It's no surprise that Larry Wall himself indeed won the Obfuscated C Contest twice shortly before perl existed: once in 1986, the other in 1987.
I was looking at the entries
awhile ago. The 1986 one doesn't compile
2.95.2, and it makes me dizzy
to try and understand
, let alone fix
. The 1987 one was even more obfuscated
: a Roman numeral conversion filter