“It was the finale of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that day”, that’s what you would say while referring to our March LunchTime 2015. Set on the World Cup Final Sunday, the March LunchTime 2015 already had his glare of publicity stolen, right from the time the world cup schedule was announced. So, while the teams were preparing to secure their birth on the bus to Melbourne Cricket Ground, our dynamic problem setting duo of Pankaj Jindal and Piyush Kumar was busy cooking up the perfect during-match snack, which was tested and translated to Russian by Sergey Kulik. The remaining course for the big day in editorials and Mandarin translation came from Aman Jain and Gedi Zheng respectively. And that completed the lineup for the day. It was now only up to the participants to come and devour the problem set.
We have waited eagerly for this moment, and it was finally here. We are talking about the finale of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; the LunchTime was still a couple of hours from now. So, while we were waiting for the ball to drop on the March LunchTime, we treated ourselves to some initial moments of the finale. However, that treat didn’t last too long, so we came back to the LunchTime and ensured that we too get the perfect start. And our start too was pretty close to perfect. All the four problems became visible after intermittent glitches faced by the users here and there. But it was nothing major and got sorted out pretty soon. After that, came the flurry of submissions and the best thing this time was that the submissions came flowing on all the problems alike. If truth be told, we had submissions on three out of the four problems in the first 20 minutes of the contest. And that start gave us plenty of good signs for the coming three hours.
The first problem to see an accepted submission was CHEFANUP and if you do not know it already let us tell you that the problem had one of our chefs as the lead character. And eventually it became the problem to have received maximum submissions. Along with the submissions we got the first glimpses of our winners too in the early days of the contest. It started with fullpower cracking CHEFANUP, followed by mazeyu, gsxj2014, and mappinator. Although not all of them saw the green tick of happiness for their submissions.
It was quite interesting to see them all compete against each other, especially because except for mazeyu, all three of them are from the same institute and all of them are from China. The fight to the top went till the very last moments of the contest with some serious threat coming from meteora, alexvaleanu, victorwonder, and kmcode. However, just minutes before the final hour of the contest mazeyu cracked all the four problems and made a strong statement to the fellow coders from across the globe, however, it was not too long before gsxj2014, and mappinator bagged them too. With that we had a clear picture of our winners for the LTIME22. And to introduce them to you let us take you through the rank tables:
We start with the non-Indian top ten school students:
Now the Indian top ten school students:
A big round of applause for all our participants! We are sure you would have enjoyed the contest.
With that we enter the final section of this blog post. It has already been quite late for this post to go live, so without stretching it any further let’s take you through the editorials for the March Challenge 2015, to help you get over any small doubt, you might have regarding the problems from the contest. So enjoy them:
The March LunchTime 2015 was dominated by the brilliance of mazeyu and meteora, both of whom successfully paved their spots atop the rank table leaving their competitors behind. However, there were quite a few names on the rank table to watch out for in the coming contest. So, with that in mind, we put an end to this post and move towards the forthcoming April Cook-Off 2015.
We hope you are ready for yet another exciting two and half hour of programming contest. And if you have any queries, doubts or suggestions for the contest kindly do send them our ways at firstname.lastname@example.org we love hearing from you all.
Till next time, adios.
By the time we reach March, the tension of looming examination season starts becoming apparent on students’ face. That’s not to say that the professionals are at ease, they too are burdened with the deadline crunches for the financial year ending. In such a tensed time, any stress buster is welcome and for the programming fanatics, nothing beats the excitement of having a crack at the problems, while the clock ticks away. And with our March Cook-Off 2015 we had all that covered for you. It was your time to switch off from everything that has been keeping you under stress, sit back, and enjoy exciting problem set from Vitaliy Herasymiv. And we hope that you had fun in the contest.
The build up to the March Cook-off might have been overshadowed by the impending exam season. However that had no effect on the anticipation of the participants. It became apparent well within the opening minutes of the contest as the submissions started flowing in a consistent fashion. Although, the problems tested by Istavan Nagy were proving to be tough nuts to crack. We did receive our first submission on DIVGOLD inside the first two minutes of the contest, but it was a WA and was followed by a series of WAs from different users. Thankfully, that did not last long and lebron cracked DIVGOLD. After lebron it was antoniuk1, followed by hellkitsune, and fataleagle who went past DIVGOLD. And despite the low number of accepted submissions on the problem, it remained the favorite of the participants in the early stages of the contest, with few glimpses of STRAB and STRBIT.
As we moved into the contest we started seeing more green ticks and less red crosses, however, it was not until the very last moment when we had all our five problems cracked. Keeping up with the ongoing ICC Cricket world cup excitement, our COOK56 too went all the way down the wire before we had our winners with all five problems under their belt. We know, by now you know them all, but still let’s put our hands together and meet the winners from the rank table.
We start with non-Indian top 10:
And now the Indian top 5:
Congratulations to all the participants for their wonderful performance in the contest. We hope you enjoyed the contest.
Now, the final stats for the contest:
With those numbers and some familiar names on the rank table, the March Cook-Off 2015 concluded leaving behind some pleasing memories for all. The March Cook-Off might have kept you all up late in the night in the ongoing cricket world cup season, but we are sure you would have found it all worthwhile after competing in the contest.
We are sure by now you must have gone through the editorials for the problems that made you pull a hair or two during the contest. But to avoid that in the coming contest let’s go through them once again ahead of the impending April Cook-Off 2015.
With that we now quickly move towards the March LunchTime 2015 and will soon put up the post covering the moments from the contest. Till then, enjoy the March Cook-Off 2015 post.
And if you have anything to say to us, feel free to send it through at email@example.com.
That will be all from us for now.
Till next time, adios.
See you all at the contests.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, 2015 we decided to honor the achievement and contribution of the women in our community with special prizes for them. And it gives us immense gratification to announce that we saw rather inspiring performances from them. So, it wouldn’t be a hyperbole to say that you might be competing with the next Adele Goldbergs, Grace Hoppers or Ada Lovelace all this time.
While the Women’s Day gave us an opportunity to celebrate the women in programming, the colorful festival of Holi added few more colors to the problem set of Lalit Kundu, Sunny Aggarwal, Fedor Korobeinikov, Snigdha Chandan, Sergey Nagin, Gaoyuan Chen, Praveen Dhinwa, Chandan Boruah, Vasia Antoniuk, and Sergey Kulik. With that decorated problem setting panel, the colorful fest of March Challenge was ready for the serving. The problems were tested contest ready by the CodeChef veteran Hiroto Sekido, who has enough long contests under his belt to know what, keeps them beguiling all through the course. And it became apparent, well within the first few minutes of the contest.
More often than not, it’s the flurry of accepted submissions that opens up our Long Challenges. However, it was different this time around. The initial few submissions were not lucky enough to see the green tick of happiness. However, after a series of WA on SEAPROAR, QCHEF, and SIGNWAVE, the participants found some solace in DEVCLASS, which was the first one of the problems to receive an accepted submission. The deceiving difficulty level of the problem set kept the participants pulling their hairs in hunt of accepted solutions. However, it became a tad easy as we moved into the contest.
The first submission from the women participant came into the latter stages of the contest when taube cracked CNOTE. Soon we had ihere1, and chonp climbing their way up the rank tables by cracking the problems one by one. The more impressive of the two was ihere1, who solved 7 problems on the trot and shared the second place on the rank table with taube. However, when the clock stopped on the March Challenge 2015 it was chonp, sitting atop the rank table.
Now, let us introduce you to all our winners from the March Challenge 2015.
Firstly and rightfully so, let’s honor the women programmer. The top ten women programmers are:
And now let’s meet the gentlemen gracing the non-Indian top 10 table:
Now, the Indian top 20:
Now, we move towards our young friends in schools.
We start with the top five non-Indian school participants:
Time to meet our our Indian top five:
And finally, our special achievers with highest scores for challenge problem EMBED:
The non-Indian top three:
None of our Indian participants were able to crack EMBED, so the goodies for Indian top three scores for the problem goes unclaimed. We do not like that.
A big round of applause to all our winners on their brilliant performance in the contest and to all you wonderful participants for being part of the March Challenge 2015!
The March Challenge 2015 will always hold a special place in our history books, for it gave us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in programming. And we are sure that we will see many more women programmers joining in the community and carving their names among the finest programmers across the globe.
If you have had a tough time battling the problem set, you might want to go through the editorials from Kevin Charles Atienza. They will help you clear your doubts about the problems and help you prepare for many such coming contests on CodeChef. And we are sure you already would have gone through them, but if you have not, let us take you through them.
The April Challenge 2015 is on the door. So without any further details we would conclude this blog post in anticipation of an even more exciting long challenge ahead and many more new names to cheer for. We hope you all are ready for the challenge.
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See you all at the contests.