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The Azed Cup

M. Barley wins First Prize in competition 2569.


Hobbit and term for lightweight blade? That’d be this, possibly

This year’s honours table

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

Latest  AZED  No. 2,575  17th Oct

All online Azed puzzles

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2573

From the archive

With year out, see many leading characters on showbiz obit list, e.g. Perry, James (5)

Third prize winner by J. C. Leyland in competition 2325