Beating the March madness with March Cook-Off 2015

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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:

  • Total Users: 1457
  • Total Submissions: 6073
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 412
  • Total users from India: 1256
  • Total users not from India: 201

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

That will be all from us for now.

Till next time, adios.

See you all at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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