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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

R. J. Heald wins First Prize in competition 2351.


Newspaper is in decline, lacking force, sealing end for sluggish old hacks

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 3rd September

Latest  AZED  No. 2,358  20th Aug

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2356

From the archive

Covered in creases? Pity iron’s broken! (6)

Third prize winner by C. J. Brougham in competition 1615