You’re launched high into the atmosphere! The apex of your trajectory just barely reaches the surface of a large island floating in the sky. You gently land in a fluffy pile of leaves. It’s quite cold, but you don’t see much snow. An Elf runs over to greet you.
Something is wrong with global snow production, and you’ve been selected to take a look. The Elves have even given you a map; on it, they’ve used stars to mark the top fifty locations that are likely to be having problems.
Rock Paper Scissors is a game between two players. Each game contains many rounds; in each round, the players each simultaneously choose one of Rock, Paper, or Scissors using a hand shape. Then, a winner for that round is selected: Rock defeats Scissors, Scissors defeats Paper, and Paper defeats Rock. If both players choose the same shape, the round instead ends in a draw.
Advent of Code is an Advent calendar of small programming puzzles for a variety of skill sets and skill levels that can be solved in any programming language you like. People use them as interview prep, company training, university coursework, practice problems, a speed contest, or to challenge each other.
Your flight departs in a few days from the coastal airport; the easiest way down to the coast from here is via toboggan. The shopkeeper at the North Pole Toboggan Rental Shop is having a bad day. “Something’s wrong with our computers; we can’t log in!” You ask if you can take a look.
The tropical island has its own currency and is entirely cash-only. The gold coins used there have a little picture of a starfish; the locals just call them stars. None of the currency exchanges seem to have heard of them, but somehow, you’ll need to find fifty of these coins by the time you arrive so you can pay the deposit on your room.