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game run but good guesses and bad guesses does not append correctly

I triple checked and quadruple checked my codes over and over and nothing appears out of place. I ran the script in Windows PowerShell on Windows 7, Python 3.51.


  1. good guesses are displayed (on the line where bad guesses should be) as bad guesses and strike is counted.

  2. bad guesses does not display, no strikes are counted

  3. Puzzle do gets solved if good guesses matches secret word but the underscores stays untouched

import random
import os
import sys

words = [

def clear():
    if os.name == 'nt':

def draw(good_guesses, bad_guesses, secret_word):

    print('Strikes: {}/7'.format(len(bad_guesses)))

    for letter in bad_guesses:
        print(letter, end=' ')

    for letter in secret_word:
        if letter in good_guesses:
            print(letter, end=' ')
            print('_', end=' ')


def get_guess(bad_guesses, good_guesses):
    while True:
        guess = input("Guess a letter: ").lower()
        if len(guess) != 1:
            print('You can only guess a single letter:')
        elif guess in bad_guesses or guess in good_guesses:
            print("You've already guessed that letter")
        elif not guess.isalpha():
            print('You can only guess letters only')
            return guess

def play(done):
    secret_word = random.choice(words)
    bad_guesses = []
    good_guesses = []

    while True:
        draw(bad_guesses, good_guesses, secret_word)
        guess = get_guess(bad_guesses, good_guesses)

        if guess in secret_word:
            found = True
            for letter in secret_word:
                if letter not in good_guesses:
                    found = False
            if found:
                print('You win!')
                print('The secret word was {}'.format(secret_word))
                done = True
            if len(bad_guesses) == 7:
                draw(bad_guesses, good_guesses, secret_word)
                print("You lost!")
                print("The secret word was {}".format(secret_word))
                done = True

        if done:
            play_again = input('Play again? Y/n '.lower())
            if play_again != 'n':
                return play(done=False)

def welcome():
    start = input("Press enter/return to start or Q to quit ").lower()
    if start == 'q':
        return True

print('Welcome to Letter Guess!')

done = False

while True:

2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,644 Points

On lines 62 and 78, when you call the draw function, you pass it three arguments:

        draw(bad_guesses, good_guesses, secret_word)

:point_right: But on line 25 where you define it, the definition shows the arguments in a different order:

def draw(good_guesses, bad_guesses, secret_word):

this causes the good guesses to be scored as bad, and vice-versa.

Also, on line 84 you have:

play_again = input('Play again? Y/n '.lower())

This causes your question to be displayed in lowercase. But you probably intended to have:

play_again = input('Play again? Y/n ').lower()

That would convert the answer to lowercase.

Thanks for clearing that up in an easy to understand answer, I can finally move on with my studies. Best wishes