The Azed crossword
- This article is about the puzzle. For its composer see Jonathan Crowther
appears every Sunday in The Observer
newspaper and has a small but devoted following. Since it first appeared in March 1972, every puzzle has been composed by Jonathan Crowther
who also judges the monthly clue-writing competition.Jonathan Crowther (2006) A-Z of Crosswords
p. 44, Collins ISBN 978-0-00-722923-9, ISBN 0-00-722923-2 The pseudonym Azed is a reversal of (Fray Diego de) Deza
, a Spanish inquisitor general. This combines the inquisitorial tradition of Torquemada
(the two previous composers of the "advanced" Observer
crossword) with the wordplay element of a British cryptic crossword.
The 2000th Azed puzzle was published on 26 September 2010. The 500th competition puzzle was published on 1 August 2010.
The puzzle's barred grid signals a more extensive vocabulary than that of the usual cryptic crossword.Alec Robins (1975) Crosswords
p. 34, Teach Yourself Books, Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0-340-05978-8 Up to half of the answers may be "dictionary words" and its standard reference, The Chambers Dictionary
, is an essential aid for most solvers.D S MacNutt with A Robins (1966). Ximenes on the art of the crossword
p. 136, p. 107, p. 131, p. 136, Methuen & Co Ltd, London; reissued 2001 by Swallowtail Books However, a much lower... Read More