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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 6th May


Latest  AZED  No. 2,393  22nd Apr

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2390

From the archive

‘Lacking adult appeal, confused’ – critic describes Hollywood turkey (12)

Third prize winner by I. D. McDonald in competition 2062

Solution