The December Chills, the fight for pointers, and the December Cook-Off 2015

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The road to December Cook-Off 2015 came through the galore of examinations and preparations. Programmers across the globe were busy honing their skills for the busy ACM ICPC season, while trying to keep up with their exams and trying hard to ensure good pointers. To add more chills to that entire setup, we had the winters in its full glory. All in all, it was a thrilling set up for an exciting two and half hour programming contest and we couldn’t have asked for more. But we got more.

The December Cook-Off 2015 was exactly the night before the ACM ICPC 2015 Amritapuri Regionals. While the teams attending the regionals were trying to stay calm before the big contest, there were participants from all over the globe raring to get their hands on the problems of Misha Chorniy. Amid that mixed batch of participants began our COOK65, the last one for the year 2015.

And what a start it was. Just like a big flashy Sunday party, the December Cook-Off started to 98 ACs out of the first 100 submissions in the contest. All this and we were 10 minutes into the contest. What’s even more exciting was the fact that all of those 100 submissions, and the next 100 to follow came on Chef and Subarrays. Perhaps, every who joined the contest that night made their first submission to Chef and Subarrays. Just to have a nice and smooth start to it. It remained the same way until lebron submitted to Chef and Queries. It was also an AC. So, if we have to sum up the first half an hour of the contest it will be like: 2 problems, lots of ACs, very few WAs, and even fewer TLEs and CEs.

As we moved into the contest, the happy start made way for the fury and rage brought onto the participants by Chef and Vectors, Chef and Tree, and Chef and LCS. If you got your hopes high on your performance into the contest after the green ticks you got on the first and second problem, it must not have felt nice trying your hands on those problems. So, do let us know how it was in the comments section below. The immaculate job by our tester Jingbo Shang ensured the right mix of difficulty levels in the problem set. What did you thought of it?

The flow of the submissions in the second half of the contest did slow down, but the intensity of the competition prevailed till the very last moment. notimesea, who made the first submission into the contest, defended his spot atop the rank tables bravely from the challengers in lebron, alex_2008, Ra16bit, and the mighty ACRush. They all had 4 problems in their account and while ACRush cracked all the problems in the first submission, CHEFVEC took two to crack. And with that, he secured the top slot in the contest. And that was our final Cook-Off for the year 2015. We hope you all enjoyed the contest as much as we did putting it up for you.

Now, let us take you through the rank table to introduce you to the winners of COOK65.

We start with the ROW top 10:

The Indian top 5:

Now, the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 1006
  • Total Submissions: 2384
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 944
  • Total users from India: 581
  • Total users not from India: 425

Congratulations to you all on your performance.

Now, let us serve you the editorials for the December Cook-Off 2015, penned by our young editorialist Pushkar Mishra. We are sure you would have tasted them by now, but if you have not, here they are for you once again.

That will be all from us all here. We hope you had a wonderful 2015 and are ready for an exciting 2016 in front of us.

Till next time, adios.

See you at the contests.

Regards,
Rudreshwar
Team CodeChef

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