I'll try to make this question more clear in a little while. In the mean time, I'll ask directly the question which motivated it: Latin Square from submatrix

Original Question

I want, for instance, to obtain the code


and I'm not sure how to do it. If I run

Activate[Part[Inactive[Slot][#], 2] & /@ Range@999]

I get what I want, since Slot[n] has no second part. How do I get the input code for a part of an expression that may or may not exist without having it wrapped or inactive?

This problem arose when writing code to solve for missing matrix entries; each missing entry got assigned a numbered Slot. I may type this specific example up, but in the mean time here's a contrived example:


The desired output is

  • $\begingroup$ Does Indexed have the effect you want? $\endgroup$
    – mikado
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 21:25
  • $\begingroup$ I'm looking to use Part in a later piece of code to extract elements, I just don't want to manually type it. $\endgroup$
    – Adam
    Commented Feb 26, 2022 at 21:28

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I'm not sure what you are trying to do, but does the following help?

thelist = Table[Indexed[#, i], {i, 10}] &
(* Table[Indexed[#1, i], {i, 10}] & *)

thelist[Range[10, 20]]
(* {10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19} *)

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