The tale of the perfect scores continues

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It will be apt to say that, the August Challenge 2014 was a well articulated and well timed sequel to our July Challenge 2014.

The similarities between the two contests were uncanny at times, but they all were pleasing. We do not like waiting for our contests to start and to see you all in action again. Thankfully, the August Challenge did not keep us waiting for long. Starting on the very first day of August.

We were among the participants and their artistry as soon as the contest started. The problems of Constantin Sokol, Devendra Agarwal, Dmytro Berezin, Lalit Kundu, Pavel Sheftelevich, Praveen Dhinwa, Sergey Nagin, Vinayak Garg, &  Vitalij Kozhukhivskij welcomed the participants with a promise of rather pleasing & testing ten days ahead. The problem set was tested for the contest by Hiroto Sekido & Praveen Dhinwa, both of whom made sure that the participants enjoy trying their hands on each of them. That was all that we needed and perhaps you too.

The contest opened to the flurry of submissions, which kept coming in since the first five minutes of the contest, to the very last minute. It took some time for the green ticks to take over the red crosses on the rank table. Thanks to Chef and Gift. While the majority of participants were busy wrapping their gifts from Chef, others were busy playing with The Leaking Robot and it looks like they enjoyed it thoroughly. Once the participants got past these two, awaiting them were the problems on the slightly harder side of balance scale.

As we moved into the contest the flow of submissions on the medium and harder level problems increased.  And the number of accepted submissions this time around surpassed the numbers we were seeing in the initial days. While, problems like Cleaning Tables & Chef and Reversing remained the favorites, there were some others who moved on to even harder problems by trying their hands on Sereja and Shuffling, Team Sigma and Fibonacci, and Push the Flow!.  By now, the rank list had started giving the glimpses of, who probably could be the final winners in the rank table. But there still was a long way to go and hence everyone was playing cautiously. We too waited till the end of the contest to draw any conclusions regarding the rank table. And now that it’s over, let us introduce you to the winners who made it into our rank tables.

We start with the non-Indian top ten:

Now, the Indian top 20:

Now, let’s move on to the special achievers category, with participants having highest score for Challenge problem, except our winners:

First the non-Indian top 3:

Now, the Indian top three:

Last, but certainly not least, let’s meet our young champs from schools.

First, the non-Indian top 5:

Now, the Indian top 5:

Let’s give all our winners a big round of applause.

Now, let’s take you to yet another highlight of August Challenge 2014, and that’s the final stats of the contest. They are staggering.

  • Total Users: 7782
  • Total Submissions: 95262
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 5373
  • Total users from India: 6829
  • Total users not from India: 953

All those numbers puts our August Challenge right among the biggest contests we’ve had on contest, in terms of participation as well as submission. And we have only our wonderful team of problem setters and you genius participants to thank. So, we thank you all for being part of the contest and making it such a huge success.

Before we move away from the rank table and onto the final segment of our blog post, let us tell you that the rank table that you see above actually is a lot more interesting.  Just like our July Challenge 2014, this time around too we had perfect scores. However, this time around the umber was double. So, while we had three scores of 10 in July, we had six winners with perfect score of 10 this time around.

That brings us to the final segment of the contest, but before we move ahead, let us take you the delicious editorials of August Challenge 2014, cooked up by our editorialist Lalit Kundu. We hope you already have pleasured your taste buds with them, but if you have not. Here they are for you:

We hope you use them to prepare yourself for the upcoming challenges and to rectify any minor mistake you might have made in the past challenges.

With that, we have reached the end of this post. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have writing it. We already are running behind our schedule in putting up the blog posts, so without further adieu. It’s Good Bye from our side.

We have tried to tell our side of story, but we are sure you too must be having your own tales from the contest. So, shoot them all, along with any feedback or suggestion you might have for us at:

You can also reach us at: (022) – 30797709

That will be all from our side.

TA-TA, see you all at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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