The team from La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata, was today crowned the National Crossword Champion 2015 at the Grand Finale of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest held at the Civil Services Officers’ Institute (CSOI) in New Delhi.
The two-day contest had begun yesterday. The team from DPS Chandigarh, by virtue of a brilliant performance during the Rapid Fire round, clinched the runner-up position while the one from The Mother’s International, New Delhi, came third.
The top three teams were represented by Olana Marie Peters and Roshini Chakraborty; Aachman Shekhar and Apala Mandal; and Arpan Chatterji and Divya Vaid, respectively.
Six teams had qualified for the final after four semi final rounds. Besides the winners they included the two next top teams on the basis of the clues cracked. The three other finalists were PSBB Chennai; Maharaja Agrasen School, New Delhi; and VPMS Pune.
The entire contest, beginning from the semi final rounds, was onstage and in PowerPoint format. It was conducted by Mr Alan Cowell, an English teacher with Don Bosco, Patna.
The prizes were given by Chief Guest D K Sarraf, CMD ONGC. Others present on the Dias included CBSE Chairman Mr Seshu Kumar, NVS Commissioner Mr B K Singh and KVS Commissioner Mr Santosh Mall. The last two assured the gathering that they will help actively in promoting this beautiful mind game to NVS and KVS schools. The Grand Finale followed 34 City Rounds across India. The 34 winners and 6 wild card entries were supposed to participate in the finale. However, 8 of the qualifying teams could not reach in time for the contest because of various reasons including bad weather.
The winners were awarded the Champion’s trophy and a cheque of Rs 25, 000. Besides their trophies, the runner-up and the third top team got cheques of Rs 15, 000 and Rs 10, 000, respectively.
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