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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 2486.


Baron Hardup merrily gives away daughter, Prince becoming husband by end of Cinderella pantomime

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 1st March

Latest  AZED  No. 2,489  23rd Feb

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2486

From the archive

A wayfarer going into a desolate moor pub’s unlikely to want water! (12)

First prize winner by J. R. Kirby in competition 156