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The 1999 British Informatics Olympiad Final

The 1999 British Informatics Olympiad final took place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, from 26-28 March.

The competition consisted of two stages. On the morning of Saturday 25th, two written questions were set:

After a break for lunch we moved to a computer room (thanks to Cambridge University's Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics). Languages available were Turbo C++ 3.1 and Turbo Pascal 7.0 and - a special exception for this final only - QBasic 1.0. The following questions were given to the finalists at the start, in no particular order:

Those who submitted a correct solution to Spy vs spy - part one were then given the question

We gave the finalists 4 hours to solve these problems. Suffice it to say, no-one was able to solve all four questions in the time available!

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