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Test skills to solve cryptic crosswords

Students now have a chance to go up, down and across to decimate opponents on the crossword board.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with an event for students to exhibit their crossword-solving skills. Christened CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest, 2014, students of classes IX to XII across the country can take part.

Patna-based civil society initiative, Extra-C, specialising in organising such competitions, would co-ordinate the event. According to the format, city rounds would be organised in 34 places across the country, including Patna, Gaya and Bhagalpur.

Participating schools can send a team comprising two members. Tests would be conducted in different cities between July 16 and November 11.

The details of the entry test are available on, and one needs to check the circular section of the site for more information.

July 10 is the last date of registration for schools interested in sending their teams for the city rounds of the contest. They can do so online by visiting

Raj Narayan Singh of Extra-C, the national co-ordinator of the event, said the winners and runners-up of the city rounds would be given prizes. While the winners would qualify for the national round, the runners-up would be kept in standby for the nationals in case the winning team fails to take part.

The national round would be held in Delhi in December and 16 teams would be selected for the quarter-finals. These teams would be divided into four groups and the winning team from each group would qualify for the semi-finals, followed by the final round.

“Apart from uploading details of the event on our website, we have also decided to share information about it in various meetings organised by us,” CBSE education officer Sandeep Sethi said over phone from Delhi.

Patna-based DAV BSEB principal Ramanuj Prasad said: “We always encourage students to take part in skill-based events. We would try to send a team after going through the details.”

“Crossword enriches vocabulary. It helps in honing analytical abilities.,” said Nikhil Dubey, a Class XII student of Delhi Public School, Patna.

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