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Made in India clues zap wordsmiths
- DPS beats 15 schools to emerge winner in city round of puzzle play; final in December

Crossword enthusiasts on Friday were excited and stumped at the same time by the clues such as Made in India crooner (6) or deity worshipped by Solkar (6).

The answers were of course Alisha Chinai and Eknath.

At the city round of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014 (CCCC 2014) held at Government Girls’ High School, Bankipore, 32 students from 16 schools sweated it out to decimate their opponents on the board.

The contest tested the wits of the participants who were seen discussing the answer with their partner. The event was organised by Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Extra C, a Patna-based civil society initiative.

In the city round on Friday, students from Patna and towns like Motihari, Madhepura, Muzaffarpur and others, crossed swords. The national final is scheduled in December. Delhi Public School emerged winner, while St Michael’s High School and DAV BSEB stood second and third, respectively.

The clues were as interesting as the competition itself such as: Notice she delivered to music director (5) — Adesh

The mother of all epics (10) — Mahabharat.

Students naturally were thrilled to be part of such an interactive event. Aishani, a Class X student of Krishna Niketan, said: “Initially, I went blank after getting the clues. I could decipher the meaning after I read the paper 10-12 times. The competition was really exciting.”

Sakshi Bhagat, Aishani’s partner from the same school, said it was her first experience of any crossword competition but she loved it. “It was really a different kind of experience. What I liked was that the answers were hidden in the clues itself.”

For others, the rules of the competition were exciting. “According to rules, submitting the paper early would benefit the team. In case of a tie, the team, which had submitted the paper first, would hold the edge. My team submitted the paper within 45 minutes. We did not want to take a risk,” said Jayant Kumar, a Class X student of MS Memorial Public School, Motihari.

Vivek Kumar Singh, principal secretary, environment and forests, and the chief mentor of Extra C, talked about the benefits of solving crosswords during the prize distribution ceremony.