Puzzle – Mixed Doubles

Stats:  This puzzle by Brainiac had over 400 views, indicating quite a few people had strolled in to the puzzle page, but we had only 18 successful submissions. Of this, if duplicates were ignored, effectively only the following 16 people managed to solve and submit the grid.

In alphabetical order, they were

Aashwina Mouli, Akshay Bhandarkar, Debasmita Basu, Guruswamy Nataraj, Himanshu Rajurkar, Kishore Rao, Martin DeMello, Mona Sogal, Narayan Mandyam, Ramki Krishnan, Sandhya Paruchuri, Srividya Krishnaswamy, Supriya Mithal, Venkatraghavan Sahasranaman, Vinoo Sanjay and Vivek Balaram

Congrats to each of you who managed to persevere with what was indeed a tough challenge and also submit it.

Of the 16 submissions, we had 8 all correct entries and they go into our Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame entrants (in Alphabetical order)


Quite a few of those who missed the all correct mark, missed it on the “POUNDS” clue which they filled as “POINTS”. Commiserations to Akshay, Guruswamy, Sandhya, Narayan and Debasmita who missed by 1 point.

Akshay, Sandhya and Debasmita had also spotted the Pangram and the NINA, but not her right location (they fell for the red herring NINA which was in Rows 4 and 14 but spelt “FOUR DUNDRED”. The Real NINA was going from top to down in Columns 12 and 4. and spelt “FOUR HUNDRED” to commemorate the completion of 400 games at 1ACross.

The Winner for this contest sent in an all correct entry at just three hours into the contest and 1 hour ahead of the second entry, which was also all correct and was by our champion solver Ramki Krishnan. Kishore had  identified both the red herring NINA and the correct NINA in their right locations. While he did not mention the pangram, he did have a valid answer for a notable grid feature.

Without further ado, we are happy to announce “Kishore Rao” as the Winner of this Mixed Doubles. Congrats Kishore.



Once again, special  thanks to author Shatrujeet Nath for sponsoring an autographed copy of his latest thriller “The Conspiracy at Meru” as the prize. It will soon be on its way  to you Kishore.

Thanks to all our contributors for putting together a challenging puzzle and thanks to all who played. Hope you enjoyed it.

Mixed Doubles – Hall of Fame

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7 thoughts on “Mixed Doubles – Hall of Fame

  • 22/11/2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks, Sowmya Ramkumar , and everyone else who contributed to the puzzle, for a nice treat. Thanks to everyone else who participated, for holding on to your submission of the solutions, till I sent mine in 😀

  • 22/11/2016 at 5:10 pm

    Congrats Kishore !

  • 22/11/2016 at 5:38 pm

    Aha! winner is a winner here too?! Congrats, Kishore.

  • 23/11/2016 at 6:17 am

    congrats Kishore 🙂

  • 23/11/2016 at 8:00 am

    Thanks, (L+C)xV

  • 23/11/2016 at 8:01 am

    Or should I say 750? 😉

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