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Tuesday, 17 May 2022

CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) 2022

The annual national inter-school CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest, which is popular as CCCC, is geared up to have its current year’s edition. Keeping in mind the pandemic situation still prevailing across the country, we have to tread with caution. We, therefore, are going into the game with a hybrid plan.
The 10th annual run of CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest will take place between May and November 2022. The broad structure and timeline of the contest will be as mentioned below:
PERIOD: May-November 2022
FORMAT: Three-stage hybrid (online-offline); two students from a school will form a team and play together

STAGE I: Four online rounds comprising a Practice Round and three weekly online rounds on successive Sundays
 The Practice Round will be held on May 29, 2022
 Round 1 on June 5, 2022
 Round 2 on June 12, 2022
 Round 3 on June 19, 2022
 For the rounds mentioned above, a grid of clues will be uploaded on the website at 1400 hours (2 pm) and the submission of answers will be accepted till 1700 hours (5 pm)

While the Practice Round will be held for the sake of familiarization to the contest, the marks scored in this round will not be counted for final standings of school teams.
 Rounds 1, 2, and 3 will be scoring rounds and a cumulative leaderboard will be formed at the end of Round 3 taking into account the marks scored by the contestants in each round. The top 100 on the cumulative leaderboard will qualify for Stage II
 The top 20 teams at the end of each round will also qualify for Stage II, irrespective of the cumulative standing
 Marks will be allotted for both correctness and the time of submission of answers STAGE II: Shortlisted teams on the basis of the Stage I marks will be called for either face-to-face online rounds or offline rounds in select cities of the country; the mode will be decided on the basis of the prevailing situation, the number of teams and the availability of host institutes in the respective cities
STAGE III: An offline National Grand Finale involving the shortlisted teams after Stage II will be held in the national capital
The schedule for Stage II and III will be announced separately.

ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to students of Std VII to XII in a school affiliated to any of the recognized school boards in the country; contestants studying in different classes of a school may form a team

REGISTRATION: All participants will first have to register on One of the two team members will be the main contestant who will receive the registration ID and password following a successful registration.

The registration is free of cost
The registration on the website will begin on May 15, 2022

There will be prizes for top performing teams and certificates for all contestants


Interactive Crossword on The Hindu (A very good resource)

For further information and registration visit

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