The Republic Day Lunchtime

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The day of January Lunchtime 2014 had too much going on for it. It was the 65th Republic Day of India, it was Australia Day down under, and in the world of sports, it was the final of the year’s first grand slam, the Australian Open 2014. But we were looking forward to the January Lunchtime, the most. Ok, we will be honest we were excited about the whole day. And the first thing on our agenda was to have a great first Lunchtime of the year. In our recent contests, we already have seen the glimpses of the brilliance of school students and it was now turn to witness that in the contest specifically designed for them.

The audacious performances of our school user have started getting them the due attention of the programming fraternity. And the performances continued in the January Lunchtime as well. The problem set from Roman Furko, while took the participants out of their comfort zone and into the unexplored territory. However, everyone seemed to have a good time, as we received the first accepted submission for the contest in the second minute of the contest. Yes, inside two minutes we had our first submission, from acmonster, who recently was seen atop the December Cook-Off 2013’s rank tables. His presence in the contest ensured tough competition for the fellow participants, but it seemed they did not mind it. His compatriot huzecong was not at all perturbed with his presence and took his own sweet time to book his place on the rank table. The names populating the rank table, while were not all new, there were some who were making their debut at the top. And we were happy to have them.

It was the eighth edition of our Lunchtime programming series, and the number of participants who succeeded in cracking all the problems was highest this time around. The tester and the Russian translation for the problem set Sergey Kulik, along with the editorialist Praveen Reddy Vaka were both excited to see it. As the contest progressed, the number of submissions on different problems started growing. The number of submissions on Chef and Shop was more than that on any other problems. However, all the problems were equally enjoyed by the participants and the final stats for the contest establishes that fact. Here are they for you:

  • Total Users: 742
  • Total Submissions: 3915
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 516
  • Total users from India: 632
  • Total users not from India: 110

Somewhere in those numbers are our top ten performers for the January Lunchtime 2014. So, let us meet them:

  • acmonster of Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu Nanjing Jiangsu
  • huzecong of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China
  • scipianus of Stefan Procopiu High School Vaslui, Romania
  • cenbo of Zhenhai High School, China
  • jtjl of Chunhui Middle School, Zhejiang, China
  • sy2006 of Zhenhai High School, China
  • mayukuner of Tai’an No.1 Middle School Shandong, China
  • visanr of Theoretical High School
  • yutaka1999 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan
  • akatorihasi180 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan

Congratulations to all the participants for their performance in the contest.

The January Challenge 2014 turned out to be yet another fruitful contest in terms of participation and seeing new names on the rank tables. And that clearly is a good sign for the contests to come in the future.

With that hope in mind, we conclude the January Lunchtime 2014; we hope you enjoyed the contest and the day of 26 January 2014 as much as we did. It was a tad disappointing for the Nadal fans, but then, we got a new Champion. And it is always good for a contest that the names in the rank table keeps changing. So, to help you sharpen your chances atop the rank tables, go check them the editorials for the contest here. They will help you get over your doubts; if you have any and will help, you evolve as a programmer.

That will be all from us for now, if you have any doubts, suggestions or feedback, you can always send them our ways. We would love to hear from you all, what you want from the contests.

See you all that the February Challenge 2014!

Team CodeChef

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