See You at the Spring Contest!

Posted by Helen Chen,

See You at the Spring Contest! The Contest team is finishing up our last activities for the Vines Contest.  Prizes to the winners have been packaged up and are on the way to their various final destinations.  Stories from the contest winners are posted to the Hall of Fame.  It’s well worth a read!  You might... read more >>

Alfonso is the Winner! 6

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Alfonso is the Winner! Wow! What a finish. A lot of us thought that Nick was going to do it again. The cyclist even named one of his last entries Can’t beat Nicholas Howe. We knew the end was near, because Magnus S. named one of his last entries Some say that he is... read more >>

Vines Contest queue is now closed

Posted by Helen Chen,

Vines Contest queue is now closed The Vines contest queue is now closed. The Grand Prize Winner will be declared after all entries submitted before noon (Natick time) are processed.  You can check the queue at the Vines Contest website to see how your entry is doing. Helen ... read more >>

Alex P. and the Anatomy of a Tweak 1

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Alex P. and the Anatomy of a Tweak Congratulations to Alex P., winner of the Square One Challenge with his SOC tweak. Michael Bindschadler came close… so close! to winning. But from the newsgroup, we read this heartbreaking story. Curses!! I tried to hold my SOC code for as long as I could, but I was going to be... read more >>

Amitabh wins the Best Result prize

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Amitabh wins the Best Result prize Just before midnight last night, Greenwich Mean Time, Amitabh Verma submitted All Guns Blazing. Using 174 seconds worth of CPU time, it cruised limbo-style beneath the timeout limit, generating a world-beating result of 65558057, the best seen up to that point. Magnus S. has since bettered that with an impressive... read more >>

Vines Mid-Contest Analysis 1

Posted by Helen Chen,

Vines Mid-Contest Analysis This season’s mid-contest analysis is from my coworker Lucio Cetto I ran a small analysis over the solvers that were among the first five positions at the end of Twilight. The leaders at that time were Nick Howe (Revenge of Antichaff), Alfonso Nieto (test05_tweak10), Robert Macrae (The Fragrant Honeysuckle), Kurt Janssens... read more >>

Two more mini-contests: Best Result and Square One

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Two more mini-contests: Best Result and Square One The contest ends on Wednesday. Between now and then we’ll try two more mini-contests to keep things interesting. First, we’ll do a Best Result contest. As usual with this prize, there is no penalty for time. If you can get it to run without timing out, then it qualifies. We’ll be... read more >>

Amitabh and Sergey Y.

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Amitabh and Sergey Y. The weekend is over and the dust has cleared. It’s time to hand out some crowns. For the second time in a row, Amitabh wins the Saturday Leap prize (see his badges here) with his Vines & Vines, which kept the lead for almost two hours. Amitabh’s remarkable Saturday contributions... read more >>

Early Bird Closes: So close, Sebastian!

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Early Bird Closes: So close, Sebastian! Look at the list of submissions and you’ll see that Sebastian Ullmann’s entry cheaper ? ranked the highest as of 21:00. But our listing only shows minutes, not seconds. The question is 21:00 and how many seconds? If he had managed to get it in by 21:00:00, he would now... read more >>

Upcoming Mini-contests

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Upcoming Mini-contests Here are some upcoming mini-contests: Early Bird prize: Best score for an entry submitted before 21:00 UTC (5 PM Natick time) today Saturday Leap: Single best percent improvement for the entire day of 5 November (midnight to midnight, based on UTC time) Sunday Push: Most aggregate percent improvement for the entire day of... read more >>

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