9:00 am

What separates this year’s ‘empty seats on centre court’ scandal from every other year’s ‘empty seats on centre court’ scandal?…

The builder and I are done with Surrey

16 July 2022 9:00 am

As he grouted the last tile, five years after the bathroom was finished, I knew the game was up. ‘I…

Dear Mary: How do I avoid getting waylaid at a packed party?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Q. I have found parties frustrating this month because they have been too crowded. Is there a polite way to…

Civilisation in a sausage: River Restaurant at the Savoy reviewed

16 July 2022 9:00 am

When the Tory party set itself on fire last week a restaurateur told me: ‘Don’t worry, Tanya, we’ll still be…

‘Our’ by ‘our’, Boris’s resignation speech

16 July 2022 9:00 am

There was a word I didn’t understand in Boris Johnson’s resignation speech (in which he did not resign). He spoke…

2564: Sea monster

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Five unclued lights are descriptions of another (four words), from another, by another (two words). Elsewhere, ignore one accent.  …

No. 711

16 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play. Short-Timman, Staunton Memorial 2008. Short played 1 Qb3, missing an unusual opportunity to cause havoc with the…

2561: Ports - solution

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The unclued entry RECYCLING thematically links six unclued cyclic non-word permutations that appear in the systematic order GCYCLIN, NGCYCLI, INGCYCL,…

Spectator competition winners: filmericks

16 July 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3257, you were invited to summarise a film in limerick form. A nod to Ezra Haber Glenn,…

Has identity politics had its day?

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Have we reached peak woke? In Hollywood, that seems to be the emerging consensus. Thanks to the box office success…

Silver and gold

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The ‘English chess explosion’ that began in the 1970s produced a bumper crop of grandmasters, which meant that by the…

The Battle for Britain | 16 July 2022

16 July 2022 9:00 am

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The Oprah-fication of Wimbledon

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Now that the weakest Wimbledon since 1973 – the year of the boycott – is over, a few thoughts about…

The power of prayerful washing-up

16 July 2022 9:00 am

My days pass largely in a state of inanition. The fit and able-bodied express their sympathy, claiming it’s much the…

Bridge | 16 July 2022

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The return to pre-Covid normality has been slow and a bit dispiriting. Attendance at the popular English tournaments has been…

Aussie life

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Coined, as it was, by a dead white man whose oeuvre is considered one of the crowning achievements of Western…

Language

9 July 2022 9:00 am

No language column can ignore Professor Brendan Murphy’s extraordinary 78-word definition of ‘woman’. As you know, when he was questioned…

No. 710

9 July 2022 9:00 am

White to play. J. Polgar-Carlsen, Casual blitz game, Madrid 2022. Carlsen’s last move 15…Ra8-c8 was a losing blunder. How did…

Sundae best: how to make a knickerbocker glory

9 July 2022 9:00 am

I grew up by the seaside. More precisely, I grew up near South Shields, on the north-east coast – somewhere…

2560: Obit VI - solution

9 July 2022 9:00 am

The perimetric names are NIJINSKY, NEVER SAY DIE, CREPELLO, THE MINSTREL, ROBERTO and TEENOSO, six of the nine Derby winners…

Spectator competition winners: famous poems rewritten as short stories

9 July 2022 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3256, you were invited to take a well-known poem and recast it as a short story. Ben…

2563: Areas for development

9 July 2022 9:00 am

11 Across (two words) suggests the other unclued lights, which are all one-word anagrams of words of a kind (one…

Nepo’s playbook

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Ian Nepomniachtchi is back for more. The former world championship challenger left his rivals in the dust at the Candidates…

The Battle for Britain | 9 July 2022

9 July 2022 9:00 am

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Why racing needs Frankie Dettori

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Heading for a holiday in Sardinia, I remembered that the last time we were there our engine-less, drifting boat was…