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Will Shortz during a 2006 ‘Wordplay’ Brunch in  Utah, United States. File photograph: Randall Michelson/WireImage

Every day thousands of people vie to outsmart one man: Will Shortz, the New York Times’s crossword editor of almost three decades. Crossword fanatics(...)

 Aoife Cooke after winning the 2019 Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Age: 34 Event: Marathon Club: Eagle AC Enjoying a second coming after a promising junior career, Cooke timed her run to Tokyo to perfection. Despit(...)

Commuters  take  a Transport for London (TFL) Underground train in central London in recent days.  Any delay to Boris Johnson’s unlocking roadmap risks triggering a row with some politicians in his Conservative Party, who have opposed keeping Covid-19  restrictions in place.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday expressed “serious concern” about rising infections of the Covid-19 Delta variant, reinforcing sugges(...)

Garden Designer Pip Probert advises those planning a garden makeover to ‘try to think in 3D when it comes to the finished design’.

Full disclosure first, I should begin by admitting that I belong to that very small percentage of gardeners – that tiny, grumpy group of outliers, sta(...)

Dr Barry O’Driscoll   believes the present concussion protocols in rugby union are there for commercial reasons.

“It has got worse since I resigned,” says Dr Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to World Rugby who stepped down in 2012 to protest against t(...)

Addressing MPs on Thursday Britain’s health secretary Matt Hancock said infections in the southeast rose by 46 per cent in the past week. Photograph: PRU/AFP

More than two out of three people in England will be living under the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday after measures were tigh(...)

Irish haulier Thomas Maher: admitted drug trafficking and money laundering. Photograph: National Crime Agency /PA Wire

An Irish haulage contractor is facing a long jail term in the UK after admitting trafficking drugs and money laundering, a court heard. Thomas Maher (...)

Stephen Roche celebrates after winning in 1987. Photo: Getty Images

The voice is almost shot already, the madness only beginning to unfold. Boom, the ski resort seeming to shake as Lauren Fignon of Système U and profe(...)

Britain’s eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, in Cheltenham. Photograph: Reuters

Irish diplomats assumed the British government listened to all their communications with Dublin during the 1980s, former officials say. Speaking afte(...)

Leo Varadkar on Brexit: ‘Members are deciding, making sure that the kids are looked after, deciding the financial settlement that type of thing’. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he would like to see a united Ireland in his lifetime. Mr Varadkar was taking part in a phone-in show on Irish radio (...)

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