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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

T. Rudd wins First Prize in competition 2412.


An antique pot I rub will yield this potent being ordered near and far

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 4th November

Latest  AZED  No. 2,418  14th Oct

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2417

From the archive

I make strong men both stop short and tremble (7)

Second prize winner by A. Lawrie in competition 887