“While the maximum number of 305 records came from 17 cities in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh has 233 records from 36 cities. Tamil Nadu ranks third with 217 registrations from 22 cities, followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka with 190 and 186 registrations from nine and 11 cities, respectively, ”Amitabh Ranjan, COO of the Extra-C-based organization, told TOI. Patna who runs the contest. on Sunday.
Ranjan says the records also come from the deep south like the Andaman and Nicobar and Pondicherry islands and from the northeast like Meghalaya and Sikkim. “The numbers are expected to multiply when the contest enters its second round of online scoring on August 1, 2021,” he said.
Ranjan said that the ninth edition of the CCCC Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC 9.0) would take place in two phases. Taking into account the situation of the pandemic, Phase I will take place online. During this phase, one round of non-scoring practice will take place on July 25, 2021 and two scoring rounds will take place on July 31 and August 1, 2021. The three rounds will take place between the 2 pm and 5 pm. “Registration will remain open until 2 pm on August 1, 2021,” he said.
On Phase ii, the shortlisted teams would be called up for a head-to-head online round, culminating in a Grand finale in New Delhi towards the end of the year if the situation remains conducive enough for that, he said.
Popularly known as CCCC among school children, it has been an offline event since its inception in 2013. Due to the national shutdown last year, CCCC 2020, the eighth edition, was also held in online mode.
It started as Sudha all India Cryptic Crossword Contest (SAICCC) in 2013, celebrating 100 years of the first crossword published by Arthur Wynne, obtained its first name change in 2014 as the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest (CCCC) before acquiring its current nomenclature. Played in twin phases each year, the CCCC is an inter-school team competition.
In Phase I, teams of two students each (studying in classes VII-XII) participate in written competitions held in cities and towns across the country. Until 2019 it was open to students in classes IX-XII. At the popular request of the school’s students and their mentors, he led her to open her doors to class students. VII upwards.
In Phase II, the winning teams of these city rounds converge on the national capital for the Grand Final that decides the National Crossword Champion.