Here is the solution to Carnatic Cryptic Crossword Puzzle #3:

Note that as indicated the answer for 10A is (6-3) i.e. 9 letters in total as indicated by the puzzle grid, and not (5-3) as indicated by the clue.

Solution to Carnatic Crossword Puzzle #3



Here is an explanation as to how the answers are indicated by the clues for cryptic crossword newbies. Hopefully this will help you learn to tackle future puzzles:

  • 1A – ABHOGI (AbhOgi): The answer which is the raga AbhOgi is constructed by combining A (as in A start …. ) and bhOgi which is also the name for the start of the pongal festival of Tamil Nadu (harvest festival in the deep south)
  • 1D – ASAVERI (asAveri): The answer is right there at the start of the clue (is indeed in there – right in the beginning) as in As a veritable rasika claimed … 
  • 2D – hamsanadham (hamsanAdham): The answer is the name of a raga, which can be obtained by scrambling (went awry) the words Madam’s Sahana but omitting the letters Sa which is referred here as short for Sadja, the starting note (after losing the starting note).
  • 3A – VIDUSHIS (vidUshis): The answer stands for expert women musicians, and is constructed by taking the word vid (short for video in colloquial usage implied by Short video) and scrambling (implied by about) it with the word sushi.
  • 3D – VIRIBONI (viribONi): The answer is the bhairavi varnam which is commonly considered as the grandest of all the varnams (grand, divine one indeed!) and is obtained by scrambling (turned out)  the letters V I I I i.e. the letter v, and three i’s which in roman numerals stands for eight (eighth) and the word born. The fact that clue also points to Lord Krishna (who was the eight born) is a red-herring i.e. misdirection 🙂 
  • 4D – BEGADA (bEgaDa): The answer is the raga bEgaDa, and is obtained by combing the word beg (plead) and the word Ada, which is also the name of a computer programming language (software programming)
  • 5A – TRIPUTA (tripuTa): Clue refers to the word “trip” (meaning stumble) at the beginning (at the start of) the word tripuTa.
  • 5D – TANARUPI (tAnarUpi): The answer is the name of raga and can be obtained by unscrambling (has to change) the words A puritan
  • 6D – SAHITYA (sAhitya): The answer refers to lyrics of a composition (Lyrically)  and can obtained by taking the word Saya  and placing the word hit  inside it (Saya had a hit in it)
  • 7A – MANDARI (mandAri): The answer refers to a raga (indirectly referred by making it musical) and can be obtained by unscrambling (misdirection) the words In Drama.
  • 7D – MAND (mAND): The answer refers to a raga, and it can be found at the beginning of the word Mandatory
  • 8A – NIROSHTA (nirOshTa): The clue refers to a play on words on the phonetical similarity to the  Niro part of the name and the Roman Emperer Nero. It also refers to the fact that this raga does not use the svaras ma and pa which involve touching the lips. So with the lips not touched for the the all the svaras of the ragas could lead to parched lips.
  • 9A – RASALI (rasALi): This refers to a (rare) raga whose name can be obtained by scrambling (rendered differently) the word Sarali.
  • 10A – KHANDA ATA (khaNDA aTa): The answer is the name of a tala (beat) and can be obtained by scrambling (extemporise)  the words Thank AAA  and D, which is the first letter  (head) of the word daisy.
  • 11A – MELAKARTHA (mELakartha): The answer refers to the “parent scale/ragas” of carnatic music (i.e. ones that gave birth to many an offspring i.e. janya/children ragas), and it can be obtained by taking the word Martha  and putting inside it (swallows) the letters elak, which is the word kale upside down (wrong side first).