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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

J. C. Leyland wins First Prize in competition 2382.

STRIPE def. HARLOT (Wrong Number)

Arrangement of ‘Pirates’ is striking centrepiece for brass band

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 4th March

Latest  AZED  No. 2,384  18th Feb

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2382

From the archive

Cracking Briers comedy with central couple dropping out – something Penelope worked on for years (10)

Third prize winner by R. J. Hooper in competition 2031