Tuesday, March 1, 2005

treasure hunt..over

Well! I will say that they did a good job. But they 'should' have done better than that. I know that getting lots of 'good' quality questions is pretty tough and to make them 'un-googlable' is tougher but the way these people found for making the questions 'un-googlable' was stupid or more so absurd .

Some questions were so awfully difficult or I will blatantly say that they were IMPOSSIBLE to solve the way they had framed them. Well! no organizer will like people solving questions at 1/minute and finshing off the whole treasure-hunt in an hour , but doing what they did was not a good way.

Questions at later levels were so twisted that __nobody__ could solve them. I will write one question here which I remember

After passing through the doors somehow , Alice fell into a deep well. While falling she saw some more things falling with her. Few perfectly spherical, rich Velvet color balls with a key on each. Alice took down all the keys and when she reached the bottom of the well she started analayzing the data. She found that a network has been laid at the end of the well. The numbers represented the ids of the routers. She found that some numbers were missing, so she tried to find the correlation between the numbers. Yahoooooooooo!!! she found the missing numbers. Can you??
3, 5, 3, 3, _ , _ , 4, 3, 2 , 2 , 1, _

well! we thought of everything from the ip address of yahoo's server to the routing tables,RFCs,etc...well we ate the helpline's head to get a hint...and they gave a hint telling some 'desert' or something...

after racking our brains for sometime we asked again and got this...

minimum ever total
maximum ever margin
think with bent elbox

Wow!! to decode the hint itself we would have required a hint...once again we tried, and tried and tried...and asked for another hint...and we were told that its related to 'cricket'...

Only last 5 minutes were left and we were still thinking...when we got something (which was still wrong) , the time got over...

When we asked that guy what the answer was..he told..it was the 'runs' made by the indian team when they scored the least...

I agree that my knowledge related to sports is not at all good...but still I can bet that many people who have that knowledge would have had a hard time solving it...

May be the people in IISC are awfully good that they can decode such terribly encrypted and twisted information...but I dont think rest of the world is gifted with such skills...

Nearly 10 hours of waste of time...and all we (4 of us,amal,nitin,manjeet and me) get is a lousy T-shirt as consollation prize...

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