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The Azed Cup

R. J. Heald wins First Prize in competition 2351.


Newspaper is in decline, lacking force, sealing end for sluggish old hacks

This year’s honours table

The next Azed competition puzzle will be on Sunday 6th August

Latest  AZED  No. 2,354  23rd Jul

Dr Watson reviews Azed 2351

From the archive

A ——’s blue? It must tell us base is dissolved (10, 2 words)

First prize winner by R. C. Teuton in competition 1936