[Tutor] Pythonic nested lists

col speed ajarncolin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 08:15:26 CEST 2010

Hi all,
I've been trying to write a programme that solves sudoku problems for a
while now. I'm getting close, but would like to ask a few questions about
the most pythonic way of doing some things.
I've decided to create nested lists (row order, column order and square
order) which correspond with dictionary keys - the values of which are the
numbers given in the puzzle - so I can loop through the dict in different
I think the first two are OK, but the square order list seems extremely
messy and I would love some pointers. What I have is as follows:

roworder = [[str(j)+str(i) for i in range(9)] for j in range(9)]
colorder = zip(*roworder)
#here comes the problem!
start, index = 0,0
sqorder = []
for i in range(9):
    for j in range(start, start+3):
    if index == 6:
        index = 0
        index += 3
    if i == 2 or i == 5:
        start += 3

Any comments at all would be gratefully received.
Thanks in advance
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