I really hate these delays. It is also seeming very dangerous for my well-being now that there are 4 SRMs a month. I just finished SRM 601, and ... SRM 602 is starting in less than 2 hours. So I am basically going to have to keep working...
What's most disappointing is that the problem that caused this delay, was a beautiful one that was not really difficult. Yet I still had a whole damn 46 hours delay on it! What is going on???
You know what? I blame Christmas.
Yes, Christmas. My original plan was to release the first 5 problems ASAP, but could only finish by Noon of the 24-th. Then of course the 24-th and 25-th were going to be a waste of time. My last hope was the 25-th night and the morning of the 26-th. But I underestimated how much stressful and energy draining Christmas is! When I stumbled upon the original explanation and the further explanation from the admins for this problem, I couldn't process it until last night.
It is a very cool problem, which is also impossible to explain and understand. Sorry for the bad, late editorial.http://apps.topcoder.com/wiki/display/tc/SRM+601#WinterAndShopping
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