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Optimal Alphabet Stepping

Given an input string consisting of only letters, return the step-size that results in the minimum amount of steps that are needed to visit all the letters in order over a wrapping alphabet, starting ...
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4answers
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Code Golf: Letter-Ception

The Challenge: For an input of one letter X (upper or lower case from A to Z) and one digit N (0-9) print the corresponding letter X made of N * X. The letter has to be from this list: ...
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6answers
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Fill the Bucket

Your task is to fill the bucket with numbers upto a given input. Rules Numbers occupy the leftmost position then rightmost, then leftmost and so on. After overflow, the numbers start to gather ...
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1answer
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Regex only base64 decoder [closed]

Write a regular expression substitution string which can base64 decode a string using only a regular expression engine built into the language. Eg: ...
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13answers
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Trifid Cipher (without keyword)

Introduction: I have loads of different ciphers stored in a document I once compiled as a kid, I picked a few of the ones I thought were best suitable for challenges (not too trivial, and not too ...
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2answers
315 views

Golf Paterson's Worms

Paterson's worms are a kind of cellular automaton that exist on an infinite triangular grid and, every step, they turn in some direction and move one unit. Their defining properties are that they can ...
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31answers
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Find the number of leading zeroes in a 64-bit integer

Problem: Find the number of leading zeroes in a 64-bit signed integer Rules: The input cannot be treated as string; it can be anything where math and bitwise operations drive the algorithm The ...
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45answers
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String rotation - output string repeatedly moving first character to the end

The challenge here is to take a string and output all its rotations, by repeatedly moving the first character to the end, once per character in the string, ending with the original string: ...
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8answers
544 views

Doubled-letter steganography

Steganography hides a given message inside a given carrier, producing a package that does not look suspicious. For this challenge, you will write a program that takes an ASCII message and an ASCII ...
16
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7answers
571 views

Satisfying Rounding

Satisfying Rounding You know when you're in science class, and asked to round to 2 sig figs, but your answer is 5.2501...? You should round to ...
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0answers
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Bracket checking [duplicate]

Consider a string like: a.push(c.push("a",["ad","bd",2,{"ard",duo}]).pop().replace(2,"tg").enc([3,{2,adf},"atr"],5) Write a program that will verify whether a ...
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64answers
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P Pr Pre Pref Prefi Prefix Prefixe Prefixes

Given some finite list, return a list of all its prefixes, including an empty list, in ascending order of their length. (Basically implementing the Haskell function ...
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25answers
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Number that can eat itself

Given a positive integer, output a truthy/falsy value as to whether the number can eat itself. Rules Leftmost is the head, rightmost is the tail If the head is greater than or equal to the tail, ...
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11answers
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Map the cheaters!

After all assignments are submitted, a dictionary is created that maps student number to the hash of their file. This dictionary, or hashmap, or mapping (whatever your language calls it) will look as ...
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6answers
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Walk Across a Keyboard

Given a word (or any sequence of letters) as input, you must interpolate between each letter such that each adjacent pair of letters in the result is also adjacent on a QWERTY keyboard, as if you ...
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6answers
143 views

Measuring Mountains [duplicate]

Sum-It is a language I created (quite late) for the Language Design Contest in TNB, for which the theme was "Range". Naturally I interpreted this as "Mountain Range" and created a language about ...
3
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2answers
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Algorithm to print the Minimum number of adjacent character swaps necessary to remove all instances of “VK” in a given string?

For example, how many adjacent swaps are at least needed to convert some string such as BVVKCV to one without any instances of VK...
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0answers
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Find what a phrase with removed letters originally said in fewest characters [closed]

Write a program that, given a string of capital letters, output all possible phrases that could have been written originally, using any variant of the Oxford English Dictionary. Input There are two ...
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20answers
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“As we travel the universe…”

You'll be given the name of one of the 20 biggest objects in the Solar System. Your task is to return an approximation of its radius, expressed in kilometers. This is a code-challenge where your ...
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11answers
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Color of a Pixel

Write a program that prints the RGB color of a given pixel on the screen. The program should read a line from stdin in the format x,y, where x and y are unsigned ...
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1answer
708 views

Golf a number bigger than Loader's number

As a follow up to Shortest terminating program whose output size exceeds Graham's number and Golf a number bigger than TREE(3), I present a new challenge. Loader's number is a very large number, ...
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26answers
2k views

Digital Sumorial

Given an input n, write a program or function that outputs/returns the sum of the digital sums of n for all the bases 1 to ...
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13answers
2k views

Computer Cipher

Introduction: I have loads of different ciphers stored in a document I once compiled as a kid, I picked a few of the ones I thought were best suitable for challenges (not too trivial, and not too ...
8
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1answer
332 views

Fully Modular C: Grading

You are a Computer Science professor teaching the C programming language. One principle you seek to impart to the students is modularity. Unfortunately, past classes have tended not to get the message,...
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28answers
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Make a simple word wrapper

(Note: This is my first ever code golf question, but as far as I can tell, nobody else has done exactly this, so I should be good.) Your task is to make a program or function that takes in a string <...
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5answers
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Conjugation in Real Life

In @Adám's Dyalog APL Extended, the (under) operator means conjugation: apply one function, then a second function, then the inverse of the first. It's fun to ...
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6answers
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Prime containment numbers (speed edition)

This is sequence A054261 The \$n\$th prime containment number is the lowest number which contains the first \$n\$ prime numbers as substrings. For example, the number \$235\$ is the lowest number ...
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14answers
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Prime containment numbers (golf edition)

This is sequence A054261. The \$n\$th prime containment number is the lowest number which contains the first \$n\$ prime numbers as substrings. For example, the number \$235\$ is the lowest number ...
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22answers
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Print a square!

Print this text: _________ | | | | | | |_________| Shortest code wins. Notice the space at the start of the first line.
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17answers
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Split Mark's marks

Challenge Mark is a student who receives his N marks in a concatenated way in a one single line. The challenge is to separate his marks, knowing that each mark ...
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26answers
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Self-contained powers

Given integer n, output the smallest exponent e greater than 1 such that n^e contains ...
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20answers
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Number in Number-squared

Consider a sequence of natural numbers for which N appears as a substring in N^2. A018834 Output the nth element of this sequence. Rules Program takes only ...
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38answers
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Given an input, print all exponents where the base and power sum to the input

So this is my first challenge on this site. The challenge is to take in an input integer \$n\$, which will be positive, and print, in ascending order (\$1\$ to \$n\$, including n), the output of \$i^{...
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10answers
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Convert an Excel date code to a “date”

Given a non-negative integer Excel-style date code, return the corresponding "date" in any reasonable form that clearly shows year, month, and "day". Trivial, you may think. Did you notice the "scare ...
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9answers
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Partitioning the grid into triangles

Goal The goal of this challenge is to produce a function of n which computes the number of ways to partition the n X 1 grid ...
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7answers
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Lazy word problems

Summary A teacher was told to prepare word problems for the students. She is given a list of equations and told to write them as the corresponding word problem. However, she is very lazy, so she ...
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0answers
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Count the score of a Code Golf code [duplicate]

My challenge is to make a Java method(s) that is given a String (another code in Java), removes any unnecessary characters, counts and returns the score, and displays the cleaned-up code in a way that ...
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5answers
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How many moves?

Given two different positions on a chess board and the type of piece, output the minimum number of moves it will take for that piece to go from one position to another. Rules The given piece can be ...
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15answers
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Weight of the Least Weighted RoD Path

Let A be an m by n rectangular matrix of positive integers, where ...
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2answers
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Densely packed decimal (DPD) to decimal, with logic gates

Inspired by recent popularity of nandgame on TNB, and my own previous challenge. Background Densely packed decimal (DPD) is a way to efficiently store decimal digits in binary. It stores three ...
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5answers
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Fibonacci with n numbers instead of 2 [duplicate]

How to Given an integer n start with n ones (i.e. 4 -> 1 1 1 1). Then sum up the last ...
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4answers
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ASCII art H trees

An H tree is a fractal tree structure that starts with a line. In each iteration, T branches are added to all endpoints. In this challenge, you have to create an ASCII representation of every second H ...
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2answers
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Special quines and code golf, hooray!

Make a quine. Simple enough, except it has to be a palindrome and accept input. Now, any side of a palindromic quine is one half of it. For example, one side of the hypothetical quine AAAA is AA. One ...
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14answers
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How frustrating is my movie?

My parents have an home theater device. The remote is broken making it incredibly difficult to navigate rightwards in a menu. Most the time it doesn't work but when it does it moves rightwards ...
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2answers
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Let's play Peg Solitaire

Peg solitaire is a popular game usually played alone. The game consists of some number of pegs and a board which is divided into a grid - usually the board is not rectangular but for this challenge we ...
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13answers
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Create a kind of quine, such that the program prints one character of itself, then two, then three and so on

Create quine variant such that the program prints its first character, then the first two, then three and so on until the whole program is printed. Example Suppose your code is ...
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29answers
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Nth subset of a set

The task Given the set $$S = \left[{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8}\right]$$ and an integer $$0 \leq N < 2^{|S|}$$ find the Nth subset. Input/Output N is given as an unsigned integer on stdin. You must ...
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4answers
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Sort a list, poorly

Don't you hate it when you're trying to roughly sort a list based on user data, but you have to poll the user for thousands of comparisons? Hate no more, because the answers to this challenge are (...
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2answers
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Most Populated WordSearch

Write a program to generate a rectangular word-search of size 8x12. Words may go downwards, rightwards and diagonally (downwards and to the right), they may also overlap on the board. The challenge ...
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11answers
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Densely packed decimal (DPD) to decimal

For nandgame fans: Please try out DPD to decimal in logic gates too! Background Densely packed decimal (DPD) is a way to efficiently store decimal digits in binary. It stores three decimal digits (...

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