I really cant say as to when i developed the habit of solving HINDU Crosswords (Rather CRAAASSWORDS as the lovely Tamilians would pronounce), but i do remember a time when i would dive down to get the morning news paper, head straight through to the crossword page, and try my luck at the clues. I was pretty sure my performance on a Thursday will always be better than that on any other days, as Thursdays had more anagrams and i think i was pretty good at that.
I would try my luck first, before my dad fills up the remaining. But however ardent a fan I’m at HINDU craaswords, I have never even reached close of completing one.
But this post, is a kind of a dig through to see how good the HINDU Craaswords get these days. I really feel that they are an absolute waste at creating crosswords. They tend to copy the Crosswords style which THE GUARDIAN adopts.
Take for example the TOI crosswords – the TOI crosswords are typically a clue which directly leads to the word or the phrase. Solving such crosswords does require a pronounced knowledge of the Engligh language. The HINDU Crosswords on the other hand just requires Logical Reasoning to get going.
What I meant is, most of the clues in a HINDU Crossword can be solved, even if you have absolutely no idea what the final answer implies. They are more cryptic in nature.
Now what does Cryptic imply. It simply means the answer to the clue will be embedded in the clue itself (somewhere hidden) or it will try to explain the meaning of the final answer.
Typically the categories within the HINDU Crosswords are
1. Anagrams – The answer to the clue can be found by jumbling certain set of words or phrases within the clue.
2. Hidden Words – Well the answer lies hidden in these clues and are basically formed by reading the end letters of a word and beginning letters of the word that follows it.
3. The “We Hear” Words – Whenever you see “We Hear” in the clue, it simply means that the word in the clue and the final answer sounds exactly the same, but are of different spelling.
4. Deletion of Words – The final answer will be anagrams of letters, which are formed by deleting certain letters of a word. For E.g. If the clue contains the phrase “Account briefly”, it means the letters “a” and “c” (a/c being short form of Account). These Letters along with some other letters will have to be jumbled to form the final answer.
This simply means that all Tamilians need to do is to enhance their logical skills and try to acquire some intuitive power and the CRAAASSWORD will automatically become CROSSWORD.