[Python-il] Silly Python riddle

Shai Berger shai at platonix.com
Sat Dec 17 17:01:29 IST 2011

On Saturday 17 December 2011, Ram Rachum wrote:
> Here's a silly Python riddle for you.
> Today I opened up a Python 2.7 shell, and ran two commands in it.
> >>> f = lambda: g(???)
> >>> f()
> (Note that these are the only commands that I ran. You're not allowed to
> run any other commands before them.)
> The riddle: What's the shortest thing you can put instead of *???* so my
> second command would not raise an exception?
I have a cheating solution that goes down to 3: """

It's cheating because your second line is not a command (and in fact, it makes 
the whole thing not yet a commnd):

>>> f = lambda: g(""")
... f()

But still, at this point, no exception has been raised.

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