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half the fun of (something)

Something that significantly contributes to the enjoyment or pleasure of something. It takes some time to bake a cake, but I love measuring and mixing all the ingredients—that's half the fun of it for me.
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half the ˈfun, ˈtrouble, etc. of something

(informal) much or a great deal of the enjoyment, etc. of something: Half the pleasure of coming home is finding out what’s been happening while you were away.‘The team should play better with a new manager.’ ‘That’s half the trouble — everybody expects too much of him.’
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Rows are half the fun of life, and you can't have rows with humble, meek-answering individuals.
He told them that that sort of thing was half the fun of a picnic.
You're half the fun of the fair in the Court of Chancery.
We all know half the fun of attending CUNA's annual Governmental Affairs Conference is connecting with colleagues, networking, meeting with speakers and legislators, but our Credit Union Times staff can't be everywhere without your help.
In fact, the mud and the blood and the beer is half the fun of any festival and it's a wonderful bonus when the line-up is as strong as at Punchestown this year.
Mrs Davies, who is married to Tecwyn, 64, said half the fun of her win will be deciding what to do with the money.
Half the fun of reading the articles is the wit written into them.
I try to be ambiguous with them as well; people can bring their own meaning to the lyrics ( that's half the fun of music, really, trying to interpret songs in their own right."
Jinks reports that the pairing of Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in Love will be the "sexiest romantic combo in some time." Although the script is original, Cohen adds, "the brilliant writers are big fans of those [Hudson-Day] movies" so there will be a "tip of the hat to those conventions." Half the fun of those movies was catching the coy innuendo, and Jinks promises "a movie rife with subtext." We're happy just to watch something rife with Ewan.
Half the fun of touring is seeing bands you've never heard of before.
Half the fun of the game is in designing the replacement village.
If "getting there is half the fun," as the old saying goes, then half the fun of cruising the high seas might be cruising the Internet first.
Half the fun of the book is watching what goes awry next, and the other half is finding out which woman finally wins Rodney's heart.
"Getting to know new people is half the fun of being on a team," says Indy Air Bear Brandon Kitch.