How do you describe competitive programming?

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When someone who has never written a computer program asks you "what is competitive programming?" how do you respond?

I usually find myself saying some variation of: "You're solving a puzzle by giving instructions to a computer."

I feel my response is inadequate and doesn't provide a very good description of what competitive programming actually is.

I'm curious what you guys say when asked this question.


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