Physics and Astronomy

Cryptic Word Search
ObjectiveIdentify the maximum number of words hidden in the cryptic word search puzzle, in a time of 10 minutes. ( 20 x 20 grid) . In London, the words in this event will focus on Climate Change.
ParticipantsTeams of up to six.
MaterialsPencil, paper, cryptic word search puzzle.

1. There will be two tables, set some distance apart. One table is the team table where the team members gather. The second table is the answer table.

2. One team member will cross the floor to obtain a CLUE. The student returns to the team table where the team members confer to decide the most likely ONE OR TWO WORD answer. While talking is permitted, it should be subdued to avoid communicating with other teams.

3. Another team member crosses the floor to the answer table to search out the team answer on the puzzle and circle it. Time is limited. If you can't find the answer you may choose to abandon the CLUE or have another team member try to find it's answer. You may also return to the team table to determine another possible answer to search for.

4. When the answer has been circled or the CLUE abandoned, that person at the answer table will proceed to obtain another CLUE in exchange for the old one.

Judging The raw score is equal to the number of words identified.

Team Score =  

H = Highest Raw Score; L = Lowest Raw Score; S = Your Raw Score. This formula gives 100 points to the highest raw score, 25 points to the lowest raw score, and scales the rest linearly.

SourceLondon District Science Olympics. This event was designed by Dennis Trankner and John Welbourn.

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