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to Scrabble Score in the Nim Track

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Given a word, compute the Scrabble score for that word.

Letter Values

You'll need these:

Letter                           Value
A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T       1
D, G                               2
B, C, M, P                         3
F, H, V, W, Y                      4
K                                  5
J, X                               8
Q, Z                               10


"cabbage" should be scored as worth 14 points:

  • 3 points for C
  • 1 point for A, twice
  • 3 points for B, twice
  • 2 points for G
  • 1 point for E

And to total:

  • 3 + 2*1 + 2*3 + 2 + 1
  • = 3 + 2 + 6 + 3
  • = 5 + 9
  • = 14


  • You can play a double or a triple letter.
  • You can play a double or a triple word.

Running the tests

To compile and run the tests, just run the following in your exercise directory:

$ nim c -r scrabble_score_test.nim

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import unittest
import scrabble_score

# version 1.1.0

suite "Scrabble Score":
  test "lowercase letter":
    check score("a") == 1

  test "uppercase letter":
    check score("A") == 1

  test "valuable letter":
    check score("f") == 4

  test "short word":
    check score("at") == 2

  test "short, valuable word":
    check score("zoo") == 12

  test "medium word":
    check score("street") == 6

  test "medium, valuable word":
    check score("quirky") == 22

  test "long, mixed-case word":
    check score("OxyphenButazone") == 41

  test "english-like word":
    check score("pinata") == 8

  test "empty input":
    check score("") == 0

  test "entire alphabet available":
    check score("abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz") == 87

A, E, I, O, U, L, N, R, S, T       1
D, G                               2
B, C, M, P                         3
F, H, V, W, Y                      4
K                                  5
J, X                               8
Q, Z                               10


import tables,strutils, sequtils, math

const score_table = {'A':1, 'E':1, 'I':1, 'O':1, 'U':1, 'L':1, 'N':1, 'R':1, 'S':1, 'T':1, 
                     'D':2, 'G':2,
                     'B':3, 'C':3, 'M':3, 'P':3,
                     'F':4, 'H':4, 'V':4, 'W':4, 'Y':4,
                     'J':8, 'X':8,
                     'Q':10, 'Z':10}.toTable

proc score*(w:string):int = 

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