December 20, 2011
In today’s exercise we implement the classic Unix V7 game hangman for guessing words. The player is given a series of blanks, one per letter of a word to be guessed. At each turn the player guesses a letter; if it is in the word, all occurrences of the letter are filled in the appropriate blank, but if the guess is wrong, another body part — traditionally, the head, torso, two arms and two legs, for a total of six — is added to the gibbet. The player wins by guessing all the letters of the word before the hangman adds all the pieces of his body.
Your task is to implement the interactive game of hangman. When you are finished, you are welcome to read or run a suggested solution, or to post your own solution or discuss the exercise in the comments below.
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