Firstly, heartiest congratulations and best wishes to all the teams who qualified for the snackdown elimination round(Or are going to qualify ). This is the first time I have qualified and I am a bit excited.
I have a personal question for the teams. If the members of the teams are not physically with each other then how would they establish an effective mode of communication?
Now, a more general question: The problems in these ICPC-like(Snackdown elimination or cook-offs) contests are not sorted in any order of difficulty like normal codeforces rounds. What is the best strategy that the top performers use to know which is the easiest problem? Is it luck? Is it intuition? I don’t think its effective to read all the statements before starting, or else there is no way a team solves the first problem in less than 5 mins.