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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.

In memory of Colin (N. C.) Dexter, author and leading clue-writer
for 55 years, who died recently and will be sadly missed.

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The Azed Cup

D. F. Manley wins First Prize in competition 2334.


Response from us all in the aisles, reborn with wretched sins set aside?

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 2nd April

Latest  AZED  No. 2,336  19th Mar

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2334

From the archive

Marines attack – scramble for seat in —— (7)

Third prize winner by Mrs R. B. Hunt in competition 276