I am frustrated that this Stack Overflow question, that is about c++ is migrated to Code Golf. This isn't Code Golf. Just because the question is phrased in the form of a challenge, doesn't mean anything.
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Quoting the bottom of your question:
edit: based on Jerry Coffin's excellent proposed edit, I reinstated it on SO. lesson to be learned: don't add bogus "challenges" to your questions to "spice them up". Just ask your question in a simple, straightforward manner.
But that means a whole lot here: how a question is presented determines how it is answered. If you have a practical problem you need help with, ask about that in your question: don't present it as a code challenge and hope people read between the lines.
Jerry Coffin gave the best reason for keeping your question on SO, however, it would require you to edit your question significantly:
I certainly would not have voted to close that question.