It was the last day of the year 2016. The spirits were flying high as people all around the globe dressed up in an impeccable manner for the final party of the year on New Year’s Eve. Good or bad, however, the year 2016 had been, everyone seemed pumped and optimistic about 2017. We too were, and had our little celebration with our December LunchTime 2016.
Set on the last day of the year, our final contest for 2016 had a fun theme attached to it. Be it the names of the problems like Superheroes and villains & Fly height mode or the excited participants to wrap up the year doing what they love doing. Set by Pawel Kacprzak, who also doubled as the editorialist for the contest, the final course of the year was tested contest ready by Misha Chorniy. Accompanying them on the problem setting bench were our contest admin Praveen Dhinwa, our Russian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese translators namely Sergey Kulik, Hu Zecong, and VNOI Team. And then there were us, excited as ever. So, let’s see how the December LunchTime 2016 was.
Set on New Year’s Eve, the December LunchTime 2016, the contest started in typical New Year’s party where everyone is calm and composed at the start, but as the night progresses things starts getting interesting. The first fifty submissions into the contest didn’t create any major ripple to grab the attention of onlookers. Most of the ACs into the first 50 submissions of the contest came from the big guns like uwi, additya1998 and many other popular names. All of whom are well versed with our contests and have been on the top of the rank tables on more than one occasions. Furthermore, none of them were a school student, so our wait to see some action from the school students got stretched a tad.
But it was after 30 minutes when things started getting interesting. In and around the 44th minute into the contest we were joined by rubabredwan, tasmeemreza, and shivam312. All of them have been on CodeChef enough and none of them had the most fluent of the start to the contest. So, they didn’t catch our attention immediately. However, as we moved into the contest things started heating up. By now we were joined by the seasoned LunchTime campaigners like zscoder, barenuz, kmcode, yylidiw and many others. And when you have familiar names climbing up the rank table, you tend to focus more on them and less on others. We did that too. And we could not have been more wrong.
The sheer perseverance of rubabredwan, tasmeemreza, and shivam312 stunned us all as they took over the big guns and paved their way to the top. They had their fair share of tumbles as well. In fact, both rubabredwan and tasmeemreza got their first problems wrong in the first attempt. But they got hold of the problems real quick. The final hour of the contest was the most exciting one, as it was only a 20 point difference separating the top two with rubabredwan and tasmeemreza tied up on the same score. And we almost fell out of our seats, as it will be the first LunchTime victory for all three and we were all too excited for them.
shivam312 seemed to have more calculated approach as he took over 40 minutes to fully solve SBSWAP, while tasmeemreza was the fastest of the three as he tool minimum submissions to solve the 3 of the 4 problems in the contest. Then there was rubabredwan, who fully solved his third problem with just 2 minutes for the contest to get over. All three of them showed great composure and courage in the final few minutes of the contest. But they weren’t alone. There were quite a few other performances as well that caught our attention and to introduce them all to you, let us take you to the rank table.
Let’s start with the ROW top 10 school students:
Now, the Indian top 10 school students:
A big round of applause for all our winners from the final LunchTime of the year 2016!
We now move towards the editorials, which we are sure you would have devoured by now. However, if you missed them due to any reason, here they are for you.
With that it’s time to draw curtains on the final post for the year 2016 and the year as well. We now, move into a New Year and with that a series of new tales from our contests.
We hope you had a wonderful 2016 and will have an even better 2017. And on that note, it’s time to say farewell.
If you have any further queries or questions, kindly do let us know.
See you at the contests.