Not drowning but waiving

Water covers 70% of the planet’s surface. Water constitutes 60% of the human body. We come from water and we shall return to water. Two hydrogen atoms bonded to a single …

Dydd Mawrth Crempog

The movable Christian feast known amongst other things as Shrove Tuesday, Dydd Mawrth Ynyd, Carnival or Mardi Gras (depending on whether you’re from Bognor, Bangor, Barranquilla or the Bayou) is on February 28th this …

Eggsistentialism

I adore eggs, whether they be fried, poached, scrambled, soft-boiled, hard-boiled, hot, cold, sweet, savoury, in omelettes, in custards, in cakes, in flans, in soufflés, mousses, meringues, mayonnaise, coddled, curried, benedict, over-easy or …

Coffee break puzzle

First correct solution received by the end of November wins the usual prize. ACROSS 1 You Welsh on Sunday: into S&M and cleavage! (6) 5 Bloodsuckers’ marks (5) 9 Worth …

Are we there yet?

It’s a long drive to Tenby Let’s play I spy! No, let’s not… I spy with my little eye something beginning with…umm…S. Sigh? No. Sheep? No. Sycamore? No. Psychopath? Funny. …

King Basil

If someone held a gun to my head and said “You can only use one herb ever again, choose now punk or I’ll blow your brains out” (admittedly, an unlikely scenario), my …

A-Z of poisons

A is for arsenic – serve with old lace, B is for botulin – shove in the face, C is for cyanide – the connoisseur’s pick, D is for daffodil …

Rooting around rwden

The most underused and unappreciated of all the winter vegetables is surely swede. The big purple root was once ubiquitous in the UK, a routine staple with the school dinner and …

Xmas x-word

Some are elementary ACROSS 1 Senior number 29 in 2 17? (14) 7 Lady PM: “EU PR!” (grouped together in 2 17) (4,5,6) 8 Sarcasm sounds somewhat like number 26 in 2 …