Hi,

I'm new to ruby and this is my first quiz entry, so
feel free to offer any feedback/suggestions etc.

Requires file english.txt (dicttionary) to be in same
dir as source.

Play is very basic as I've had to fit this in around
four young kids...
Enter a six letter word to progress to the next round
(another six letters), or as many smaller words as you
like to stay in the same round.

Cheers,
Dave

---------------------------------------------
?class Game

  def initialize
    @short_words= []
    @long_words= []
    get_dict
  end

  def get_dict
    puts "Reading File..."
    File.open("english.txt","r").each_line do |line|
      line.chomp!
      @short_words << line.downcase if
(3..5).include?(line.length)
      @long_words << line.downcase if line.length== 6
    end
    puts "Short words: " + @short_words.length.to_s
    puts "Six letter words: " +
@long_words.length.to_s
  end

  def start
    round_number= 0
    begin
      create_targets
    end while play_round(round_number+= 1)
  end

  def create_targets
    @target_word=
@long_words[rand(@long_words.length)]
    @target_letters= @target_word.clone
    10.times do
      pos= rand(6)
      @target_letters[0,1], @target_letters[pos,1]=
@target_letters[pos,1], @target_letters[0,1]
    end
  end

  def letter_match?(guess, target)
    0.upto(guess.length-1) do |i|
      letter= guess[i,1]
      if target.include?(letter) then
target[letter]=""
      else return false
      end
    end
    return true
  end

  def get_score(words_guessed, guess, target)
    points, round_end= 0, false
    if @short_words.include?(guess) ||
@long_words.include?(guess)
      if words_guessed.include?(guess)
        puts "You've used that word. No points this
time."
      else
        if letter_match?(guess, target)
          words_guessed << guess
          if guess.length==6
            puts "*** Well Done! You got the big one!
***"
            points= 1
            round_end= true
          else
            puts "Well done (+1 point)"
            points= 1
          end
        else puts "I know that word, but it doesn't
use the right letters. No points."
        end
      end
    else puts "I don't know that word"
    end
    return points, round_end
  end

  def play_round(round_number)
    words_guessed= []
    quit= false
    puts "\n\n---Round Number #{round_number}---"
    puts "\nLetters are: #{@target_letters.upcase}"
    begin
      print "\n[#{@target_letters.upcase}]
Points:#{words_guessed.length}. Guess (<Q>uit)>"
      guess= gets.downcase.chomp
      quit= (guess== 'q')
      if quit then puts "Bye"
      else points, round_end= get_score(words_guessed,
guess, @target_letters.clone)
      end
    end while not (round_end || quit)

    puts "You guessed #{words_guessed.sort.join(",
")}\nWord was #{@target_word}" if !quit
    return !quit
  end #play_round

end #class

game= Game.new
game.start



		
___________________________________________________________ 
What kind of emailer are you? Find out today - get a free analysis of your email personality. Take the quiz at the Yahoo! Mail Championship. 
http://uk.rd.yahoo.com/evt=44106/*http://mail.yahoo.net/uk