The Spectator

25 March 2017 Aus

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Life

Bridge

Bridge

Everyone knows him, but hardly anyone can pronounce his name — which is why Jacek Pszczola is universally called Pepsi.…

Chess

Pauline conversion

Paul Keres is the only chess player to have appeared on the euro currency, his face adorning the two-euro piece…

Chess puzzle

no. 449

White to play. This position is from Mareco-Nakamura, Pro-League, chess.com 2017. Can you spot White’s winning coup?Answers to me at…

Competition

A to P

In Competition No. 2990 you were invited to submit a poem of 16 lines in which the lines begin with…

Crossword

2302: Urbane turban

The solutions to twelve clues, all of which lack definition, have to be adapted as the title indicates before the…

Crossword solution

to 2299: Pieces of Eight

The unclued lights, including 28/3 in its English translation, are compositions by Carl Nielsen, (i.e. pieces of 8 Down).  First…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. We had some people up from London for a very long weekend. We put on an extra-special do, costing…

Drink

The fall of Paris

Paris used to be the most self-confident city in the world. Brash, assertive, boastful: Manhattan claimed to be the best.…

High life

High life

A cloudless sky, crunchy spring snow, longer, warmer days. I’ve finally got in some good skiing, twisting around moguls like…

Mind your language

Girls

Sir Roger Gale sounds like an old-bufferish knight of the shires, but he once worked as a disc-jockey on a…

Real life

Real life

‘Mesdames et messieurs, allow me to introduce you to your meals,’ said the waiter. Oh lordy, I thought. Here we…

Status anxiety

The liberals and the deplorables

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

The Wiki Man

How I learned to love the airport bus

After landing at Gatwick, the plane taxied for five minutes or so and then came to a halt in the…