Ref: EXTRA-C/CCCC 10.0/ 56

Date: 04/05/2022

CCCC 10.0 CIRCULAR

CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest 2022

Crosswords have a proven track record of being an excellent learning tool and at the same time providing a fun-filled pastime. It is one exercise which comes with multiple benefits:

  • ENHANCES LOGICAL REASONING
  • STRENGTHENS MEMORY
  • STIMULATES PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
  • SHARPENS FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
  • ENHANCES LATERAL THINKING & CREATIVITY
  • ENSURES A DECISION-MAKING BEND OF MIND
  • GIVES A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT
  • BUILDS CONFIDENCE
  • ENABLES YOU TO TAKE ON CHALLENGES
  • PROVIDES YOU WITH A FUNCTIONAL VOCABULARY

Realizing its benefits, the annual national inter-school CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest, which is popular as CCCC, has tried to leverage the beautiful mind-game of crosswords on a competitive platform since 2013, which was being observed as the ‘Year of the Crossword’, to inculcate among school students key cognitive skills. Since then, this pan-India event has been one of the most keenly awaited fixtures of schools’ annual calendars of co-curricular activities.

The 10th annual run of CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest will take place between May and November 2022. The broad structure and timeline of the contest will be as mentioned below:

PERIOD: May-November 2022

FORMAT: Three-stage hybrid (online-offline); two students from a school will form a team and play together

STAGE I: Four online rounds comprising a Practice Round and three weekly online rounds on successive Sundays

  • The Practice Round will be held on May 29, 2022

  • Round 1 on June 5, 2022

  • Round 2 on June 12, 2022

  • Round 3 on June 19, 2022

  • For the rounds mentioned above, a grid of clues will be uploaded on the website www.crypticsingh.com at 1400 hours (2 pm) and the submission of answers will be accepted till 1700 hours (5 pm)

  • While the Practice Round will be held for the sake of familiarization to the contest, the marks scored in this round will not be counted for final standings of school teams.

  • Rounds 1, 2, and 3 will be scoring rounds and a cumulative leaderboard will be formed at the end of Round 3 taking into account the marks scored by the contestants in each round. The top 100 on the cumulative leaderboard will qualify for Stage II

  • The top 20 teams at the end of each round will also qualify for Stage II, irrespective of the cumulative standing

  • Marks will be allotted for both correctness and the time of submission of answers

STAGE II: Shortlisted teams on the basis of the Stage I marks will be called for either face-to-face online rounds or offline rounds in select cities of the country; the mode will be decided on the basis of the prevailing situation, the number of teams and the availability of host institutes in the respective cities

STAGE III: An offline National Grand Finale involving the shortlisted teams after Stage II will be held in the national capital

The schedule for Stage II and III will be announced separately.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to students of Std VII to XII in a school affiliated to any of the recognized school boards in the country; contestants studying in different classes of a school may form a team

REGISTRATION: All participants will first have to register on www.crypticsingh.com. One of the two team members will be the main contestant who will receive the registration ID and password following a successful registration.

The registration is free of cost

The registration on the website will begin on May 15, 2022

There will be prizes for top performing teams and certificates for all contestants

Sincerely

(Raj Narayan Singh)
National Coordinator
CCCC 10.0
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