2003 Canadian Computing Competition, Stage 1

Problem J4/S2: Poetry

A simple poem consists of one or more four-line verses. Each line consists of one or more words consisting of upper or lower case letters, or a combination of both upper and lower case letters. Adjacent words on a line are separated by a single space.

We define the last syllable of a word to be the sequence of letters from the last vowel ("a", "e", "i", "o" or "u", but not "y") to the end of the word. If a word has no vowel, then the last syllable is the word itself. We say that two lines rhyme if their last syllables are the same, ignoring case.

You are to classify the form of rhyme in each verse. The form of rhyme can be perfect, even, cross, shell or free:

  • perfect rhyme: the four lines in the verse all rhyme
  • even rhyme: the first two lines rhyme and the last two lines rhyme
  • cross rhyme: the first and third lines rhyme, as do the second and fourth
  • shell rhyme: the first and fourth lines rhyme. as do the second and third
  • free rhyme: any form that is not perfect, even, cross, or shell

The first line of the input file contains an integer N. the number of verses in the poem. 1 ≤ N ≤ 5.

The following 4N lines of the input file contain the lines of the poem. Each line contains at most 80 letters of the alphabet and spaces as described above.

The output should have N lines. For each verse of the poem there should be a single line containing one of the words 'perfect', 'even', 'cross', 'shell' or 'free' describing the form or rhyme in that verse.

Sample Input 1

One plus one is small
one hundred plus one is not
you might be very tall
but summer is not

Sample Output 1


Sample Input 2

I say to you boo
You say boohoo
I cry too
It is too much foo
Your teacher has to mark
and mark and mark and teach
To do well on this contest you have to reach
for everything with a lark

Sample Output 2


Sample Input 3

It seems though
that without some dough
creating such a bash
is a weighty in terms of cash
But how I see
the problem so fair
is to write subtle verse
with hardly a rhyme

Sample Output 3


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Point Value: 5
Time Limit: 2.00s
Memory Limit: 16M
Added: Sep 27, 2008

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Not sure why, I made it so that it recognizes both upper and lower case, help would be highly appreciated, thank you!

no idea why my program never passes test cases 2 and 4. can anyone give me some test cases that will help me figure this out? thanks guys :)

Whether I SHOUT or speak doesn't affect if a word rhymes.

pls and thx

Well, your code just doesn't work at all - you start j at the end of the string, and then just increase it even more.

Thx. ... and why now? Just Asking.

Try just putting an 'else' instead of of an 'else if' for 'free'.

Or can they be any string?

As stated, all "words" consist exclusively of letters, which may be uppercase or lowercase.

You should not concern yourself with whether or not the "words" are valid English, if that's what you were asking - after all, this does not endow them with any special property.