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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 4th September


Latest  AZED  No. 2,308  28th Aug

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2305

From the archive

It must have reduced the risk of ending in prison (10)

First prize winner by C. O. Butcher in competition 127

Solution