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What's an eight letter word that starts with a ``W'' and means ``a terrific puzzle-aid''? If you haven't guessed, the answer is WORDFIND, a sensational program for anyone who loves puzzles but doesn't always have all the answers. WORDFIND assists in finding words for crossword puzzles and other types of word puzzles such as acrostics. Type in the word with a wild card symbol for the letters you don't know. WORDFIND searches its files and tells you every word that meets the letter requirements. You decide which word meets the crossword's definition. WORDFIND contains a dictionary full of words, from two letters to 20 letters long. This program is perfect for frustrated crossword players and budding cryptogram pundits.
UNAGRAM BONUS PRODUCT FOR REGISTERED USERS UNAGRAM is a program to solve anagrams. UNAGRAM uses the same files as WORDFIND. You enter the scrambled word and then UNAGRAM searches the appropriate file to see if there is a word(s) with the same letters. Occasionally a puzzle maker will inadvertently use a set of letters that can be rearranged in more than one way to create legitimate words. Therefore, UNAGRAM gives you the option of searching the entire file for all possible matches or terminating the search after the first match. UNAGRAM is included as a bonus when you order the registered version of WORDFIND. I think that the use of UNAGRAM is cheating; but I am not going to question your motives if you wish to use it.
Disk No: 2434 Disk Title: WordFind 1 of 2 (#2435 also) PC-SIG Version: S1 Program Title: Wordfind Author Version: 5.2S Author Registration: $15.00 Special Requirements: None What's an eight letter word that starts with a "W" and means "a terrific puzzle-helper"? If you haven't guessed, the answer is WORDFIND, a sensational program for anyone who loves puzzles but doesn't always have all the answers. WORDFIND assists you in finding words for crossword puzzles and other types of word puzzles such as acrostics. All you do is type in the word with a wild card symbol for the letters you don't know. WORDFIND searches its files and tells you every word that meets the letter requirements. You still get to decide which word meets the crossword's definition. WORDFIND contains a dictionary full of words, from two letters to 20 letters long. This program is perfect for frustrated crossword players and budding cryptogram pundits. PC-SIG 1030D East Duane Avenue Sunnyvale Ca. 94086 (408) 730-9291 (c) Copyright 1989 PC-SIG, Inc.
╔═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╗ ║ <<<< PC-SIG Disk #2434 WORDFIND >>>> ║ ║ (Disk 1 of 2, #2435 also) ║ ╠═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╣ ║ To print documentation and installation instructions, type: ║ ║ COPY WORDFIND.DOC PRN (press Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To view the author's note regarding his registration bonus, type: ║ ║ TYPE BONUS.DOC (press Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ To start WORDFIND, type: WORDFIND ║ ║ (Note: WORDFIND can be started from both disks) ║ ║ ║ ║ To read author's notes about the program, insert Disk 2 and type: ║ ║ TYPE S-WARE.ASC (press Enter) ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ ║ Copyright 1990, PC-SIG, Inc. ║ ╚═════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════════╝
WORDFIND Version 5.2S WORDFIND is a system to assist you in finding words for crossword puzzles and for other types of word puzzles such as acrostics. The system consists of this file, WORDFIND.DOC, the executable program FIND52S.EXE and 19 word files: X2, X3, X4, . . . X20. The file X2 contains 2 letter words, X3 contains 3 letter words, etc. The executable program is an MS-DOS program and will run on MS-DOS computers, even ones which are not fully IBM PC compatible. WORDFIND (Copyright 1989, Castle Oaks Computer Services) is a shareware program which has been distributed for trial use only. If you use it, you should register. Send your registration fee of $15.00 to: Castle Oaks Computer Services P. O. Box 36082 Indianapolis, IN 46236-0082 You should include in your registration letter, name, address and telephone number. After your registration fee is received, a registered copy of the program will be sent to you and your name will be placed on our list of registered users. Registered users will be notified of any updates to the software or word files and any other type of programs being offered by Castle Oaks. You may share this program with others but they should be encouraged to register also. The word files have been abstracted from a dictionary of words provided by Public Brand Software. INSTALLATION The files needed for the system total nearly 600,000 bytes. They are distributed on two floppy disks. Disk one contains this file, the executable file WORDFIND.EXE and the files X2 through X9. Disk two also contains WORDFIND.EXE and the files X10 through X20. FLOPPY disk based system - Make working copies of both disks and store the distribution disks for safe keeping. No other installation is necessary. Use disk one if you wish to find words whose lengths are 9 or fewer letters. Use disk two to find words that are 10 to 20 letters in length. Normally, on a floppy based system you will boot up with a system disk in drive A:, you may then place either working disk one or two in drive B:, log to drive B: and run WORDFIND. HARD disk based system - Make a directory called WORDS, (or a name of your own choice) change directory to WORDS and copy both disks one and two to this directory. Store your distribution disks for safe keeping. USAGE Before running the program, log to the drive and/or subdirectory containing the executable program and the word files that are to be searched. Then to run the program, you may either enter just WORDFIND and the system will prompt you for a template word, or you may enter WORDFIND <template>. Where <template> is the first template word to be used. A template word is a series of known letters in known positions with wild card characters in the positions where the letters are not known. (In versions 4.0 and later, any non- alphabetic character may be used as the wild card character. In earlier versions, the wild card character had to be a '?'.) A new feature of version 5.2 is that you may not use the characters '-', '=', or '+' as regular wild cards. They are special wild cards to indicate duplicate letters. This is especially useful in solving cryptograms. Suppose a cryptogram has the coded word "QZXZXAQBDFZ". You can see that the 1st and 7th letters are the same; the 2nd, 4th and 11th letters are the same; and the 3rd and 5th letters are the same. Suppose that you have already determined that the 6th letter, "A", represents "B", then a suitable template could be: -=+=+b-???= The single word, "REMEMBRANCE" will be found. In versions 5.0 and later, the program will prompt you for another template word. If you wish to terminate the program, just press the carriage return. Whenever a search is made, an appropriate file is opened and the entire file is read. In the worst case, (a 4.77 megahertz, 360K floppy based computer searching the file X8), the search will require a little over a minute. Displaying words is slow in comparison to searching, therefore when the search finds many matches, the process is significantly slower than when only a few matches are found. If you have a faster computer and/or a hard disk or faster floppy drives, the search will take less time. If the search reveals the desired word before reading the entire file, you may abort the search by pressing the control key and the 'c' key at the same time. MODIFICATIONS The word files have been condensed in order to save space. The condensing method used is a simple one which will allow a user to modify these files if needed. The first word in a file is a full length word. Any subsequent words may be shorter. If any characters at the beginning of a word are the same as those in the previous word, they are not repeated. For example, in the 20 character word file, X20, the first word is ANTIENVIRONMENTALISM, the second word is ANTIENVIRONMENTALIST. Since the first 19 characters of each word agree, only the T of the second word appears in the second record. The third word is ANTIINSTITUTIONALISM. Only the first 4 characters of words 2 and 3 agree, therefore the third record contains INSTITUTIONALISM. Furthermore, to save space, each record is terminated with a line feed only. Various text editors and word processors may be used to edit these files. If, for example, you wish to add a word to a file, it may be added immediately before any full length word in the file. Although the files are now alphabetical, that is not a requirement for the search. The word need not be condensed unless the user desires to do so. If it is condensed, then it must be preceded by words that will provide the correct leading characters.
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