Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Hindu Crossword Crosses The 10000 Mark

The Hindu Crossword has five magnificent digits in its serial number today. THC no. 10,000 has been published.

The Hindu was the first English newspaper in India to introduce an original crossword. While other Indian mainstream publications (HT, TOI, The Statesman, Indian Express, etc.) carry syndicated crosswords from overseas, The Hindu's crossword has been created since 1971 by its own team of setters. The local flavour in THC is one of its biggest attractions for Indian solvers. It is a comfort to deal with towns we know, slang we recognise and homophones we can decipher without having to resort to dictionaries. No surprise that, for all its flaws, no other crossword published in India has a following as huge and passionate as The Hindu's.

A lot of my learning about cryptic crosswords has been through The Hindu Crossword and the Orkut forum which solves this crossword. I am deeply thankful to both.

I wish The Hindu Crossword lots of success and many more such milestones.

Quiz: How well do you know The Hindu Crossword?

Answer these multiple choice questions and see how well you know your daily brain-tickler. Enjoy the quiz, share it with your friends and tell us how you fared - but don't give away the answers!

The Hindu Crossword Quiz

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Amrith said...

Here's to tens of thousands more :)


Krishnan said...

A momentous landmark indeed for all the CW fans. Congratulations to The Hindu. Got to thank you and Col. Gopinath for your wonderful blogs.

VJ said...

Nice trivia. Could score only 50% :(

Congratulations to The Hindu and blogs that follow its crossword.

And special thanks to this awesome blog. It's easily one of the best sites to learn about cryptic crosswords. Keep up the good work!!

Deepak Gopinath said...

Nice Quiz Shuchi

Shuchi said...

Thanks! Good to know you all enjoyed the quiz.

Only three so far had 100% right, of 52 responses. Most got Q2 wrong. Are you one of the perfect scorers, Colonel? CVasi is sure to be one.

Enjoyed the 10K special puzzle. What serendipity that it was Gridman's turn on the day.

Chaturvasi said...

As one who has been following the crossword keenly from No. 1 and as one who has provided inputs for columns/blogs on the feature, I did not participate in this quiz.

Shuchi said...

Oh. Bhargav, in that case? It isn't important, the quiz was meant for fun and not as a serious exercise but I was just curious!