Simon Kr?ger wrote:
> Dear Ruby Quiz,
>
> this isn't really a solution to the quiz 109 because it violates
> some (if not all) of the rules. But as James noted there was a
> code golf problem very similar to this quiz and here is my
> solution to that.
> (see http://codegolf.com/oblongular-number-spirals for detailed
> description of the code golf problem)
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> s,f=1,proc{|x,y|y<1?[]:[[*s...s+=x]]+f[y-1,x].reverse.transpose}

This is more obfuscated than

s=1
f=proc{|x,y|y<1?[]:[[*s...s+=x]]+f[y-1,x].reverse.transpose}

and is no shorter.

> puts f[w=gets(' ').to_i,gets.to_i].map{|i|['%3i']*w*' '%i}
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>
> It draws a number spiral, starting with '1' in the upper left
> corner and the highest number in the middle, it also features
> spirals that are not quadratic.
>
> Yes, you will get some score at the codegolf site if you repost
> this solution there

If the site accepted this, then it wasn't tested thoroughly
enough.  '%3i' gives every number-spiral a column-width
of 3;  the column-width should equal the width of the
largest number.