Reversing a number

I was working through a programming challenge I found on Reddit and it seemed easy enough:

Find all numbers less than \$10^n\$ where the number and its reverse (the reverse of \$123\$ is \$321\$) are both divisible by \$7\$ and then sum them all together.

def challenge_229(power):
    numbers = []
    for x in range(0, 10**power, 7):
        if x % 7 == 0 and int(str(x)[::-1]) % 7 == 0:

challenge_229(3) # <-- Change this value.

Which works great for the example input of \$3\$, which results in the output \$10,787\$. However, it does not scale very well at all. To reach the goal requiring 10^11 will not be practical.

I figured the worst part of my program was the int(str(x)[::-1]) % 7 == 0 bit I used to reverse the number, but I’m unsure how I would go about making it more efficient. Does anyone have any ideas how I can optimize my program or think of a way I could solve it with relatively condense code that doesn’t use brute force?


There is a better way to implement the design you seem to be using. Rather than generating numbers and storing them in a list, just generate the numbers:

def generate_numbers(power):
    for x in range(0, 10**power, 7):
        if x % 7 == 0 and int(str(x)[::-1]) % 7 == 0:
            yield x

Then do what you want with the generated sequence; e.g.

print( sum(generate_numbers(3)) )

This is more a point of design than optimization, but I imagine it would be faster too.

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