assign only first few items of a tuple/list

Daniel Fetchinson fetchinson at
Tue Dec 4 22:25:18 CET 2012

Hi folks, I swear I used to know this but can't find it anywhere.
Say I have a list x = [ 1,2,3,4,5 ] and only care about the first two items.
I'd like to assign the first two items to two variables, something like,

a, b, _ = x

but the above will not work, of course, but what is the common idiom
for this that does?


Psss, psss, put it down! -

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