Sunday, 31 March 2019

Prize Puzzle: Hindi Crossword 6 – Solution and Winner

We are back as promised to share the solution of Hindi Cryptic Crossword 6 and announce our winner. One of the many delights for us, while reading your responses, has been hearing from first-time solvers. Do dig into our archives and try the older Hindi puzzles too - and we hope to bring more such in future!

Solution to Hindi Cryptic Crossword 6

आर-पार

क्रमांक संकेत उत्तर टिप्पणी
1 आवाज़ लगाई: "पुल के सामने वाले भाग पर अँग्रेज़ की गाड़ी है ! आ !" (3) पुकारा पु (First letter of पुल) + कार (अँग्रेज़ की गाड़ी) + आ; Definition: आवाज़ लगाई
3 फिर ऊपर से (2) और DD; Definition1: फिर, Definition2: ऊपर से
4 पहुँच गए ? साये से सिर गायब है (2) आये Delete the "head" of साये to get आये; Definition: पहुँच गए
5 एक के पास 3 अंडे हैं | और 997 मिलने के बाद कितने हुए ? (3) हज़ार DD-ish; 1 + three 0s, or 3 + 997 = 1000
6 डमरू-दोलन का फल ? (4) अमरूद Hidden in डमरू-दोलन ; Definition: फल
8 आभास ने लौटते हुए एक समारोह देखा (2) सभा Hidden in (आभास)<; Definition: समारोह
10 सात पुश्तों से संयम-बद्ध संत-मुनि ये करें ? (2) तप Hidden in सात पुश्तों; Definition: संत-मुनि ये करें
11 अम्मी, ठाकुर के पास कुछ स्वाद है (2) मीठा Hidden in अम्मी ठाकुर; Definition: स्वाद
14 काश! आ जाता पहले तो तुझे मिल पाता गगन (3) आकाश आ before (जाता पहले) काश; Definition: गगन
16 साहिबा तसनीम की गुफ़्तगू (2) रात Hidden in साहिबा तसनीम; Definition: गुफ़्तगू
17 कटनी (मध्य प्रदेश) में उगने वाला पेड़ (2) नीम Hidden in कटनी मध्य; Definition: पेड़
19 शरीर का भाग जिसका पहला हिस्सा कम है और उसके बाद थोड़ा रमणीय है (3) कमर कम + र (थोड़ा रमणीय); Definition: शरीर का भाग
21 दक्षिण भारतीय व्यंजन बनाने की विधि (3) रहम DD; Definition1: दक्षिण भारतीय व्यंजन, Definition2: विधि
22 ईद से पहले रस लो और यह दस्तावेज़ पाओ (3) रसीद रस + ईद; Definition: दस्तावेज़
24 अनलकुण्ड में भी पानी का साधन है (2) नल Hidden in अनलकुण्ड; Definition: पानी का साधन
26 नमो-राहुल की गुटबंदी ने क़ैद कर रखी है ये चिड़िया (2) मोर Hidden in 'नमो-राहुल; Definition: चिड़िया
27 गरजता है अंदर से कि स्वर्ण से नीचे वाला पदक मिला (3) रजत Hidden in गरजता; Definition: स्वर्ण से नीचे वाला पदक
29 बौद्ध सन्यासी होता है बिना माल के ही मालामाल (2) लामा Delete the letters of माल from मालामाल; Definition: बौद्ध सन्यासी
31 वहाँ निवास किया जाए जहाँ का भेदी लंका ढाए (2) घर DD; Definition1: वहाँ निवास किया जाए, Definition2: Reference to the proverb घर का भेदी लंका ढाए
33 दीन जब वापस आये, तो जल का प्रवाह पाए (2) नदी Reversal (वापस आये) of दीन; Definition: जल का प्रवाह
35 हौसला लो, बम न फटेगा (4) मनोबल Anagram (फटेगा) of (लो बम न); Definition: हौसला
36 कह ले किसी भी तरह, पर धीरे से (3) हलके Anagram (किसी भी तरह) of (कह ले); Definition: धीरे से
38 शुरू में चाय लेकर पैदल निकले (2) चले First letters (शुरू में) of चाय लेकर; Definition: पैदल निकले
39 आप और मैं मिल कर 32 का हिस्सा प्राप्त करेंगे (2) हम Part of solution to 32 Dn रहम; Definition: आप और मैं
40 आपने बिना तकल्लुफ़ के तुरंत मनमौजी नेवलों के सरों को पकड़ा (3) तुमने First letters (सरों) of तुरंत मनमौजी नेवलों; Definition: आपने बिना तकल्लुफ़ के i.e. the informal version of the second person pronoun

नीचे की ओर

क्रमांक संकेत उत्तर टिप्पणी
1 इस पुल के टूटने पर प्रकट हुए नगर-रक्षक! (3) पुलिस Anagram (टूटने पर) of इस पुल; Definition: नगर-रक्षक
2 राहुल का रास्ता (2) राह Hidden in राहुल; Definition:रास्ता
3 मोहतरमा और तहज़ीब की शुरुआत ? (3) औरत और + first letter of तहज़ीब; Definition: मोहतरमा
4 जल्लाद मीर की अंदरूनी शख्सियत (3) आदमी Hidden in जल्लाद मीर; Definition: शख्सियत
7 घड़ा जो मुंबई में जुए के लिए मशहूर है (3) मटका DD; Definition1: घड़ा, Definition2: जो मुंबई में जुए के लिए मशहूर है
9 हिंदुस्तानी सात वार भी करे धुआँधार (5) भारतवासी Anagram (करे धुआँधार) of सात वार भी; Definition: हिंदुस्तानी
12 राष्ट्रकवि जमींदार भी हो सकता है (3) ठाकुर DD; Definition1: राष्ट्रकवि Rabindranath Tagore; Definition2: जमींदार भी हो सकता है
13 बहुरानी के पास एक ऊँचे दर्जे का पत्ता है (2) रानी Hidden in बहुरानी; Definition: एक ऊँचे दर्जे का पत्ता in the deck of cards
14 आग पहले से लगी है, मन में आ जाना (4) आगमन आग before मन; Definition: आ जाना
15 शंका है तो शौक की मात्रा कम कर दो (2) शक Remove the मात्रा from शौक; Definition: शंका
18 गुज़र मत हकलाते हुए ! ऐसा करने से बिगड़ी हुई चीज़े ठीक हो सकती है (4) मरम्मत मर (गुज़र) + मत हकलाते हुए = मरम्मत; Definition: ऐसा करने से बिगड़ी हुई चीज़े ठीक हो सकती है
20 श्री कृष्ण जैसे दिल लुभानेवाले पूर्व प्रधान मंत्री (5) मनमोहन Triple Defn; Definition1: श्री कृष्ण; Definition2: दिल लुभानेवाले, Definition3: पूर्व प्रधान मंत्री
22 बनारसी लालची के पास बहुत अर्क है (3) रसीला Hidden in बनारसी लालची; Definition:बहुत अर्क है
23 बिरादरी की कीमत (2) दर Hidden in बिरादरी; Definition:कीमत
25 उलटी ताल में ये फ़नकारा बखूबी गायें? (2) लता Reversal (उलटी) of ताल; Definition: ये फ़नकारा बखूबी गायें (Lata Mangeshkar)
28 श्रीमान, उर्दू में बोलिए (3) जनाब CD; the Urdu word for श्रीमान
30 इंज़माम ले गया विकेट ! अब ढूँढो चर्चे के लिएअलग-अलग विषय (3) मामले Hidden in इंज़माम ले ; Definition: चर्चे के लिएअलग-अलग विषय
32 बारह महीने का क्या भेद है, इसका मतलब समझे दया ! (3) रहम Hidden in बारह महीने; Definition: दया (Am I the only one here that knows CID’s equivalent of elementary-my-dear-Watson?)
34 नदी के किनारे नाव को उल्टा कर दो, ए पागल (3) दीवाने दी + वान (reversal of नाव) + ए; Definition: पागल
37 उसके-तुम्हारे बीच में छुपा है राहु का साथी (2) केतु Hidden in उसके-तुम्हारे; Definition: राहु का साथी

Solution Evaluation Notes

To break the tie, we usually go for wordplay parsing accuracy as the first filter. This time, parsing deviations/errors were so minor that we didn’t drop any entry at this step. Also, where the solver’s annotation was not quite what we intended, it was well-considered/intriguing and could work if we let it :-)

A few notable annos that we enjoyed reading: 3a - the observation that women are considered more civilized, so they can be called तहज़ीब की शुरुआत (with the ? to address any counters to this assertion); 3d - ऊपर से could indicate “taking the top off” of the word just above it (3a).

The parsing of 18d tripped up many solvers, and we can see why in retrospect. It uses a not-too-common device – the stuttering clue – for a complex consonant in an unchecked cell. If the stuttering was not mentioned in the solver’s parsing but the rest of it was fine, we took it as OK.

For 20d, we accepted both double definition and triple definition in the annotation.

14d, 25d received special commendation for their surfaces – glad you enjoyed those clues!

Applause for…

…those of you who cracked the puzzle fully.

Anshu N Jain Harshit Gupta
Raju Umamaheshwar Lakshmi Vaidyanathan
Vidyadhar Gadgil Bharat
Vinayak Rao Ekbote Rengaswamy
Ramki Krishnan Vasant Srinivasan
Usha Mehta Mahalingam
Amita Joseph Prabhanjan
Supriya Mithal Soumya V
Arvind Ramaswamy Neelima Rai

18 eligible names went in for a lucky draw, the result of which is below. But before that...

Did you spot the Nina?

In keeping with Nina tradition, we did not call out its presence when we posted the puzzle. The lack of flagging, plus this Nina's non-linear arrangement in the grid, meant that it was easy to miss. And yet, two of our brilliant solvers spotted it – bravo Lakshmi Vaidyanathan and Arvind Ramaswamy!

Prize Puzzle: Hindi Crossword 6 – Nina

तुमने पुकारा और हम चले आये – you called and we came. This song by Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur, from the movie Rajkumar, is a special favourite of our setter Kishore’s. [Hearing his lively talk about this song has convinced me he can write a dissertation on Rafi’s tremolo in the penultimate line of the first antara alone.]

The lucky draw to pick the winner is set to the musical prelude of the song - you can watch the draw in the video below. [Email subscribers: You may have to go to the blog for the video.]

Hindi Cryptic Crossword 6: Picking the Prize Winner


Well done Vasant Srinivasan, hearty congratulations! An Amazon gift voucher of INR 1000 will be on its way to you soon.

Congratulations too to all the other 17 solvers who completed the crossword, and a big thank you to everyone who attempted it. Hope you had fun!

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10 comments

Kishore said...

Congratulations, Vasant! Thanks to all participants for solving! Hope you enjoyed the puzzle.

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan said...

Congratulations Vasant !
Yay I got the Nina :D Always look for something in the grid if it is set by Kishore ( alone or with other setter :D )

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan said...

Shuchi & Kishore nice puzzle Two solution words Tumne & pukkara was the reason for me look for the remaining words of Nina :)

Kishore said...

The post announcing the contest had just one comment. Quite a coincidence that the person who posted that comment is the winner in a random draw!

vasant said...

Thanks LV and Kishore.
Thoroughly enjoyed solving the puzzle.
Had got the Nina but forgot to highlight in the submitted grid.
Thanks Kishore & Shuchi. Hope to see more Hindi Puzzles here.
I shared the puzzle with my friends & colleagues here hoping some would take to solving. A few did try but they were unable to complete.

Kishore said...

Thanks, Vasant, for spreading the word.

Has anyone any doubt that it is Vasant ritu now? ;-)

Kishore said...

Usha Mehta's comment (via Messenger, as she was unable to post here):

"
Lovely grid Shuchi and Kishore! This was my first attempt at solving a Hindi crossword:) I did see the Lyrics to the song, but since they were not in order, I didn’t think it was meant to be a Nina 😞
Congratulations to Vasant and all the other participants!
"

Bharat said...

Absolutely loved solving my first ever Hindi crossword. Thank you so much for setting it! :D

Shuchi said...

Thank you LV, Vasant, Usha and Bharat. Happy to hear you enjoyed our crossword :)

vasant said...

Thanks Usha(& many thanks to Kishore for sharing her post)
Usha you can also solve the previous 5 puzzles, the links of which are given above.