The glimpse of good things to come in 2014

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We have been witnessing the imminence of a new crop of programmers through our contests. We recently saw acmonster of Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu emerging triumphant in the December Cook-Off 2013. There has been several instances like that where the brilliance of our young programmers from school have mesmerized us all. User handles like sy2006zeulbmeteorambrc, and many alike them have started carving their place among the big players. We get to see many such emerging geniuses in our Lunchtime battleground. And December Lunchtime 2013, provided us yet another opportunity.

With December Lunchtime set on the final Sunday of the year 2013, we were all geared up to pull curtains on 2013, on a high (no pun intended). And thanks to all our little masters, we got just what we wanted. Making his debut in the Lunchtime programming series, our problem setter Constantine Sokol delivered a problem set, which not only tested the knack of the participants, but also gave them enough space to play. Welcome aboard Constantine. And it was apparent with the flow of submissions. The multitasker Roman Rubanenko, who was once again juggling the roles of Russian Translator and tester, handled the testing for the problems. And we must say, he seems good at it. Another debutant in our December Lunchtime was the editorialist Praveen Vaka, so a warm Welcome to him as well. Finally, the Mandarin translator Minako Kojima, completing our panel of problem setters.

The nearing year-end already had everybody geared up for celebrations, and bid adieu 2013 in style. And it became apparent right from the beginning of the contest. We are saying that because of the first 50 submissions we received, 46 were accepted ones. The participants wore their party hats and were ready to rock the final Lunchtime of the year. Problems MIKE1 and MIKE2 were turning out to be the favorites among the participants as the submission flow towards them were a tad on the higher size. It also meant more and more users were able to crack them, which is superb for the contest as it motivates everybody taking part in it. While participants were having fun cracking the MIKE duo, the SuperFunction and Perfect Subarrays were putting them through some tough tests. And it was utterly pleasing to see that many of you enjoyed that test while acing it. That is what the overall numbers for the contest reflects. Here are they for you:

  • Total Users: 637
  • Total Submissions: 4024
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 593
  • Total users from India: 542
  • Total users not from India: 95

To have such numbers in the final Lunchtime of the year, gives a lot of hope and inducement for the coming year. That is what we shall be taking in with us as we enter 2014. Now, let us introduce you to the top ten performers of the December Lunchtime 2013.

  • acmonster of Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu Nanjing Jiangsu
  • sy2006 of Zhenhai High School, China
  • zeulb of SMAK 3 BPK Penabur, Gunung Sahari, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • yutaka1999 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan
  • zjsxzy of Shaoxing No.1 High School Zhejiang
  • dragonic of School 2 Moscow Dunaevskiy Moscow City
  • dtalamas24 of Colegio Americano de Torreon
  • isego1 of XV. Gimnazija, Zagreb Croatia
  • meirambek of Almaty Kazakh – Turkish High School Almaty Kazakhstan
  • meteora of Chashak Gurukul (Homeschooling) Mumbai

Our sincere congratulation to everyone on their performance in the December Lunchtime. We are sure it is only going to get better for you all in the coming year.

On that note, we will wind up the tale of the December Lunchtime 2013. We hope you all had a fruitful 2013 and that 2014 will be even better for you in all your endeavors. We know it is a bit too late to say it, but better late than never.

So, A Very Happy New Year everybody!

Apologies for all the delay in the blog posts, we hope to not repeat the same from next year onwards. But then, we are humans. And you know how they are. So, keeping all that behind lets come together to make 2014 the year of young programmers from school. If you have any suggestion, feedback, or a new year greeting that you are yet to dispatch, send them all to us at

We hope you had fun in the recently concluded January Challenge 2014. If you had any trouble cracking, the problems you can go through the editorials for them here. With that we move towards the January Cook-Off 2014 in anticipation of meeting you all there. We hope you all are ready for it.

Till next time, adios from everyone here at CodeChef

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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