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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.

& lit. is expecting to publish the results of Azed 2309
around 28th September. Sorry for the delay.

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The Azed Cup

W. Drever wins First Prize in competition 2305.

AGREE def. PATCH (Wrong Number)

What’s a largely dull term for ‘fadge’?

This year’s honours table

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


Latest  AZED  No. 2,312  25th Sep

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2309

From the archive

For the seedy, small traces of ginger, dry, are given after sickness and fever (10)

Second prize winner by F. B. Stubbs in competition 272

Solution