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Solve the zebra puzzle.

  1. There are five houses.
  2. The Englishman lives in the red house.
  3. The Spaniard owns the dog.
  4. Coffee is drunk in the green house.
  5. The Ukrainian drinks tea.
  6. The green house is immediately to the right of the ivory house.
  7. The Old Gold smoker owns snails.
  8. Kools are smoked in the yellow house.
  9. Milk is drunk in the middle house.
  10. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  11. The man who smokes Chesterfields lives in the house next to the man with the fox.
  12. Kools are smoked in the house next to the house where the horse is kept.
  13. The Lucky Strike smoker drinks orange juice.
  14. The Japanese smokes Parliaments.
  15. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.

Each of the five houses is painted a different color, and their inhabitants are of different national extractions, own different pets, drink different beverages and smoke different brands of cigarettes.

Which of the residents drinks water? Who owns the zebra?

Exception messages

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To raise a message with an exception, just write it as an argument to the exception type. For example, instead of raise Exception, you should write:

raise Exception("Meaningful message indicating the source of the error")

Running the tests

To run the tests, run the appropriate command below (why they are different):

  • Python 2.7: py.test zebra_puzzle_test.py
  • Python 3.4+: pytest zebra_puzzle_test.py

Alternatively, you can tell Python to run the pytest module (allowing the same command to be used regardless of Python version): python -m pytest zebra_puzzle_test.py

Common pytest options

  • -v : enable verbose output
  • -x : stop running tests on first failure
  • --ff : run failures from previous test before running other test cases

For other options, see python -m pytest -h

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Source

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_Puzzle

Submitting Incomplete Solutions

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

zebra_puzzle_test.py

import unittest

from zebra_puzzle import drinks_water, owns_zebra


# Tests adapted from `problem-specifications//canonical-data.json` @ v1.1.0

class ZebraPuzzleTest(unittest.TestCase):
    def test_resident_who_drinks_water(self):
        self.assertEqual(drinks_water(), "Norwegian")

    def test_resident_who_owns_zebra(self):
        self.assertEqual(owns_zebra(), "Japanese")


if __name__ == '__main__':
    unittest.main()
# Intentionally left blank

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