My next blog post is an attempt at something new - a mini-contest which involves solving Qual 1 problem in a surprising way. Make sure to check it if your solutions to GCJ Qual are written in more than 4 different languages, or even if they are not ;-)
As usual this year, you can post discussion or ask for clarifications in this thread.
So, the contest is over, and I've received 6 entries for it. They are really nice, meaning I'll have a hard time picking the best one :-) The results will be up later this week (I just don't want you to think I've forgotten about this).
I enjoyed participating in this contest as well as seeing the variety of approaches people came up with. In general I would be happy with any contest that invites creativity and lateral thinking.
I imagine you could get some mileage out of running this particular type of contest again. For one thing, it would give bozzball a chance to defend his crown. It would also be interesting to see if the entries become more conservative or more outlandish on the second running of the experiment.