# Print string of odd length in ‘X’ format

Given a string of odd length, print the string X format.

Examples:

```Input: 12345
Output:
1       5
2   4
3
2   4
1       5

Input: geeksforgeeks
Output:
g                         s
e                     k
e                 e
k             e
s         g
f      r
o
f     r
s         g
k             e
e                 e
e                      k
g                          s ```

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The idea is to use two variables in a single loop, the first variable ‘i’ goes from left to right and second variables ‘j’ goes from right to left. The upper part of Cross (or X) is printed before they meet. The central character is printed when they meet and lower parted is printed after they cross each other. In the upper part str[i] is printed before str[j] and in the lower part, str[j] is printed before str[i].

Below is C++ implementation of above idea.

```// C++ program to print Cross pattern
#include<iostream>
using namespace std;

// Function to print given string in cross pattern
// Length of string must be odd
void printPattern(string str)
{
int len = str.length();

// i goes from 0 to len and j goes from len-1 to 0
for (int i=0,j=len-1; i<=len,j>=0; i++,j--)
{
// To print the upper part. This loop runs
// til middle point of string (i and j become
// same
if (i<j)
{
// Print i spaces
for (int x=0; x<i; x++)
cout << " ";

// Print i'th character
cout << str[i];

// Print j-i-1 spaces
for (int x=0; x<j-i-1; x++)
cout << " ";

// Print j'th character
cout << str[j] << endl;
}

// To print center point
if (i==j)
{
// Print i spaces
for (int x=0; x<i; x++)
cout << " ";

// Print middle character
cout << str[i] << endl;
}

// To print lower part
else if (i>j)
{
// Print j spances
for (int x = j-1; x>=0; x--)
cout << " ";

// Print j'th character
cout << str[j];

// Print i-j-1 spaces
for (int x=0; x<i-j-1; x++)
cout << " ";

// Print i'h character
cout << str[i] << endl;
}
}
}

// Driver program
int main()
{
printPattern("geeksforgeeks");
return 0;
}
```

Output:

```g           s
e         k
e       e
k     e
s   g
f r
o
f r
s   g
k     e
e       e
e         k
g           s```

Alternative Solution :

```// CPP program to print cross pattern
#include<bits/stdc++.h>
using namespace std;

// Function to print given string in
// cross pattern
void pattern(string str, int len){

// i and j are the indexes of characters
// to be displayed in the ith iteration
// i = 0 intially and go upto length of
// string
// j = length of string initially
// in each iteration of i, we increment
// i and decrement j, we print character
// only of k==i or k==j
for (int i = 0; i < len; i++)
{
int j = len -1 - i;
for (int k = 0; k < len; k++)
{
if (k == i || k == j)
cout << str[k];
else
cout << " ";
}
cout << endl;
}
}

// driver code
int main ()
{
string str = "geeksforgeeks";
int len = str.size();
pattern(str, len);

return 0;
}
// This code is contributed by Satinder Kaur
```

Output:

```g           s
e         k
e       e
k     e
s   g
f r
o
f r
s   g
k     e
e       e
e         k
g           s```

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