Ten nations, ten different spots, one single scoreboard

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The scarfs are out, the mufflers are in place, and the huge colorful anoraks have taken over the t-shirts and shirts. Winters are here. And with them is a big wave of colors. Colors of the sweaters, socks, brightly lit food stalls, and the mesmerizing decorations of the impending festivals. It’s the happiest time of the year. With everyone looking more at calendars for vacations, than for the dates, the excitement is rather apparent in schools, colleges, and offices alike.

This was the set up for our November Challenge 2015. We too weren’t untouched with the festivities around. And neither was our November Challenge. With problems like Chef and cakes, and Eugene and function, we were ready to unwrap the packaging of November Challenge 2015, to begin the 10 day programming festival on planet CodeChef.

Unlike the starts that we have seen in the past for our contests, the November Challenge had a rather calm start. Calm not in terms of the submission flow, but in terms of problems getting solved. Blame it on the winters or the heavy festival diets, the submissions into the contests were flowing at snail’s pace. The first 50 submissions took almost 30 mins. And just like the decorations outside, our submission table was also adorned by the colorful result codes of all sorts. There was the green of AC, the blue and yellow of TLE, the red of WA, etc. giving it a festive touch.

The slow moving submissions meant lesser action on the rank tables as well. And even though it was slow, it wasn’t dull; especially the ROW rank table, where we had participants from 10 different countries occupying 10 different positions. With ten different flags waving on the top of the rank tables, we were excited to see who will emerge as the ultimate victor in this challenge. The presence of few popular names like zhouyuchen, ceilks, notimesea, and others made it further confusing to establish or predict a clear winner. So, we waited till the very end of the challenge to meet our winners.

And now that the contest is over let us greet them with a big round of applause:

We start with the ROW top 10:

Now, the Indian top 20:

Now, the lets meet winners from Schools.

Top 5 ROW school winners:

Top 5 Indian school winners:

Now, for our special achievers:

Top 3 ROW users with highest score for challenge problem SCRABBLE, apart from the winners:

Now, the top 3 Indian scorers:

A big round of applause for all the winners and everyone associated with contest.

The final stats for November Challenge 2015 are:

  • Total Users: 4135
  • Total Submissions: 75382
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 3294
  • Total users from India: 2289
  • Total users not from India: 1846

In terms of numbers, the November Challenge 2015 might be a tad behind its predecessors in terms of numbers, however, in terms of competition, it was right up there. And the assortment of country flags on the rank table establishes it.

So, let’s meet the panel behind this testing problem set. The problems were cooked by Roman Furko, Evgenij Artemov, Egor Bobyk, Eugene Kazmin, Yurii Rebryk, Maksym Bevza, Sergey Kulik, Kirill Shchetinin, and Vsevolod Stepanov. The problem testing was done by Istvan Nagy, while the elaborate editorials came from Jakub Safin. The other gentlemen who contributed to the November Challenge include Rahul Arora (Language Verifier), Praveen Dhinwa (Contest Admin), Sergey Kulik (Russian Translator), Team VNOI (Vietnamese Translators) & Hu Zecong (Mandarin Translators). We thank you all for all your contribution and giving us our Diwali present.

That sums up the November Challenge 2015, however, if you think we have missed something or missed to mention someone, feel free to let us know. You can always reach us at: feedback@codechef.com or can call us at: (022) – 30797709

Now, before we say farewell let us serve you the editorials for the contest. We are sure you would have enjoyed them after the contest, just like always. But here they are for you, once again.

That will be all from us for now. We will come soon with a new post, and with a new story to tell.

Till then, Happy Holidays and Happy Coding!

See you at the contests.

Team CodeChef

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