The cracking October Mega Cook-Off 2016

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There still was a week to go for Diwali, but the celebrations had already begun here at CodeChef headquarters. And rightfully so, after all, we were hosting ACM-ICPC India Regionals, Online Preliminary Round 2016 on Saturday, 22nd October, 2016, followed by the October Mega Cook-Off 2016 on Sunday, 23rd October, 2016. We were thrilled, and if truth be told, a tad nervous too. Both of the contests had huge significance for different reasons and we wanted to get it right. So, with jittery eyes and a lot of butterflies in our stomach, we welcomed perhaps the most action-packed weekend of the year for us. And we could not be happier to say that, it just made our festive season even sweeter. You know it; you were there, weren’t you?

While, the ACM-ICPC India Regionals, Online Preliminary Round 2016 was an exciting tale on its own, we are here to tell you the story of October Mega Cook-Off 2016, which was pretty interesting on its own. Set by Lalit Kundu & tested by Kamil Debowski, the October Mega Cook-Off 2016 had a perfect blend of festive sweetness & thrill, which seemed to be the flavor of the season. The problem set based on the adventures of Serlock Holmes& Dr. Watson made them even more intriguing. And as the contest started, he participants grabbed their detective hats and were ready for the adventure.

The first mystery the users cracked was “Watson asks Does Permutation Exist”, which didn’t trouble the users much and was solved under 2 mins by rohanrtiwari. Rohan was then followed by many others and except for a couple of instances, most of them got it right in the first attempt only. And with that our COOK75 was off to a smooth start. While Watson asks Does Permutation Exist, was everyone’s first choice, because of the constantly increased AC submissions on it, we also had few submissions here and there on problems BOOKCHEF, UGLYF, COUNTWAY, and SWINDOW too, however, not many of them were AC though. And slowly it became even clearer that these problems are going to decide the fate and the winner of the contest. So, we waited and watched.

On the rank table, it was a Japanese domination with anta0, natsugiri, and uwi occupying 3 of the top 5 slots. And while we had the feeling that one of these three will take home the COOK75, we could not write off the likes of chemthan, biginnnner, and sumeet_varma before the contest ended. It all made the final minutes of the contest even more interesting. And to tell you the final outcome of the contest and to announce the winners, let us take you to the rank table:

Drum rolls!

We start with the ROW top 10:

Now, the Indian top 10:

A big round of applause for all our winners and for everyone who joined in the contest! We hope you enjoyed the contest and had a wonderful Diwali.

Now, for the final segment of the post, let us take you to the editorials for the October Cook-Off 2016. Penned by the problem setter, Lalit himself these editorials will give you the exact approach that the problem setter would have applied towards each of the problems. Even if you have gone through them, it would be good to have a look at them once more. So, here they are for you:

And with that, it’s time to say farewell. As the winter takes over, it’s time to wrap yourself in your cozy blanket, grab your cuppa hot coffee, and enjoy some sizzling programming contest. So, you take care of the former two and we take care of the final one.

Till next time, adios.

See you at the contest.

– Rudreshwar
Team CodeChef

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