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Played Challenges

Simple, Practical, and Common - 32879 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 / 7266
  • Number of attempts: 4
Search and Replace 0 - 4640 entries

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

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #223 / 1537
  • Number of attempts: 2
O Christmas Tree - 99 entries

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

  • Best score: 22
  • Best player score: 27
  • Position: #16 / 40
  • Number of attempts: 1
Going underground.... - 306 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: #32 / 121
  • Number of attempts: 2
Split the words - 348 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: #37 / 105
  • Number of attempts: 3
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 ! - 10531 entries

A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #1608 / 3636
  • Number of attempts: 1
Counting in binary - 410 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #27 / 107
  • Number of attempts: 3
Letter case trickery - 1537 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: #300 / 497
  • Number of attempts: 3
Hanging Indent for Footnotes - 58 entries

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

  • Best score: 17
  • Best player score: 29
  • Position: #25 / 26
  • Number of attempts: 1
Number an outline - 218 entries

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

  • Best score: 25
  • Best player score: 59
  • Position: #42 / 70
  • Number of attempts: 2
Words in parens - 12721 entries

We should all ace this, right?

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #1187 / 3914
  • Number of attempts: 5
Pairs of numbers - 343 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 / 128
  • Number of attempts: 2
Assign list - 146 entries

Assign list elements to matrix

  • Best score: 30
  • Best player score: 55
  • Position: #42 / 55
  • Number of attempts: 1
Draw the Go board - 138 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 / 47
  • Number of attempts: 4
Hole-in-one - 965 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: #9 / 296
  • Number of attempts: 3
abcd > a b c d - 259 entries

transform the single spaces into 4 spaces repeat for each line

  • Best score: 15
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #40 / 203
  • Number of attempts: 1
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Vim - 381 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: 9
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #107 / 178
  • Number of attempts: 1
The name of the game - 622 entries

End up with the name of the game.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 11
  • Position: #114 / 340
  • Number of attempts: 1
lamb had a little Mary - 550 entries

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

  • Best score: 16
  • Best player score: 39
  • Position: #117 / 156
  • Number of attempts: 1
SFD-ROC: vimvimvim - 1495 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: #169 / 421
  • Number of attempts: 2
Stairs Indenting - 412 entries

Indent each line with <line number> whitespaces.

  • Best score: 12
  • Best player score: 16
  • Position: #148 / 181
  • Number of attempts: 2
Let's play some Ivmgolf - 997 entries

Oops, I spelled that wrong.

  • Best score: 7
  • Best player score: 9
  • Position: #151 / 415
  • Number of attempts: 1
Vertical Limit - 2363 entries

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

  • Best score: 21
  • Best player score: 26
  • Position: #406 / 714
  • Number of attempts: 4
replacing each line of a block selection - 2777 entries

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

  • Best score: 18
  • Best player score: 21
  • Position: #336 / 731
  • Number of attempts: 3
Append semicolon after expressions - 939 entries

Some lines need the semicolon, some don't.

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #173 / 383
  • Number of attempts: 1
switch variable - 4901 entries

how fast can you switch two variable ?

  • Best score: 11
  • Best player score: 12
  • Position: #724 / 1698
  • Number of attempts: 3
Make it more readable - 1882 entries

Insert blank lines to make it more organized and readable

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 15
  • Position: #238 / 620
  • Number of attempts: 3
Numbering a List - 1826 entries

Pretty simple, number the list.

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 20
  • Position: #289 / 623
  • Number of attempts: 2
Simple text editing with Vim - 11589 entries

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

  • Best score: 13
  • Best player score: 14
  • Position: #1020 / 3402
  • Number of attempts: 3
Reformat/Refactor a Golfer Class - 5975 entries

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

  • Best score: 32
  • Best player score: 35
  • Position: #332 / 1476
  • Number of attempts: 5
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