Readers reply: why do we eat pudding last? | Life and style

Why do we eat pudding last in a meal? Thomas, via email Send new questions to nq@theguardian.com. Readers reply To enhance the soul. bellaphon Because dessert/pudding is…

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Nigel Slater’s recipes for apricot cake, and summer fruit frozen yoghurt | Food

Summer puddings are a doddle: ripe peaches torn apart and dropped into glasses of chilled muscat; strawberries, halved and tossed with passionfruit juice; melon sprinkled with mint-infused…

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Observer killer sudoku | Life and style

Normal Sudoku rules apply, except the numbers in the cells contained within grey lines add up to the figures in the corner. No number can be repeated…

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HMRC sent in the heavies even though I paid tax for mother’s carer | Tax

It was my worst nightmare. Setting a payroll, sorting out holidays and tax and national insurance for other people. Becoming an employer. But that’s what it had…

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Frankie Dettori: ‘Hearing the crowd shout my name is a very selfish buzz, but God I love it’ | Life and style

I’ve been very lucky with my genes. My mum worked in a circus. She was a contortionist and a trapeze artist, so I got my flexibility from…

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Which trumpeter was the first jazz musician to win a Pulitzer prize? The Saturday quiz | Life and style

The questions 1 The Aralkum in Central Asia is the world’s newest what?2 Which insect is thought to be named after the colour of one of its…

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Prize crossword No 28,793

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Cocktail of the week: Bow Bar’s yakawa – recipe | Cocktails

Summer has finally arrived, so we’ve dusted off the barbecue and are on the lookout for the next refreshing drink. Here’s a clever solution, combining something you…

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Digested week: the joy of missing out on Glastonbury, and why moaning works | Lucy Mangan

Monday Hurrah! After an enforced three-year hiatus (there was this pandemic thing – I can’t get into it now), Glastonbury is back! The older I get, the…

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Sudoku 5,691 hard

Click here to access the print version. Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3×3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. Continue…

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