I don't know how regularly I'll be doing them, but a friend told me I should try to do adventofcode.com's challenges, so I've been working away at solving what I can. I thought I finally came up with a solution for day 1, which might be inelegant, but it seemed to work:

puts "Enter your number:" print ">>" number = gets.chomp number_array = number.split('') sum = 0 number_array.each_with_index do |x, i| x = x.to_i next_item = number_array[i+1].to_i if x == next_item sum = x + sum end end if number_array.last == number_array.first sum = number_array.last.to_i + sum end puts sum

The good news is, before I was given my puzzle input, it worked great! The bad news is, then I saw my puzzle input:

21752342814933766938172121674976879111362417653261522357855816893656462449168377359285244818489723869987861247912289729579296691684761143544956991583942215236568961875851755854977946147178746464675227699149925227227137557479769948569788884399379821111382536722699575759474473273939756348992714667963596189765734743169489599125771443348193383566159843593541134749392569865481578359825844394454173219857919349341442148282229689541561169341622222354651397342928678496478671339383923769856425795211323673389723181967933933832711545885653952861879231537976292517866354812943192728263269524735698423336673735158993853556148833861327959262254756647827739145283577793481526768156921138428318939361859721778556264519643435871835744859243167227889562738712953651128317624673985213525897522378259178625416722152155728615936587369515254936828668564857283226439881266871945998796488472249182538883354186573925183152663862683995449671663285775397453876262722567452435914777363522817594741946638986571793655889466419895996924122915777224499481496837343194149123735355268151941712871245863553836953349887831949788869852929147849489265325843934669999391846286319268686789372513976522282587526866148166337215961493536262851512218794139272361292811529888161198799297966893366553115353639298256788819385272471187213579185523521341651117947676785341146235441411441813242514813227821843819424619974979886871646621918865274574538951761567855845681272364646138584716333599843835167373525248547542442942583122624534494442516259616973235858469131159773167334953658673271599748942956981954699444528689628848694446818825465485122869742839711471129862632128635779658365756362863627135983617613332849756371986376967117549251566281992964573929655589313871976556784849231916513831538254812347116253949818633527185174221565279775766742262687713114114344843534958833372634182176866315441583887177759222598853735114191874277711434653854816841589229914164681364497429324463193669337827467661773833517841763711156376147664749175267212562321567728575765844893232718971471289841171642868948852136818661741238178676857381583155547755219837116125995361896562498721571413742

That is a long number.

More to come, I hope.