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Vol. XXXI No. 10, September 1-15, 2021

Cryptic Quiz on Chennai

Ashwin Bhandarkar may be a Punekar now but he spent much of his growing up years in Madras that is Chennai. As part of the Madras Week events organised by Madras Musings, Ashwin conducted a cryptic clues quiz, in which he was helped immensely by his friend Loks Subrahmanyam. We thank them both for it and present the questions below. Starters (Q 1 to 6); Localities (Q 7 to 12) and so on.

1. Wayward man led crook almost to coast (10)

2. Andrea’s iconic, exotic building style (4-9)

3. Fashionista milkmaid’s secret tongue (5)

4. Dramas unravel fabric (6)

5. Crazy “Ï’m an adult” state (9)

6. Gretchen Naidu’s hiding place?

7. Miscreant near ancient city suburb (8)

8. A polymer sequence here (8)

9. Dara hanging funnily here (6,5)

10. Distraught Lara wept here (8)

11. Heartless madam eats lamb curry here (8)

12. I leave exotic partitioned locality (10)

13. Support tiny actress (7)

14. Singer treats a shrink after tillana medley starts (1,1,7)

15. Reckless swing uncovered cricketer (1,6)

16. Amir Khan’s rap composition enthralls many a theatre stalwart (1,1, 11)

17 Dancing Inuits take wise king to doctor (6,7)

18 Doctor Mira Kini undervalued dancer (7, 4, 8)

19 Sartorial institution in final list (6)

20 Navratilova loses heart here (6)

21 Animated alto describes college venue (7, 6)

22 Seat of power to get forgers baffled (4,2,6)

23 Excitedly cheer Lata in CNN station (7,7)

24 The austere mum going around auditorium (6,7)

25 A chortling cad repaired hotel (3, 5, 5)

26 Course lacking much. A ban ordered (10, 5)

27 Heavenly twins surround landmark (6,6)

28 They accused mamicrazily here (3, 5, 7)

29 Mercurial knight laughs endlessly, weekly (7)

30 After headstart, Indu follows article daily (3,5)

31 Eliza’s professor hugs cricketer here (13)

32 Mentor a niche, revolutionary transporter (7, 5)

33 Marches I organise for chic cafe (8)

34 Wild hyenas groan here (6,5)

35 For beginners, cricket has excited people and united kins here (7)

36 Port, a favourite place (8)

37 Braid nicer plait here (10)

38 Shaken, St.Anna boards rickety barge here (6,5)

39 Rowdy Rampal eats cooked aval here (10)

Answers to Quiz

1. Coromandel; 2. Indo-Saracenic; 3. Tamil; 4. Madras; 5. Tamil Nadu; 6. Chennai; 7. Vandalur; 8. Mylapore; 9. Gandhi Nagar; 10. Alwarpet; 11. Mambalam; 12. Tondiarpet; 13. Padmini; 14. T.M.Krishna; 15. R.Ashwin; 16. P.C.Ramakrishna; 17. Suniti Solomon; 18. Rukmini Devi Arundale; 19. Nalli’s; 20, Marina; 21, Brodie’s Castle; 22, Fort St.George; 23, Chennai Central; 24, Museum Theatre; 25. ITC Grand Chola; 26. Buckingham Canal; 27. Gemini Circle; 28. The Music Academy; 29. Thuglak; 30. The Hindu; 31. Higginbotham’s; 32. Chennai Metro; 33. Chamiers; 34. Shenoy Nagar; 35. Chepauk; 36. Saidapet; 37. Triplicane; 38. Besant Nagar; 39. Pallavaram.

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