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The Hindu Cryptic (THC) crosswords by Gussalufz

Interactive versions of my THC puzzles that were published 4+ months back. Each puzzle includes revealable/checkable solutions and annotations as well as some notes by me, so be sure to click on "Reveal all!" after solving.
THC #13543: April 29, 2022

Multilayered puzzle
THC-Sunday #77: April 10, 2022

Do 26-downers curse in Hindi??
THC #13502: March 12, 2022

Then male qualification should also be important!
THC #13495: March 4, 2022

A bit Qaotic?
THC #13449: January 8, 2022

Self-reverential?
THC #13425: December 11, 2021

Yes, this is what 52 looks like.
THC #13401: November 13, 2021

Seeing red?
THC #13380: October 19, 2021

Brainy, essentially?
THC #13361: September 25, 2021

Self-referential, moi?
THC #13335: August 25, 2021

For a rocket scientist?
THC #13310: July 27, 2021

Ninas and theme? Boy!
THC #13287: June 30, 2021

Aap ki yaad...
THC #13266: June 5, 2021

Some cross words in this one...
THC #13242: May 8, 2021

"Visitor" in many clues...
THC #13221: April 14, 2021

A hidden drawer!
THC #13199: March 19, 2021

Is there a running theme?
THC #13172: February 16, 2021

Hacky...
THC #13147: January 18, 2021

भौतिक विज्ञान
THC #13120: December 16, 2020

Good for the constitution.
THC #13094: November 16, 2020

Guru aani guruche ...
THC #13072: October 21, 2020

Garam!
THC #13044: September 18, 2020

Dr. Who?
THC #13013: August 13, 2020

#13013 on August 13: lots of 13s in there, Ghalib!
THC #12983: July 9, 2020

quaquaquaqua
THC #12950: June 1, 2020

What connects Bela and Diana?
THC #12917: April 23, 2020

Who is Carwardine?
THC #12884: March 16, 2020

I protest!
THC #12852: February 7, 2020

Thoda khao, ...
THC #12820: December 31, 2019

Ancient Greek's right...
My debut as a setter for The Hindu Cryptic, with their last crossword of the decade.

Recent THC crosswords by Gussalufz

The links below go to THC web site, which may require subscription/registration.


Other cryptic crosswords by Gussalufz (and doppelgängers, and friends!)

Several puzzles have special effects and/or trickery. Nearly all puzzles are intereactively solvable (please click on "Reveal all!" after solving, to see my notes).
27

July 2022
Missing Links

The preamble reads: Each across clue omits one or more letters from its wordplay. Figure out a few ways to connect and recover the missing links.

My second crossword in 1 Across, a monthly subscription crossword magazine started by the legendary Araucaria in 1984.
ixl-2021-2

December 2021
IXL 2021 Finals: Preliminary Round 2

Minus or plus?

I was the anonymous setter for this Indian Crossword League (IXL) 2021 crossword, used in the finals.
ixl-2021-1

November 2021
IXL 2021 Online Round 9

One does a lot of talking...

I was the anonymous setter for this Indian Crossword League (IXL) 2021 crossword, used in an online round.
26

December 2021
Blame Ancients?

This crossword is a part of IIT-Madras Alumni Association's 2021 annual gathering event, Sangam. The crossword's theme is borrowed from the event's theme, which is, "Restoring Balance in STEM." It was run as an open contest in early 2022.
23

August 2021
Trump is Trump

Is W the only titular connection?

My first crossword in 1 Across, a monthly subscription crossword magazine started by the legendary Araucaria in 1984.
ixl-09-2020

November 2020
IXL 2020 City Round

Encouraging words...

I was the anonymous setter for this IXL 2020 crossword.
20

October 2020
Unlock and find a bug

Elementary, etc.

I ran this as another fun competition across a few online groups. Solvers' comments can be seen after clicking on "Reveal All" in the solved version.
By Ribelle & Gussalufz

September 2020
Chain Letters

A puzzle jointly created with Faten Ismail, a brilliant and natural setter.

We ran this as a fun competition across a few online groups. Solvers' comments can be seen after clicking on "Reveal All" in the solved version.
21

July 2020
Last Solo

Is shahar mein...

In the Los Altos Town Crier
19

May 2020
Wormholes

Travellers...

In the 1ACross blog
18

February 2020
Bar Bar Dekko

Reading between lines?

In the 1ACross blog
15

December 2019
Al's Trick

Who is Al and what's his trick?

In the 1ACross blog
17

July 2019
Puzzling Times

Sometimes...!

In the book Cryptic Crossroads Volume 2
16

July 2019
Untitled Crossword

Ninas foreshadow Exolve!

In THCC
14

June 2019
Putting Two And Two Together

Partly diagramless; metas probably my best.

In the 1ACross blog
13

May 2019
Cursory Appearances

Why is "squinting" part of the instructions?

In the 1ACross blog
12

January 2019
Fifteen Puzzles

What is a fifteen puzzle?

In the 1ACross blog
11

December 2018
Missing Instructions

Find the instructions!

In the 1ACross blog
10

August 2018
King's Rule

Hhgttg-themed clues, but is that it?

In the 1ACross blog
8

April 2018
Do Squares Reveal?

Does the title reveal?

In Preston Pages
5

April 2018
French Toast

Appropriately numbered puzzle.

In the 1ACross blog
4

January 2018
Hidden Figure

Rocket scientist needed.

In the 1ACross blog
3

December 2017
Smashing Plates

Moving puzzle.

In the 1ACross blog
-

September 2017
22⅘ Across

Fractionally crazy.

In the 1ACross blog
2

July 2017
Many Rustams

Lots hidden!

In the book, Cryptic Crossroads
1

June 2016
Gussalufz

My first grid after at least 10 years.

In the 1ACross Facebook group


Links to crossword resources

Exolve Free open source software (MIT License) for setting up interactively solvable crosswords. All my puzzles above are powered by it. I have developed this software and I actively maintain it. The link takes you to the Exolve GitHub project that includes a detailed README file with instructions.
Exolve Player: https://exolve.app This is a powerful web app that uses Exolve to provide you with interactively solvable crosswords from .puz and ipuz files. Of course, you can also open Exolve-formatted files with it. Any crossword opened with Exolve Player will also have the Webifi interface available (see below).

Moreover, it also lets you create an interactive version for any standard blocked crossword, starting from just the text of the clues (copied from a PDF or any web site), by automatically inferring the grid using clue numbers and enumerations.
Exet: https://exet.app Free open source software (MIT License) for constructing crosswords. You can save the crosswords as Exolve files as well as .puz files. I have developed this software and I actively maintain it. You can directly start using the web app link given to the left, or you can access the Exet GitHub project for the source code and documentation.
Webifi Free open source software (MIT License) that complements Exolve by adding an "interactive-fictionesque" solving interface to crosswords. You can navigate through clues, enter solutions, get assistance, etc., all in a manner similar to playing a text adventure game. You can use audio output and (if available on your platform) voice input, to create a screen-free crossword-solving experience. Webifi is enabled on most of my crosswords here, and in any crossword opened with Exolve Player. See documentation and details at the Webifi GitHub project.
Intro to Cryptic Crosswords When someone asks me to recommend a good introduction for cryptic crosswords, Sarah Lolley's excellent site is what I usually start with.
Crossword Unclued @ShuchiU's blog with excellent articles on various aspects of cryptic crosswords, including nice compilations of lists of indicator words.
Big Dave's Crossword Blog Blog articles on Daily and Sunday Telegraph cryptic crosswords. Many other interesting sections (such as an annotated list of mythological characters).
Fifteensquared Daily analysis of most British newspaper cryptic crosswords. If I come up with an indicator that I'm not sure of, I search in this site to see if someone else has pulled off the same trick previously, without inviting ridicule.


About

Me
Old, cross-looking man holding a grid-wand
I'm Viresh Ratnakar, a cryptic crossword enthusiast and a setter for the Hindu Cryptic (and elsewhere). Other interests: Books. Running. Cooking. Eating. Writing. Coding. Movies. TV. Cricket on TV. Red wine. Beer. Scotch. Dogs. I get along best with dogs.

Here's a feature on me that appeared in Los Altos Town Crier, accompanying an entry-level, locally-themed crossword that I constructed for them.
Contact @vireshratnakar on Twitter. viresh at gmail d0t com.
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