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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

R. J. Heald wins First Prize in competition 2376.

SOW(PIASTRE)ENS (Christmas Pudding)

Among barnyard animals lies holy son whose love has become a symbol of Christmas

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 4th February


Latest  AZED  No. 2,379  14th Jan

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2378
Dr Watson reviews Azed 2376

From the archive

Bachelor: miss dated one seeking mate (5)

Second prize winner by Dr I. S. Fletcher in competition 1646

Solution