### flamestorm's blog

By flamestorm, 6 weeks ago,

### Hello, Codeforces!

I would like to invite you all to my first contest, EZ Programming Contest #1. It will be held on Jun/23/2021 18:35 (Moscow time). The round is not rated for anybody, since it is an unofficial contest.

The contest has $n$ problems, where $n$ is an integer satisfying $7 \leq n \leq 11$. You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to solve the problems. The problems are meant to be about Div. 2 A, B, and C level, and they will not be sorted in order of difficulty. So, you can think of the problemset like if ICPC only went up to Div. 2 C.

A huge thanks to my testers wabadabakalakaboo, manish.17, and fishy15!

I know you all are filled with questions, so I'll try to answer them all now.

• Q: Is it rated?
• A: No.
• Q: Why did you write this contest?
• A: I have a lot of ideas for easy Div. 2 A, B, and C level problems, not all of which can get into a contest. I thought it would be fun to compile them all into one contest anyways, and hey, it might actually be good practice for beginners or just anyone who wants to practice solving these types of problems quickly!
• Q: Why didn't you propose the problems to other platforms?
• A: uuuuuuhhhhhh idk. I just thought it would be fun to give these problems to Codeforces, since that's where I do most of my competitive programming :P.
• Q: Do you think this will be good practice for beginners?
• A: Yeah! It's a long-form contest (2.5 hours), but I think all the problems are approachable by beginners.
• Q: Is there anything unusual about the format of the contest?
• A: The round is ICPC-style. I wanted to make it like ICPC but for early Div. 2 problems. This means that the problems won't be sorted in order of difficulty. So, I encourage you to read all the problems ;).
• Q: Is it rated?
• A: No.

Thank you all for reading this far. Good luck, have fun, and I hope to see you on the scoreboard!

UPD1: The editorial is out!

UPD2: Also, like most contests, I want to congratulate the winners, so here they are:

Overall winners (individual):

Div. 2 winners (individual):

Team winners:

1. Absalom: paramk, klexis, _webhub_

2. Sh00nya bata Sh00nya: dadboss, mexomerf, Athem

3. LeanMeanFightingMachines: Kabir, VAICR7BHAV, ProfessorChaos

4. Time Limit Defeated: Blitztage, a_manglani, suneet27

5. Bugged House: MvKaio, naniim

Thank you all so much for participating, and I hope to see you again soon!

Announcement of EZ Programming Contest #1

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 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +38 The problems are nice and there is a good range of difficulties, so I suggest that everyone give the contest a try.
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +11 Glad you ended the sentence as "a try".
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +29 Since you have given a serial number to the contest, are you planning to conduct these contests frequently?
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +29 I'm not entirely sure yet. These contests do take some time to prepare, so I don't know how often they might occur.However, in the case that I do end up hosting another round, I thought would be weird to have one round without a number and one round with one. So I decided to add the "#1" to the end of the contest :P.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +14 Great work buddy .. respect ++ :)
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +13 I think it will be your first step towards writing a div-2 official round in future if in the past you are not done. By the way thanks a lot for this round.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +13 Thanks for helping newbies flamestorm orz.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +38 I'm looking forward to the contest!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +22 Your contest graph is so encouraging man!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +25 Your contest graph is so encouraging man!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +33 Your contest graph is so encouraging man!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +13 Your contest graph is so encouraging man!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +14 Your contest graph is so encouraging man!
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +12 what about team participation (as it is ICPC style). Just asking it will be fun participating solo too.
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +15 Sure, I don't see any problem with that. I enabled participating with teams in the contest.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +8 Where to register for this contest? I guess, the link is not working.
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   0 Registration is not open yet, it will open about six hours before the contest.(I would’ve made the registration earlier, but unfortunately I don’t think I can change that in public gym contests.)EDIT: Oops, it looks like registration opens 6 hours before the contest, not one day. My bad.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +11 Will be very much pleased if you please give a reminder post or comment something in this post before that day so that the blog appear in RECENT ACTION so that by any chance if anyone forget about this contest, they can participate too :) thank you... And eagerly waiting for the round....
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   0 Will there be a editorial? (Just asking, although we can always discuss the problems here)
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   0 Most likely, yes. I will try my best to put an editorial out :).
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   0 pseudo_nymous Darkened_Sky see this
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   0 REMINDER: The contest is in 1.5 days. You can register at this link 6 hours before the contest starts.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +5 interesting way to explain the number of topics :)
 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +14 REMINDER: The contest starts soon! The registration starts in about 6 hours, and the actual contest starts in about 12 hours. See you then!Also, please note the unusual time: the contest starts 1 hour later than usual.
 » 6 weeks ago, # | ← Rev. 2 →   +8 A reminder that this contest starts in just under 3 hours, and that registration is now open here!!
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +6 REMINDER: The contest starts in 30 minutes.Thank you all for the overwhelming support! Good luck to you all, and have fun!
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ | ← Rev. 2 →   +1 Will you published editorial or not ? UPD:Thanks for the fast editorial.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +1 Very Good Contest. The problem were really interesting.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   0 How to solve problem F?
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +1 Just keep on repeating the same character as long as you can. My Submission
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   0 Could you please provide the testcase 6 for problem F ?
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +36 I hope you become one of the regular Div.3 problem setters.
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +15 Lovely Problemset! Looking forward to a rated div-3/2 from you. Is there a neat way to implement problem G? My solution is very case-worky.
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   +8 My solution to G probably isn't neat but it doesn't involve much case-work, I used dp[lft][st] meaning the maximum number of digits with lft sticks left,and st is just an indicator for leading zeros https://codeforces.com/gym/103150/submission/120388851
•  » » 6 weeks ago, # ^ |   0 With a bit of precomputation, it's possible to implement both minimum and maximum fairly neatly: my submission
 » 6 weeks ago, # |   +13 Really Enjoyed the problems. Thanks for the contest!You should consider conducting more such contests in the future