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The Azed Cup

R. C. Teuton wins First Prize in competition 2532.

POTLA(TSUGA)TCH (Presents Round the Tree)

Narrow chimney top (and a fat belly!) can lead to Santa getting caught out

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 7th February


Latest  AZED  No. 2,536  17th Jan

All online Azed puzzles

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2534

From the archive

Short shrift’s first thing it’s given by fussy schoolmistress? (8)

Third prize winner by J. C. Leyland in competition 2213

Solution