Puzzle golf (Polf, Pulf, Gozzle, Golfzzle)
I would like to propose a challenge involving two SE sites. Code Golf and Puzzling. To solve, one has to decipher the specification riddle, and then golf the solution of part 1, to solve the rem post on puzzling.
Standard rules, shortest program wins, no loopholes, and must parse the file to obtain the result
Why these two sites?
Because the challenge in question has it's specifications wrapped in a riddle, which will require collaboration between the sites to solve. There will be a way to check if the specification is correct, and the last puzzle (Puzzling) element will only be solvable once the Code golf has been.
Based on the top upvoted answer at What is a spec at Code Golf Meta, The puzzle golf should be acceptable. However, At Line between Programming Puzzle and programming problem, It mentions that Code Golf has moved away from such puzzles. Will Code Golf not accept answers that are part puzzle?
I am aware that designing a good golfzzle will be harder than writing a golf and a puzzle separately. (quadratic if you will)
- What, if any qualms do you have on such a challenge?
- Are there major gotchas I should be aware of before finishing designing the challenge?
- How would I approach the sandbox on Code Golf? I would like to test the golf there, but it might spoil the puzzle elements. (How to avoid?)