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"Nikola, what’s wrong with Stephen?" Sofia shouted in fear when she saw Nikola poking his tools inside Stephen’s leg.

"He stepped on a landmine."


"Don't worry. The robots in his class have an extremely strong frame unlike us; he was mostly unscathed by the explosion. Once I double check everything, I’ll send him in for cleaning."

"But where did he even find the landmine?"

"Yes, that's the question we should be worrying about. There's a landmine field about a 2 hour walk away from here. It looks like somebody is protecting something, or maybe protecting themselves from something. However, there is no easy way to cross that field.

"Is Stephen conscious now? Can he hear us?"

"No, but I know what you want to ask and my answer is no! We are not going to let Stephen clear a path through the field for us. Even his fireproof frame will not be able to endure the blasts for that long. Plus it’s an extremely unpleasant activity."

"How could you think that I would even ask something like that?" Sofia said angrily.

"So what was your question about then?"

"It doesn’t matter…so what do you propose? What are our options?"

"We will let you go there," said Nikola.

"What?! My frame isn't as strong as Stephen’s! No. No. No. I may be beautiful and expensive, but that doesn't mean I am durable and reliable."

"There is a magnetic field there so every landmine is drawn to a metallic frame."

"Oh, so it won't be as bad if I go there?"

"Exactly. You have almost no metallic details --you can easily move around there."

"Even though your knowledge has never failed me, I would still love to put it to the test," said Sofia while looking for something in the ship database. But, wait! I can't go there without you and, at the same time, I can't leave you alone here."

"You're right--I don’t want you to go there alone. That's why I will give you a device that will not only show you where the mines are, but it will also indicate the strength of the magnetic field around them. This will help us know how many landmines there are around a particular cell and, based on that data, determine where the landmines are."

"Okay, give me that device so that I can go around the field and make a map."

"Don’t rush--it’s not that easy. If you step on a landmine we will need many expensive, and pretty, details. We'll need to write a module that will calculate the landmines' locations while you're moving along the route so that you don't accidentally step on them."

"We'll have to write this module very carefully, correct? I want to be able to look you in the eyes, Mr. Smarty Pants, from the safety of the other side of the field."

Minesweeper is a popular classic computer game. The object of the game is to clear an abstract minefield without detonating a mine. The player is initially presented with a grid of undifferentiated squares. Some randomly selected squares, unknown to the player, contain mines. The size of the grid is typically 10x10. The game is played by revealing various squares of the grid. If a square containing a mine is revealed, it detonates and the player loses the game. When a non-mined square is clicked, a digit is revealed in the square. This indicates the number of adjacent squares (typically, out of the possible eight) that contain mines. In typical implementations, if this number is zero then the square appears blank, and the surrounding squares are automatically revealed. You should open all cells without mine or mark all mines.

Let's learn the rules:
  • - If you uncover a mine, the game ends.
  • - If you uncover an empty square, you can keep playing.
  • - If you mark as mine a mined cell, you can keep playing.
  • - If you uncover a number, it will tell you how many mines lay hidden beneath the eight surrounding squares—use this information to deduce which nearby squares are safe to click on.
  • - If you mark as mine a cell without mine, the game ends.
  • - If you uncover already opened cell, the game ends (we don't like perpetual game.).

On each iteration, the checkio function got a field's map as argument. The map is presented as a list of list. Each cell on the map can be marked as: -1 -- not opened cells, 9 -- a mine, a number from 0 to 8 -- a count of the number of mines surrounding the cell. Your checkio function must return a tuple or a list of three values. The first value reflects whether there is a landmine on the following coordinates (true or false). The second and third values are the coordinates in the passed field map (field[i][j]). For starting the game you can use [0, 0] cell -- it is empty always.

minesweeper minesweeper

Input: A field map as a list of lists with integeres.

Output: A tuple or a list with next values: is it a mine as boolean, row and column as integers.


    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
])  # [False, 0, 0]
    [0, 2, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 2, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 1, 1, 1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 0, 0, 1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 1, 1, 2, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [0, 1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [2, 1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
    [-1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1, -1],
])  # [True, 0, 2]

How it is used: Of course the goal of this task is to show that you have the skills to write a bot for the original Windows game and save your colleagues from procrastination. These skills can also help with more serious problems and can be used in prediction and decision systems.

len(field) == 10
all(len(row) == 10 for rown in field)
field[0][0] == 0
The puzzle is solvable without random guessing.

Invalid hot key. Each hot key should be unique and valid
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CheckiO Extensions

CheckiO Extensions allow you to use local files to solve missions. More info in a blog post.

In order to install CheckiO client you'll need installed Python (version at least 3.8)

Install CheckiO Client first:

pip3 install checkio_client

Configure your tool

checkio --domain=py config --key=

Sync solutions into your local folder

checkio sync

(in beta testing) Launch local server so your browser can use it and sync solution between local file end extension on the fly. (doesn't work for safari)

checkio serv -d

Alternatevly, you can install Chrome extension or FF addon

checkio install-plugin
checkio install-plugin --ff
checkio install-plugin --chromium

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