Hi guys . Today ,**The May Lunchtime** Contest took place which yet again had questions from topics which are **out of the IOI Syllabus** .

What struck me again was how it had a **Pure Combinatorics** problem with constraints given in such a way that **deriving the formula** was **mandatory** to get a 100.

Lunchtimes are supposed to be a 3 hour **' IOI’ Style Contest ,** and it loses its purpose once questions start going beyond the scope of the syllabus.

This has been a constant issue with

**Lunchtimes**. We have had Problems based on

**FFT**and

**Euler Totient Function**earlier and today we had a problem based on

**Hockey Stick Identity**. Many of us have already complained regarding the questions that appear in Lunchtimes but no improvement is to be seen . What is the point of giving us questions from topics which are

**explicitly excluded from the IOI Syllabus**?

There has been a post regarding this earlier but it appears as if it has been of no use.