I have been looking forward to the day when the talented setters Tony Sebastian and Vinod Raman would start setting professionally.
The day has arrived. The two are now creating cryptic crosswords for Mint, a popular business newspaper in India.
The Mint crossword "wordview" is a weekly feature, an 11x11 cryptic that appears on Fridays. The crossword has a tilt towards business news (terms like SWEAT EQUITY, LIVE STOCK QUOTES and NAKED SHORT SELLING have appeared in the past), but nothing too esoteric and they're interspersed with normal words/clues. The level of difficulty is about the same as the Economic Times crossword.
Have a go at the Mint crossword and share your feedback. Link to today's crossword – here.
How To Access wordview Online
The crossword is available in the Mint ePaper every Friday, directly below the editorial on a page titled "Views". This is usually the second last page in the paper.
The crossword archives can be accessed by changing the date of the ePaper.
What can Mint do better?
A few suggestions for Mint to improve the presentation of their crossword.
- The most important one: the puzzles must be numbered.
- It will be nice to have a fixed deep link, or at least a standard URL structure, for the page on which the crossword appears online.
- Since the crossword is designed for Landscape orientation, it should print as Landscape without our having to change the browser print settings. The default orientation is usually Portrait. Financial Times crosswords, for example, print as Landscape by default.
- The window title of "Advertisement" needs to go!
- The setter's name is printed in a font size/position usually reserved for "Terms and conditions apply". Why not give the by-line a prominent place on the header?
Congratulations to Tony and Vinod, and I wish them many more "Award for a comedian (6)"s :)
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