Update by Sowmya -12th February 2017 – We had a good response for the contest, though a bit muted compared to the previous contest. Nevertheless, we did manage to have  45 clues  set by 17 setters and also managed to get 38 members to vote in the contest. For some reason, quite a few votes were recorded multiple times and we only considered the first entries from those who voted more than once. In all cases except one, this didn’t make a difference.

Thanks to all of you who participated and submitted entries. You can view the entries received in this contest here.

10 of these were shortlisted by our host Kaustav. Since the identity of setters were not revealed to him, he provided us with additional clues and we needed to replace two clues (one each of SSv Avtaar and Sandhya), so that the final shortlist had only one clue per each setter.

Here are the results of our poll..

Setter Clue Votes
Santha Ramachandran A main thematic problem for an expert in Algebra 8
SSv Avtaar Ramanujan, for one, elaborated : “I am a machine that has no heart “ 15
Ramki Krishnan Babbage perhaps: “Am upset…making that machine, about one hour wasted!” 8
Textrous Scholar on subject involving all numbers, chiefly 16
Sowmya Ramkumar Summer job? 21
Sandhya Turing, eg, invented a machine at MIT 19
Lakshmi Vaidyanathan A number expert, I am in confusion about a certain subject 7
Kishore Reconfigured machine at ATM hacked by setter, a person with a knowledge of numbers 9
Aashwina Say Turing machine at MIT operated using assembly primarily 4
Ajeesh Master produced that cinema about one numerical analyst 7

Textrous, with a brilliant &lit clue, got 16 votes and claimed the bronze. Sandhya’s lovely anagram, garnered 19 votes for the silver. Just slightly ahead was Sowmya’s (/my) CD, which got 21 votes. Incidentally, the same CD was also clued by Brian Dungate (except it didn’t have a question mark). Since it was in essence the same, I would like to share the honors with him and request him to jointly-host the next contest.

This clue is now in our 1ACCWC Hall of Fame. Congrats to the runners-up Sandhya and Textrous. Once again, a special shout out to SSv for coming up with 10 brilliant clues for this contest of which two made the shortlist. Also a special mention to Ganesh Nayak, for the clue with a female mathematician:) and Kishore’s clue on Chinnamma’s concern for figures, for the smile it evoked..

Thanks to Kaustav for the challenging word, that brought out such a nice variety of clues.  A big thank you to all members who participated and voted with great enthusiasm.

Update by Sowmya – 08:06 PM IST 9th February 2017

Thanks to our host Kaustav who has managed to shortlist 10 out of the 45 clues that we received in this contest. We are now ready for voting..Voting will be open till end of day, 11th of February, 2017.

(Voting is now closed)

Update by Sowmya – 01:34AM IST 9th February 2017

Thanks to all of you who have participated and submitted entries. We had a good response for the contest. We received 45 entries in all from 17 setters. The Top 3 setters were SSv Avtaar with 10 clues (again), Sandhya with 4 and Lakshmi (this time as well) with 4 clues.

We managed to get a good variety of clue types distributed between 14 Chanagrams, 14 Anagrams and 7 charades. It was interesting to see that there was also 1 Telescopic, 2 &lits and 7 CDs!

The word play ideas were quite unique and there wasn’t one specific idea that was exploited. The most popular definition type was “Definition by example” and Srinivasa Ramanujan and Babbage were observed quite a few times. There were also a few people who made a “number” connection in their definitions. Only one clue referred to the mathematician as a “she” and was a nod to the recent Fields medal recipient Maryam Mirzhakhani.

Click here to view the entries received in this contest.

Of these, the top 10 will be shortlisted by the Game host Kaustav Datta and will be put up for voting shortly. Do watch this space and come back to vote to select your favorite clue.


Update by Aashwina at 10 PM – 8th February – The contest is now closed. We will be back with the list of shortlisted clues.

Congratulations to Kaustav Datta for winning 1ACCWC 127 !

His choice of the word to be clued this week is MATHEMATICIAN ( 13 )

Here are the rules

1. Any number of clues per setter
2. Please anno for everybody’s benefit.
3. The contest closes at 10 PM on the 8th of Februrary 2017.
4. Voting will be open till 11th of February, 2017.
5. Results will be announced on Sunday ,the 12th of February 2017.

1ACCWC -1ACross Clue Writing Contest no 128

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