La Marteniere for Girls, Kolkata; VPMS, Pune; PSBB, Chennai; and DPS, Chandigarh, on Saturday were the first four teams to qualify for the final of the Grand Finale of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2015. They were the winners from the two of the four onstage semi-finals played in a PowerPoint format.
The teams which qualified for the semi-finals but could not go further were DPS Hyderabad, Vidya Niketan Birla Public School, Pilani, Amity International School, Sector 43, Gurgaon, and Satya Sai Vidya Mandir, Indore.
The two remaining semi-finals and the final will take place on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, 32 participating teams sat for an hour long written test. 16 qualified for the semi finals. It was followed by a formal inauguration by chief guest Mr S C Khuntia, Secretary, Education and Literacy, Government of India. Also present were Mr Y S Yeshu Kumar, CBSE Chairman; Mr B K Singh, Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti; Mr V K Singh, Principal Secretary, Govt of Bihar among a host of senior officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khuntia praised the organisers, Extra-C, and the CBSE of starting and sustaining the unique contest which is catching the fancy of students across the country. He said it is not only the number but the talent behind it that is unique about this event. He added that crosswords make your brain work faster and therefore enhances the power of drawing inferences quickly.
The CBSE Chairman said he was delighted to be associated with one-of-its-kind contest.
Mr V K Singh, who is also the chief mentor of CCCC 2015, said apart from developing cognitive power, crosswords helps to develop mental thesaurus, so crucial to excel in academic field.
There were 34 city round winning teams and six wild card entries for the Grand Finale. Eight of them could not reach because of various reasons including bad weather delaying trains and flights.
The contest is being held at Civil Services Officers’ Institute, Vinay Marg here.