And now for my favorite part of the POTM ... the CONSOLATION AWARDS!!!
First and foremost, the coveted
>> BEST NAME AWARD to Derek Ross for WIN_A_PEG
Which is only fitting since Derek works in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
And now, Vanna, those other awards:
>> BEST INNERMOST SECRET goes to Derek Ross, who confessed
his "unrequited love for Dot Matrix (from ReBoot)". I must
confess that Dot is a favorite of mine as well ... Reboot
is a completely computer generated cartoon show that takes
place inside a CPU that occasionally shows up on TV ...
>> BEST BOOK RECOMMENDATION to Bill Burley
who recommended "The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire"
by John Beasley ... any good???? who knows???
>> The NEVER SAY DIE AWARD to Andre' Wilhelmus for Pegbiter
for a valid solution to the "killer" board that was
actually 5,937 moves long ...
>> The FASTEST PEG ON THE BLOCK to Warren Montgomery for hiqqup
Hiqqup only took 5.74 seconds to complete all three finals.
Honorable mention to Austin Green for PEGOUT's 9.73 seconds.
>> PROCRASTINATOR AWARD goes to Misha Dynin for Pegasso
who decided to submit his first try four minutes before the
deadline!!! What is truly amazing is that his algorithm
was one of the few who managed to complete the task!!!
>> WORST PROGRAM NAME to Mark Huizer for "tppfkam"
... need I say more?
>> The SHORT BUT SWEET AWARD to hiqqup.c
Warren Montgomery got it done in 3656 characters ....
>> The "YOU MEAN THERE WAS A SOURCE CODE LIMIT????" AWARD to pegjumping.c
Paul Nelson used 40,511 characters ... probably alot of white
space and undoubtedly well-commented.
>> The BEST JOB award to Austin Green of Auckland, New Zealand who is
a self-employed: (1) Contract programmer/analyst. (2) Emu farmer.
>> BEST EMAIL EXCERPT from Mike Goldshteyn who wrote:
"I just tried to manually solve the current puzzle and got a score
of 73 with a final center distance of 4. Although, I did not save
my moves, .... "