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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 test_scrabble_score.nim

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import unittest
import scrabble_score

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
import tables, sequtils, strutils, math

# This table is nice to ensure we copy the exercise correctly.
    lettersByScore = {
         1: @['A', 'E', 'I', 'O', 'U', 'L', 'N', 'R', 'S', 'T'],
         2: @['D', 'G'],
         3: @['B', 'C', 'M', 'P'],
         4: @['F', 'H', 'V', 'W', 'Y'],
         5: @['K'],
         8: @['J', 'X'],
        10: @['Q', 'Z']
    ordA = ord('A')

func idx(upperCaseLetter: char): int = ord(upperCaseLetter) - ordA

# It is better to invert the table, though, to compute scores efficiently. An
# array is going to be more efficient than a table.
var scoreForLetter: array[ord('Z') - ordA + 1, int]
for score, letters in lettersByScore:
    for letter in letters:
      scoreForLetter[idx(letter)] = score

proc score(letter: char): int =

proc score*(word: string): int =

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