[Simblified] Ep. 146: On making crosswords, ft. Tony Sebastian

Ep. 146: On making crosswords, ft. Tony Sebastian

19/08/2019 by IVM Podcasts

Web player: https://podplayer.net/?id=78803332
Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/simblified/E146Simblified.mp3?dest-id=359939

Crosswords – those quaint old things, delighting pun lovers since time immemorial – are notoriously difficult things to put together (let alone solve). So the guys who make them must be some other-level geniuses only. Your hosts aren’t – but luckily, we managed to get someone on the show! Tony Sebastian is a cruciverbalist (yes, that’s what they’re called) who has set crosswords for The Hindu, and is a wordplay enthusiast (also a nonsense enthusiast, given it’s his third appearance on Simblified). Join us as we chat about how he got into crosswords, how he sets them, the different types and how you too can fulfill your pun-making/solving dreams! NEW TO SIMBLIFIED?
It’s an Indian podcast – probably the best to come from Malad West – that takes things that happen around us, and deconstructs them in a language you can understand, often surmounting several puns and PG Wodehouse references along the way. We aim to make you appear smarter during parties, job interviews, and dates. Your hosts (and Twitter / Instagram handles) are Chuck (@chuck_gopal / @chuckofalltrades), Srikeit (@srikeit, @srikeit) and Naren (@shenoyn, @shenoynv). You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com/

Listen date: early November


  • I’ve forgotten the taxonomy of clues that Tony listed. But the three components of a crossword clue stood out for me, that is, that a good clue should have:
    • the meaning of the answer
    • some wordplay to arrive at it
    • absolutely nothing else
  • I’m in awe of people who’re good at cryptic crosswords, considering I’ve never managed it myself. Maybe that’s because I never had anybody to do it with, and it always seemed unsurmountable.
  • I had never thought of crossword setter as an endangered profession on the lines of roadside barber or ice salesman or PCO operators.


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