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The Azed Cup

C. A. Clarke wins First Prize in competition 2390.

POISSON D’AVRIL

Perhaps spaghetti trees or ravioli ponds should be treated with a pinch of salt

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 3rd June


Latest  AZED  No. 2,397  20th May

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2395

From the archive

Nice man Tom’s excited about Northern Ireland – reducing chances of rapid recall! (12)

Second prize winner by T. J. Moorey in competition 696

Solution