Six overseas players among top 20 in cumulative ranking of global crossword contest IXL
Mohsin is followed by Arvind Ramaswamy of Pune at 3rd position.
Philip Coote from Canberra, Australia, and Ramki Krishnan from Chennai, who have been occupying the top slots in earlier rounds are at number 4 and 5, respectively.
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Three contestants – Samit Kallianpur from Secunderabad, Sureash Dorbala from Visakhapatnam and Himanshu Rajurkar from London – have for the first time broken into the top 10 bracket.
Besides Philip and Himanshu, Koh Teen Sween Kenny from Singapore is another overseas contestant in that bracket.
Philip and Ramki, however, are first and second, respectively, on the cumulative Leaderboard with Venkatraghavan at number 3 followed by Koh. With Sowmya Ramakumar from Manama, Bahrain, at number 13; Anicha Reuben from Juelich, Germany, at 16; Himanshu from London at 19; and Vasant Srinivasan from Rayong Province, Thailand, at 20, the cumulative ranking witnesses six overseas players in the top 20.
“There will be six more weekly online rounds before the top 30 in the cumulative ranking will be called for the offline year-end Grand Finale in Bangalore. The fifth online weekly round will begin at 11 am on October 17,” Amitabh Ranjan, chief operating officer (COO) of Patna-based organization Extra-C which organizes the contest, told TOI on Saturday.
“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 National 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 said.