The cute and cuddly July LunchTime 2015

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Somehow, programming problems have never been able to bring in the feeling of cuteness, cuddliness, and love within the solvers. And we are sure we speak for a lot of you when we say that. However, a lot of that changed with our July LunchTime 2015. The problem statements or rather the story depicted in them were so cute that we are sure that for the very first time, when the contest started, instead of saying “let’s do it” a lot of you would have said “Awwwwwww.” We know you did, so don’t deny that. However, how long that “Awwwwww” continued, we will see.

Set by our problem setter Pavel Sheftelevich the July LunchTime 2015 has problem statements based on the events between a little dog Tuzik, his owner Vanka, and the games they play. Now, that deserves a little “Awwwww” in your heart. Doesn’t it? The cute problem statements and their stories concealed some mind numbing programming problems, and it became pretty apparent as the more than half of the first fifty submissions made on GDOG got the red cross of dejection. And the few ones that succeeded in getting the green tick of happiness seemed pretty content with it.

As the contest progressed, the games between Tuzik and Vanka started getting tricky and testing. While somewhere able to keep up with Tuzik and Vanka, some fell behind. However, irrespective of the results the contest retained its fun quotient. The submissions continued flowing in on both on the big as well as the schools rank table. And with every submission we were approaching closer towards the conclusion of our cute and cuddly July LunchTime.

With the end approaching fast and the names atop the rank table still not absolute clear, it was getting exciting. And the contest finally got its dose of action towards the end with the fight between mbrc, andres96, and ptnk131627 heating up. The names atop the school rank table started changing frequently and with few minutes left it was our home boy mbrc, who snatched the top slot with a small margin of 5 points. And to tell you who stood where when the rank list was frozen after the contest, let us take you through the rank tables.

We start with ROW top 10:

  • andres96 of Tallinn Secondary Science School
  • ptnk131627 of VNU-HCM High School for the Gifted Vietnam
  • alexvaleanu of Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science
  • roman_derkach of Kremenchuk Boarding Lyceum for Gifted Children Kremenchuk, Ukraine
  • msaska9 of Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium
  • sanroylozan of Debreceni Fazekas Mihály Gimnázium
  • colin_ni of Monta Vista High School Cupertino, California
  • bekmyrat of Bashkent Turkmen-Turkish High School
  • rubabredwan of Rajshahi University School
  • allllekssssa of Prva Kragujevačka Gimnazija, Kragujevac, Serbia

Now, the Indian top 10:

Congratulations to you all on your wonderful performance in the contest. We hope to see many new names popping atop the rank table in coming days.

With mbrc topping the overall July LunchTime rankings, we are sure we will see many others stepping up their game and take on the challenges thrown by their global counterparts. And on that thought, we will take you through the editorials for the contest. They not only will help you strengthen your preparation for the upcoming contests, but also will help you become a better programmer in general.

That brings us to the final segment of the post. We hope you enjoyed this long pending tale of July LunchTime 2015 and its proceedings. There are few more posts pending on us and we shall be churning them very soon. For now, that is all we have for you from the July LunchTime 2015, you can share you side of the story or any feedback you might have about the contest with us We love reading them all.

See you at the contests.

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