|Syntactic Confectionery Delight|
Re^2: Next from inner loop only works "most of the time"by Marshall (Canon)
|on May 20, 2021 at 06:59 UTC||Need Help??|
Ok, I didn't post the entire code. I did archive a version with the labeled next which I will post below, sans the dictionary file which is 150+K lines. Right now I don't remember where I got this word list from - sorry. I don't claim that this is a masterpiece of Perl code. I didn't write this with the intention of posting it here and as such it contains some things that I wouldn't want new Perler's to emulate. There are some unnecessary lc operations, I would use explicit my variables for the loops, etc.
Here is how this code came about... I was playing "Word Nut" on my cellphone. I got up to a high level with the addition of turning the difficulty level up to the max. I was confronted with a grid of boxes like a crossword puzzle, except that there are no sentences for clues! The puzzle that "triggered" me had just 5,6,7 letter boxes, no "easy" 3 or 4 letter words. I typed in something more than 20 completely valid 5 letter words (formed according to the 7 letters given). None of these words appeared in the puzzle, but the program counts them and I got bonus points for finding valid words that don't appear.
You can get a hint from the program, but that means that you are required to watch a bunch of ads. For some reason that offended me and I decided to retaliate with some Perl code!
In order to "get started", it is important to find a word, any word that appears in the crossword grid. Once that is done, there will be an intersecting word and you will know that for example, for that word, the 2nd letter is an "r" or whatever.
For the "triggering" puzzle, I typed in 32 valid 5 letter words with the help of my "cheater" program before I got the first "hit" in the crossword grid! Before completely solving the puzzle, there were 42 valid words that did not appear in the grid!
These puzzles use uncommon words like "resaw". I am a native born, reasonably read English speaker and although I understand that word, I've never used it myself in a sentence, read a sentence with it or heard anybody else say that word!
Here is the code... I don't see any obvious way that this can "fail" other than the code that I did post. Please also note that this code works "most of the time".
Added: sorry if I offended anybody by describing the origins of the code. That is relevant here. I wanted to post some code that I have seen fail. If I change the code, that might affect its ability to "fail". I am not asking for help to make the code "better". I just don't understand why this can fail "some, but not all of the time". I do acknowledge that there are style failings in this code. I was just explaining that I did this quickly and hence some style failings.