News: Bulletin 2 from Adrian (16:14 BST, 20 July 2005)
We are now returned from Mérida, safe and well. I’m
sorry that we were not able to keep in touch with you as much as usual
during the IMO—computers were scarce, and our lives were further
complicated during the last couple of days of the IMO by the arrival
of Hurricane Emily.
The IMO papers and full results are available on the IMO website at
The UK came 13th with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals, a very
good performance indeed for us. I shall not comment on the problems,
since I imagine that many of you may still want to have a go at
For the first time in ten years, a special prize was awarded this
year, to a student from Moldova who found an extremely quick and
elegant solution to problem 3.
IMO 2005 will go down as one of the best ever. The Mexicans were
warm and generous hosts, and very well organized throughout. The
accommodation was excellent. So too was the co-ordination of the exam
scripts, which is always a (the?) make-or-break test for a good
Many thanks to Joseph for the excellent support that he provided
back in the UK, and thanks once again to all of you for all your
brilliant assistance with UK IMO preparation this year.
Best wishes, Adrian
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