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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

C. A. Clarke wins First Prize in competition 2482.


A focus group could supply this very neat report

This year’s honours table

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

Latest  AZED  No. 2,488  16th Feb

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2486

From the archive

One displaying zest in eminent clues, sadly no longer with us (10)

Second prize winner by M. Barley in competition 2279