Sudoku 5,039 hard Sudoku 5,039 hard

.Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9.

today, 1:01
Feasts and holy days in the Kazakhstan desert Feasts and holy days in the Kazakhstan desert

Sometimes the most interesting cooking is found in the most unlikely places, as our writer discovers on a road trip in the country’s vast wild westI thought I knew Kazakhstan. I’d been to Pavlodar, in the north-east, for its Russian cafes and its theatre named after Anton Chekhov, and I’d explored Turkestan, in the far south, with its Timurid architecture to rival the turquoise-tiled...

today, 7:30
Sinks full of ice and snogging in the spare room – oh how I miss house parties | Hannah Jane Parkinson Sinks full of ice and snogging in the spare room – oh how I miss house parties | Hannah Jane Parkinson

Lockdown may have put paid to them for now, but they’ll be back, and I can’t waitWho knows, in this time of compartmentalised living, when the house party will return? That incongruous mix of debauchery and a kitchenette. Queues for the bathroom as long as those for Michelin-starred restaurants. Sinks filled with ice and beers. Half-crushed paper cups on windowsills. For some reason, always...

today, 8:00
Experience: I had a lobotomy Experience: I had a lobotomy

There was nothing mentally wrong with me. I’ll never know for certain why they chose me for the procedureI was born in 1946, and grew up near Kirkstall in Leeds. My childhood was tough: my father was a welder and a bare-knuckle boxer, and my mother was an alcoholic who would sometimes lock me in the coalhouse overnight. I was a bit of a tearaway and would get into fights with other kids.When I...

today, 11:00
The only thing most of us will be wearing this party season is slightly smarter pyjamas | Grace Dent The only thing most of us will be wearing this party season is slightly smarter pyjamas | Grace Dent

‘I’ve given up trying to control anything now,’ I announced last Tuesday while breakfasting on a packet of jelly babiesFood has lost much of its meaning for me. Well, its meanings, to be more accurate. A typical late autumn of eating has its rhythms: shortly after decorative gourd season and past toffee apple weekend (both cancelled due to lurgy), many of us move seamlessly into...

today, 11:00
I've become a serial takeaway eater. No shame. No guilt. Just eat on repeat | Romesh Ranganathan I've become a serial takeaway eater. No shame. No guilt. Just eat on repeat | Romesh Ranganathan

When my wife said she wasn’t getting anything because she felt ‘takeawayed out’, I ordered and ate alone One of the few positives of lockdown is being able to order takeaways and feeling like a hero for doing so. I always answer the door to the delivery driver expecting some sort of congratulations, or maybe even a medal in the shape of a pizza. What actually happens is I am once again...

today, 15:00
When it comes to housework, ‘clean enough’ is fine for me | Coco Khan When it comes to housework, ‘clean enough’ is fine for me | Coco Khan

My friend tries to make housework sexier by doing it in stilettos, but I still find it a choreA friend of mine recently told me she cleans her home in stilettos. She says that, paired with 90s pop music, it transforms arduous tasks into almost sexy ones – an irresistible opportunity to strut, sashay and use a broom like a mic. I tried this, but I’m not used to being tall in my kitchen, so my...

today, 15:00
One in four Britons don’t shower every day. And the rest aren’t doing it right One in four Britons don’t shower every day. And the rest aren’t doing it right

Do you know the difference between a shower with a small S, a Shower with a capital S, a Sur-er and a man shower? Let me share my decades of accumulated wisdomI am fed up with pretending we are all equally novices in the face of this novel virus, all just feeling our way through it. Particularly on the matter of working from home, I have been at this 20 years and am much better at it than you. I...

today, 13:44
From wearable blankets to fruit gin: Guardian readers’ DIY Christmas gifts From wearable blankets to fruit gin: Guardian readers’ DIY Christmas gifts

Want to give your presents a personal touch by making them yourself? Here are 11 ideas for homemade festive offeringsI recently made a recipe for Somali chicken stew from by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen. It included a spice mix called xawaash, AKA “the garam masala of Somalia”. I plan to make more xawaash and give it to people with an accompanying print-out of a recipe to use it. To make...

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