Two problems

Today on the BBC Radio 4 website, a regex crossword puzzle.

“Instead of a word or phrase, each clue is a regular expression (or a ‘regex’). To complete the puzzle, find the letter matching both the horizontal and vertical regex for each square.”

Great idea for a puzzle, and which reminds of this quote:

“Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know,

I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.”

—Jamie Zawinski

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that “I know, I’ll use regular expressions” can be replaced with just about anything obviously difficult, like “Let’s ask the officers” in a military context.