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How to approach Cook off??

I just saw that Cook off has only 2.5hrs duration, in contrast to the 10 days time for the Long challenge, how should one approach the Cook off questions and how many questions come for the same. Suggestions are welcomed. :)

asked 20 Aug '17, 15:19

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edited 20 Aug '17, 15:52

I always prefer going for the easiest one. But, how do you know which is the easiest? The simplest way is to wait for 1-2 minutes and see which problem has been solved. That's the easiest one. You may read any problem in that time but waiting not more than 2 minutes is still far far better than concentrating on a problem which maybe is tougher than most of the problems and waste a lot of time in that problem.

So now, what if one doesn't want to waste those 1-2 minutes, because every second is crucial in a short contest. I can tell what I do in that time. I look at the input, output and constraints of each problem. Usually, simple adhoc problems have simple input, output and also the constraints will be reasonable. I try to look at these to find easier problems and usually it works(not always).

Hope it helps!


answered 20 Aug '17, 15:24

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yeah, it's a good approach thanks! xD

(20 Aug '17, 15:44) shubham08121★
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answered 20 Aug '17, 15:27

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yeah, thanks looking forward to it!

(20 Aug '17, 15:46) shubham08121★
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