1. A clue in the form of a question means the result sort of answers that question, if not exactly (this is used in crosswords in papers like The Hindu).
  2. One or more clues may involve jumbled words as hinted by some select word in the clue itself (again a standard technique in Hindu) – for example “confused”, “broken” etc. all hint that some of the words in the clue are scrambled, and hence you should unscramble them to get the answer. It is also common to use abbreviations (e.g. state names – be in India or US), as well as alternate words.
  3. There may be other word play involved. Like building the solution outs of bits and pieces or the solution itself hidden in the clue, etc. Note that the word-play takes advantage of *spelling* in English and of course most of the time won’t match the *pronunciation* since we are trying to map non-English languages to English here. In general, the spelling will adhere to the transliteration scheme outline at http://arunk.freepgs.com/cmtranslit/cmtranslit_scheme.html. If you are familiar with transliteration schemes used in carnatic music, this one should be already familiar to you.
  4. The number of letters of the answer as spelt popularly in English is given in parentheses. Please note that they might not always adhere to the above  standard format – although I will try my best to make them be so. I know I am perhaps being unfair here – but like musical license, this is “quiz master license” 🙂 So when trying to fit an answer, you may have try a couple of spelling possibilities.
  5. If the number of letters includes a hyphen, then we are talking about multiple words. So a 4-5, means two words – first word containing 4 letters and next word containing 5 letter.

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