The dynamic debutants

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Coming to July Cook-Off 2016, we were a bit relaxed and rejuvenated. We had just wrapped SnackDown 2016 amid great joy and fervor. The big SnackDown 2016 Final was behind us and life was taking its sweet time to return to routine. Thanks to a couple of week’s gap between the July Challenge 2016, we had the luxury to afford that time. So, we spent some time wrapping up the post SnackDown work and some to get the July Cook-Off 2016 ready for you. Thanks to the awesome problem setting panel featuring Misha Chorniy, Pushkar Mishra, and Karan Aggarwal as the setter, tester, and editorialist respectively, Praveen Dhinwa, the contest admin, and our team of Translators Hu Zecong (Mandarin), Team VNOI (Vietnamese), and Sergey Kulik (Russian), we did not have too much to do.

The problems for the contest were evenly spread across the difficulty spectrum, which means that there was something for everyone into the contest. While Chef and Proportion required users to help the chef in figuring out some proportion, the Chef and Sort asked them to find the expected value of findSwaps function. And while a majority of participants had success with the proportions, finding the expected value of findSwaps function kept them on the edge of their seats.

While the aforementioned two problems were on the contrasting ends of the spectrum with Chef and Proportion being the easiest of them all, we did have Chef and Numbers, Chef and Land, and Chef and Array making life a little easier for the participants. And we think everyone enjoyed them too. At least that’s what close to 10K submissions in 2.5 hours duration of contest suggests. However, we would like to hear your thoughts on the problems, how did you find them? Do let us know in the comments section.

With everyone enjoying the problems, the attention now moved to the rank table. After the blistering performance from rajat1603 in June Cook-Off 2016, we were excited to see what July Cook-Off 2016 has in store for us. Thanks to the debutant ikatanic and um_nik.

While ikatanic was making a return to CodeChef after a prolonged absence, for um_nik, it was the very first contest. However, it’s worth mentioning that it was the first Cook-Off for both of them, so, it’s safe to call them Cook-Off debutants. And what a debut it was. Emerging atop the mmaxio, raveman, al13n, xellos0, and the likes certainly isn’t an easy feat to achieve. And after what we have seen in July Cook-Off, we can’t wait to see them repeat in many of our contests. We think this was one of the best debuts in our Cook-Off’s. If you know of any others, do let us know in the comments section.

With that let’s have a look at the rank table to see who all accompanied our dynamic debutants.

We start with ROW top 10:

And now the Indian top 5:

While the ROW rank list had some big debuts, the Indian rank table to presented a beautiful sight with anudeep2011, djdolls, and rajat1603 occupying the podium. Those are the names that we have been hearing for a long time and certainly will be hearing a lot in the years to come.

And on that beautiful note, let’s move towards the final segment of the post. It’s time for the editorials.

With that, we would like to take your leave for now. We hope you enjoyed the post and that we have been able to cover most of the highlights for the contest. However, if you still think that we have missed any, feel free to let us know through your comments, emails, or through any mode you like. You know how to reach us. 🙂

Until next time, keep coding.

See you at the contests.

– Rudreshwar

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