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: To Brace Stout for "muddle_of_the_knight"
Honorable mentions for "oyster_knight" (a "PERL" of an
entry from Gary Gressel) and "FeudalExpress" from
Best Non-Compiled Entry: "oyster_knight" from Gary Gressel
Gary competed in PERL ... and did so quite respectably.
The fact that Gary's entry was the only entry that wasn't
in C or C++ may have helped a bit ...
Most Correspondence Award: To Chad Hurritz ("Lord_Bitish")
Chad admitted to enjoying this kind of activity even
before KnightCrawler came along ... he supplied many
collections of test points and consistently improved
Lord_Bitish along the way. Chad also "bounced" the
most mail ... but there's still lots of bandwidth left,
and I enjoy hearing from y'all!
The Procrastinator Award: goes to Martin Kealey for "k-thing"
Martin wrote (on 12/31/95): "This is my POTM entry - sorry
it's so close to time - I haven't been able to work on it
for the last 2 months until yesterday & today." Well, it
turns out that Martin and I resolved most of the porting
issues with moments to spare ... In fact, since Martin was
corresponding from New Zealand, he actually got to
compete AFTER his New Year's party in the early hours of
1996 (his time) - is this cheating??? I'm pretty sure
that Martin wins the "Long Distance" award as well - but I
really am not all that sure where New Zealand is!!!
The Procrastinator Award (part two) to Jim Curran for "up_all_knight"
With one hour to spare, Jim submitted his first entry - which
compiled and ran with no problems whatever.
Longest Fall from Grace to David Wales for "K" ... the leader on the
final round of system tests finished in the second division.
But "K" DID get to visit all 100 points very quickly!
Fastest Moving Salesman Award to "K" from David Wales
Number of moves per second .... although "K" only found a
solution with 456 steps, it only took 0.16 seconds to do it.
By far the best at 2812.5 steps per second ....
Slowest Moving Salesman who visited all 100 cities was "veni,vedi,jumpi"
from P. Frants and S. Pieterse ... 380 steps in 610.08 seconds
for .6229 steps per second.
The AWOL award to "to_B_or_to_A" from David Roe
This particular salesman is STILL out looking for the cities.
Perhaps when it finishes it will have solved the NEXT POTM!
Largest Executable: 704512 bytes for "to_B_or_to_A" from David Roe.
Somehow, ALL the C++ executables were considerably larger
than the C executables ... maybe THAT'S what the plusses do?
Smallest Executable: 4667 bytes for "oyster_knight" fro Gary Gressel.
The advantages of PERL ....
Smallest Source not counting PERL programs for lurch.c from Phong Vo
(who also had the shortest name of the competitors)
Most Pleasing Size to Lord_Bitish.c at 22222 bytes. I think Chad
Hurritz did it on purpose.
Largest Team to Enter: Peter Frants and Seppo Pieterse for veni,vedi,jumpi
Of course, since they are the ONLY team to enter they usually
win this award every time! (I know both Randy "Horsey" Saint and
George "SaintGeorge" Newsome have help at home - but this was the
only true team entry)
Sneakiest Team to Enter: once again to Peter and Seppo, who held back
their REAL "veni,vedi,jumpi" entry until the last minute.
Largest Team NOT to enter: the O.J. defense team once again neglected
to submit an entry.
Best WEB pages: the new improved POTM pages that now contain old problem
descriptions you can actually get to (now that I've debugged them
a bit!) Check them out at:
http://potm.ffast.att.com/ if you're INSIDE AT&T
http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/corin/POTM.PAGES/ for the USofA
http://www.strath.ac.uk/Students/WebSoc/POTM/ for Europe
Worst POTM-Master: to ME because I STILL haven't gotten good pictures
of the trophy out to previous non-USA winners ... a faux-pas which
is soon to be rectified.