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Old 2017-07-30, 21:21   #1
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Exclamation August 2017

The IBM website spoiled us for a while, but not yet this month...
https://www.research.ibm.com/haifa/p...ugust2017.html
(not yet there, despite 31st of the month, and Shabbat being over)
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Old 2017-07-30, 22:39   #2
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The IBM website spoiled us for a while, but not yet this month...
https://www.research.ibm.com/haifa/p...ugust2017.html
(not yet there, despite 31st of the month, and Shabbat being over)
30th here and last month's puzzle had almost 40% of the solutions submitted before the month the puzzle was for had started.

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Old 2017-07-30, 22:45   #3
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IBM Research - Haifa is the largest lab of IBM Research Division outside of the United States. Founded as a small scientific center in 1972, it grew into a major lab that leads the development of innovative technological products and cognitive solutions for the IBM corporation.
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Old 2017-07-30, 23:23   #4
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Challenge: 31/07/2016 @ 12:00 PM EST is the time of the start of last years August puzzle. Based on that, it will take until tomorrow at 1 PM Atlantic time until it starts.
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Old 2017-07-30, 23:55   #5
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Last year's date has no connection to this year (the calendar shifts).

Curiously, the pattern is that the puzzlemaster never posted on a Saturday or a Friday over the last few years. All other days are more or less equally likely; small preference for Sundays (because for him it is a Monday). >10% of the puzzles were submitted on or after the 1st of the month, too.
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Old 2017-07-31, 00:19   #6
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Am I detecting withdrawal symptoms?
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Old 2017-07-31, 00:24   #7
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Only boredom. ;-)
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Old 2017-07-31, 00:28   #8
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Sure it is. I believe you.

That's what they all say. I could give it up any time I like, I just choose not to give it up yet.
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Old 2017-07-31, 13:31   #9
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The puzzle is online!
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Old 2017-08-03, 13:30   #10
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The puzzle is online!
So it is! I went to the August 2017 - Challenge and read it. But when I tried the link to "Last month's solution," I got sent to the June solution instead. I tried changing the URL from June2017 to July2017, but got a "page not found" error.

Hmm. On the July 2017 Challenge it says

Solution: 02/08/2017 @ 12:00 PM EST
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Old 2017-08-07, 14:55   #11
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There is an update (posted today):
"Update (2/8): The idea was not to place balls on the rails, and even then you can place more than 8; allowing placing the balls on the rails let you place many more. A bonus '*' will be awarded for the best solutions for each case."
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