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Ranchi, June 24, 2015: The CBSE Cryptic Crossword Competition (CCCC) 2015 was launched by Mr Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to Jharkhand Chief Minister Mr Raghubar Das Wednesday at DPS, SAIL Township, Ranchi. Mr Das, who was scheduled to inaugurate the event, could not do so due to some unavoidable circumstances.

Among those present on the occasion were Mr Vivek Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment and Forest, Government of Bihar and Chief Mentor of the CCCC 2015; Sukhdev Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Government of Jharkhand; and Ram Singh, Principal of DPS Ranchi.

The winners were Spandan Chaturvedi and Chinmey Srivastav of DAV Gandhinagar, Ranchi. Annesha Das and Mrinalini of DPS Ranchi won the second spot. As many as 45 teams from 38 schools participated in this round.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Vivek Kumar Singh said articulation is key to taking someone beyond a certain point in her career. For this, enhancing vocabulary and lateral thinking is a prerequisite and it can be well served by taking to crosswords. He said “it also helps to build up confidence among young students by providing those Eureka feeling”.

Agreeing to what Mr Singh said, Mr Kumar said the subtext of any successful career was excellent linguistic skills and a basic mathematical aptitude. “We must learn language for the heck of it… we must learn words for the heck of it,” he added.

The event will now travel to 31 cities and towns in the country ahead of the Grand Finale in New Delhi towards the year-end. The City rounds for two hill stations — Shimla and Srinagar – have already been held.

Conducted by Extra-C, a not-for-profit organisation based in Patna, the CCCC is a cryptic crossword competition for students of classes IX-XII studying in schools affiliated to the CBSE, the CISCE and any of the state boards. Teams of two students each from schools compete in the City rounds and then the winners from the each round compete for the National Crossword Champion trophy at the Grand Finale in the national capital.

The first of its kind competition was first held in 2013, the centenary year of the first published crossword by Arthur Wynne in the New York World. Sponsored by Sudha, a Bihar government undertaking, it was called Sudha All-India Inter-School Crossword Competition. More than 600 schools participated in the tournament, which was won by the team of Akarshika V. and Kavitha A. from Holy Angel’s Anglo Indian H. Secondary School, Chennai.

Realising the potential of crosswords as a tool for enhancing critical analysis, lateral thinking and vocabulary, the CBSE came out with a landmark circular the following year, announcing the launch of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Competition 2014 in association with Extra-C. The event saw an overwhelming response with about 850 schools participating. The trophy this time went to Shalini Srinivasan and Biswarup Burman of Carmel Junior College, Jamshedpur.

With the CBSE again deciding to lend its name to the competition, the CCCC 2015 is poised to achieve another landmark in terms of participation. The details of the contest as well other events conducted by Extra-C can be accessed at

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