Bihar Education Minister P K Shahi Friday launched A-Clue-A-Day contest 2015 (ACAD 2015) for schoolchildren across the country. The event was organised at Delhi Public School, Patna, under the aegis of Extra-C, an NGO. Vivek Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Environment and Forest; Kushagra Singh, Programme Director of ACAD 2015; members of the NGO; and school staff were among those present on the occasion.
ACAD 2015, the second edition of the contest, is an online cryptic clue solving championship for schoolchildren. It will include a daily cryptic clue solving challenge. A clue is posted online each day on the website http://www.crypticsingh.comat 3:30 pm. This year, it can also be accessed on mobile phones through the ‘ACAD’ app that can be downloaded on android smartphones and tablets. The ACAD app is the first of its kind Indian mobile app based on crossword that will be available on the Google Play Store as of now and shortly for iOS and Windows smartphones or tablets.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahi said, “When a person shifts from his student life to professional one, his vocabulary plays a crucial role in taking him further in life. So, it is important for everyone to work on their word power.”
Vivek Kumar Singh, who also is the author of the best selling book on how to solve crossword puzzles, ‘Understanding Cryptic Crosswords-A step by step guide’, said, “There is a minute difference between the Best and the Very Good in the class. This difference is of articulation. A person’s articulation is his key to success and solving crosswords enhances the same. Cryptic crossword will build lateral thinking among its solvers which is very much required in this competitive world.”
Principal, DPS Patna, B Vinod encouraged his students to participate and excel in the contest.
The timing of the contest has been set in this fashion so that it does not hamper the daily routine of the school-going children. One among the correct entries will be chosen as the lucky winner of the day and will win a gift hamper.
The winner of the ACAD 2015 will also get a wild card entry to the Indian Crossword League Grand Finale, which will be held in December.
Extra-C has previously organised CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest 2014, Indian Crossword League 2013 & 2014, All India Interschool Crossword Contest 2013 and ACAD 2014 among other events.