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2018-07-10 21:32:31

CCCC 2018 kicks off with four NCR rounds of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram, to be followed by 37 more rounds before the Grand Finale

Mother's International School, Delhi; Amity International School, Sector 6 Vasundhara, Ghaziabad; Kendriya Vidyalaya Sector 24 Noida; and DAV Public School Sector 14, Gurugram, on Tuesday became the first four schools to qualify for the Grand Finale of the 6th edition of CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest.

The four NCR rounds of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram were held at KV No. 2, Delhi Cantt, as part of the launch of the national inter-school contest.

The contest was launched by Governor of Bihar Satyapal Malik.

MoS Power (Independent charge) Raj Kumar Singh was the chief guest on the occasion.

Vivek Kumar Singh, senior IAS officer and chief mentor of the contest; Santosh Mall, commissioner, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; and B K Singh, commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, were also present on the occasion.

The members of the winning school teams of Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurugram were Harshul Sagar and Aarush Utkarsh; Mukul Jain and Joy Chopra; Aarush Sinha and Ratan Raj; and Aakriti Bansal and Nishtha Trehan, respectively.

As many as 90 teams participated in the four city rounds.

Addressing an impressive gathering of students, teachers and guests, the Governor said the everyday life is like solving a crossword puzzle. Citing chess, he said India has had a tradition of inventing mind games. He praised Extra-C and the chief mentor for initiating a unique format and providing a competitive platform for crosswords to school students.

The Power minister said those who have the ability to think succeed in life. You can train your minds and develop an ability to think critically by solving crosswords regularly, the minister told a predominantly young gathering.

The chief mentor traced the journey of the contest since 2013, when the inaugural edition was held. He said first the coming onboard of the CBSE and more recently of KVS, NVS and Doordarshan has immensely added to the popularity of the mind game in the vast hinterland.

There will be 37 more city rounds between the July-September period before the 41 winning teams from the 41 city rounds gather at the national capital towards the year-end for the Grand Finale to vie for the National Crossword Champion trophy, which was unveiled on the occasion of the launch.

NPS Koramangla, Bengaluru are the reigning champs.

CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest is an inter-school, national-level crossword solving contest open to students of class IX-XII studying in schools affiliated to any of the recognised boards in the country.

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