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Comparing scores - 83 entries

If Alice and Bob both did the challenge, put their entries together in the top paragraph, so we can compare their scores more easily.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - #0 - 124 entries

One of our favorites lines here at NBCU! p.s. The first version of #0 was deleted due to me copy/pasting a HTML entity. Congrats to the one who figured that out, you are a true ninja warrior!

Lisp Condense - 421 entries

Reduce 4 cons selection operations down to one function call.

NBCU Weekly Challenge - Test - 227 entries

Just testing.

120 Degrees - 408 entries

Rotate that triangle.

V to the i - 4615 entries

Input is 99 V's. Output is 100 i's.

Subtraction - 167 entries

Solve the equations.

Change name of a variable - 156 entries

Replace the name of the $variable with the fastest move possible. The challenge is having a command that allow you to easily change the variable name even if its indented.

Don't know what this is - 1923 entries

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

Neither Fizz nor Buzz - 209 entries

Not your regular increment macro! The gaps are tricky.

Do you demand a shrubbery? - 1089 entries

Use :redir and crush the emacsgolfers.

Shuffle puzzle - 302 entries

Sort the lines in each indent group, and sort the groups. That's the pattern. Or just move lines around manually to get a better score.

Where should I put the Newline? - 832 entries

Help me put the newline.

HTML formatting: vertical alignment for readability - 60 entries

We did this a VimGolf challenge at work and now that we have finished I want to see if you guys can come up with something even better than we could. Our best solution was 44 keystrokes.

Extract argument from function - 2194 entries

The aim is to see if you can do some refactoring very fast.

Two become one - 699 entries

We have two c arrays and want to make one two dimensional out of it. Can we do that?

Piphilology - 124 entries

Piphilology comprises the creation and use of mnemonic techniques to remember a span of digits of the mathematical constant π.

Mess in revision history - 1117 entries

Help Joe clean up what Steve has cobbled.

Vim tetris - 347 entries

Vim can play tetris too!

Five Pillars - 60 entries

Arrange all words in a table with 5 columns. The minimal space between words in columns is 2 spaces. Columns do have varying width.

Write Setters and Getters for PHP - 86 entries

Just simple automation of writing Setters and Getters like Doctrine might use.

Carriage return - 41 entries

I have some raw data from terminal output which uses carriege return for formatting. Carriage return sets the pointer to the first character on the line, and subsequent characters will overwrite what was there before. The challange is to simulate the terminal behaviour in vim. I'm kind of unsure if I should have skipped lines 9 and 15, since there might be some interesting solutions which are not that generic. Happy Golfing!

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10513 entries


O Christmas Tree - 99 entries

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

Going underground.... - 303 entries

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

Permutations N=4 - 60 entries

Could use backtracking or other algorithm to generate sorted numbers. Second chance !

Split the words - 346 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.

Create Leading Zeros - 204 entries

Create leading zeros only for id columns. Please use generic approach!

attr_aligner - 3360 entries

Two attr keywords. Two separate indentations. Align the colons.

Ninjas Leaderboard - 84 entries

The two lines in "Start file" has an obfuscated email address. Second line give an index (from 1 to 30) to the chars list of the first line, for example, the first char of email (n) is in position 25, second char (i) is in position 19 and s.o.

Under the cupola - 45 entries

Taking some liberty about the name and plot of the Stephen King's famous novel (and TV series) to make this challenge. Are you able to recreate graphically the key phrase of the story? (I think is gonna be hard!)

Untangle my tail, please! - 45 entries

You know, this words were playing to chase their tails and Oops! What happened? Now we have a complete mess, their tails are totally tangled, can you please help them to untangle their tails?

Letter case trickery - 1524 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.

Recursive Cowsay - 58 entries

Convert 'cowsay' statement to recursive output

VimGolfNight - 482 entries

Based on "The name of the game".

quotes inside quotes - 2998 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 :)

Counting in binary - 405 entries

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

Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 58 entries

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

Hole-in-one - 963 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.

Delete unwanted lines - 350 entries

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

Pairs of numbers - 340 entries

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

Top X - 185 entries

The End File is the Top 10 Vimgolf Leaderboard at June 29, 2013. This is a second version, with a great contribution of @udioica. X is ten in Roman,a numeric system in ancient Rome

Assign list - 146 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

Across-Down Flip - 42 entries

Do this instead of the Sunday crossword.

Number an outline - 210 entries

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

Change The Perspective - 36 entries

This is a go game recodes file(.sgf file, refer to It base on such a coordinate system: in vertical direction, is from top(farthest end) to bottom, mark as a,b,c,...,s(19*19 board); in horizontal direction, is from left to right, uses the same notations. For Example, the coordinate notation 'cq', is the position at the bottom-left corner(vertical coordinate first). The record is from one player's perspective. We need to change to another's, but we don't want to change coordinate system, let it keep top to bottom and left to right. so we have to change the coordinates, a <-> s, b <-> r,c <-> q, etc. the Position 'cq', as transformation, it will be 'qd'.

paste indent correction - JS - 83 entries

You copy some javascript code from a website and paste it into vim, it does not look good!

Draw the Go board - 133 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

Words in parens - 12690 entries

We should all ace this, right?

Lookahead and Lookbehind - 65 entries

Look everywhere

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