Chocolates, Roses, Cute & Cuddly soft toys, romantic dinner reservations, and many things pink. This is the list that almost everyone makes as soon as February starts. Even though it falls in the midway, the preps for Valentines’ Day start way in advance. But if you are on planet CodeChef, the first thing that baffles you with the arrival of February is, the Cook-Off will fall during the Long challenge, so what should we do? Now, call us dead heart, but that actually is what struck us this February as well. And after the disastrous January Cook-Off 2015, it was of paramount importance that our February Cook-Off goes smoothly. So, we got down to work straight away. And as you all it was all worth it. After all, had anything gone wrong with our contests, your Valentines too would not have been all that glamorous. Would it?
First in line was the February Challenge 2015. Set by our romantic at heart problem setters Dmytro Berezin, Vasia Antoniuk, Sunny Agarwal, Praveen Dhinwa, Ilya Malinovsk, Kevin Charles Atienza, Alexey Zayakin, Chao Chandan Boruah, and Abhra Dasgupta, the February Challenge had the problem set that demanded a lot of love and caressing. And to make sure that that they get it, we had them tested by Jingbo Shang and Pushkar Mishra. The red rosy editorials came from Florin Elfus, while the Russian and Mandarin flavors for the problem set were provided by Fedor Korobeinikov and Gedi Zheng. With that the quixotic set up for your affair with the problem set was ready.
On the beautiful Friday afternoon, the contest began with all 10 problems shining on the problem page. It was love at first sight for many of the early party goers. It all began with CHEFCH, which saw the first submission inside the first five minutes of the contest. And the flow of submissions never slowed down, all through the contest. Although the problems on the receiving end kept on changing and the so did the names on the rank tables. While CHEFCH accepted everyone’s love, there were few who got lucky with DEVLOCK, XRMTRX, and the same was the case with participants who were after CUSTPRIM.
While the season of love was seeing few heart breaks and more smiles, we encountered a small technical problem with our challenge problem CHEFCSC. The problem setters tried to fix the issue; however, after identifying it as beyond repair, they took a conscious decision to add a new challenge problem. With still close to half way remaining into the contest, the new challenge problem CHPUZZLE was received with the equal love and fervor. But there can only be one name atop the rank table and to know who it was this time, let us take you through the rank tables.
We start with the non-Indian top 10:
And the Indian top 20:
Let’s now move towards the special achievers category with the top 3 scorer for challenge problem CHPUZZLE:
First the non-Indian top three:
And the Indian top three:
Now, we move towards our young achievers from school:
First the non-Indian top 5:
- Fullpower of Hangzhou Xuejun High School
- wwt15 of Shaoxing No.1 High School
- loriex of High School Attached to Hunan Normal University
- xllend3 of Zhenhai High School, China
- jcvb of Hangzhou Xuejun High School
And now the Indian top 5:
- kushagra1729 of Apeejay School, Pitampura
- rajat1603 of Delhi Public School, Dwarka
- sampritipanda of Sai International School
- animesh_f of La Martiniere for Boys, Calcutta
- anubhav11 of Delhi Public School, Dwarka
All those names came from a huge pool of participants who made the February Challenge 2015, such a huge success. And here are the final stats for the contest.
- Total Users: 8090
- Total Submissions: 152462
- Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 7008
- Total users from India: 6993
- Total users not from India: 1097
A big round of applause for all you wonderful people!
Even before the February Challenge 2015 concluded we found ourselves gearing up for the February Cook-Off 2015, which we had to make sure that goes smoothly. How did it go? You all know the answer, but still we will cover it in a separate blog. But before that, let us conclude this post by taking you through the luscious editorials for the contest.
That is all that we have for us from February Challenge 2015. We hope you enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed the love filled February Challenge 2015 and are enjoying the ongoing March Challenge 2015.
Do share your love and feedback with us on the contests with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you guys.
We now move towards our post on February Cook-Off 2015 and will serve it soon.
Till next time adios.
See you at the contests.