Remember how I mentioned the Sieve wasn't the most performant solution? Here's a **much** faster solution. On my system the time dropped from 11.661 seconds to .332 seconds. Also, it makes use of one of my favorite features in Python, so far: generators.

```
"""Solves Problem 7 from Project Euler."""
import math
import sys
def is_prime(candidate, known_primes):
"""Determines whether candidate is prime by trial division using \
known_primes.
For this function to work, known_primes *must* be accurate.
"""
last_possible = math.sqrt(candidate)
for current_prime in known_primes:
if current_prime > last_possible:
break
if not candidate % current_prime:
return False
return True
def primes_generator():
"""A generator for all the primes <= sys.maxint."""
candidates = xrange(2, sys.maxint)
primes = []
for n in candidates:
if is_prime(n, primes):
primes.append(n)
yield n
def problem_7(n):
"""Finds the nth prime number."""
primes = primes_generator()
i = 0
while i < n - 1:
i += 1
primes.next()
return primes.next()
if __name__ == '__main__':
print problem_7(10001)
```

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