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Crossword Puzzle

Crossword Puzzle: Here is the Sanskrit version of the famous English word making puzzle Crossword. The English version of the puzzle has many rules mostly appropriate for that language. We have adapted the rules to match the specific rules of Sanskrit language and grammar. Crossword puzzles covering different categories, themes and complexities are here for you to solve. The printable version page displays the puzzle (and the solution) in a plain paper format for your convenience.

If you want to contribute a Crossword Puzzle, please email your puzzle and solution to We will include the same in the list along with your name and email address.

Puzzle Rules: Followings are the rules to follow while solving (and authoring) a puzzle.

  • A word to be valid -
    • can appear only once in the solution;
    • can be a commonly used object, name, person, place, event, action etc.;
    • can be a well known object, name, person, place, event, action etc.;
    • should be spelt correctly as per Sanskrit spelling rules;
    • can be a commonly used compound word (समास / samaasa) of words;
    • can use euphonic combination (सन्धि / sandhi) of syllables.

  • The puzzle board has black and white cells.
    • Only a white cell will have alphabet in it, and will be part of the word making.
    • The black cell will always be left blank and is not part of the word making.

  • Each cell will have only one syllable in it, either a full-syllable or a half-syllable.

  • A valid word -
    • is either from left to right (across) direction;
    • or from top to bottom (downward) direction.

  • Two words running in across and downward direction can intersect each other. The alphabet on which intersection happens is part of both words. Multiple words can also interesect each other in forming words.

  • The complete and contiguous set of white cells in either direction must be a valid word.

  • Some of the white cells will have clue numbers on them. A clue to each clue number will be available to help forming words. The clue will be applicable to across or downward or both directions. A clue will exist for each possible word in the final solution.

  • To make word making easier few alphabets may be available in the white cells. These in combination with the clues are to be used to make words.

  • The combined alphabets (संयुक्ताक्षर / sa.nyuktaakshara) are treated as one single alphabet. If they are treated separately then part of the half-syllable will be available on the white cell as a clue. Example: क्य (kya) -
    • can be treated as one alphabet; or
    • the half-syllable क् (k) can be displayed in a white cell.

  • In the puzzle each white cell is counted as one letter. The number of letters in each word is mentioned in brackets after the clue.

  • For Puzzle Authors - In the puzzle board the row, column or both will have odd number of cells in them.

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