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The Azed Cup

Dr S. J. Shaw wins First Prize in competition 2480.


I reckon small gifts expressing the essence of Xmas can constitute these

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 2nd February

Latest  AZED  No. 2,484  19th Jan

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2482

From the archive

Describing a two-dimensional shape explicitly involved axes x and y (8)

First prize winner by R. J. Heald in competition 1923