Hobbies

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Crossword roundup: Tory party pickles and how would you clue chicken kyiv?
Downing Street socials, robots and Ukrainian influences feature in our look at the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic clues

Alan Connor

27, Jun, 2022 @10:18 AM

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How to get your bearings in cryptic crosswords – points of the compass for beginners, part 2
Continuing our series for those tempted or daunted by the cryptic crossword: more tricks with north, south, east, west – and the rest …

Alan Connor

20, Jun, 2022 @10:55 AM

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Larping’s reality bleed: ‘I’m basically falling in love with a person that does not exist’
Live-action role play can make an ordinary life extraordinary for a couple of hours or days but reintegration is not always easy

Jenny Valentish

18, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Local clubs ensure that golf is not just for the elite | Letters
Letters: Derek Haswell says his club has affordable membership and inclusive pricing, while Amanda Ing highlights the hard work that goes into developing clubs as part of local communities. Plus letters from Chris White and Nick Bayly

Letters

17, Jun, 2022 @4:46 PM

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Experience: I am the dullest man in Britain
My three ex-wives all found me dull; not in the bedroom, but in every other part of the house

Kevin Beresford

17, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Crossword roundup: what links bloomers, shrapnel and wisteria? Things surprisingly named after people
A fateful horticultural misspelling from 1818 lives on in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic clues

Alan Connor

13, Jun, 2022 @9:52 AM

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Freddie Mercury’s ‘priceless’ stamp collection to be celebrated
Postal Museum show celebrates the Queen singer’s youthful passion for philately

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media correspondent

11, Jun, 2022 @1:51 PM

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Crossword book club: Horse Under Water by Len Deighton
The latest in our suggested reading for fans of crosswords and puzzling: Harry Palmer’s second outing

Alan Connor

06, Jun, 2022 @11:28 AM

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From sundae stations to snorkel trails – 30 ideas for cheap fun this summer
A great summer doesn’t need to cost a fortune – or anything, in fact. All you need is our wallet-friendly guide

Rhiannon Batten. Illustrations: Hannah Robinson

04, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Drawers Off: The Big Naked Painting Challenge review – a gentle teatime treat
Jenny Eclair is back with more amateur artists sketching nudes for a prize – and one finds it so awkward he can barely draw life model Roy’s body. What fun

Lucy Mangan

30, May, 2022 @5:00 PM

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Crossword roundup: old ‘new’ things
Names that were not built to last, and more – in our pick of the best of the broadsheets’ cryptic clues

Alan Connor

30, May, 2022 @11:03 AM

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‘I haven’t eaten jam since’: how the side hustle ate the hobby
It’s never been easier to commodify our leisure time. But as some once-passionate hobbyists have found, turning play into work can really dull the joy

Victoria Pearson

29, May, 2022 @5:30 PM

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