Hrm, and I didn't get any notice for having another solution that is as short as your function, and having one that is 1 better on the command line?

Guess I will have to improve then.

#23456789_123456789_123456789_12345 perl -le'$x=@_=a..j;print$x--for@_' sub f { #23456789_123456789_12345678 $x=@_=a..j;print$x--.$/for@_ }
UPDATE
The answer to the question is "tradition". :-)

UPDATE 2
jmcnamara pointed out that I was miscounting. Fixed.


In reply to Re (tilly) 2: TIMTOWTDI/golf - counting backwards by tilly
in thread TIMTOWTDI/golf - counting backwards by Juerd

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