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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.

In memory of Sir Jeremy (C. J.) Morse, champion clue-writer
for 65 years, who died recently and will be sadly missed.

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The Azed Cup

I. Simpson wins First Prize in competition 2274.


Clue at head of slip – I. Simpson? Not unless awfully, awfully pleasing

This year’s honours table

The current Azed competition closes on Saturday 13th February

🏆  AZED  No. 2,279  7th Feb

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2274

From the archive

For this to cease, ecclesiastical Rome may need reforming! (11)

First prize winner by C. J. Napier in competition 1203