Code Road Results

And we’re done!

8 people submitted full solutions and because no one submitted partial solutions, they each get 6 entries in the pool. This makes it equally likely for anyone to win so I sacked the prize pool idea and opt for a different deciding method. 8 is such a perfect number to conduct a Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament!

The placing is based on the order I received the submissions, and the format is based on the standard seeded knockout tournament. I requested a few hands of Rock, Paper, Scissors from each participant and here are the results:

  1. James McGowan
  2. Alan O’Donnell
  3. Nikola Zivanovic
  4. Marko Obradovic
  5. Maja Gribajcevic
  6. Vanda Petanjek
  7. Goran Vodopija
  8. Term Ital

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament

And that wraps up the first Code Road!

Congratulations to Maja Gribajcevic of Bosnia and Herzegovina!

The 2013 Mindbenders Calendar will hopefully make its way before New Year. Big thanks to the remaining seven players who coloured the event and made it livelier. Based on the amount of views on each page, I suspect there are a number of participants that did not submit, despite solving a lot of puzzles. Why not?

Code Road will return next year, but before that, keep your eyes open for other competitions I will be hosting in the meantime. Solutions and reports will follow soon. Thanks for playing everyone!

8 days to go

Hints were “released” every three days since November 4th, by now; all but 3 hints have been given. That was the plan anyway. Today I discovered that the Hints page was, in fact, inaccessible all along.

The reason was that I originally set the blank Hints page to be automatically published on 22nd October, a few days before the beginning of Code Road, and would constantly update it every three days. However, the catch was that the year I keyed in was 2555.

To Thai readers this seems normal, because the Thai Solar Calendar is 543 years greater than the Gregorian calendar the rest of the world is using. 2555 BE is essentially 2012 AD, but WordPress doesn’t know that. So two things: thankfully, I picked up this mistake and the hints page is now reachable so you won’t have to wait for more than half a millennium to see the hints. Secondly, it means that the handful of people who’ve submitted must’ve solved the entire Code Road without any hints. Wow.

The first couple of submissions were received in less than 24 hours since the start of Code Road, so it is definitely not too late to start! You even have hints now!

So 8 days to go, I’ll see you at the finish line!

Hints for Code Road

It’s been a week and a half since Code Road begun and I have a handful of people partly finishing and a few more that already completed. So without the hints, it is doable!

Anyhow starting today, hints will be chronologically released every three days until just one day before the end of Code Road.

I’ve already given out early hints to those who’ve e-mailed me specific questions, so you can feel free to ask anything puzzle-related via roygbivpuzzles (at) gmail (dot) com. As promised, check out the hints page regularly to finish any puzzles you’re stuck on.

Good Luck!