Nothing upsets us more than a missing link in the story. We are very particular about our stories and like to have them complete. Moreover, we think, no one likes to hear a story that has some missing links.
This is why when we missed announcing the winners and highlights of our previous five contests we were not happy. But, as they say, “all’s well that ends well”, to end the year on a happy note and to put the missing bricks into our 2012 wall of fame, we bring you the complete details of October Challenge 2012, October Mega Cook-Off 2012, November Challenge 2012, November Cook-Off 2012, and December Challenge 2012.
Let’s get it rolling with the first missing link October Challenge 2012.
The October Challenge 2012 had once again Anton Lunyov as the tester also doubling up as our editorialist, while the problems were set up by Kaushik Iska, Vitalij Kozhukhivskij, Khadar Basha, Vitaliy Herasymiv, Roman Rubanenko, Vamsi Kavala, Gaoyuan Chen, Hiroto Sekido and Nikhil Garg. With its ups and downs, the October Challenge maintained the excitement all through the contest duration and turned out to be an exciting one. It was also the only contest that got extended to a marathon 15 days!
The key stats for the October Challenge 2012 are:
The Global Top Ten positions for the October challenge are:
The Indian Top Twenty standings are:
The thrilling October challenge set the tone for the October Mega Cook-Off 2012 perfectly. It had Gennady Korotkevich as the problem setter, while the problem tester and editorialist for the contest was Shilp Gupta.
The key stats for the October Mega Cook-Off 2012 are:
The Top Ten winners for the October 2012 CookOff are:
Right from the beginning, the October CookOff saw some brilliant minds going up against each other, producing a contest that kept us all on the edge our seats.
The exciting October contests and the impending festive season had us all fueled up for the November Challenge 2012 and by the end of the contest our festivity was at its peak. The November Challenge 2012 saw the same amount of enthusiasm and joy from the participants as it got from us. The problem tester for the contest was Hiroto Sekido, while Shilp Gupta donned the editorialists’ hat. The array of problems were set up by Khadar Basha, David Stolp, Roman Rubanenko, Vitaliy Herasymiv, Imran Sunny, Tomaz Hocevar, Vitalij Kozhukhivskij, Kaushik Iska, Vamsi Kavala and Vinayak Garg.
The key stats for the November Challenge 2012 are:
The Global Top Ten positions for the November challenge are:
While, the Indian Top Twenty standings are:
Following the holiday vacations and riding on the response we got for our November Challenge, we were all set to embark upon the November CookOff 2012. With Vitaliy Herasymiv on the problem setter’s bench, Anton Lunyov on the problem tester’s desk and Shilp Gupta on the editorialist’s table we were assured of putting up a great show. And that we did.
However, call it the tough problem set or the post holiday hangover, the response this time around wasn’t as we expected it to be. The key stats for the November CookOff 2012 were as below:
The November CookOff 2012 began with a bang as we received our first accepted submission inside first 3 minutes of the contest and 300 users joining inside first 30 minutes of the contest. The problem set this time around proved to be among the toughest we had, as the 5th problem remained unsolved, but still the participants were pleased with the contest. The superb blend of problem set took some time by the contestants to get hold of, but eventually turned out to be the key ingredient of the impressive contest. The praise from all spoke for the success of the contest and we were pleased to have that.
The Top Ten rankings for the November CookOff 2012 are:
Overall, the November CookOff 2012 turned out to be a fascinating contest between some of the the finest minds among us and gave us a great thrust as we moved on to the last leg of the year, the December Challenge 2012.
As we entered the last month of the year, the chills of December were all around. Wrapped in our winter wears, our cooks prepared a set of 10 hot problems for the contest and we served them just as they intended them to be – hot and spicy. The problems for the contest were set up by Ankul Garg, Vinayak Garg, Ivan Zdomsky, Khadar Basha, Tuan Anh Tran Dang, Vamsi Kavala, Bruno Oliveira, Anton Lunyov, Roman Rubanenko and Anton Lunyov. Hiroto Sekido handled the problem testing, while Ashar Fuadi wrote the elaborate editorials.
The contest began on a high note, with more than 450 submissions coming in the first five hours of the contest! As it progressed, the competition began heating up and we saw frequent changes in the rankings, in the number of submissions made as well as in the number of contestants taking part. The signs were all leading towards a great action filled contest and that is what we got when the December Challenge ended.
The key stats for the December Challenge 2012 are:
The Global Top Ten positions for the December challenge are:
The Indian Top Twenty ranks are:
Finally, the last big challenge of 2012 brought closure to the year on a pleasing note. We had our fair share of highs and lows throughout the year with and without the contests. However, we are pleased with the way things turned out. And all this would not have happened with your continuous support and feedback throughout the year.
Now that we’re done with the contests of this year, we will be focusing all our energies towards shipping the prizes and goodies to all the winners at the earliest. Keep checking your mailbox.
We’d love to hear your feedback, experiences and suggestions for the year that was, and your expectations for the coming year from us. Please keep them coming.
In the end, here’s Team CodeChef wishing you all A Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
December does not seem to be a predictor-friendly month. Be it the apocalypse prediction from the Mayans or Sachin Tendulkar playing one more World Cup, nothing came true. And we are really happy about both of them, although not very sure about the latter one.
Therefore, when everyone was guessing we also had our guessing game for our December CookOff. However, just as with those foretellers, we were proved wrong by the end of the contest and this time around, we were even happier than the above two.
The delicacy of problems came from cook David Stolp, while Pradeep George Mathias, who, for the less aware is the ACM ICPC 2011-2012 world finalist and our “Go For Gold” winner, was the editorialist for this CookOff. With chills outside, the thrill for the December CookOff began right from the moment the problems were unveiled. We had our first submission on the problem MUFFINS3 inside first four minutes of the contest, which was a pleasant surprise and assured an action packed night. As the night progressed, the chill and the thrill increased, with the temperature dropping outside and the first 10 submissions getting accepted inside.
The MUFFINS3 & DIRECTI problems saw maximum submissions, while GRIDGAME proved to be the toughest problem for the contest receiving the only submission from al13n, who unfortunately ended up with only 3 problems. The beginning of contest was rather impressive with flurry of submissions pouring in and it remained that way till the end of the contest. The TREEROOT came as a surprise to many users and kept them busy for more time than expected. Overall, all the five problems were nicely set up maintaining a perfect balance & keeping the coders on their toes. By the end of the contest, we were all excited with the way the contest shaped up, which always is a nice sign.
As the contest got over, our team began the vigorous process of publishing the editorials, updating rankings, and moving the problems to the practice segment. By the time all the processes were over, we had some interesting stats at our hand. Topping the rank list, darinflar saw the biggest jump in short contest rankings with 1288 points, while ptak taking part in only his second CookOff grabbed the 3rd position bettering his previous rank of 19th in his debut at the COOK27. Also, our newly appointed problem setter, ballon_ziq, ranked 5th! .
The key stats for our December CookOff 2012 are all listed below.
The Top Ten winners for the December CookOff are as follows:
December CookOff seemed just the perfect closure to an eventful year for all of us here at CodeChef. We saw some great contests, greater participation, and most importantly some awesome contributions from you all. With all those pleasing memory we bid adieu to the year 2012 and set our sails towards the new year with the January 2013 Long Challenge.
We love to hear your suggestions and feedbacks, so keep them sending our way to email@example.com.
You can check the editorials for December CookOff here.
So, that’s all from team CodeChef as for now. We wish you all Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Have a lovely holiday season everyone.
EDIT: We missed out on acknowledging the efforts of the person who was instrumental behind making this such a great contest. It was none other than Anton Lunyov, a veteran and the go to man for us in any situation. He donned the tester’s hat once again and also helped David Stolp and Pradeep Mathias to improve the problem set as well as the editorials. I apologize for the goof up as I am still getting a hang of things around me. Anton, you rock!
Please find below the links to the problems that appeared in the ACM ICPC Amritapuri Regional 2012-13.
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