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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

I. Simpson wins First Prize in competition 2428.


Christmas visitors deployed ships of the desert, crude site of tot’s first appearance being shed

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 3rd February

Latest  AZED  No. 2,431  13th Jan

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2430
Dr Watson reviews Azed 2428

From the archive

What makes blinking heap of stones a key to man’s development? (11, 2 words)

First prize winner by R. F. Naish in competition 779