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The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused

Identity Parade, Edited by Roddy Lumsden

Forget this generous anthology's iffy title: it brings to mind the tick-box poetry-by-label one contributor – Tim Wells – gently mocks in "The 1980s are a Long Time Dead".

Tullett Prebon

Further to our report on the breakdown in discussions for the takeover of Tullett Prebon (14 May ), we wish to clarify that neither party to the talks disclosed to us why they ended so the suggestion that price was the cause was speculation and not based on information provided by either party; we regret any contrary suggestion.

Free transfers: Get an entirely new squad for nothing

Are you a football manager looking to rebuild his squad? Have your club's owners embedded the club neck-deep in debt? Are your highly-paid stars increasingly injury-prone, out-of-form, looking for a new club or simply not as good as you thought they were? Then here's your new squad.

Econoblog: Treat estimates as estimates

Rather like Oscar Wilde’s talking dog, the wonder of the Office for National Statistics’ work is not that it is done badly, but that it is done at all.

The funniest racehorse names

This year's Melbourne Cup was won by a horse named Shocking, and judging by the performance, it was anything but.

Smith to wait on new Rangers deal

Rangers manager Walter Smith says he wants to assess the future direction of the club before committing himself to a new deal.

Simon Dee

One attempt to relaunch Simon Dee was made in 1971 by ATV, who wanted him to chair a series of programmes on the Decalogue, writes Anthony Phillips (obituary, 2 September).

Rimbaud, By Edmund White

"I, too, wanted to make men leave their wives and run off with me." Though White's hero worship of Rimbaud may have propelled him to Paris, he stopped short of becoming "a short-tempered, wilful hellion".

The Widows of Eastwick, By John Updike

John Updike's final novel, appropriately enough, proved to be the sequel to his 1984 hit The Witches of Eastwick. In this feisty farewell to a generation of Sixties and Seventies firebrands, he reflects on mortality and the health of middling America.

'Rogue trader' probe after oil hike

The alleged rogue trader who cost his company £6 million and pushed oil prices to an eight-month high was under investigation today.

St Helens prepared to let Long go

Sean Long has been told he can look for another club after being offered only a one-year deal by St Helens.

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