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National Cinema Day crossword: An ode to the silver screen

Music, movies, beloved characters — you’ll find it all on this crossword, which pays tribute to a century of Indian filmmaking. Play now!

indian cinema crossword bollywood tollywood film movies showing famous charactersIf pop culture is your top interest, this puzzle should be a cakewalk.

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Clever lines, famous dance moves — an Indian’s connection to the film industry begins right from their childhood. Most people don’t identify as film buffs, but on a scale of ‘bored dad’ to Karan Johar, they’re often surprised to find out how much detail they actually remember.

We were curious about how to test this kind of dormant connection, so we made a filmy game: Spotlight on Cinema! A handmade 12×12 crossword puzzle, it hides legendary names and moments from the history of filmmaking in Indian. To test your guessing skills, tap on the link below:

Start solving the Spotlight on Cinema Crossword

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Preview of the ‘Spotlight on Cinema’ Crossword, and a scale to know where you might stand as a movie buff.

Crossword solving tips

Paying homage to the silver screen, the traditional black boxes of this crossword have also been turned silver. To sail to an easy finish, here are five solving tips you should remember:

  1. Finish all the easy clues first. If the timer makes you nervous, you can tap and hide it.
  2. Notice the tense and noun form (singular/plural) of a clue. The answer will be in the same form.
  3. (Abbrv.) beside a clue means the answer is a shortened form of the commonly-known word.
  4. To get hints, tap on the bulb icon on the top right. It lets you check or reveal single letters, full words, or the entire grid.
  5. ‘Cheating’ is acceptable—after all, the more you Google, the more you know. You can also play live against a friend (or solve together!). Simply share the puzzle using the people icon.

National Cinema Day will be celebrated by the Multiplex Association of India on September 23 with discounted movie ticket sales. Whether you’re heading to the theatres or getting comfy with Netflix, we hope this puzzle can add some hatke fun to your weekend.

Happy solving!

For feedback or ideas, please write in to puzzles@indianexpress.com

First published on: 21-09-2022 at 09:08:25 pm
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