March was a busy month for us. After the initial packed schedule with the anniversary contests and the long challenge, soon we found ourselves up close with the March Cook-Off 2014. Now, while some might whine about their packed calendars, we like ours to be that way. After the blistering March Challenge, we were keyed up to see what the Cook-Off has to offer to us. And to give you a hint how it went, let us say we were all on the edge of our seats by the end of it, which pretty much states the nature of the contest. How we reached there? We will tell you all.
Before we jump into the proceedings of the March Cook-Off 2014, let’s first meet the people responsible for it. Konstantin Sokol created the problem set for the contest, which was then tested, and translated in Russian by Gerald Agapov to ensure that they are ready to put the participants through a stirring test. And they indeed were ready. The desert for the contest in the editorials came from Tasnim Imran Sunny, to let the participant put an apt end to their quest for the perfect solution of every problem they tried on. The extra spice in Mandarin translation came from Minako Kojima, who has been taking care of almost all our Mandarin translations. The best compliment to the hardwork that our problem-setting panel pours into all our contests is the huge number of participation from programmers across the globe, and the March Cook-Off too saw that.
In the warm Sunday night, our Cook-Off brought the right mix of action and calmness in its two and half hours for everyone who participated. With the coolers in place, it was only the contest that was heating up with the action between different participants, who barged into the contest right from the start. The first accepted submission came inside the five minutes of the contest on Dividing Stamps. And seldom have we seen that a submission in such quick time came from a new name. This time was no exception. The first one to make his mark on the contest was the mugrelionut. Seeing the start some pundits would have started writing the fate of the contest. And we will not blame them. Most of the times the big guns sweep away the contest even before the other participants get hold of the problem set. However, this was one of those rare occasions, when the fate of the contest is not sealed until it is over.
We moved into the contest, with submissions coming in from all directions. While the submissions from newbies were seeing all sorts of result, it was green tick for most of the submissions from the pros. The ciphered moves of the pros were rarely stalled all through the contest, and with one hour left into the contest, we had uwi comfortably sitting atop the rank tables, followed by mugurelionut. It was not a surprise but what followed it certainly was a surprise, and a rather pleasing one at that.
The final hour of the contest saw most of the action, as the fight to the top started heating. The steady cruise of seasoned campaigners to the top was disturbed by the arrival of the new comers like dreamoon4 and aawisong. It was a sheer treat to watch them go up against the pros including notimesea and mmaxio, who have been around for quite a some time now. However, regardless of all their experience, it was dreamoon4, who emerged victor in the March Cook-Off 2014. And we are sure that our seasoned friends will be pleased to have some new competition. It all makes the coming Cook-Offs even more exciting as the fight back from the pros is due now. But for that we’ll have to wait. For now, let us come together and join our hands in appreciation of the top performers in our March Cook-Off 2014.
Firstly, the non-Indian top 10:
Now, the Indian top 5:
Congratulations to all the contestants for their amazing performance.
And, here are the overall stats for the contests.
- Total Users: 1533
- Total Submissions: 6497
- Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 1364
- Total users from India: 1298
- Total users not from India: 235
Those are all the numbers that matters for our March Cook-Off 2014. We hope you were part of the contest and had fun. If you have, some doubt regarding problems of the contest you can brush it down with the help of the editorials of the contest.
That brings us to the end of yet another contest blog, after prolonged delay. But we are working on our consistency and shall be punctual next time. Meanwhile, you can send us all your suggestions, feedback, or any query that you might be pondering for some time, at email@example.com
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With that, we now move towards the March Lunchtime 2014, and we will see you soon with that.
For now, adios everybody!
See you at the contests.