Problems with string and lists (searching and replaceing)

jblazi jblazi at
Sun Sep 21 08:55:08 CEST 2003

I shall have a computer science class this year and I decided to use
Python. It is my favourite language and I have used it for many years. Now
I thought, one of our first "real" programs, in our pre-graphical and
pre-class state, would be to write simple program that works like this:

One of the pupils enters a word. It should be a valid German word
consisting of five letters, for example 'abcde' (which is not a German
word by the way).

The the other player may enter a guess which must be a five letter word as
well, for example 'xbxxx'. Then the system answers with the string '-*---'
as the 'b' in 'xbxxx' was correct and at the right place as well.

Had the second player entered 'xxxbx', the system had responded with
'---.-', as the 'b' is correct but not correctly positioned.

The second player must find out the original word.

Now I did not see how to do it as simply as posible, that was the problem.


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