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$ gem install vimgolf
$ vimgolf setup
$ vimgolf put 54df95a4a4b28331e9000003

Space out the alphabet

Put 3 spaces between adjacent letters.

Start file
abcde
fghij
klmno
pqrst
uvwxyz
End file
a   b   c   d   e
f   g   h   i   j
k   l   m   n   o
p   q   r   s   t
u   v   w   x   y   z

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Why 3? Why spaces?

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#270 matthieu le grix / mlegrix - Score: 23 - 04/07/15 @ 21:23
qaa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@al.ZZ

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#271 Michael Cramer / mlcramer - Score: 23 - 04/11/15 @ 12:09
:%s/\w\ze[^$]/&   /g<CR>ZZ

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#272 Chad / __chad__ - Score: 23 - 04/15/15 @ 20:22
qqa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@ql.ZZ

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#273 David Rogers / al_the_x - Score: 23 - 05/28/15 @ 03:31
:%s/./   &/g<CR>:%s/^ *<CR>ZZ

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#274 Joel Gallant / joelg236 - Score: 23 - 06/05/15 @ 00:34
qaa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@al.ZZ

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#275 lumi / lumi_woking - Score: 23 - 06/19/15 @ 21:14
qq<Esc>3a <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@ql.ZZ

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#276 Mikołaj Morzy / MikolajMorzy - Score: 23 - 06/21/15 @ 09:26
:%s/\w\ze[^$]/&   /g<CR>ZZ

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#277 aisapatino / aisapatino - Score: 23 - 08/02/15 @ 03:53
<C-V>GA   <Esc>w.w.w.wG$i   <Esc>ZZ

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#278 Дима Давыдов / xaykot - Score: 23 - 08/14/15 @ 21:44
:%s/\.*/&   /g<CR>h<C-V>ggBdZZ

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#279 Rene Tianco / murlockslol - Score: 23 - 10/29/15 @ 05:07
:%s/\.*/&   /g<CR>h<C-V>ggBdZZ

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#280 Get Sharp / get_Sh4rp - Score: 23 - 11/15/15 @ 06:15
:%s/\.*/&   /g<CR>h<C-V>ggBdZZ

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#281 Roberto Carraretto / robcarraretto - Score: 23 - 01/23/16 @ 00:23
:%s/\.*/&   /g<CR>h<C-V>ggBdZZ

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#282 Etienne Tremel / etiennetremel - Score: 23 - 02/07/16 @ 11:09
qqa   <Esc>w.w.w.j^q4@qw.ZZ

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#283 Dinesh Bhosale / MrDineshBhosale - Score: 23 - 04/01/16 @ 13:27
qqa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@ql.ZZ

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#284 André Peric Tavares / AndrePeric - Score: 23 - 07/24/16 @ 16:03
:%s/./   &/g<CR>:%s/^ *<CR>ZZ

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#285 Dan Prince / danj_prince - Score: 23 - 02/25/17 @ 02:30
:%s/\.*/&   /g<CR>h<C-V>ggBdZZ

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#286 Mitchell / Spitchell - Score: 23 - 03/16/17 @ 00:07
:%s/\a\zs\ze\a/   /g<CR>ZZ

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#287 Felipe Apostol / flipjsio - Score: 23 - 10/08/17 @ 18:55
qqa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@ql.ZZ

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#288 Simon Cheng / bambooraccoon - Score: 23 - 01/26/18 @ 18:41
:%s/\W*/\ \ \ /g<CR>h<C-V>(xZZ

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#289 brobostigon / colonel_korn - Score: 24 - 02/17/15 @ 00:12
lqa<C-V>4j3I <Esc>4lq3@a4j3a <Esc>ZZ

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#290 Michael Gerdes / mgerdes11 - Score: 24 - 03/02/15 @ 20:06
:%s/[^ejotz]/\0   /ge<CR>ZZ

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#291 Daniel Byron / dansolo17 - Score: 24 - 04/17/15 @ 06:44
<C-V>4jA   <Esc>w.w.w.G$i   <Esc>:x<CR>

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#292 m a c s f / macsf - Score: 24 - 05/07/15 @ 14:23
:%s/.\($\)\@!/\0   /g<CR>ZZ

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#293 Jason Schulz / uxcn_ - Score: 24 - 07/27/15 @ 02:21
qqli   <Esc>lqu:%norm 5@q<CR>ZZ

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#294 thlix / thlix - Score: 24 - 01/10/16 @ 22:43
qq<C-V>5jA   <Esc>4lq4@q<C-V>hh3jxZZ

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#295 Janine Cheng / janineist - Score: 24 - 02/12/16 @ 17:30
qqli   <Esc>lqu:%norm 5@q<CR>ZZ

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#296 ค×ɛเ / pwnedary - Score: 24 - 03/02/16 @ 18:14
:%s/./&   /g|%s/ *$//|x<CR>

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#297 Dan Madden / guthran - Score: 24 - 07/20/16 @ 19:14
qql<C-V>5jI   <Esc>wq3@qG$3i <Esc>ZZ

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#298 Thomas Brisbout / le_briz - Score: 25 - 02/17/15 @ 14:28
qqa   <Esc>l.l.l.j0q4@ql.:wq<CR>

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#299 Krzysztof / Krzysztof2K - Score: 25 - 03/24/15 @ 20:32
:%s/./&   /g<CR>:%s/ *$//|x<CR>

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#300 chvzvhn / chvzvhn - Score: 25 - 04/26/15 @ 03:29
:%s/\a/   &/g<CR>gghhh<C-V>GhxZZ

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#301 Rob Wise / RobAWise - Score: 25 - 06/01/15 @ 23:44
<C-V>5jA   <Esc>w.w.w.GG#$i   <Esc>ZZ

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#302 Anshu Avinash / anshu_avinash - Score: 25 - 10/18/15 @ 09:41
:%s/./&   /g<CR>:%s/\s\+$<CR>ZZ

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#303 udreki / udreki - Score: 25 - 02/05/16 @ 20:35
qqa   <Esc>l.l.l.<Esc>j^q4@ql.:x<CR>

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#304 ghajkl vbehj / cpktnwt311 - Score: 25 - 04/29/16 @ 07:58
qqa   <Esc>lquqa04@qjq4@a@qZZ

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#305 some call me mattp / mattpep - Score: 25 - 05/09/16 @ 22:49
qq3a <Esc>l.l.l.wwq4@qi   <Esc>ZZ

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#306 David Gustavsson / mrGustaphe - Score: 25 - 06/16/17 @ 20:36
:%s/\W*/   /g<CR>h<C-V>gg^hhhdZZ

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#307 grigouille / grigouille2 - Score: 25 - 07/08/17 @ 20:04
qql<C-V>5jI   <Esc>wq3@qG$i   <Esc>ZZ

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#308 Guillaume / WeshGuillaume - Score: 25 - 08/23/17 @ 14:25
<Esc><Esc><Esc>:%s:[^ejotz]:&   :g<CR>ZZ

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#309 Veljko Dimic / v2dimic - Score: 25 - 02/07/18 @ 21:11
qq<C-V>4jA   <Esc>wq3@q$G$i   <Esc>ZZ

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#310 ryo_n / ryo_n - Score: 26 - 04/04/15 @ 10:02
:%s/./&   /g<CR>:%s/ *$//g<CR>ZZ

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#311 Agostino Hernandez / vimagostino - Score: 26 - 07/08/15 @ 17:21
lqq<C-V>4jI   <Esc>wlq3@q4ja   <Esc>ZZ

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#312 Durga Swaroop Perla / durgaswaroop - Score: 26 - 02/04/16 @ 08:32
qql3i <Esc>ll.ll.ll.+q4@qll.ZZ

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#313 wall2flower / wall2flower - Score: 26 - 06/06/16 @ 06:06
qwa   <Esc>w.w.w.wwq4@wi   <Esc>ZZ

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#314 Paul Inc / hiniol1982 - Score: 26 - 09/17/17 @ 17:00
:%s/[a-z]/   \0/g<CR>h<C-V>gg0dZZ

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#315 Florian Kluck / KluckF - Score: 26 - 12/02/17 @ 10:33
qq3a <Esc>lq3@qqwj04@qq3@w@qZZ

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#316 d1uckym d1uckym / d1uckym - Score: 27 - 02/14/15 @ 21:35
:%s/./&   /g<CR>:%s/   $//g<CR>ZZ

zulolosi: Lookahead, 24 keystrokes, only one s -> :%s/.\(\n\)\@!/& /g<CR>ZZ

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#317 David Orr / dorr91 - Score: 27 - 03/23/15 @ 18:25
l<C-V>GlI   <Esc>wl.wl.wl.G$i   <Esc>ZZ

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#318 Adrien Fabre / statox42 - Score: 27 - 05/06/15 @ 20:50
:%s;.;&   ;g<CR>$xxxk<C-V>hhkkkdZZ

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#319 Andrew Michaud / andrewjmichaud - Score: 27 - 09/04/15 @ 01:02
qaa   <Esc>l.l.l.j^q4@ala   <Esc>ZZ

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#320 John Clara / johnanthclara - Score: 27 - 08/08/16 @ 20:17
qqa   <Esc>lq3@Qqwj04@Qq3@W@QZZ

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#321 Arturo Volpe / CochoVolpe - Score: 28 - 02/23/15 @ 22:36
:%s/./\0   /g<CR>:%norm $xxx<CR>ZZ

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#322 louis sherren / louis_sherren - Score: 28 - 02/27/15 @ 08:53
:%s/./\0   /g<CR>:%s/   $//g<CR>ZZ

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#323 ಸುಬ್ರಹ್ಮಣ್ಯ ಜೋಶಿ / subbucoding - Score: 28 - 03/28/15 @ 12:54
:%s:\([^afkpu]\):   \1:g<CR>:x<CR>

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#324 dest royer / ddddestroyerrrr - Score: 28 - 05/04/15 @ 02:26
:%s/\S/\0   /g<CR>:%s/   $//<CR>ZZ

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#325 ORchard test / BilboBrovall - Score: 28 - 09/22/15 @ 18:00
qq3a <Esc>w@qq@qggqw$xxxj@wq@wZZ

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#326 Pratik Prasad / pratik - Score: 28 - 05/23/17 @ 13:54
:%s/./&   /g<CR>A<BS><BS><BS><Esc>k.k.k.k.ZZ

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#327 Ilker Mutlu / ilkermutlu - Score: 29 - 04/01/15 @ 14:43
<C-V>GA   <Esc><Esc>fb.fc.fd.:5<CR>fya   <Esc>ZZ

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#328 steron / steron23 - Score: 29 - 04/01/15 @ 19:02
qqa   <Esc>wq3@qqwj04@qq@w@w@w.ZZ

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#329 F-R Vuillemin / frvuillemin - Score: 29 - 09/28/17 @ 15:37
qqa   <Esc>lq3uhqa4@q<CR>q4@aa   <Esc>ZZ

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#330 Gowtham Madhava / gowthamgowtham - Score: 30 - 03/03/15 @ 17:25
:%s/\v(\w)(\w)/\1   \2/g<CR>:<Up><CR>ZZ

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#331 William Ott / oddalot - Score: 32 - 04/07/15 @ 18:15
:%s/\(.\)/\1   /g<CR>:%s/\s\+$//<CR>ZZ

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#332 Zack Rosen / ZJRosen - Score: 34 - 06/04/15 @ 05:31
qqa   <Esc>lq3@qj04@qj04@qj04@qj05@qZZ

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#333 Samir Sadek / netsamir - Score: 35 - 07/20/15 @ 14:44
:%S<BS>s/[a-df-j<BS>ik-np-su-y]/&   /g<CR>ZZ

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#334 Andrew Larson / applarson - Score: 45 - 04/15/15 @ 00:50
:%S<BS>s/./\0   /cg<CR>yyyynyyyynyyyynyyyynyyyyynZZ

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#335 Niru Maheswaranathan / niru_m - Score: 49 - 04/13/16 @ 05:36
qqa   <Esc>wq25@qdFbdblhlrzkdBkjrtk$bldwkldwkldw;:wq<CR>

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#336 Jack Mooney / jmooney7 - Score: 49 - 02/26/18 @ 05:57
a   <Esc>ww.ww.ww.ww.fzh.bbl<C-V>llkkkkylllplllplllp<Esc>:wq<CR>

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#337 Jonathan Skeate / jskeate - Score: 51 - 09/15/15 @ 16:53
a   <Esc>w.w.w.ww.w.w.w.ww.w.w.w.ww.w.w.w.ww.w.w.w.w.ZZ

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