Might be me, but I thought that the challenge was along the lines of trying to show the absurdity of trying to have a reality based challenge.
Its like - if you say "hand to hand, no friends, no weapons", you're basically saying a MMA fight (plus the gauges and bites). That's not what happens in a street fight no?
Okay - I read 1001 and I gotta say I really liked it. I've read some of his other works and it all seems pretty sound. Thats just my take.