The preternaturally conversational Wu and Dozal, both CC '13, tied for first after collecting 145 passwords. Names of finalists, lists of prizes, plans for winnings, and more pictures after the jump via reporter Michael Zhong.
Standings (with number of passwords entered):
1. Sharon Wu (145)
2. Abril Dozal (145)
3. Ian Kwok, representing The Socialist Experiment (108)
4. Jonathan Orea (106)
5. Ivan Duschatzky (88)
6. Elisabeth Fabila (86)
7. Tim Qin (78)
8. (unknown) (47)
9. Jeremy Martin (46)
The first-place split meant $250 for each person. Third place brought a $30 Apple gift card, while fourth and fifth meant one for $20, sixth got one for $10, and seventh-tenth got the $5 version.
Wu and Dozal intend to buy a cake for the friends who helped them. Wu said she'll then spend the rest of hers on sorority dues, while Dozal will buy a plane ticket home.
How did they do it?
According to Wu and Dozal, they didn't really start playing until 15 minutes before the end of the first day. After that, though, they got 51 passwords on the second day, 41 on the third, and another 15 on the last day. They also sent mass texts and utilized a network of friends not actively competing to amass passwords for one day and also those following. Direct quote from Dozal: "I made friends in elevators." And the final password they entered? "Obituary." Indeed—for everyone else. Other passwords: broccoli, paralyzed, backpack, horseback, regard, supersede, pighead, armistice, lettuce, godsend, bathrobe, quirky.
Third place, of course, tried the socialist method, mostly as seniors in a suite in EC. They eked out third with some help from Bwog, they said. Fourth-place finisher Orea had his roommate send a mass text at 12:01, and then talked mostly with his friends (he estimated 10 percent of his passwords came from actual conversations with strangers. Sixth-place finisher Fabila works for Public Safety, and so put up a sign while at the Wallach front desk with the message "How are you today," which was itself a prompt. Qin, who finished seventh, used his Facebook status. (Those finishing in fifth, seventh, eighth, and tenth weren't in attendance.)
Evidently, the Social Experiment was inspired originally by Assassins—the hope was that it would have the opposite effect. Instead of running away from one another, everyone would come together. Time will tell whether it succeeded. For now, more pictures below—check back later for lists of passwords and other goodies.
Sharon Wu, left, and Abril Dozal.