On November 24th nine students and two coaches flew to England in order to participate in the annual Northwestern Europe Regional Contest (NWERC). The preparation days were a nice mix of festivities (Christmas market in Bath, nice evening out) and training sessions. The university welcomed us cordially, although we still have some questions about public transport in England.

The actual competition took place on November 26th from 10am to 3pm. As expected it was a fierce competition with more difficult problems than in the previous year. Our three teams "TUMbling", "Nwreckers", and "Fish Fish Fish" showed a strong performance and were ranked 22nd, 30th, and 65th respectively out of 120 teams at the end of the contest. In order to solve the problems the contestants had to defeat bosses, install apps on horrible phones, and juggle balls.

As usual every team was allowed to bring three copies of a cheat sheet consisting of 25 pages, a bottle of water, and a keyboard. Anything else was prohibited. The problems were solved using either C/C++, Java, or Python.

In case you would like test your own performance in the NWERC or simply train, you can take a look at the problems here. Video explanation of the solutions can be found on YouTube. If you would like to read more about the NWERC in general, we recommend you to take a look at the offical NWERC 2017 website.

Thanks to all participants, coaches, organizers, and jury members for this awesome competition!

rank team score A
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K
1 GBR Me[N]ta∭ca
University of Cambridge
8 1063 1/230 1/12 0 1/30 0 0 1/137 1/6 3/161 1/260 2/167
2 FIN Ukkonen Fan Club
University of Helsinki
7 745 0 1/13 3 1/32 0 1/169 1/122 1/52 1/213 0 1/144
3 GBR Tractor_Specialists
University of Oxford
7 858 8 2/9 0 1/72 0 1/252 2/105 1/29 1/196 0 1/155
4 NOR Garbage Collectors
University of Bergen
7 877 1/290 2/11 0 1/27 0 0 1/149 1/40 2/111 0 1/209
5 NLD We put the pro in programming
Utrecht University
7 1249 0 2/11 0 1/48 0 0 4/224 2/122 3/136 3/285 1/243
6 NOR ·:·Flöätïng·Pöïnts·:·
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
6 455 0 1/11 0 1/57 0 4 1/49 1/23 4/171 0 1/84
7 NLD git diff solution
Utrecht University
6 584 0 1/6 4 1/33 0 0 1/148 3/49 1/176 0 2/112
8 DEU Hello KITty 😼
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
6 629 2 1/9 2 1/38 0 0 3/162 1/28 2/131 0 1/201
9 DEU <(OvO)>
Saarland University
6 640 2/189 2/12 0 1/27 0 0 1/131 1/18 3 0 1/223
10 GBR The Assemblers
University of Oxford
6 640 1 1/18 1 1/44 0 0 1/98 1/17 2/250 2 2/173
11 BEL Unproved Convexity Lemma
Université catholique de Louvain
6 668 3 1/8 0 3/36 0 0 1/62 4/43 4/235 0 1/124
12 SWE Finite great team
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
6 679 0 2/14 0 1/37 0 0 1/89 1/22 4/259 0 2/158
13 DNK Beyond Ballmer's Peak ∪ Svend
Aarhus University
6 712 0 2/22 6 1/39 0 0 1/101 1/65 3/291 0 1/134
14 DEU 🔥💥🔥PanzerFAUst🔥💥🔥
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
6 713 4 1/17 0 1/46 0 0 1/97 2/50 1/227 0 1/256
15 FIN KnowYourArchitecture
Aalto University
6 736 2 1/13 0 1/25 0 0 1/150 2/36 2 1/243 2/229
16 GBR VOMBAT
University of Cambridge
6 741 6 1/11 0 1/55 0 0 2/166 1/19 1/273 0 1/197
17 SWE Cache Flow
Lund University
6 760 0 2/11 0 1/39 0 0 2/219 1/29 3/260 0 2/102
18 GBR FakeMaths
University of Cambridge
6 804 4 1/9 1 3/44 0 5 1/181 1/40 4/199 0 1/231
19 NLD Z/3Z
Leiden University
6 880 2 1/12 0 1/45 0 0 1/151 2/57 3/261 0 1/294
20 NLD DP is better bottom-up
Vrije Universiteit
6 951 1 1/14 6 1/47 0 0 1/223 2/71 4/236 0 1/280
21 DNK Lambdabamserne
University of Copenhagen
6 1012 0 1/13 1 3/66 0 0 3/194 3/98 1/225 0 1/296
22 DEU TUMbling
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
6 1395 8 1/16 0 1/133 0 0 8/263 6/256 2/295 0 1/172
23 SWE KTH Gs
KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
5 462 1 1/10 1 2/42 0 0 1/74 1/16 2 0 2/280
24 NLD class Duck extends Throwable{}
Delft University of Technology
5 480 0 2/11 2 3/34 0 1 1/100 1/60 3 0 1/215
25 GBR PrimeGoal
University of Cambridge
5 513 1 1/12 0 4/149 0 2/134 1/86 1/52 9 0 2
26 ISL BinTreeChoppers
University of Iceland
5 528 2 1/8 0 2/39 0 0 1/129 2/58 0 0 1/254
27 BEL Quantum Bogosort
Université Libre de Bruxelles
5 557 0 1/11 0 1/46 0 0 1/161 1/100 1 0 1/239
28 DEU Lühack
Universität zu Lübeck
5 569 0 1/13 0 1/38 0 0 1/213 2/56 5 0 3/189
29 DEU FAU Acronym Unleashed
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
5 569 1 1/11 0 2/40 0 0 1/89 3/124 0 0 1/245
30 DEU Nwreckers
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
5 578 0 1/25 1 2/93 0 0 1/156 1/60 1 0 2/204
31 NLD Make Teamnames Long Again
Eindhoven University of Technology
5 579 2/171 1/11 0 1/59 0 0 1/213 2/85 1 0 0
32 SWE Utter
Linköping Institute of Technology
5 585 0 1/15 0 2/60 0 0 2/263 1/64 1 0 1/143
33 BEL CalKULating...
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
5 622 0 1/17 5 1/56 0 0 2/188 1/77 8 0 1/264
34 NLD \u7b97\u6cd5
Radboud University
5 626 0 1/7 0 1/43 0 0 1/277 2/79 1 0 1/200
35 DNK Participants
University of Copenhagen
5 633 0 1/50 0 1/39 0 0 1/194 2/131 3/159 0 0
36 NLD promeTUs
Delft University of Technology
5 641 0 1/9 0 1/80 0 0 1/81 6/157 2 1 1/214
37 BEL Algogators
Université catholique de Louvain
5 705 0 1/16 0 1/58 0 0 3/102 5/137 1 0 2/252
38 ISL Blaðra
Reykjavik University
5 728 0 1/12 3 5/147 0 0 1/126 3/42 2/261 0 0
39 GBR We are unicorns
University of Edinburgh
5 732 0 1/14 0 2/49 0 0 4 4/91 1/282 0 2/196
40 DEU Nagh, I'm Fine
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München
5 746 0 1/37 0 1/23 0 0 5/219 1/89 0 2 1/298
41 BEL Infinitely Improbable
University of Antwerp
5 758 0 1/16 0 1/15 0 0 1/154 6/190 2 0 1/283
42 NLD Roses are #FF0000
Delft University of Technology
5 797 0 1/15 0 2/72 0 0 2/151 5/161 1 1 1/278
43 SWE Heisenbugs Certainty Principle
Chalmers University of Technology
5 812 1 1/20 0 2/96 0 0 1/191 5/121 0 0 2/264
44 GBR Infinite Loop
University of Warwick
5 1064 0 1/17 0 2/56 0 0 4/298 7/162 0 0 3/291
45 GBR AKSLOP-7991
University of Cambridge
4 233 0 1/14 0 1/26 0 0 1/159 1/34 4 0 0
46 GBR The Tourists
Imperial College London
4 325 0 1/19 0 1/55 0 0 1/148 2/83 2 0 0
47 IRL -= [B]ichael [B] [B]iggins =-
Dublin City University
4 329 1 1/16 1 1/39 6 9 1/204 1/70 1 1 1
48 DEU rootKIT
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
4 347 0 1/16 7 2/23 0 0 2/162 3/66 0 0 0
49 DEU Hexaflexagons
Hasso Plattner Institute
4 373 3 1/9 0 2/64 0 0 0 1/86 2/174 0 0
50 NLD TimpanC++
Vrije Universiteit
4 383 0 1/25 0 1/85 0 0 0 1/57 0 0 1/216
51 DEU <(⊙v⊙)>
Saarland University
4 402 0 1/16 0 3/76 0 0 1/186 1/84 0 0 0
52 DEU Binary Heapies
Jacobs University
4 406 0 2/17 0 1/49 0 0 2/195 1/105 0 0 1
53 GBR brace for impact
University of Nottingham
4 407 1 1/16 0 2/34 0 0 1/106 10 0 0 2/211
54 GBR A(void)
University of Edinburgh
4 416 2 1/16 0 2/32 0 0 4/242 1/46 0 0 4
55 BEL CPUMONS
Université de Mons
4 419 2 1/17 4 1/29 0 0 2/191 2/142 0 0 0
56 GBR Abracadabra
University of Manchester
4 420 1 1/13 0 1/46 0 0 1/292 2/49 8 0 0
57 DEU FAUbunnies
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
4 433 0 1/16 0 1/66 0 0 2/239 1/92 0 0 0
58 GBR Zeul Alexis
Imperial College London
4 440 0 1/25 0 1/18 0 0 1/186 5/131 2 0 0
59 NLD Java--
Radboud University
4 473 0 1/13 0 2/64 0 0 1/272 4/44 0 0 0
60 DEU memeteam
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz
4 490 1 1/14 0 1/81 0 0 0 1/113 1 0 4/222
61 NOR Kattistrofe
University of Bergen
4 490 0 2/17 0 1/77 0 0 4/224 3/52 0 0 0
62 SWE ~10^42% Mer Kräm
Linköping Institute of Technology
4 495 0 1/14 0 1/67 0 0 5/291 1/43 0 0 0
63 NOR ViM++
University of Bergen
4 536 0 1/22 0 1/118 0 0 2/215 5/81 1 0 1
64 IRL fortune -s | cowsay -f dragon
Trinity College Dublin
4 570 0 3/27 0 1/111 0 0 1/102 2/270 0 0 0
65 DEU Fish Fish Fish
Technische Universitaet Muenchen
4 628 0 2/49 0 3/100 0 0 1/165 5/174 1 0 0
66 DEU Pi-raten2.7
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
4 654 0 2/18 0 1/67 0 0 2/275 4/194 0 0 0
67 GBR Ramificators
University of Cambridge
4 685 0 1/17 0 1/51 0 0 13/271 1/106 0 0 1
68 NLD def rec(n): return rec(n)
Universiteit van Amsterdam
4 756 0 1/11 0 1/36 0 0 2/252 9/277 0 0 0
69 IRL utf8
Maynooth University
4 760 1 1/21 1 5/78 0 0 1/250 8/191 0 0 0
70 GBR import answers
Queens University Belfast
4 760 0 1/35 0 2/147 0 0 1/290 3/228 0 1 0
71 NLD immUTable
University of Twente
4 763 0 1/22 0 4/111 0 0 1/224 8/206 0 0 1
72 GBR Bristol #1
University of Bristol
4 785 0 1/15 0 3/81 0 0 10/295 2/154 0 0 0
73 SWE ┻━┻ ︵ \( °□° )/ ︵ ┻━┻
Lund University
4 793 0 1/19 0 2/99 0 0 4/238 6/257 3 0 0
74 GBR AibohphobiA
University of Edinburgh
3 156 1 2/32 0 1/47 1 0 12 2/37 0 0 0
75 NLD "spatie"
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3 168 0 1/19 0 1/49 0 0 0 3/60 4 0 9
76 DEU Admiralz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
3 191 0 2/17 0 1/53 0 0 0 2/81 1 0 0
77 NLD Challenge Accepted
Leiden University
3 201 0 2/16 0 1/41 0 0 7 3/84 0 1 0
78 DEU goto considered_harmful;
Universität Ulm
3 209 0 1/12 0 1/50 0 0 1/147 3 0 0 0
79 DEU bitteKein2SAT
Universität Ulm
3 220 0 1/12 0 1/50 0 1 11 3/118 1 0 0
80 GBR WAC WAC
University College London
3 225 0 1/15 0 1/102 0 0 2 1/108 1 0 0
81 IRL Triply Linked List
Dublin City University
3 254 0 1/16 10 2/42 0 0 0 6/76 3 2 0
82 DEU Martin Router King
Universität zu Lübeck
3 258 0 1/20 0 1/122 0 0 0 2/96 0 0 0
83 DEU Ärmstrong
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
3 259 1 1/21 0 3/114 0 0 14 1/84 2 0 0
84 NLD ziek, brak en misselijk
Universiteit van Amsterdam
3 274 0 1/51 0 2/35 0 0 0 2/148 4 5 0
85 GBR Warwick Snakes
University of Warwick
3 276 0 1/12 0 1/87 0 0 0 3/137 0 0 0
86 NLD Team Sjaars
Vrije Universiteit
3 278 0 1/21 0 2/131 1 0 0 2/86 1 0 0
87 DEU JustVisitingEngland2ndTime
University of Applied Sciences Landshut
3 293 0 1/29 0 1/108 0 0 0 2/136 0 2 0
88 DNK To be announced
Aarhus University
3 296 0 1/19 0 1/67 0 0 7 3/170 0 0 0
89 NLD d_1
Vrije Universiteit
3 343 1 1/16 0 3/51 0 0 0 2/216 4 0 0
90 DEU 1729
Hasso Plattner Institute
3 364 0 1/19 0 6/132 0 0 0 2/93 0 0 0
91 GBR Computer Magic
Imperial College London
3 367 0 1/29 2 1/26 0 0 1 9/152 3 0 0
92 GBR Unit Impulse
University of Nottingham
3 371 0 2/32 0 1/114 0 0 2/185 7 3 0 0
93 DEU Aufzügler
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences
3 424 0 1/26 0 1/106 0 0 0 2/272 0 0 0
94 GBR Segmentation Fault
University College London
3 458 0 2/33 0 2/119 0 0 0 5/186 0 0 0
95 NLD Influx Generation 1
University of Twente
3 462 0 1/11 0 1/132 0 0 0 6/219 2 3 0
96 GBR '
University of Warwick
3 482 0 1/23 0 1/182 0 0 0 3/237 4 0 0
97 NLD ¯\_(T_T)_/¯
Eindhoven University of Technology
3 489 0 2/13 1 4/256 0 0 0 1/140 0 0 0
98 DEU FUbar
Freie Universitaet Berlin
3 536 0 1/85 0 3/221 0 0 0 2/170 0 0 0
99 DEU Die Gummibärenbande
Universität Ulm
3 586 1 2/11 0 5/154 0 0 0 6/221 0 0 0
100 DEU !qsln
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
3 705 0 2/20 0 3/166 0 0 0 9/299 0 0 0
101 NLD Team pizza 🍕
Avans Hogeschool 's-Hertogenbosch
3 767 0 2/27 0 12/298 0 0 0 4/142 2 2 0
102 GBR Stack Overflow
University College London
2 60 1 1/6 0 2/34 0 0 0 5 0 4 0
103 IRL lua-sers
Trinity College Dublin
2 100 0 1/51 0 1/49 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
104 GBR Run quicksort, run!
University of Southampton
2 118 0 1/11 0 1/107 0 0 0 9 0 1 0
105 DEU <(0v0)>
Saarland University
2 126 0 2/34 0 2/52 0 0 0 5 2 0 0
106 DEU CAUderwelsh
Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
2 126 0 1/19 0 1/107 0 0 0 5 1 0 0
107 SWE Array's the enemy
Umeå University
2 136 0 1/34 0 1/102 0 0 0 6 1 0 0
108 GBR Bristol Daemons
University of Bristol
2 183 2 1/31 0 3 0 0 0 2/132 2 0 0
109 DEU CAUch potatoes
Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
2 202 0 1/24 0 3/138 0 0 0 4 0 1 0
110 GBR Purple
University of Bath
2 253 0 1/21 0 4/172 0 0 0 5 0 7 0
111 GBR OohYeahCanDo
University of Southampton
2 285 0 2/17 0 5/168 0 0 0 14 2 5 0
112 GBR :ainsley:
Ulster University
2 520 0 3/69 0 7/291 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
113 GBR Spirit Monkeys
University of Manchester
2 609 0 1/51 0 15/278 0 0 0 8 3 0 0
114 GBR The Hen
University of Oxford
1 19 0 1/19 0 2 0 0 0 5 4 1 0
115 GBR Solent Coders
Southampton Solent University
1 31 0 1/31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
116 GBR Github Says What?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
1 78 0 2/58 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
117 DEU HAWThorn
University of Applied Sciences Landshut
1 82 0 2/62 0 1 0 0 0 5 3 0 0
118 GBR Elysian
Queens University Belfast
1 222 0 3/182 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
119 GBR 404
University of Manchester
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GBR Red
University of Bath
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
120 60 / 10 Summary 477 72/4 149/118 62/0 229/112 8/0 28/3 200/71 378/99 176/24 49/3 82/43

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