The Spectator

27 May 2017 Aus

The known wolf

Life

Bridge

Bridge

The last days of May see all the ongoing tournaments coming to an end: both TGR’s and Young Chelsea’s Super…

Chess

Thoroughly modern

In 1972, in collaboration with George Botterill, two-times British champion, I published a revolutionary book on 1 … g6 which…

Chess puzzle

No. 548

Black to play. This position is from Arnason-Keene, London 1981. This position also arose from a Modern Defence. How did…

Competition

A bad lot

In Competition No. 2999 you were invited to supply a poem which takes as its first line W.S. Gilbert’s ‘A policeman’s…

Crossword

2311: Keith II

The unclued lights, (two of two words), are of a kind. Chambers does not give the solution at 12 Across.…

Crossword solution

Solution to 2308: Landmark

Solution to 2308: Landmark This puzzle was Doc’s 600th to be published in this series. The unclued lights are two-word…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. Re getting away from bores at drinks parties (Dear Mary, 20 May). I take issue with the idea that…

Food

Food

Pollen Street Social lives in a Georgian house on Pollen Street, Mayfair, a narrow curve between Hanover Street and Maddox…

High life

High Life

New York   Although both guilt and innocence fascinate me, I’m not so sure that there is such a thing…

Low life

Low life

‘Jeremy, I want you to sit here next to me — unless you’re frightened of me?’ We were briefly introduced…

Mind your language

Goof

Susie Dent has been trying to make us love Americanisms on Radio 4. Now Miss Dent knows far more about…

Real life

Real life

After spending the day unblocking the gutters and drains in the pouring rain, he wasn’t in the mood for a…

Spectator sport

Metal fatigue in the golden generation

Not a bad week for Roger Federer then: first pootling along being cool and rich in a morning suit at…

Status anxiety

Fraternity, solidarity and the spirit of 1945

My father worked as a fire warden during the Blitz, trying to contain the damage done by the Luftwaffe, and…

The turf

The turf

Most racehorse trainers, those at least who didn’t have a legacy from Aunt Agatha to lubricate their way into the…