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Students shine in wordplay

Far from the hustle and bustle of elections, young minds are racking their brains at A Clue A Day (ACAD), an online cryptic crossword competition.

An initiative of Extra C, a civil society organisation, the competition aims at popularising cryptic crossword among students. The online competition was launched on January 14.

Bihar is making a mark in the competition as school students from the state have occupied around 20 per cent of the championship gallery space. The gallery is made on the daily performance of the participants and carries the names of top 100 performers every month.

Extra C president Rakesh Singh said: “The decent participation of students from the state in the contest has been an encouragement for us. We hope that more school students from the state would take part in the competition.”

Unlike earlier, when students from south zone used to be an integral part of such competitions, this year the contest saw students from east zone dominating. “We are planning to organise interactive programmes in schools of the state,” Singh said.

Sohrab Azam, a Class XII student of St Augustine’s Day School, Calcutta, has appeared on the top of monthly standings of the championship for a third consecutive time, i.e. in January, February and March.


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