Cryptic Crossroads: Crosswords from 1across.Org (Third Anniversary Issue)

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Ebooks2go Incorporated, Sep 15, 2017 - Self-Help - 105 pages
What brings together, two septuagenarians who have been setting cryptic puzzles for decades, a former Chief secretary of an Indian state, the man behind the popular Amul hoardings, two international scrabble champions, a Hula dancer from Hawaii who deftly handles the hardest clues, a banker from the Middle East who also holds a Guinness award.., this list can go on but let's cut to the chase! The answer is easy and begins with a C, or two depending on how you see it. In July 2014, a small group of cruciverbalists came together at a Facebook group called 1ACross to post and solve cryptic clues for each other. Soon, we realized how much fun can be had from social interaction in a 'solitary' pastime, what with hashtagged themed games that changed and challenged on a daily basis. Since July 2015, we began producing annual souvenirs, using original puzzles contributed by our members and sharing these within the group. As these compilations have been very well received, we wanted to introduce these to a wider audience. We are happy to bring to you our third anniversary collection of puzzles. We plan to donate all proceeds from the sales of this book to Cancer research and Cure. While you will no doubt enjoy solving these puzzles, you also get the satisfaction, that your money is also going towards putting an end to the that ugly C word, which has ravaged the lives of many of our friends and family.

About the author (2017)

Sowmya Ramkumar has set for and compiled this collection of crosswords in which, 31 different setters from 5 geographical areas (US, UK, Middle East, India and Singapore) have collaborated. Sowmya is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and independent financial consultant based in the Middle East (Bahrain). She runs the blog ( and the Facebook group 1ACross, where seasoned cruciverbalists interact while setting and solving clues. Sowmya used to set weekly themed crosswords for Cat.a.lyst (part of The Hindu Business line), which were published for over two years, until 2016. She has also set for "The Preston Pages", a UK publication, under the pseudonym "Hypatia". Her interviews have been featured in online blogs such as Crossword Unclued and Paws for Puzzles. In addition to setting, Sowmya is also an avid solver since childhood and was a finalist in the last three editions of the Indian Crossword League. An excellent orator, she has conducted several quiz competitions in Bahrain. In her free time she loves listening to music and reading, being an ardent fan of P.G. Wodehouse and Lewis Carroll.

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