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Since the CS50x Puzzle Day has ended here in the USA, I think I can now ask this question. The following table has been given and we need to find a single word related to it. The logic could be anything, no restrictions. Try to think out of the box as much as possible. enter image description here

I found out all the winners and their respective countries and tried fiddling with them, but no luck. I also made a tally of the medals and tried something with binary numbers as well. I also tried some other normal arithmetic calculations, no luck there as well. Any kind of help is appreciated. Thanks.

The link to the puzzle packet- http://cs50.ly/puzzles18 . This is problem number 7 in this packet.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling :) Could you share the link to the original source of the puzzle, please. $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Mar 12 '18 at 16:15
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Here's the table as CSV. I've also added the individual and the country for the given medal, and the year that that Olympics took place. Hopefully this will help someone with better pattern recognition skills:

Host City,Year,Event,Medal,Individual,Country
Amsterdam,1928,Athletics: Men's 5000m,Gold,Ville Ritola,Finland
Antwerp,1920,Boxing: Man's lightweight,Bronze,Clarence Newton,Canada
Athens,2004,Fencing: Women's Individual Foil,Silver,Giovanna Trillini,Italy
Grenoble,1968,Cross-Country Skiing: Men's 15km,Silver,Eero Mantyranta,Finland
Montreal,1976,Boxing: Men's Light Heavyweight,Silver,Sixto Soria,Cuba
Nagano,1998,Alpine Skiing: Men's Giant Slalom,Bronze,Michael von Grünigen,Switzerland
Oslo,1952,Speed Skating: Men's 500 meters,Gold,Ken Henry,USA
Rio de Janeiro,2016,Athletics: Women's 800 meters,Bronze,MARGARET WAMBUI,Kenya
Seoul,1988,Canoeing: Man's K I 500 meters kayak singles,Gold,Zsolt Gyulay,Hungary
Tokyo,1964,Fencing: Women's Individual Foil,Bronze,Antonella Ragno,Italy
Vancouver,2010,Cross-Country Skiing: Women's Spring,Silver,Justyna Kowalczyk,Poland
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This answer is a work in progress / a reference to help other solve this question too.


Reproducing the data in the image:

  1. Amsterdam -- Athletics: Men's 5000 meters -- GOLD
  2. Antwerp -- Boxing: Men's lightweight -- BRONZE
  3. Athens -- Fencing: Women's individual foil -- SILVER
  4. Grenoble -- Cross-country Skiing: Men's 15km -- SILVER
  5. Montreal -- Boxing: Men's light heavyweight -- SILVER
  6. Nagano -- Alpine Skiing: Men's giant slalom -- BRONZE
  7. Oslo -- Speed Skating: Men's 500 meters -- GOLD
  8. Rio de Janeiro -- Athletics: Women's 800 meters -- BRONZE
  9. Seoul -- Canoeing: Men's K1 500 meters kayak singles -- GOLD
  10. Tokyo -- Fencing: Women's individual foil -- BRONZE
  11. Vancouver -- Cross-country Skiing: Women's sprint -- SILVER

...and now retrieving links for each event:

  1. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1928/ATH/mens-5000-metres.html
  2. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1920/BOX/mens-lightweight.html
  3. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/2004/FEN/womens-foil-individual.html
  4. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/winter/1968/CCS/mens-15-kilometres.html
  5. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1976/BOX/mens-light-heavyweight.html
  6. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/winter/1998/ASK/mens-giant-slalom.html
  7. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/winter/1952/SSK/mens-500-metres.html
  8. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/2016/ATH/womens-800-metres.html
  9. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1988/CAN/mens-kayak-singles-500-metres.html
  10. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1964/FEN/womens-foil-individual.html
  11. https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/winter/2010/CCS/womens-sprint.html

...and now correlating with medals to get athlete data (apologies for the bad unicode -- I blame sports-reference for that):

  1. {'name': 'Ville Ritola', 'age': 32, 'country': 'Finland'}
  2. {'name': 'Chris Newton', 'age': 21, 'country': 'Canada'}
  3. {'name': 'Giovanna Trillini', 'age': 34, 'country': 'Italy'}
  4. {'name': 'Eero Mäntyranta', 'age': 30, 'country': 'Finland'}
  5. {'name': 'Sixto Soria', 'age': 22, 'country': 'Cuba'}
  6. {'name': 'Michael von Grünigen', 'age': 28, 'country': 'Switzerland'}
  7. {'name': 'Ken Henry', 'age': 23, 'country': 'United States'}
  8. {'name': 'Margaret Wambui', 'age': 20, 'country': 'Kenya'}
  9. {'name': 'Zsolt Gyulay', 'age': 24, 'country': 'Hungary'}
  10. {'name': 'Antonella Ragno-Lonzi', 'age': 24, 'country': 'Italy'}
  11. {'name': 'Justyna Kowalczyk', 'age': 27, 'country': 'Poland'}
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