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From the preamble to Azed No. 50

From the answer to each clue the solver must omit one letter wherever it occurs (sometimes more than once) before entry in the diagram. The 38 letters thus omitted, read in the order in which the clues are printed, form a quotation from the ‘Oxford Dictionary of Quotations‘ (omitting one word) which Azed optimistically hopes will be said of him hereafter. Definitions in the clues refer to the full, unmutilated answers; subsidiary indications refer to the mutilated forms to be entered in the diagram. Numbers in brackets show the full lengths of unmutilated words.

1 Down is the missing word from the quotation (not descriptive of Azed!), observing the rules of the puzzle. Competitors should submit a clue to this word following the style of all the other clues in the puzzle.


In Azed Nos. 200, 900 and 1200 the subsidiary indications in certain clues lead to the defined answer less some specific thematic letters to be determined by solvers.

In Ximenes 728 clues the latent letter is also omitted from the definition wherever it occurs.

 DateClue wordCluesWinner
2578Nov 2021VARIORU(M)19R. C. Teuton
2209Oct 2014(O)CT(O)BER21L. Ward
1914Feb 2009VE(S)TAL23R. C. Teuton
1840Sep 2007W(I)NN(I)E-THE-POOH24P. L. Stone
1818Apr 2007POISSO(N) D’AVRIL21D. F. Manley
1277Nov 1996NOVE(M)BER22Dr J. Burscough
1200May 1995Nine letter word (C and T latent)25N. C. Dexter
900Aug 1989(C)HARLATANIS(M)22N. C. Dexter
718Feb 1986FLO(GG)IN(G)23S. Holgate
426Jun 1980MISL(E)ADING33W. J. M. Scotland
323Jun 1978(C)U(C)KOO27C. Loving
200Jan 1976The Extra Guest (minus CC)29R. M. S. Cork
178Aug 1975A(U)G(U)ST24A. J. Crow
50Feb 1973CORPULE(N)T25H. A. C. Darwen