As always ... there are consolation awards. Some folks actually
try and win these things - perhaps YOU will find your entry wins
one of these in the next POTM!
BANG FOR THE BUCK AWARD for most moves per unit time ... goes to "strider"
from George VanAusdall for making 15,766 moves in less than half
a second for all three problems ... actual average was over
32,000 moves per second.
AT LEAST I FINISHED AWARD to the entry that came up with three non-trivial
solutions but scored the lowest to ... Byon Garrabrant for
LostSoul (purists may argue that a six-step solution is indeed
"trivial", but the POTM MASTER HAS RULED!)
THE YO-YO AWARD for the most ups and downs ... Robert Ang and Isabella
Soehardjo for "boom" which had 5,783 "UPS" (and presumably 5,783
"DOWNS" for a total of 11,566 of their 15,724 moves!
THE MASTER OF YOUR DOMAIN AWARDS for best scores in various sub-domains:
ATT/LUCENT/etc. Spelunker lucent.com Andre Wilhelmus
att.com Bob Hall
Non-ATT/etc. stalker sfos.ro MihaiBadoiu
EDU Witless colorado.edu Alex Popiel
GOV Save_The_Worm nasa.gov Vance Heron
THE COVETED BEST NAME AWARD ... to Fred Hicinbothem's "sundew"
"SUNDEW" is constructed from South/Up/North/Down/East/West by
taking the first letters and making a word ... unfortunately it
does not form a valid path since it overwrites itself ... you
can't have everything! By the way - honorable mention to
Dave Peterson's "Willie_Wundes" ... check out the last name!
THE NOT-SO-COVETED WORST NAME AWARD ... to Emery Lapinski's "YAIA"
I think you'll agree once you read emery's explanation:
> YAIA does not stand for "Yet Another" anything, but instead
> is an abbreviation for an old joke about a sign hanging
> above a urinal in a mens' room. Are you sure you want to
> hear it? OK. It's not funny. "Our aim is to keep this
> bathroom clean. Your aim is appreciated." It seemed appropriate.
THE DISK HOG AWARD to Salman Nawaz ... the executable of vasco_da_nada
was the only one to exceed a megabyte at 1,061,568 bytes.
VERBOSITY AWARD to Emerald Chung whose "Ripple.c" clocked in at 49710 bytes!
It's a real good thing this entry didn't win ...
I'LL EAT MY WORDS AWARD for the most embarassing email (I save EVERYTHING!)
On April 26, 1996 Mike Goldshteyn (ImLost) wrote:
> My program has gotten so strong that I am not even sure of what
> it's doing any more :) ... I will mail you the next version
> sometime tomorrow, unless I figure out more ways to improve it,
> which at this point in the game seems highly unlikely ...
THANKS FOR THE HELP AWARDS to folks who helped along the way ...
Chad Hurritz, Mike Goldshteyn and Robert Morrison for pointing
me to the POV-RAY Ray tracer, Alex Popiel, and many others.
THE BIGGEST CORE DUMP AWARD which ran my file system out of space ...
goes to John Hitchcock for "Wanderer" on the big empty building
BEST ENTRY BY A FORMER OR PRESENT POTM-MASTER ... duh ... ME for "sundew".
Since this is the first time I've ever finished anywhere near the
top I thought I deserved an award.
BEST PERL ENTRY ... from Kurt VandenBranden for "I_want_a_guide" ... the
entry finished all three buildings and was a real contender! It
might have won the award even if there WERE other PERL entries.
BEST ENTRY IN A STRANGE AND ESCOTERIC LANGUAGE ... to Mike Mossey for
"Crazy_Scheme" which was written in "SCHEME48" which apparently
is some variant of LEX ... go figure ...
THE SWEET TIME AWARD ... to Crazy_Scheme from Mike Mossey. Because of
the way in which SCHEME48 programs run, my time-checker didn't
work and Crazy_Scheme ran for 16,228.34 seconds (just over
4 1/2 hours) before getting a score of 6838 on multiplicity.
THE PROCRASTINATOR AWARDS:
* George VanAusdall's strider was submitted for the first time at
10:00 PM on 9/1/96 even though he asked for details on April 15th
just after the contest was announced. It compiled perfectly and
completed all three final problems.
* Bob Ashenfelter submitted an update to son_of_Sot at 11:45 PM ...
* Chad Hurritz submitted an entry before the deadline (on HIS
machine) but the mail delayed it until 10 1/2 hours past the
midnight EST deaddline ... my aplogies!