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In this Archive you can find thousands of the best Cryptic Crossword Clues from 70 years of the Observer Azed and Ximenes clue-writing competitions.

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The Azed Cup

H. Freeman wins First Prize in competition 2287.


One who’s done long service dressing Bertie?

This year’s honours table

The current Azed competition closes on Saturday 7th May

🏆  AZED  No. 2,291  1st May

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2287

From the archive

Seeded entrant, Rafter’s in open (11)

Third prize winner by J. C. Leyland in competition 1546