The CONSOLATION PRIZES are hereby awarded in this mail.  No trophy.
 No prize.  No nothing except the glory you'll get from fellow participants.
  Details coming this weekend!!!!

THE TOP FIVE:

 branch_and_hang        112        369    1797900	Jim Roche
 fulldeck               108        894    1743410	Bob Hall
 motorhoyle             102        232    1117670	=Vincent Goffin
 buffalo                 86        172    1620690	Dennis Sanger
 serpico                 84        717     205480	Lew Mammel

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THE COVETED BEST PROGRAM NAME AWARD - TO Neil Weinstock for "CURLYSHUFFLE"

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THE HUMBLE PIE AWARD - TO Daniel Sleator

In the original problem statement, I posed the question:
	* is there any way to do this problem other than brute force?  
	(the winner will share with us I'm sure!)

Daniel Sleator send some input for the theory mailing, but also 
	answered this question with:

"Yes.  You'll see."

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THE "YOU OWE ME MONEY" AWARD - TO Tim Tjarks

In the original problem statement, I speculated on the tiebreakers.
Tim responded with:

"Don't know yet, but brute force isn't looking too bad right now.  I'm
willing to cover your bet that the deciding factor won't be the second
tiebreaker (i.e.  I'm betting it WILL come down to sys+user)."

I'm waiting for that payoff Tim!

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THE "WE GOTTA TRY HARDER AWARD" - TO Dennis Sanger

For begging.  Dennis writes:

	"By the way: do I get a prize for finishing in the top four for the 
	third straight time?"

Sorry Dennis ... this is it!

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THE BIG BUG AWARD - TO Lew Mammel

Lew's "serpico" dropped a FLIP on the first final problem.  His result was:

	zyxweQXGEFZKWmlLMihgfHkrbqJYIPsUTSRnoONdpauvtcjVDCBA

which unfortunately scored zero points.  Without the bug, he would have
picked up an additional 22 points!!!  This would have brought him to 106
and a third place finish!

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THE EFFICIENCY AWARD - AGAIN TO Lew Mammel

Serpico managed to use an order of magnitude less time than the other
top finishers, and still managed (bug notwithstanding) a great finish!

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THE "WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON IN THERE" AWARD - TO David Loewenstern

David's Wayfinder took over 12 hours of clock time to run!!!!  Without
going over the 10 minutes sys+user time limits on any of the final
problems.   Come on David .... what were you REALLY doing with all 
those clock ticks???

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THE "GOOD SPORT AND ALL AROUND WONDERFUL PERSON: AWARD - TO Vincent Goffin

When it looked like Vincent (a previous POTM winner) might have a shot at
winning again, I figured I'd warn him that he couldn't take posession of
the trophy a second time (hey - it's a LAW!).  Vincent was most magnanimous.
(of course, I haven't heard from him since .... 8*)

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THE VERBOSITY AWARD:  To Bob Hall

A total of 894 moves on the five final problems.  Nobody else was close.
Score/Moves shown below!

fulldeck          22/284       24/245       22/168       18/35        22/162   

But he finished second!

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THE BEST ENTRY BY A COMPLETE NON-PROGRAMMER:  TO Fred Hicinbothem

Once again proving that programming skills and tricks and techniques
are not the most important facet of solving stupid problems like these!
(Hey - I gotta win SOMETHING!!!)  Sixth place is not too shabby!!!!

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