Aussie ahead after Round 1 of Indian Crossword League

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PATNA: Philip Coote from Canberra, Australia, heads the ranking after the first weekly online round of the global crossword contest- Indian Crossword League 2021 (IXL).

Ramki Krishnan, the five-time winner of the contest since its inception in 2013, is at the 2nd place and Koh Teeng Sween Kenny from Singapore occupies the 3rd place.


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There will be nine more weekly online rounds before the top 30 in the cumulative ranking will be called for the offline year-end Grand Finale in Bengaluru.

“The second online weekly round starts at 11 am on Sunday, September 26.” Amitabh Ranjan, chief operating officer (COO) of the Extra-C that organizes the IXL, told TOI here on Saturday.

While Coote, Koh and others in the top 10 are known names in IXL, which has brought the best global crossword talent on a common platform, Sohit Bhagat at No 10 is a new name to watch out for. There are quite a few overseas names in the top 50 after Round 1 and an engaging see-saw battle appears to be on the cards as the contest progresses.

“A participant can enter the contest at any stage and the free-of-cost registration will remain open till the beginning of the 10th and the last weekly online round. A participant who comes 1st in any of the weekly rounds automatically qualifies for the Grand Finale,” Ranjan said.

Earlier, the contest was launched on September 19 by the Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Srinivas Katikithala.

“Every Sunday, a fresh grid of clues is uploaded on the website at 11 am (IST). The submission of answers is open till 11.59 pm (IST) the following Wednesday. The marks are allotted both for the correct number of answers and the time of submission. A Round Leaderboard and a Cumulative Leaderboard are formed at the end of each round,” Ranjan informed.


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