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Cryptic crosswords for beginners: mind the gap – when clues get completely heartless
Continuing our series for those tempted or daunted by cryptics, we explore directions that ask us to remove middle letters

Alan Connor

23, Jan, 2023 @10:56 AM

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Crossword roundup: PG Wodehouse and lots of ducks
We consider crosswords of the past and the present in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptics

Alan Connor

16, Jan, 2023 @11:47 AM

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Help (that’s a clue)! Can you name the Guardian’s missing mystery crossword setters?
A prisoner and a heart surgeon – plus a clutch of teachers and comics … We’ve found names, photos and life stories for nearly all the Guardian’s compilers since the beginning of cryptic time. Please help us fill the gaps!

Alan Connor

10, Jan, 2023 @11:49 AM

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My thrifty mother even recycled the presents she liked | Brief letters
Brief letters: Recycling gifts | Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lord Mountararat | Northern culture | Welsh walks

06, Jan, 2023 @3:46 PM

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A day at the beach: ‘A haul like this is insanely rare. It does feel like fate, I suppose’
Two weeks after moving to Australia, Jacob Robbens and his partner Emma made the detectoring find of a lifetime on a busy Sydney beach

01, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Evergreen: saving Sydney’s struggling bowlos
Faced with financial difficulties and interest from developers, bowling clubs are a threatened species. But revivals are possible, as the Leichhardt Bowlo has shown

Royce Kurmelovs

30, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Experience: I’m a world champion stone skimmer
That perfect skim, where the stone glides, felt fantastic – and still does

Christina Bowen Bravery

30, Dec, 2022 @10:00 AM

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‘I expected an LP, but it was a watercolour map of Melbourne’ – the Christmas present I’ll never forget
My tough scouser grandma was a weaver of yarns, a teller of blitz stories, a bowler for Lancashire – and painter of meticulous maps as unforgettable as her

Daniel Lavelle

29, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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‘Cheap compared with most holidays’: booking a vacation just to read
Making a reading list the focus of an entire holiday is a convenient way to spend your time off. And as people who’ve done it found – it can be life-changing

Lee Tran Lam

28, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I will be resisting the urge to watch so much TV’: the thing I’ll do differently in 2023
Sitting in front of the screen became a safety blanket during the pandemic. But I can’t keep existing within the confines of my flat

Ammar Kalia

27, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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In homage to Harry Styles, I tried to knit a grungy cloak of homemade smugness | Rebecca Nicholson
I wanted to learn a skill that would come in handy after society collapsed – perhaps I should have taken up unarmed combat, says Guardian columnist Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca Nicholson

24, Dec, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Everything’s more fun with my cherry-red keytar – the Christmas present I’ll never forget
After a difficult few years, I started playing with a band and now feel as if I am living life in full colour again

Helen Pidd

23, Dec, 2022 @12:00 PM

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