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In this Archive you can find thousands of the best Cryptic Crossword Clues from 75 years of the Observer Azed and Ximenes clue-writing competitions.

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The Azed Cup

P. Jenkinson wins First Prize in competition 2539.

TORSE (Printer’s Devilry)

When repairing frayed tapestry, I kno/w the snapped threads

This year’s honours table

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Dr Watson reviews Azed 2539

From the archive

Roy plus the gang adrift? This could be curtains! (10)

First prize winner by J. F. Grimshaw in competition 796

Solution