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All the questions of "Here is a problem, write a solution" bouncing around here recently has reminded me of the first programming competition I competed at, at Duke University way-back in '87.

I've tried to remember some of the problems we were presented and so far have only remembered one:

Write a program that outputs:

* *** ***** ******* ***** *** *
Now, granted this isn't of the same level as Masem's (Golf) Shortest Graph Distance by any stretch, but it's brings back memories.

So, what's the shortest you can get the solution in Perl? Mine is at 51 currently (strict & -w safe):

for(0..3,2,1,0){print" "x(3-$_),"*"x($_*2+1),"\n"}

In reply to Programming Contest (High School '87) by mr.nick

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