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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 33343 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
  • Position: #500 / 7356
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4785 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #223 / 1584
  • Number of attempts: 2
O Christmas Tree - 108 entries

Design a macro that makes trees grow (or ASCII triangles, if that's too hard).

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #17 / 42
  • Number of attempts: 1
Going underground.... - 330 entries

Simple reformatting: in this case changing from the format London underground supplies its customers with, to the format that Google Calendar likes...

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 28
  • Position: #34 / 124
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split the words - 356 entries

Add the spaces manually if you must, but if you use Vim's spell checking feature wisely, I think you'll save a LARGE number of strokes.

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #38 / 108
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10615 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1628 / 3662
  • Number of attempts: 1
Counting in binary - 477 entries

"a" represents 0; "A" represents 1. Start from zero and count to 15.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #29 / 113
  • Number of attempts: 3
Letter case trickery - 1594 entries

This file is in a downright esoteric format, consisting of hexadecimal numbers, non-hexadecimal keywords, and "Z" indicating end-of-line. Make the hexadecimal numbers lowercase.

  • Best score: 9
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #307 / 511
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 69 entries

Format this footnote (in kramdown syntax) so that it has hanging indent.

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #26 / 28
  • Number of attempts: 1
Number an outline - 246 entries

The indent and words are right, but the numbers are all wrong.

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 59
  • Position: #46 / 74
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12848 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1206 / 3943
  • Number of attempts: 5
Pairs of numbers - 349 entries

Line 1 represents x, line 2 y-data. Bring the corresponding pairs in the form "[x,y]\n"

  • Best score: 26
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #13 / 132
  • Number of attempts: 2
Assign list - 169 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #45 / 59
  • Number of attempts: 1
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: 50
  • Position: #2 / 48
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hole-in-one - 1012 entries

Lets take this golf thing literally.. Drive off the tee into the hole, and of course you don't strike the ball completely clean.

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #10 / 302
  • Number of attempts: 3
abcd > a b c d - 279 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #40 / 217
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 400 entries

Someone has vandalized this text file and replaced the beginning character of one word in each line with a Big "X." Please remove the big X's, and fix each line to read "The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog."

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #111 / 187
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 646 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #114 / 354
  • Number of attempts: 1
lamb had a little Mary - 582 entries

"Mary" and "lamb" are swapped. Unswap them. Fast as you can.

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #121 / 161
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1569 entries

Oh no, this line is longer than 80 chars... put each 'vim' on a new line.

  • Best score: 8
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #176 / 437
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairs Indenting - 445 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #157 / 192
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 1084 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #163 / 440
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2426 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #416 / 733
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2923 entries

replace each line's ../assets/js with /javascripts

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #351 / 763
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 1001 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #183 / 400
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 5026 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #741 / 1733
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1950 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #248 / 639
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1854 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #301 / 638
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 12205 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1055 / 3561
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 6500 entries

A simple case of removing unneeded code and fixing broken indentation.

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #343 / 1599
  • Number of attempts: 5
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