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The Azed Cup

A. J. Wardrop wins First Prize in competition 2338.


Who could be ex-President, one replaced by Pence?

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 7th May

Latest  AZED  No. 2,341  23rd Apr

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2338

From the archive

Sun has a page with girl endearingly adult: a big way to help circulation (7)

Second prize winner by G. H. Willett in competition 1650