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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.

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and Dr Watson’s reviews, as soon as they’re available.

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The Azed Cup

R. J. Heald
wins First Prize in competition 2244.


Who might make devastating crack about RA retrospective, styling vintage art ‘sad’?

This year’s honours table

The current Azed competition closes on Saturday 11th July

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2244

From the archive

Priest leading High Requiem Mass leaves pungent smoke (7)

Third prize winner by T. C. Borland in competition 1988