A-CLUE-A-DAY (ACAD) is a daily individual cryptic clue solving contest for school children in the country. It is designed to teach them the way to solve cryptic crosswords and hone their skills by daily practice. For young crossword buffs, ACAD is the right forum to begin with.
One clue is posted online each day on the website www.crypticsingh.com. This year, it can also be accessed on mobile phones through the ‘ACAD’ app which can be downloaded on Android smartphones and tablets. Students need to register themselves on the website in order to participate in the contest. The clues are posted at 3:30 pm each day and entries for the same are accepted till 3 pm the following day. The schedule ensures that it does not disturb the daily routine of school-going children. One among the correct entries is chosen as the Lucky Winner of the day and awarded a gift hamper. The gifts are sent to the respective schools to be handed over to the students.
The first 100 students who crack the clue every day earn points ranging from 100 to 1, in that order. The cumulative score is upgraded every day and the first 100 students are listed on the Champions’ Gallery (CG) on the website. The leaders of the CG get rewarded every month. At the end of the year, and in-between, students with the highest scores would be tested offline and felicitated.
It is important, therefore, that the students remain in the contest round-the-year, as points for each day matter.
We hope the event brings to the fore young crossword talent in schools across the country.