The sparkling October LunchTime 2016

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Set in the colorful and glittery backdrop of Diwali, the October LunchTime 2016 had a rather joyous feel to it. The sweetness of the festive season had taken over and you could see everyone embrace it. Draped in our traditional attires, on the eve of Diwali, we sat down for one final contest of October, before the fireworks of Diwali. Joining us for the contest was our problem setting panel featuring Sergey Kulik, Misha Chorniy, Praveen Dhinwa, Pawel Kacprzak, Hu Zecong, and VNOI Team. Now, knowing that it was Diwali eve, we were keeping our expectations modest regarding the participation numbers for the contest, however, our excitement about the action into the contest was at par with any other contest we have had in the past. So, with that in mind and plenty of sweets on the table, we sat for the October LunchTime 2016. And here’s how it went.

The contest opened to a barrage of submissions on BOUQUET right from the very first minute of the contest, by lebron. Soon to follow him was lg5293, both of them accounted for 7 out of the first 10 submissions in the first 5 minutes of the contest. And it made up for the cracking start of the contest that we hoped for. The colorful symbols for different result codes were giving the colorful festive decoration that you see almost everywhere this time of the year. Now, we know not many with the red cross against their submission would have appreciated it as much as we did, but their determination to change it into green tick was something to cheer for.

After BOUQUET, the road to glory seemed a tad tougher for most of the participants and even though lebron had solved FFCOMB partially in the first 10 minute of the contest, it took him well over an hour to fully solve it. For kefaa though, it was a totally different story. It took him only a couple of minutes to completely solve FFCOMB. And with two fully solved problems to his name, kefaa looked set to take LTIME41 home. Closest to kefaa, was hloya_ygrt on the rank table, and even though he had a tough time battling with FFCOMB, he eventually got it right in his 13th attempt. Strange number to get something right, isn’t it? But, it didn’t seem to bother him as he quickly moved on to RESTPERM. And all the time he lost in battling with the previous problem was made up this time, as it took him only 3 minutes to crack it. kefaa, on the other hand got it right in the very first attempt and with that stamped his authority over the October LunchTime 2016. With less than half an hour to go, the picture of the top of the table became pretty clear. Unless there was any last minute surprise, we knew who is taking home the October LunchTime 2016.

And if you have not met them already, let us introduce you to the winners of our LTIME41:

We start with ROW top 10 school students:

  1. kefaa of Gymnasium #1, Brest
  2. hloya_ygrt of Club of Young Firefighters, Mozyr
  3. nurbakhyt of Almaty Kazakh – Turkish High School
  4. zscoder of Chung Ling High School
  5. sslotin of School Number 179
  6. kmcode of Omori 7th Junior High School
  7. iman_gh of Allameh Helli High Schools
  8. aktl of Almaty Kazakh – Turkish High School
  9. erzhan9800 of Issyk Kazakh – Turkish High School
  10. klinchuh of Gymnasium No 1, Novogrudok, Belarus

Now, the Indian top 10 school student:

  1. rajarshi_basu of Salt Lake School
  2. newrahul of Delhi Public School, Dwarka
  3. nibnalin of Delhi Public School, Faridabad
  4. mjguru of Amar Jyoti Saraswati International School
  5. geekpradd of Delhi Public School Guwahati
  6. rohitkv77 of Army Public School, Dighi Pune
  7. shreerockz15 of Ryan International School
  8. tanmay_sachan of Delhi Public School, Faridabad
  9. shivam312 of Delhi Public School, Rohini
  10. anupam_datta of DAV Model School, Durgapur

Congratulations everyone, we hope you enjoyed the contest and had a blast in it.

Here are the final stats for the contest:

  • Total Users: 1685
  • Total Submissions: 8176
  • Number of distinct users with correct submissions: 1248
  • Total users from India: 384
  • Total users not from India: 1301

Now, for the editorials, let us take a walk to the discussion forum, where they are:

We are sure you would have enjoyed the editorials as much as the contest.

Now, it’s time to get away from October LunchTime 2016 and move towards the November contests. We are already approaching towards December, so, we will be quick with the November contest posts and will serve them soon. And while we do that, you let us know your thoughts, suggestions, or feedback on any aspect of CodeChef you would like to talk. You know where to find us.

That will be all for now.

See you at the contests.

– Rudreshwar
Team CodeChef

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