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Played Challenges

html paragraph to table - 420 entries

reformat html paragraph to table

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 58
  • Number of attempts: 7
Letterbox - 71 entries

Make a box!

  • Best score: 35
  • Best player score: 51
  • Number of attempts: 4
Resort and deup a CSV list - 119 entries

I'm always adding items to a sorted list. There has to be a better way dedup and resort the lists. There are multiple lists with varying lengths to discourage manual sorting. Also Australia's animals are weird.

  • Best score: 44
  • Best player score: 48
  • Number of attempts: 5
Song Transcription Oops - 122 entries

When transcribing vocal music to Canjo Tab you can start by finding the lowest note and assigning that to zero and working your way up from there. However, without fail, I tend to miscount the notes and when I am near done I find a lower note. I mark this with a "z". This means I have to increase all the previous ones by 1. just a sting of numbers :)

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 36
  • Number of attempts: 1
Kolakoski sequence -- level 1 - 51 entries

Generate the Kolakoski sequence as described by its first 75 terms.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 35
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values - 3626 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 13
  • Number of attempts: 2
Hash staircase - 34 entries

Can you use a strategy to come up with this pattern?

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 1
Unsemantic linewrapping - 319 entries

[Inspired by a blog post I read: https://scott.mn/2014/02/21/semantic_linewrapping/. Text adapted.] Sometimes when editing a Markdown file, I wrap the lines semantically. Instead of inserting a newline at 70 columns (or whatever), or making paragraphs one long line, I put in newlines at a point that seems logical to me. This may seem silly, but it produces better diffs. Semantic linewrapping also makes editing snappier. I can delete, edit or insert sentences easily using linewise operations. Code-oriented text editors like Vim and [REDACTED] are really good at this kind of manipulation. Editing text that hasn't been wrapped semantically is a pain, though:

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 1
Applying same text modification in several lines - 1792 entries

Remove identical text at the beginning of several lines and the closing parenthesis.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 4
Add semicolons - 2812 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 10540 entries

Make the pairs of lines match up by making each second line same as first

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 2
Com(m)a Trouble - 1849 entries

Someone was real stupid when placing his commas. Can you fix it?

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Number of attempts: 2
Bad Copy Syntax - 656 entries

Copy should be from right to left, but sometimes you type it wrong.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Number of attempts: 1
The D a n k Side of the Moon - 28 entries

You're making a vaporwave cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. So for the tracklisting, you want to: 1. Change the track names to v a p o r c a s e 2. Double the track lengths (since you're slowing them down). Well... let's just double the minutes.

  • Best score: 40
  • Best player score: 41
  • Number of attempts: 4
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 1879 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 3
Flip the bit - 78 entries

Change the specific 0 to a 1.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 10
  • Number of attempts: 2
One to Ten - 1099 entries

Generate the sequence of numbers from 1 to 10, one number per line. Inspired by this Reddit thread: https://redd.it/ak4it2

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 1
Just the middle - 9426 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Number of attempts: 1
Words in parens - 11173 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 17
  • Number of attempts: 2
ninja substitution - 661 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 18
  • Number of attempts: 1
change parenthesis - 153 entries

change the pair of braces into a pair of parentheses

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap values inside brackets - 1629 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Number of attempts: 3
One number per line - 13415 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 20
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple, Practical, and Common - 25725 entries

Simple things we do all the time should be able to be done with very few keystrokes, but sometimes I find something I need to do makes me go, "There MUST be a better way." This challenge is just a simple movement and entering text at a certain place.

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 4
Learn some german verbs - 393 entries

The list needs to be structured so we can print in verbatim and feel ok about how it looks.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 22
  • Number of attempts: 3
move titles next to url, in quotes - 314 entries

had trouble with something similar

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 26
  • Number of attempts: 2
Build a six - 222 entries

Just enjoy building "a" floors...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4
Box it - 3565 entries

Create a box around a line.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 23
  • Number of attempts: 4

Contributed Challenges

The D a n k Side of the Moon - 28 entries

You're making a vaporwave cover of The Dark Side of the Moon. So for the tracklisting, you want to: 1. Change the track names to v a p o r c a s e 2. Double the track lengths (since you're slowing them down). Well... let's just double the minutes.

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