### Well, drat... *spoiler alert*

I didn't do well in the qualifying round of Code Jam this year, alas. Part of it I can thank the IRS for, in a way, because we paid our annual last-minute visit to H&R Block today. But really it's my fault; I didn't arrange to have the interval during which one could enter solutions clear to devote to it.

I didn't get my improved version of Cookie Clicker Alpha done in time to count, but it did check out, so I have a moral victory at least. I probably should have devoted the time needed to do the simplest of the qualifying problems, Magic Trick, rather than just sketching out the solution.

A quick summary of the problem: in the problem's version of the game "Cookie Clicker" (inspired by a real game of that name) is parametrized by three values: X, a goal number of cookies to accumulateC, the cost in cookies of a "cookie farm"F, the rate at which one can "harvest" cookies from a cookie farm once bought OK, actually, there's a fou…

I didn't get my improved version of Cookie Clicker Alpha done in time to count, but it did check out, so I have a moral victory at least. I probably should have devoted the time needed to do the simplest of the qualifying problems, Magic Trick, rather than just sketching out the solution.

A quick summary of the problem: in the problem's version of the game "Cookie Clicker" (inspired by a real game of that name) is parametrized by three values: X, a goal number of cookies to accumulateC, the cost in cookies of a "cookie farm"F, the rate at which one can "harvest" cookies from a cookie farm once bought OK, actually, there's a fou…