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Kishore Rao chanced upon a Kannada crossword during his lunch break at work.

His curiosity piqued, he solved the crossword, discovered other Kannada crosswords in mainstream publications, analysed them over a couple of weeks and soon this article took shape. I’m happy to share Kishore’s insightful article with Crossword Unclued readers.

Kishore lives in Bangalore and is well-known on the Indian crossword circuit. He is an ace puzzle solver, math whiz, pun-crafter and polyglot — his repertoire includes familiarity with languages as diverse as Tamil, English, Swahili, Konkani and Sanskrit he once gave a speech in Sanskrit in the Bangalore Town Hall! Over to you, Kishore. Shuchi had recently brought up the topic of crosswords in Indian languages and even got the ball rolling on Hindi crosswords and clueing.

Curiosity got the better of us cats and we started looking more closely at crossword puzzles in Indian languages. I looked for puzzles in Kannada which is not my native language, or as it is quaintly called, my maternal lingo. My mother tongue, Konkani, is next only to Hindi in terms of the sheer length of the distance it is spoken across India. Konkani sadly lacks a script and makes do with a plethora of others systems of writing, from Roman and Devanagri to Kannada and Malayalam scripts, thus dividing the flock on a script basis as if other bases were not enough.

Kannada has linguistic attributes similar to Hindiand so brings with it the same difficulties of crossword setting as in Hindi. My Kannada is pretty bad.

I left Bangalore in my first standard Kannada medium and came back for my tenth standard English medium with Kannada as a compulsory language.

When I came back, I did not know a word of Kannada or the script and had to come up to speed in about eight months. Even now, though my spoken Kannada passes muster, I do grope for words when I try a crossword.


All the three have symmetric gridsmore than half blackspace in many cases, triple unchesand sometimes, whitespace islands not linked to other parts of the crossword. I tried all three but found PrajavaaNi, a daily puzzle set by Ms. Vidya Vinay, the most intriguing since the other two did not seem to have any cryptic side to their wordplay [1].

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The clue sheet headings are a little more elaborate compared to English: Across is Left to right, Down is Up to down for Down. All three Kannada publications use this wording.

I observed a rummy thing in Kannada crosswords which is not kosher in English crosswords: But the Kannada crosswords I solved had such instances of grid fills with no meaning, such as 7 below.

The most delightful surprises were some clues that displayed shades of wordplay similar to what we see in English ones:. The Henry cartoon was created in by Carl Anderson and used to appear on the ‘filler portions’ of Mandrake and Phantom comics published by Indrajal Comics, a rage with kids in India in the seventies and eighties. You can also subscribe by email and have articles delivered to your inbox, or follow me on twitter to get notified of new links.

Thanks, Shuchi and Deepak. I need to make a small correction. As Deepak said, you never seem to stop amazing us. Shuchi, how are you going to ascertain if any post here in Kannada is fit for publication? I will rely on my friend Google Translate: I can be Shuchi’s stepney.

As you know, a stepney in olden days,was a retired tyre, having gone bald, full of holes from the roads and rats and to be relied on only in case of absolute necessity. And, Richard, with your Kannada medium educational background, I expect you to have a shy at the clues provided.

You can use Google Transliterate to type out the Kannada script. Another disclosure, for those who don’t know Kannada: The clues work in English too. Gadag taken from google 3. Mysore when written in kannada it will have required alphabets.

Am i correct sir? As i know telugu ,i tried. Ravi, another name for Surya, is hidden in Bhairavi, whether you write it in English, Kannada psdabandha most other Indian languages. Gadag, whichever way you read it, in both Kannada and English, is the same i. It is here that you surprised me.


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Maddur, a place between Mysore and Bangalore is a place well known for its vaDa and has the suffix ooru, signifying town, in its name. That was my intended answer. But, hey, Mysore fits the bill and beak too as Mysore vaDa too is edible.

This is really nice. I hope we get to see more of this, perhaps one Kannada crossword every week. Hi Shreekanth, I notice you are a fan of TP. Reminded me of his “Namma Tiparahalli bhalu doora’, a spoof of “Its a long way to Tiperary”. If you like TPK, you might be interested in reading his lesser-known English works at http: Kishore Sir, After seeing ooru and mysooru having 3 letters ,my “bandi” vehicle in telugu stopped in mysore itself. It did’nt proceed further.

May be a bit of overconfidence. With Maddur vada you can have Mysore vada also!

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