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IXL round 1 has been scrapped! Fresh first weekly round would start on September 18 2016. The organization regrets the inconvenience caused to the participants.

 

Dear IXLer

 

This will cheer you up!

 

The fourth edition of Indian Crossword League (IXL) is heading towards its launch. We have decided to have the launch tentatively on September 11, a Sunday, in New Delhi. The tentative date for the Grand Finale is December 25, again a Sunday, to be held at Bengaluru. The registration will begin on August 25, 2016.

 

The broad format of the contest will remain as it has been for the past three years. Like the previous year, New York and Toronto legs too are on the anvil. We may have a round in Chicago as well. And as you know, we will have one-hour offline written test each at these centres instead of the online weekly rounds. The winners will have direct entry to the Grand Finale. Announcements will be made once we decide the dates and the venues.

 

For the past three years, we have held our hands together and travelled on the road less travelled for mental succour few pursuits can offer. We solicit your company on another such adventure. It’s also a rare opportunity to bond with the like-minded.

 

So, mark the two dates in your appointment diaries in bold and be part of an incredible fun.

 

What’s new?

 

The broad format of the contest will remain as it has been for the past two years. The only change, we hope the participants will relish this, is that it is going to be bigger, and so, tougher.

Some new features:

10 WEEKLY ROUNDS STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

WEEKLY ROUNDS FROM AT 1200 HRS EVERY SUNDAY

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE IXL LAUNCH CEREMONY , FIRST WEEKLY ROUND ON 11TH SEP WILL START AT 1230 HRS

RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING SATURDAY AT 12:00PM

PRIZES TO ONE LUCKY WINNER EVERY WEEK

WEEKLY ROUND WINNER PRIZE WOULD BE GIVEN TO A NEW PERSON EVERY WEEK

GRAND FINALE ON DECEMBER 25 2016 AT BENGALURU

IXL 2016 ROUNDS TO BE HELD TENTATIVELY AT TORONTO, NEW JERSEY, CHICAGO, SYDNEY AND LONDON

DIRECT ENTRY FOR INTERNATIONAL ROUND WINNERS TO IXL 2016 GRAND FINALE

 

The Journey

It was sheer chutzpah, on the part of Extra-C, a not-for-profit organisation based in Patna, to take the road hardly trodden. The immediate provocation was to celebrate Arthur Wynne and the 100th anniversary of the first published crossword, his brainchild, in New York World.
Along the way we got companions, and how!

IXL 2013, the inaugural event, was a success beyond our expectations. Top wordsmiths came on this common platform to test their mental mettle. In Col Deepak Gopinath (retd), the country got the first crossword champion. The following year, he decided to sit out and became the Chief Arbiter of the event. The contestants came from beyond the shores as well. Ramki Krishnan, a software professional from Chennai and a wildcard entry to the Grand Finale, walked away with the champion’s trophy.

Today, there is a fraternity out there driven by one common passion – to solve cryptic crosswords. It’s because of them that the League is in a league of its own. The journey ahead lies with them.

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