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Python Python Basics (2015) Number Game App Squared

Squared Question - "TypeError: can't multiply sequence by non-int of type 'str'"

I can get versions of these to work in the workspaces, but I can't seem to get it right in the code challenge box. Any tips?

###First Attempt###
def squared(item):
        answer = int(item * item)
    except ValueError:
        string_length = int(len(item))
        answer = string_lenth * item

###Second Try###
def squared(item):
        return(item ** 2)
    except ValueError:
        return(len(item)) * item       

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,423 Points

Your first attempt is very close. A few fixes are needed:

answer = int(item) * int(item) # convert separately

answer = string_length * item  # typo in string_length

return answer # remember to return something

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

Wildy helpful. Thank you! The typo is especially embarassing.