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Played Challenges

HS exam question - 1504 entries

Convert the data to a python dictionary

  • Best score: 47
  • Best player score: 92
  • Position: #298 / 395
  • Number of attempts: 7
delete swap - 1522 entries

delete all swap

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #163 / 476
  • Number of attempts: 4
Fix the shell script! - 2339 entries

Fix the shell script with the fewest keystrokes!

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #223 / 541
  • Number of attempts: 7
hello-world-vimgolf - 2353 entries

Simple number generation

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #384 / 665
  • Number of attempts: 7
Inverting Lines - 1832 entries

A simple challenge to invert all lines, except the first.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #273 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 2
Python dataclasses - 1104 entries

Simple challenge to extract fields from a Python class

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #98 / 277
  • Number of attempts: 6
RUST Cargo.toml version to last - 320 entries

RUST Cargo.toml version to last. rusty practice on vimgolf

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #36 / 95
  • Number of attempts: 5
swap number pairs - 2011 entries

Swap the numbers in a bunch of 2-element arrays.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #195 / 370
  • Number of attempts: 10
HS Final exam vimgolf - 864 entries

Change the initial file to a single line containing all names comma-separated with numbers inside parentheses.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 30
  • Position: #139 / 227
  • Number of attempts: 1
Turn the x - 297 entries

Turn the x to a +

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #77 / 77
  • Number of attempts: 1
Rural Post - 4362 entries

Simple challenge to remove all but the post code on each line

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #245 / 1071
  • Number of attempts: 5
Satisfy the go linter - 2329 entries

You just came up with this briliant go vars package. But dang, you forgot to add comments to the exported variables. Can you add a comment over each variable with a TODO-placeholder?

  • Best score: 20
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #301 / 457
  • Number of attempts: 2
Multiline to Single Line - 668 entries

Convert a multiline, indented file to a single line with no whitespace

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #69 / 292
  • Number of attempts: 4
Yo To Hello - 1114 entries

Simply Turn Yo To Hello

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #189 / 517
  • Number of attempts: 4
Replace pattern with 1, 2, 3, ... on each line - 1098 entries

For each line replace a search pattern (in this case $) with numbers starting at 1 and then increasing by 1 for each replaced match. a$b$c$ -> a0b1c2

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #125 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 5
Simple, Practical, and Common - 33385 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: 23
  • Position: #2761 / 7364
  • Number of attempts: 3
Swap values - 4543 entries

Well, swap the values...

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #328 / 1257
  • Number of attempts: 7
prepend * to every non-blank line - 6208 entries

Prepend an asterisk to every non-blank line in the input file.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #252 / 1517
  • Number of attempts: 8
One number per line - 18616 entries

Just give me the numbers.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #3089 / 3842
  • Number of attempts: 3
Quote modules - 1053 entries

Complete golang import statement.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 43
  • Position: #258 / 273
  • Number of attempts: 2
Swap values inside brackets - 2464 entries

Easy challenge.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #203 / 569
  • Number of attempts: 15
Add string initializers to an enum - 862 entries

Change Typescript enum so that it has string initializers.

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #170 / 254
  • Number of attempts: 2
Add semicolons - 10792 entries

Simply add a semicolon at the end of each line

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #599 / 3044
  • Number of attempts: 5
Bad Copy Syntax - 2001 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 25
  • Position: #373 / 516
  • Number of attempts: 5
remove lines containing the word "reader" - 3537 entries

easy stuff

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #428 / 1144
  • Number of attempts: 7
Com(m)a Trouble - 3675 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 13
  • Position: #309 / 827
  • Number of attempts: 4
Cool or not? - 793 entries

abc trying to be cool or not...

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #117 / 226
  • Number of attempts: 11
Every other line - 2886 entries

AaAaAaA

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #617 / 700
  • Number of attempts: 2
Copy three lines - 2840 entries

If the site is up (by some miracle), make the text under every header identical.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #271 / 635
  • Number of attempts: 12
Search and Replace 0 - 4790 entries

Replace every instance of 'aaa' with 'xaaax'.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #654 / 1585
  • Number of attempts: 3
Just the middle - 11360 entries

Delete the instructions at the top and bottom.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 8
  • Position: #3089 / 4164
  • Number of attempts: 3
Team names - 1805 entries

The team names are misspelled.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #461 / 581
  • Number of attempts: 1
Todo list specification - 385 entries

The every item on the todo list must be done today. Modify the list to reflect that.

  • Best score: 37
  • Best player score: 37
  • Position: #79 / 176
  • Number of attempts: 5
Basic renumbering - 5587 entries

Renumbering Basic.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #229 / 1258
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple addition - 310 entries

The right side of the equation is already there. We just need the left one now.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #48 / 117
  • Number of attempts: 12
Hidden Message - 77 entries

Find the hidden message and replace all other characters with spaces.

  • Best score: 33
  • Best player score: 51
  • Position: #25 / 29
  • Number of attempts: 3
ninja substitution - 1372 entries

How can you reuse a previous substitution ?

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #67 / 261
  • Number of attempts: 14
Vice versa - 7803 entries

Little role switching.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 23
  • Position: #1941 / 2100
  • Number of attempts: 1
Pretty multi-line bash - 218 entries

Bash line continuations are much prettier when they're column aligned.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #53 / 75
  • Number of attempts: 11
Scrambled numbers - 779 entries

Four is NOT 1. One is 1.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 32
  • Position: #153 / 182
  • Number of attempts: 5
One to Ten - 2165 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: 12
  • Position: #293 / 662
  • Number of attempts: 8
Change part of a function name in multiple occurrences - 639 entries

Change the middle part of the function name in multiple places, preferably using the next and dot commands.

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #58 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 4
Increment each number - 977 entries

Increment each number individually by one

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #211 / 242
  • Number of attempts: 17
Array transposition - 2378 entries

Transpose two arrays into one.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #344 / 443
  • Number of attempts: 4
Assign numbers to fields - 105 entries

You are given a list of space-separated strings. Add an increasing numeric prefix to each one.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 19
  • Position: #23 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 4
Swap assigned value - 624 entries

Simple problem but looking for interesting solutions.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 10
  • Position: #97 / 249
  • Number of attempts: 7
Collect List - 4264 entries

Convert to comma separated list.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #492 / 1186
  • Number of attempts: 13
VimGolfNight - 536 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #273 / 343
  • Number of attempts: 3
Square numbers - 99 entries

Boring math puzzle.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #36 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 4
I forgot quotes - 15931 entries

Oops.

  • Best score: 10
  • Best player score: 18
  • Position: #3362 / 4161
  • Number of attempts: 5
learn vim in short time - 232 entries

so happy to learn vim.because vim is awesome

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #146 / 158
  • Number of attempts: 4
Subtraction - 178 entries

Solve the equations.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 50
  • Position: #59 / 61
  • Number of attempts: 2
-a-b-c- - 3176 entries

Put hyphens everywhere.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #409 / 1129
  • Number of attempts: 7
Count both ways - 1001 entries

Right AND down.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #128 / 351
  • Number of attempts: 10
Don't know what this is - 1978 entries

Replace contents of brackets with matching number of spaces. Don't ask what the format's supposed to be.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #124 / 578
  • Number of attempts: 7
quotes inside quotes - 3125 entries

taken from tip 85 of the very good book 'Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought' ! I'd be interested what people use :)

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #504 / 1072
  • Number of attempts: 7
Words in parens - 12858 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 17
  • Position: #2731 / 3946
  • Number of attempts: 4
Draw the Go board - 140 entries

which is a 19×19 lines board. Here we use ascii characters only for simplicity. See diff file to get a sense. (See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game))

  • Best score: 50
  • Best player score: 93
  • Position: #45 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 2
Delete unwanted lines - 396 entries

Delete all lines which does not end in "o.."

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #180 / 225
  • Number of attempts: 2
Minimalist Limerick - 516 entries

Reproduce this lovely poem.

  • Best score: 31
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #82 / 171
  • Number of attempts: 6
Checkerboard case pattern - 148 entries

All the squares are white. Make some of them black. But only the right ones.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 24
  • Position: #46 / 58
  • Number of attempts: 20
NATO phonetic alphabet - 501 entries

Transform the series of words into a list.

  • Best score: 19
  • Best player score: 22
  • Position: #118 / 191
  • Number of attempts: 4
Simple Maths 2 - 29 entries

Time to practice expression register! #maths #linear

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #13 / 13
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2437 entries

transform a succession of one word lines to a an array of strings

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #488 / 736
  • Number of attempts: 9
Reverse and double space - 489 entries

Reverse the order of the given lines and double space everything

  • Best score: 14
  • Best player score: 40
  • Position: #193 / 194
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5031 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #977 / 1735
  • Number of attempts: 2
The meaning - 558 entries

Numbers are fun!

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 5
  • Position: #296 / 356
  • Number of attempts: 5
HTML to Haml - 842 entries

Help convert this HTML page to Haml.

  • Best score: 23
  • Best player score: 69
  • Position: #194 / 202
  • Number of attempts: 1
Shebangs for all - 1912 entries

We've all seen or used a shebang once or twice. Ditch the specific paths and leave just a dynamic Ruby and Python bath behind.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #152 / 500
  • Number of attempts: 13
Reverse and count - 456 entries

Someone typed things upside down and now a Vim ninja needs to reverse the lines and count how many there are.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #24 / 172
  • Number of attempts: 11
Reverse Simple Deletion - 832 entries

You did the simple deletion, now reverse it.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #46 / 454
  • Number of attempts: 3
Almost encrypted - 198 entries

Convert the first paragraph to be even less readable.

  • Best score: 5
  • Best player score: 397
  • Position: #144 / 144
  • Number of attempts: 3
Simple text editing with Vim - 12283 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #2220 / 3580
  • Number of attempts: 4
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