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 "CROZZLE" - the next POTM!
== BEST PROGRAM NAME fo Bob Ashenfelter for "sswordpu"
Bob even went so far as to submit an early semi-functional entry
so that he could "reserve" the name ... such initiative deserves
reward ... surely you can figure out why this is a neat name for
an entry to the crozzle contest!
== BIGGEST EXECUTABLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD goes to the team of Frants and
Pieterse for an 11 megabyte entry called "knuppel" received in
the last week of the contest ... they managed to get it down
to under 400K in time for the finals! Exactly what is a "knuppel"?
Patrick and Seppo didn't share that with me ...
== The "WHO NEEDS THREE MONTHS FOR THESE SILLY THINGS" AWARD to
Ralph Meira for "mots" ... who only got the details on March 27,
a scant few days before the deadline.
== The "NEWEST MOST KEWL WEB LANGUAGE USED AWARD" to
James Rothenberger for "CrozzApp" ... the POTM's first ever
JAVA program. In fact, James gave up his C++ entry "Crozzilla"
(which was faster and higher scoring) so that he could be the
first JAVA entry ... for that, I award James a second award:
== The "MOST FANATICAL DEDICATION TO A KEWL WEB LANGUAGE AWARD"
== The "TOO MUCH SPARE TIME AND NOT ENOUGH TALENT" award goes to
Fred Hicinbothem for "crozzlectomy" ... with a futile attempt
to compete with a Korn Shell entry. Hey - at least I beat
those entries that only put in one or two words!
== The "BANG FOR THE BUCK" award to Ag Primatic for "santacroz"
All three puzzles solved with respectable scores in a TOTAL time
of less than 13 seconds ... just imagine what he could have done
if he had used the other 1787 seconds!
santacroz 156 172 611 12.79 C Ag Primatic
honorable mention goes to Robert Rounthwaite and Greg Marston:
Binky 189 201 596 180.13 GCC Robert Rounthwaite
nonplussed 168 175 532 71.44 C Greg Marston
== BEST ANSWERS TO THE STUPID QUESTIONS I ASK AT THE END OF THE INFO FORM:
Alex Popiel ... at firstname.lastname@example.org ... for:
Location? Initial meetings in public places.
Job? He was persecuted by Yahweh.
Do for fun? Sure.
Innermost secret? Not here.
POTM ideas? Gibberish generators.
= Some "ALMOST LEGITIMATE CONSOLATION AWARDS FOR WHAT THEY'RE WORTH"
Details were sent to the folks who submitted entries and will
show up on the web pages ... or drop me some email and ask!
BEST SCORE ON WORLDNET.LIST: crucigramista (75) Andre' Wilhelmus
crossroads (75) Stan Peijffers
BEST SCORE ON PLATO.LIST: jigsaw (81) Franz Korntner
BEST SCORE ON GERMAN.LIST: jigsaw (57) Franz Korntner
MOST LETTERS USED IN A GRID: crossroads (227) on PLATO.LIST
MOST CONNECTORS IN A GRID: jigsaw (108) on PLATO.LIST
= The "CONTEST WITHIN A CONTEST AWARD" to Chad Hurwitz for Crozzodile
Chad spent time getting an "interesting" length for his program:
14141 characters, and trying to make the total time
come out to be "interesting" (1111 secs.) Whether or not you think
he succeeded, it's folks like Chad that make the rest of us
feel good about the things WE spend our time on.