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Twelve questions for Christmas

18 December 2021 9:00 am

1. ‘I like the game, the money, and the fame.’ Which Twitter-loving top grandmaster said that, in response to an…

2021 Christmas quiz

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Set by Christopher Howse. Illustrated by Castro

Aussie Life

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The slur issued by Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe in the Chamber last week towards Hollie Hughes reaffirmed one thing, that…

Aussie Language

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Nick Cater has coined what I think is a brilliant new expression the ‘laptop class’. This is his vivid and…

Spectator competition winners: Goldfinger for tots

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3228, you were invited to provide a well-known extract from adult literature rewritten for inclusion in an…

Puzzle | 11 December 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

White to play and mate in 2. Composed by W.A. Shinkman, Montreal Spectator, 1880. As things stand, White has no…

Bridge | 11 December 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

All the best people play bridge. Stephen Sondheim, who died two weeks ago, was mad about the game. In his…

A hidden side of the Somme

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Noticing via this Low Life column that I had trench fever, the Western Front Association treated me to a year’s…

The culture of the weighing room needs to move with the times

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In the first such case for 20 years, former rider Freddy Tylicki, paralysed and wheelchair-bound since his mount Nellie Dean…

Why I prefer to rely on natural immunity

11 December 2021 9:00 am

‘Did you hear it?’ said a friend of mine, red-faced with the flush of a piece of news she couldn’t…

What do Millwall supporters and internet alt-righters have in common?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

My grown-up friends don’t use based in its new slangy sense, so I asked Veronica (whom I still think of…

Carlsen’s breakthrough

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Game 6 of the Carlsen–Nepomniachtchi world championship match was one for the ages. After draws in the first five games,…

Has Formula 1 ever been this exciting?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The good citizens of Stevenage would be well advised to prepare extensively for the likely open-top bus parade of their…

The Battle for Britain | 11 December 2021

11 December 2021 9:00 am

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The best Greek salad I’ve ever tasted: INO Gastrobar reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Soho is so gilded nowadays that even drug addicts look down on it. The wasteland without must match the wasteland…

Dear Mary: should I force dinner guests to take a lateral flow test?

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Q. My mother-in-law has remarried and now lives in South America. She has a large family with nieces, grandchildren, godchildren,…

Let’s not become Scotland

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The Law Commission has published a string of recommendations following its recent consultation on changes to hate-crime laws in England…

America is a nation divided

11 December 2021 9:00 am

New York Imagine a European country today in which a newspaper in its most populous city launches a mendacious project…

2536: At rest

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Unclued lights are three sets of three words of a kind, along with a name which connects them all (two…

2533: Monday’s Child - solution

11 December 2021 9:00 am

‘From harmony, from heavenly harmony, this universal frame began’ opens JOHN DRYDEN’s Song for ST CECILIA’S DAY (22 November, a…

Aussie Life

4 December 2021 9:00 am

I have reached an age where I have started to forget where I have put things, but so far they…

Aussie Language

4 December 2021 9:00 am

In a recent piece in the Australian newspaper paper Terry McCrann (the doyen of economics writers — he of the…

Bridge | 4 December 2021

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The 2020 European Championships were an early casualty of lockdown but hopefully 2022 will rectify the count! It’s going to…

Spectator competition winners: presidential mnemonics

4 December 2021 9:00 am

In Competition No. 3227, you were invited to provide verses to help children remember the sequence of the last eight…

Mar del Plata

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Alireza Firouzja produced a momentous performance for France at the European Team Championships, held in Slovenia last month. The 18-year-old,…