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Information - XW Puzzle

GenreBrain - Hangman / Word GameYear1990
LanguageGFA BASICPublisherBudgie UK
ControlsKeyboard, MouseDistributor
ResolutionMedium / HighLicensed from

Heywood, Jeffrey

CountryUnited Kingdom
Graphic Artist(s)SoftwareEnglish
Game designBox / InstructionsEnglish
Sound FXSerial
Cover Artist(s)ST TypeST, STe / 0.5MB
Dumpdownload atari XW Puzzle Download / STNumber of Disks1 / Double-Sided

Instructions - XW Puzzle

                      An aid in the design  
                       ( or compilation ) 
                      of Crossword Puzzles.

               For use on the Atari 52O ST Computer.
                     Medium or Hi-resolution.
                Single, or Double Sided, Disk drive.

                      BUDGIE LICENCEWARE

                      ½ 199O  J.Heywood.

          This program enables a design for a crossword puzzle  to 
be  drawn  up quickly and then it automatically finds  words  that 
will fit into the pattern of the grid designed.  The user is  left 
to  provide clues so that the compilation of a crossword  is  then 

          Running this program may alter several data files. They 
are of no great importance but  may be useful  illustrations  when 
using this program for the first time. Make a copy of the disk !
The  program  and  files  come on one  disk  in  either  the  Root 
directory or the XWPUZZLE folder.  

Double-Click on XWPUZZLE.PRG to run the program.  

It is essential that the file XWINFO.DAT and the XWLEX folder  are 
on the disk.

Most of the screen will display a grid of squares. The squares are 
toggled  by moving the mouse pointer over a square and  pressing  a 
button. ( Alternatively, pressing an alphabetical key will place a 
letter on the grid.  In this way it is possible to fix a few words 
of topical interest into the design - although not too many ! )

The left side of the screen diplays the main menu now described...

The Menu:
DESK    - About the program. Version number. Opportunity to QUIT.

SOLVE   - Checks whether a design satisfies  certain  constraints, 
saves the design ( file:  XWDES.DAT ),  and proceeds with the main 
objective  of the program - fitting words into the pattern of  the 
design. ( See Further Notes below ).
The box in the bottom left hand corner is mainly to indicate  that 
the program is still running.

DEMO    -  A  design  will be filled with  words  and  emptied  ad 
infinitum.  You  are given the option to file your own  design  on 
disk ( file:  XWDEM.DAT ). A few words fixed into the design could 
make an interesting advertisement !    

LOAD    - Loads a design ( file:  XWDES.DAT ).  
There is an option to load a partly ( or completely ) solved  grid 
( file:  XWSOL.DAT ). This is useful to complete, in stages, large 
or complicated designs which are taking some time to complete.

SAVE    - Save the current design ( file: XWDES.DAT ).

CLEAR   - Clears grid entirely.

SIZE    - Enables the alteration of the width and height  of  the 
design.  Hold down the mouse button with the pointer on the arrows 
for  a rapid response.  The maximum sizes allowed are 37 X  18  in 
Medium resolution, and  53 X 37   in Hi-resolution.

IMAGING - Used for producing symmetric designs and for speeding up 
the design process.

PRINT   - From the main menu,  this sends a copy of the design  to 
the printer.

OPTIONS - Any design has to satisfy certain constraints before the 
program responds to SOLVE.  These constraints exist to ensure that 
most designs will be completed in a reasonable length of time.

        (i)  The FIRST CONSTRAINT does not allow a space to  exist 
if there are also spaces next to it in the north,  north-west  and 
west  directions.   (  Most  newspaper  crosswords  satisfy   this 
constraint ).  Failing this constraint will always be reported. It 
is possible via 'OPTIONS' to arrange for the automatic filling  of 
spaces violating this constraint so that the design will pass next 
time around.

        (ii) The SECOND CONSTRAINT was essentially to exclude very 
long  words  not  available in  the  dictionary.  However,  it  is 
possible  to  set  your own limit on  word  length.  If  a  design 
requires  words  exceeding  this  limit  then  the  fact  will  be 
reported. Shorter words lead to quicker solutions !
               There  is  an option to fill  spaces  automatically 
thereby  reducing the length of words needed.  This is useful  for 
the  finishing touches to a large design but is not meant to be  a 
replacement for doing it manually.  Several selections of  'SOLVE' 
may  be required to satisfy this constraint because the  automatic 
filling is done reservedly in order not to ruin the manual design.
Single letter words in the design are ignored.

                          -  +  -
                       FURTHER NOTES
SOLVE   -  Once  the constraints are satisfied,  the  only  option 
available will be EXIT.  This returns to the main  menu.  However, 
this is via an option to save the partly ( or completely )  solved 
grid to disk ( file: XWSOL.DAT ). This is useful for solving large 
designs in several stages ( see LOAD above ).
Once the grid is filled with words other options appear :-

PRINT   - This is for printing your design,  and the list of words 
that fit the design, to screen or printer.

ANOTHER - Clears the words out of the grid and fill it again.

EXIT    - Already mentioned above in 'SOLVE'.

                          -  +  -

        There  is a file on the disk XWPRNT.DOC.  This is a
text  file of printer control codes in the detailed printing of  a 
design  and  near  letter quality listing  of  words.  It  may  be 
modified to suit your printer as follows... 

       An asterisk at the beginning of a line is for remarks.  The 
remarks will indicate what to do. Just place the sequence of ascii 
codes  for  a function on one line separated  by  spaces.  In  the 
detailed  printing of a design the character for a  vertical  line 
"|" is used and the code for this may be changed.  The lines  have 
to  kept  in the original order.  The maximum  width  of  detailed 
designs allowed to be printed depends on the number of  characters 
which can be printed on one line, this is can be changed.
"$" indicates the end of the file.

Finally, rename  the  file from XWPRNT.DOC to XWPRNT.DAT  and  the 
program will use it.

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