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About this clue type

From the preamble to Azed No. 2040

Each clue, except 5, is a passage from which the printer has removed a hidden answer, closing the gap and sometimes taking liberties with the punctuation, but not disturbing the order of the remaining letters. Example: Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears inane, scary. Answer: PESTO. Undevilled version: Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears in an escape story. Every passage, when complete, makes sense.

Competitors should submit with their solutions a ‘PD’ clue to replace the definition at 5. NB Preference is given to PD clues in which breaks before and after the word omitted (before and after omission) do not occur at the ends or beginnings of words in the clue. Please give the full undevilled version of your clue as well as the clue itself.


  DateClue wordCluesWinner
AZ2443Apr 2019ERATHEM23E. C. Lance
AZ2343May 2017RESTORE23J. C. Leyland
AZ2291May 2016AVESTA22T. J. Moorey
AZ2174Feb 2014CHARET25K. Milan
AZ2040Jul 2011EASTER25M. Barley
AZ1888Aug 2008RASTER22G. T. McLean
AZ1856Xmas 2007LITAS25H. Freeman
AZ1766Apr 2006GEST28N. C. Dexter
AZ1685Sep 2004MINO24D. J. Short
AZ1619Jun 2003GISMO24T. J. Moorey
AZ1472Aug 2000TORAN26P. L. Stone
AZ1415Jul 1999MANATI24R. J. Whale
AZ1351Apr 1998NEATEN23H. Freeman
AZ1238Feb 1996ELASTIN27C. J. Morse
AZ1143Apr 1994DEATH28B. Burton
AZ1043May 1992PESTO25C. G. Millin
AZ995Jun 1991STASIMA26F. R. Palmer
AZ908Oct 1989INDIGO27V. G. Henderson
AZ792Jul 1987DISTHENE30E. J. Burge
AZ679May 1985ESTOVER30T. J. Moorey
AZ622Apr 1984SIMP27S. Goldie
AZ568Mar 1983TETHER29J. P. Lester
AZ506Xmas 1981ELANET30E. R. Riddle
AZ439Sep 1980LINGA36E. H. Furnival
AZ263Apr 1977ERIACH32B. A. Pike
AZ197Xmas 1975CAMERA32J. B. Sweeting
AZ130Sep 1974EADISH27L. J. Wayman
AZ57Apr 1973MINARET26Mrs N. J. Jarman
X1167Jun 1971REBATO19D. H. Tompsett
X1119Jul 1970RONDE25J. B. Sweeting
X1071Aug 1969ORACLE23Mrs E. M. Pardo
X1032Nov 1968TENONER21Mrs B. Lewis
X987Xmas 1967THING21A. Lawrie
X954May 1967CERATE23A. L. Dennis
X920Sep 1966ARISTATE25Miss E. J. Campbell
X884Xmas 1965MASHER23Maj A. S. Birt
X839Feb 1965GINGER23R. Brain
X786Feb 1964METAMERES28Mrs N. Perry
X746Apr 1963INTERMIT29J. W. Bates
X694Apr 1962OSIRIS22S. B. Green
X642Apr 1961SEETHER28F. D. Gardiner
X590May 1960STATANT25C. Allen Baker
X525Feb 1959MORALE25R. N. Haygarth
X473Feb 1958LISSOME29E. L. Hayward
X430Apr 1957GAMIN24Mrs G. Colley
X390Jul 1956HESITATE24C. O. Butcher
X275Mar 1954ESTOVER22J. B. Filburn
X239Jul 1953GENISTA21J. A. Maxtone Graham
X204Oct 1952ROSTER23Mrs A. M. Osmond
X180Nov 1951HESPER24Mrs J. H. C. Lawlor
X160Feb 1951RASCAL23G. G. Lawrance
X128Mar 1950AMMETER18C. J. Morse
X104May 1949STARE23Miss D. W. Taylor