Patna: The first season of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014 is scheduled to be launched on July 16. Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014 (CCCC 2014 in short) has been initiated by the Central Board of Secondary Education and is being coordinated by Extra-C. Extra C, a civil society initiative had organized two national crossword contests last year.
The world’s biggest inter-school crossword contest, CCCC 2014 would be conducted in two phases i.e. City rounds and the National round during July to December 2014, said Kushagra Singh director (legal & PR).
The city rounds of this contest will span over the entire country. The city rounds are scheduled to be held in 34 cities all across India covering all the eight regional zones of CBSE, Singh told TOI.
This extravagant contest is also open for the schools, which are not affiliated to the CBSE. This has achieved a humungous response with schools registering from as diverse cities as Srinagar in the North to Kochi in the South and covering all the major cities from the west to the eastern most portions of India.
Initially the registrations began with only the most popular schools registering for this contest. However, due to the rising popularity of this contest and the growing realization of importance of solving crossword puzzles in the overall development of a student, the contest has lately seen a huge surge in the number of registrations, Singh said..
Over 400 plus schools are already in the fray. Schools like DPS, Srinagar, DPS R.K. Puram, New Delhi, Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya, Jaipur, Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Sr. Sec School Chennai, Bhanvan’s Vidya Mandir, Kochi, Army Public School, Gwalior, National Public School, Bengaluru, G.D Goenka International School, Surat, St. Xavier’s School Kolkata, Loreto Convent are some of the prominent schools that have already registered for the contest.
In view of persistent requests from schools from different parts of the country, the organizers have decided to extend the last date for registration upto July 15 the cities in Bihar and Jharkhand and July 31register at www.crypticsingh.com in order to participate in the CCCC 2014.
The finale of the CCCC 2014 will be held in December 2014 at New Delhi. The national winners of the contest will win prizes worth Rs. 25,000 each along with trophies and certificates, the national runners up will be awarded prizes worth Rs. 15,000 along with trophies and certificates and the national finalists (3rd position holders will be awarded prizes worth Rs. 10,000.
Crossword puzzles help students improve their vocabulary, reasoning, lateral thinking and analytical abilities this is perhaps the idea behind introducing. It helps develop other skills, like making inferences, evaluating alternatives and drawing conclusions.