National crossword competition begins with 9,672 teams from across India

National crossword competition begins with 9,672 teams from across India

PATNA: The first of the two online scoring rounds in the first phase of the annual national level Inter-School Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2021 began on Saturday. Iqbal Singh Chahal, IAS, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai addressed the participants in the inaugural function.

9,672 school teams from 353 towns and cities across India have registered for the competition.

“The second and last scoring round in the first phase will be held on August 1 (Sunday) from 2 pm onwards,” Amitabh Ranjan, chief operating officer of Xtra-C, which organized the competition, told TOI on Saturday.

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A participating team can register anytime till 2 PM on 1st August, he said. The cumulative scores of the two scoring rounds will be taken into account to short-list the teams for the second phase, which will witness a one-on-one online round and an offline grand finale in New Delhi at the end of the year.

Earlier, an exercise round was conducted on the website from July 25 to July 30 so that the new participants could familiarize themselves with the format. Although this was a non-scoring round, a leaderboard of the top 100 participating teams was created at the end of the round, with Aadya Singh’s team from Notre Dame Academy, Patna at the top of the national rankings. Teams led by Hiren Bajaj of Jasudaben ML School, Mumbai and V Krishna Sai Gayatri of Vidyashram, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad finished second and third respectively.

Ranjan said, 9,672 school teams from 353 towns and cities across India have registered. A school team consists of two students from class VII to XII. Bihar has the highest number of 3200 registrations from 38 cities. Telangana with 967 registrations from 32 cities, Assam 757 from 16 towns, Tamil Nadu 742 from 26 cities, Karnataka 675 teams from 23 towns, J&K 466 from 15 cities are the other major states in terms of registration.

Registrations have also been received from states like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Addressing the young participants on the occasion, Chahal said that games like crosswords helped you build mental toughness and sustain you through the twists and turns in life. “I have a ringside view of the horrific pandemic and I can tell you that our mental strength has been the most powerful weapon for chasing scores,” he said.

Popularly known as CCCC among school children, it has been an offline program since its inception in 2013. Due to the pandemic situation, the current edition is being conducted in an online format. The previous edition, CCCC 2020 was also conducted online amid the nationwide lockdown.

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