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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

W. Drever wins First Prize in competition 2403.

SWALE (Spoonerisms)

Birch a lout with old-fashioned wicker lashes

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 5th August

Latest  AZED  No. 2,406  22nd Jul

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2403

From the archive

I respond to pastor’s intonation (congregations follow) (8)

Third prize winner by F. D. H. Atkinson in competition 753