Comic heroes, gameshow hosts and space probes: take the Thursday quiz | Life and style

The quiz master is away, recuperating from his recent exertions at the Winter Olympics. Fortunately, before he left, he passed a crumpled piece of paper into the…

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AusCycling says sorry for snapped handlebar debacle at Tokyo Olympics | Cycling

AusCycling has apologised for the snapped handlebar debacle that cost the men’s team pursuit squad its chance of a Tokyo Olympics gold medal. A damning report released…

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Russia invades Ukraine as Putin declares war to ‘demilitarise’ neighbour | Ukraine

Russian forces have unleashed an attack of Ukraine on the orders of Vladimir Putin, who announced a “special military operation” at dawn, amid warnings from world leaders…

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Red Pitch review – football, friendship and the fear of being left behind | Theatre

Actors Kedar Williams-Stirling, Emeka Sesay and Francis Lovehall. Writer Tyrell Williams. All names to remember, who have created this fierce, affectionate, effortlessly funny play. Set in a…

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Sudoku 5,554 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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Ukraine crisis live: Russian defence minister and military chiefs among those to face EU sanctions | World news

Russia’s defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, the commanders-in-chief of the Russian Air Force and Black Sea Fleet, leading state “propagandists” – as well as 351 Duma deputies –…

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Flipping marvellous! 10 delicious – and surprising – pancake recipes, from jaffa cake to peanut butter and gherkin | Food

We are a hardcore fundamentalist family on Pancake Day. For most of the year, fluffy American-style pancakes are our go-to five-minute weekend breakfast. But these do not…

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How Ben Youngs became England’s ‘squadfather’ on verge of caps record | England rugby union team

When Ben Youngs got married in 2015, his best man, Tom Croft, pulled together a collection of his favourite things Youngs had come out with in the…

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Outside, the Sky Is Blue by Christina Patterson review – faith, hope and trauma | Autobiography and memoir

You’re not meant to envy your parents, but Christina Patterson couldn’t help envying hers. A Swedish mum with a Mona Lisa smile and love of cakes, coffee…

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How cross-country skiing in Norway became a chilling page-turner | Norway holidays

I was exhausted. My gloves were wet and the sweat had started to freeze on my skin. No hotels for miles around. No houses. Nothing but a…

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