The national crossword competition started with 9,672 teams across India – Times of India

Patna: The first phase of the annual national level inter-school cryptic crossword competition (CCCC) 2021 between the two online scoring rounds started on the first Saturday. The inaugural function was marked by an address by Iqbal Singh Chahal, IAS, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai to the participants.

9,672 school teams from 353 cities and towns in India have registered for the competition.

“The second and final scoring round of the first round will be held on August 1 (Sunday) from 2pm,” Amitabh Ranjan, chief operating officer of Extra-C, told TOI on Saturday.



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He said a participating team could register at any time until 2pm on August 1. An offline grand finale in New Delhi at the end of the year.

Earlier, a practice round was conducted on the website from July 25 to July 30 so that new participants could get acquainted with their format. Although it was a goalless round, a leaderboard of the top 100 participating teams was created at the end of the round where Notre Dame Academy, Patna’s Adya Singh’s team was at the top of the national rankings. The teams led by Hiren Bajaj of Jasudaben ML School, Mumbai and V Krishna Sai Gayatri of Vidyasram, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad were second and third respectively.


Ranjan said 672 school teams have registered from 353 cities and towns in India. A school team consists of two students from seventh to twelfth grade. A maximum of 3200 registrations from 38 cities came from Bihar. Telangana has 967 registrations from 32 cities, Assam 757 from 16 cities, Tamil Nadu 742 from 26 cities, Karnataka 675 teams from 23 cities, J&K 466 from 15 cities and a large number of other states.

Registrations have also been received from states like Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry, Sikkim, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Addressing the young participants at the event, Chahal said that games like Crossword help you create emotional turmoil and take turns and twists in life. “I’ve got a ringside view of the epidemic and I can tell you that our mental strength is the most powerful weapon to drive the score,” he added.


Popularly known as CCCC among schoolgirls, it has been an offline event since its inception in 2013. Due to the epidemic situation, the current version is being held in an online format. The previous version, CCCC 2020, was also held online in a nationwide lockdown.


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