SUITCASE Consolation Awards 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!
The coveted "BEST NAME" award to JustAnotherPettyProblem from Madhu Kurup When I first saw the entry name, my reaction was "Sure, we'll see!" but then I read the explanation in the code: > B4 you assume that I'm insulting the problem (Re: EntryName) - > I'd just like to share with you that in Malayalam (palindrome!), > my native language (Southern India), "petty" or "petti" is the > native word for SUITCASE. ;-))). (I think it was the triple smiley face that clinched it!) The "OUCH" award goes to previous POTM winner Gunnar Andersson Gunnar's entry, LostLuggage, was the ONLY entry to find the "best" solutions to all four solvable problems. One would think that Gunnar would have easily won his second POTM in a row, but LostLuggage went on to "SOLVE" the fifth problem ... for which there was "NO SOLUTION". Ah well. The "MORE IS BETTER" award to Madhu Kurup ... Madhu took full advantage of the rule that allows multiple entries as long as they are different email addresses by submitting four entries. he might have been better off using aliases given that all of them finished with pretty much the same socre! The "ALZHEIMER'S" award to Douglas Jones and Janis Sermulins for PuffNStuff and PackIt ... Even with 350Mb of virtual memory, these entries managed to outstrip my machine and merrily ask for more. Endlessly cycling looking for resources caused a reboot or two and a new rule limiting wall-clock-time for the next POTM! The "THANKS" award goes to Brian Roberts for his help on the final problems Figuring out how to stress the entries isn't always easy. Brian sent along several ideas that I used to create some of the final problems. I appreciate the help! (An aside: Heavy_Suitcase - Brian's entry - solved three of the four problems that had solutions ... so his ideas were good enough to fool himself!)