hangman game with serious problems!!

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    Unhappy hangman game with serious problems!!

    i have got my code working but it just runs a continuous loop of inputting characters...how do i get it to accept the letts either as being in the word and assign them to right place or as a incorrect guess??
    please help no strings!!

    #include <stdio.h>

    #define letters 5

    int search(const char word[], int letternum, char letter);

    int main(void)
    {
    char word[letters] = {'m','o', 'u', 's', 'e'};
    char letter;
    int location;
    int tries= 0;
    {
    printf("choose a letter: ");
    while(tries<6)
    scanf("%c", &letter);
    }
    location= search(word, letters, letter);
    {
    if (location >-1)
    printf("%c was found\n input another letter" , letter);
    else
    printf("input another character:");
    }
    ++tries;
    return 0;
    }

    int search(const char list[], int letternum, char letter)
    {
    int i= 0, found;

    found = 0;

    while ( i<letternum && !found)

    { if (list[i] ==letter)
    found= 1;
    else i++;
    }
    if (found) return i ;
    else return -1;
    }

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    It's because all of your {} are out of place

    The code reduces to just these two lines
    while(tries<6)
    scanf("%c", &letter);

    Since you don't modify tries in this loop, this is all this loop will ever do

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    hmm so how would i go about fixing this..sorry but im a newbie to this !!

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    Short answer is start again - big bang programming is rarely effective.

    Build the program in small steps - like before you charge off and see if a char is in an array, get the basic char input routine working.

    Until it works, you're not going anywhere, so there's no point writing more code. It's a lot easier to debug a small bit of code than a large bit.

    Then put that to one side, and try this program
    Code:
    int main ( ) {
       char word[letters] = {'m','o', 'u', 's', 'e'}; 
       int location; 
       location = search ( word, letters, 'a' );
       printf( "Location is %d\n", location );
       location = search ( word, letters, 'e' );
       printf( "Location is %d\n", location );
       location = search ( word, letters, 'm' );
       printf( "Location is %d\n", location );
       return 0;
    }
    Again, more testing of the code in small bits - you can focus on the search, without worrying about input.

    When you've got enough component ideas working, then you can start to bring them together.

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