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The Azed Cup

R. J. Whale wins First Prize in competition 2364.


Canine requires pet shampoo after rolling about in this!

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 5th November

Latest  AZED  No. 2,366  15th Oct

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2364

From the archive

Crackers, hats and this lively spirit make for merry gatherings (6)

First prize winner by D. V. Harry in competition 709