The Lunchtime ahead of the exam season

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It was the ninth edition of our Lunchtime programming series. Just before the big examination season here in India. While students were deep into their preparations, we had just wrapped up ours, for the contest and were all set to put the young bright minds through yet another test. Although, it was the taste of the season, so we were enthusiastic about it as well. Moreover, we were all set to welcome the spring and the participants alike, with a big cooler.

The problem set for February Lunchtime 2014 came from Sergey Nagin, who also provided the Russian translations for the problems. Roman Rubanenko, who has been an imperative part of our Lunchtime series, handled the testing for the problems and like always, we were pleased to have him. The same goes for our Mandarin translator Minako Kojima and editorialist Constantin Sokol. With the impending exam season, our Lunchtime gave students a chance to break free from their study timetable, have some fun, and exercise their brains with some sharp challenging problems. Let us see how they did.

The February Lunchtime was pretty much like any other lunchtime we had, in terms of participation. However, the numbers kept growing as we moved into the contest. One department in which it differed from the previous iteration of Lunchtime was in terms of problem solving. Many participants successfully cracked three or more problems this time around. This meant that they were enjoying their stay in the contest to the fullest.

Despite the exam season, many Indian students were seeing trying their hands on the problems, and while there were some familiar names, we saw some new names in non-Indian as well as Indian rank tables. It is always good see some new names, popping up in the rank table amid the regular ones.

Now, let us introduce you to our little geniuses who made it through the final cut for our rank tables.

We will start with the non-Indian top 10, featuring:

  • acmonster of Nanjing Foreign Language School, Jiangsu Nanjing Jiangsu
  • huzecong of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China
  • sy2006 of Zhenhai High School, China
  • yutaka1999 of Kaisei Junior High School and Senior High School, Japan
  • liuminghua of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University Hunan Province, China
  • tonynater of Aragon High School San Mateo, California
  • lzl65826 of Fuzhou No.1 High School China
  • ivl123 of Gimnazija Pula Croatia
  • kianoosh of Allameh Helli High Schools
  • daniyar of Almaty Kazakh – Turkish High School Almaty Kazakhstan

And, the Indian top 10 featuring:

  • mbrc of South Point High School
  • niweshgupta22 of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, South Park
  • akhilraj of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad Ghaziabad
  • debjit99 of Hijli High School, IIT, Kharagpur
  • pushkarmishra of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram
  • kunalapila of Delhi Public School R.K. Puram
  • jayaganesh of D.A.V. Public School Velachery, Chennai
  • dexter_rishubh of City Montessori School Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh,India
  • meteora of Chashak Gurukul (Homeschooling) Mumbai
  • diehardfox of D.A.V Public School Samastipur, Bihar

Now, the total stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 464
  • Total Submissions: 1799
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 345
  • Total users from India: 389
  • Total users not from India: 75

Congratulations to all the participants for their brilliant performance.

The February Lunchtime 2014 started smoothly, in terms of both submissions and participation.  However, there were some technical glitches towards the end of the contest, and as a result, we had to extend the contest by half an hour. It gave some more time to us and the participants alike to enjoy the contest.

Finally, after a small glitch, and some brilliant performance by the participants curtains came down on the February Challenge 2014, leaving behind, many memories, and some new names to look up to in the coming contests. And we will be looking up to each one of them. So make sure to join in our next contests.

With that we conclude this already delayed blog post on February Challenge 2014. We hope you will overlook the delay and enjoy it thoroughly. Although, if you have any suggestion, or feedback feel free to send them our ways at

Till next time, TA-TA.

Team CodeChef

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