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Python Python Basics (2015) Letter Game App Letter Game Introduction


Hello, I wrote the same code as in the lesson but the program does not end when i guess the right word as it should be. I don't know why.

import random 

words = ['apple', 'banana', 'orange', 'coconut', 'lime', 'lemon', 'blueberry']

while True:
    start = input("press inter/return to start, or enter Q to quit")
    if start.lower() == 'q':

    secret_word= random.choice(words)
    bad_guesses = []
    good_guesses= []

    while len(bad_guesses) <7 and len(good_guesses)!= len(list(secret_word)):
        for letter in secret_word:
            if letter in good_guesses:
                print(letter, end='')
                print('_', end='')

        print("strikes: {}/7".format(len(bad_guesses)))

        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 have already guess that letter")
        elif not guess.isalpha():
            print("you can only guess letters!")

        if guess in secret_word:
            if len(good_guesses)== len(list(secret_word)):
                print("You win! The word was {}".format(secret_word))
        print("you did not guess it my secret word was {}".format(secret_word))

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

The issue is the length of the secret word doesn't consider if the secret word has repeated letters. If there are repeats, the length of guess could never match the secret word length. In the video teacher's notes, Kenneth admits this issue exists and will be addressed in the next video.

Hint: if you want to fix it yourself, a set is a quick way to get the unique characters.

Post back if you need more help. Good luck!!

Check out my version of the game. I wrote it from scratch before watching video: https://repl.it/Kxk9/102