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In this Archive you can find thousands of the best Cryptic Crossword Clues from more than 70 years of the Observer Azed and Ximenes clue-writing competitions.

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The Azed Cup

G. H. Willett wins First Prize in competition 2500.

ESPAGN(OLETTE STRENG)THENER (Half and Half)

The uncanny faculty, the number and range staggering – what makes you better and better? What’s the catch?

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 7th June


Latest  AZED  No. 2,503  31st May

All online Azed puzzles

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2500

From the archive

Beer cloudy, tun’s off – here’s a sherry (13)

Third prize winner by R. E. Kimmons in competition 978

Solution