The September Long Challenge was a pretty good way to kick off the month. There was a big problem-set to solve, and competitors tested each other every step of the way. Here’s a compact recap of the ten days to help you relive that electric vibe.
The Demanding Problem-Set!
The players had their hands full this time from the beginning as they were expected to solve 9 problems before the competition ended. The problem that had all the Division Three coders hooked was Airline Restrictions. jaiyash_21 was the first person to solve this problem, and nearly 20k others followed suit. Another problem that got the attention of the budding programmers was Travel Pass. The problem got 18.8k+ successful submissions and an accuracy rate of 77.79 percent. On the other end of the spectrum, the tough problems of the Division were Minimum Digit Sum 2 and Covaxin vs Covishield. Minimum Digit Sum 2 saw a total of 15 green ticks, while 14 coders cracked the code to Covaxin vs Covishield.
You can always expect some twists in the ranklist for the Long Challenge, and this time the twist came in the form of a 7-way tie for first place. Out of the seven, coders abhayjindal and denverjin started the contest as 2-star players and ended it as 3-star ones. One-upping them were players ka_nar, sendthemtohell, cro_marmot, and tiago_marques, who used this contest to jump stars from 1 to 3. However, the best performer of the 7 was trivedk, who gained 222 points in the contest, and switched stars from 2 to 4 making him an official Division Two coder!
Now that you’ve relived the contest, it’s time to get in a little bit of practice before the upcoming Starters 11. Head over to our video editorials and learn from the mistakes you made in the Long Challenge!
That’s all we’ve got for you now. The first Starters of September is very nearly here and we hope to see you there, acing the contest and scaling the ranklist. Until then, keep coding!