The turbulent April Cook-Off 2015

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No matter how excited you are about your summer plans or are waiting for summer vacations, the words “I’m bored” inevitably will cross your lips pretty soon. So, what do you do? You look for activities that can sweep away that boredom and bring in a fresh breeze of excitement and joy. If you are a programmer, nothing compares to the excitement of competing in a programming contest. And we had that ready for you in our April Cook-Off 2015 with problem set from Konstantsin Sokol. It was time to sit back, sip your coolers, and have a fun-filled two and half hours of Sunday night. And we’ll tell you the complete story of that night in here. So, keep reading to find out how things unfolded in our COOK57.

The start to the April Cook-off 2015 was not dreamlike and the dreaded server crash came back to haunt us. It was an unpleasant déjà vu for us. However leaving everything behind we got back to the slate and started working on getting the contest up and running. It took us some time, but things resorted and the contest was back live. However, by that time, the damage was done and we found ourselves dumped under numerous queries, suggestions, and feedbacks on handling servers from you wonderful people. We tried to reply all of them, and think that we would have replied to most of them, however, if we missed yours, our apologies. Now, as the contest came back, things started looking pretty once again, and the fun that was missing from our Sunday night came back.

By now, we had lost a lot of precious time and may be some programming enthusiasts as well, so to make up for that, we extended the contest duration by half an hour. And as soon as the contest started, the submissions started pouring in. We saw our first submission inside the two minutes of the contest on EQUALITY from mgch, followed by another accepted on from kyuridenamida, but this time around it was on VCS. And for a significant period the submissions only came on those two problems only. Finally after the initially turbulence, the problems tested by Gedi Zheng were finding the love of the participants. Accompanying Gedi on the problem translation panel was Sergey Kulik, with his Russian translation along with our contest admin Praveen Dhinwa.

As the time went pass the action on the rank table started heating up, with countrymen anta0, uwi, and natsugiri battling it hard to secure the top slots. Not far behind were zxqfl, al13n, djdolls, and notimesea. All those names were constantly changing their positions on the rank tables, making it hard for us to establish the winner till the very last stage of the contest. However, the picture started becoming clear just half an hour before the contest when anta0, zxqfl, and uwi cracked the fifth problem. And to tell you who stood where on the rank tables, let us take you through them.

We start with the top ten participants from rest of the world:

And now the Indian top 5:

Let’s give a big round of applause to all our winners and to everyone who took part in the contest. We hope you had fun.

Here are the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 1207
  • Total Submissions: 4148
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 1115
  • Total users from India: 1059
  • Total users not from India: 148

Those numbers certainly would have been much higher had we had a smooth start to the contest. But we have identified and rectified the cause for the glitch, and hopefully we should not encounter any such issue. Now, before conclude this post, let us give you the editorials for the contest with the delectable editorials from Miguel Oliviera, we are sure you already would have gone through them to get. But if you have not, here they are for you:

With that we draw curtains on this April Cook-Off 2015 post and move towards the final contest post for the month April, i.e. April LunchTime 2015. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the contest or any concerns feel free to get in touch with us at:

You can also call us on: (022) – 30797709

That’ll be all for now. Till next time, adios.

See you all at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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