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  • About ACAD

    A-CLUE-A-DAY (ACAD) is a daily individual cryptic clue solving contest for schoolchildren in the country. It is designed to teach them the way to solve cryptic crosswords and hone their skills by daily practice. For young crossword buffs, ACAD is the right forum to begin with.

    Why the endeavour?

    Because it has been scientifically proved that solving crosswords improves a person’s analytical abilities and vocabulary. Starting the same at a young age will give a child an edge over others in curricular as well as extra-curricular pursuits. The ACAD contest is a first of its kind opportunity for students to compete with their counterparts all over India and in the process boost their vocabulary, reasoning and wit, and of course, a daily prize too!

    How to go about it?

    One clue is posted online each day on the website This year, it can also be accessed on mobile phones through the ‘ACAD’ app which can be downloaded on Android smartphones and tablets. Students need to register themselves on the website in order to participate in the contest. The clues are posted at 3:30 pm each day and entries for the same are accepted till 3 pm the following day. The schedule ensures that it does not disturb the daily routine of school-going children. One among the correct entries is chosen as the Lucky Winner of the day and awarded a gift hamper. The gifts are sent to the respective schools to be handed over to the students.

    The first 100 students who crack the clue every day earn points ranging from 100 to 1, in that order. The cumulative score is upgraded every day and the first 100 students are listed on the Champions’ Gallery (CG) on the website. The leaders of the CG get rewarded every month. At the end of the year, and in-between, students with the highest scores would be tested offline and felicitated.

    It is important, therefore, that the students remain in the contest round-the-year, as points for each day matter.

    We hope the event brings to the fore young crossword talent in schools across the country.

    Terms & Conditions

    1. To enter the contest you must be an Indian resident.
    2. The participants must be school children studying in any class.
    3. Rounds are not open to employees/members (or members of their immediate families) of EXTRA-C* or any organization concerned with the creation and management of the contest website.
    4. Only one person is allowed to register with one mobile/cell phone number.
    5. Sending an e-mail to us, showing willingness to enter in the contest is not an acceptable registration procedure. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are not received by us for any reason whatsoever.
    6. The time of posting a clue is as specified each day, and the organizers reserve the right to amend the same.
    7. If you are chosen as the lucky winner of the day, we will notify you by a telephone call or by e-mail. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
    8. The name of the lucky winner of each day will be posted on the website, along with the date for which he/she was selected as the lucky winner.
    9. By entering into this Contest, the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as this contest may require.
    10. The prize is not transferable to another person.
    11. No part of a prize can be is exchanged for cash or another prize.
    12. If an advertised prize hamper is not available, we reserve the right to offer an alternative prize hamper of equal or greater value.
    13. Incorrect entries will not be eligible for the draw of lucky winner.
    14. Please read our Privacy Policy which tells you how we use any personal information we may collect about you while entering this contest.
    15. The organizers reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. The organizers may also create rules which will apply to a specific day only. If we do this we will publish the amended contest rules and/or specific contest rules on the relevant contest page.
    16. The organizers will endeavour to send prizes within a month of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time.
    17. All disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of PATNA HIGH COURT only.

Pulkit Khare gets the winner’s certificate from Mr Mohan Chunkath and Mr C G Rishikesh as Mr Vivek Kumar Singh and Mr Ramki Krishnan look on 

Allahabad boy shines at Chennai climax

For Pulkit Khare, a class X student of Tagore Public School, Allahabad, Chennai would be a distant place. But he made it to the city and hogged all the l

imelight at the offline A-Clue-A –Day (ACAD) finals. The venue was hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore, the date December 27, 2015.

Pulkit who has been doing consistently well in this online challenge for school students, bagged the ACAD trophy. Rohit Sreekumar, another class X student from from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, was at the second spot.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was Mr Mohan Chunkath, Additional Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu, and a crossword buff himself. He was one of the finalists of the Indian Crossword League (IXL) 2015 which concluded in Bengaluru on December 25.

Mr C G Rishikesh aka Chaturvasi, a renowned crossword setter, was the City Host. Also present on the occasion was the IXL winner for the second consecutive time Mr Ramki Krishnan.

ACAD is a daily online crossword challenge for school students conducted on Extra-C’s website The second edition of this contest was launched by the then Bihar education minister P K Shahi on April 10, 2015 at DPS Patna.

It involves cracking a fresh clue everyday which is uploaded on the site at 3.30 pm. The answers have to be uploaded by 3 pm the following day. Depending on the clues solved over a period of time, a Champions’ Gallery is formed and top of the board contestants are given prizes and letters of appreciation from the organisers.

The organisers had this year decided to organise an offline final to zero in on the best among school students excelling in crosswords. The top names on the Champions’ Gallery converged on the Tamil Nadu capital to claim the ACAD Champion trophy. The event was also a gesture from the organisers to pay tribute to the residents of Chennai who withstood the fury of one of the worst floods in history with an undying spirit.

Prior to the Chennai finals, at the top of the Champions’ Gallery was Aneerooth, a student of Srimathi Sundaravalli Memorial School, Chennai. Close on his heels was Rohit. Vendhanarayan K and Sajitha J from the same school gave him company among the top 10. Divya Vaid, a member of the second runners-up team from The Mother’s International, New Delhi, at the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2015 Grand Finale, was at the 9th position on the Champions’ Gallery.

The objective behind the event is to tap hidden crossword talent among young students and popularise the mind game which helps in developing lateral thinking, ability to draw inference and an enhanced vocabulary among other benefits.