What's New - October 2011
October 14, 2011: We're back home from a short hiatus visiting a grandson at college, Williamsburg Colonial village, Jamestown, Yorktown, and the Virginia Sate Fair. A Yorktown, I picked up "The Campaign That Won America, The Story of Yorktown" by Burke Davis and I've found it fascinating reading even though there is not an equation or puzzle in it. The main takeaway for me: the French played a crucial role in winning our independence from evil old Britain. I may have to reconsider my opinion of things François.
I posted another update today to a program included in our Wordstuff program, Unscramble this time. I added an option to handle cases where, rather than being scrambled, words are "interlaced". Letters for 2 or 3 words appear in the correct order but interspersed with letters of the other words. A new checkbox on the Unscramble form indicates that the letters represent interlaced words. The sample set of 17 letters included on the form represents 3 synonymous words in a puzzle from a recent Mensa Puzzle Calendar page. I did not successfully identify the words using human brainpower, but the program finds them in several ways in a minute or two.
"Form six 9-letter words by combining two 3-letter blocks below with each ending already placed in the grid. All blocks will be used. If you do it correctly, one of the vertical columns will spell a bonus word. Use these groups to complete the words in the grid: AFT, ARC, BET, DEM, ERG, HEN, KEB, ROT, SCO, SNA, UND, YST"
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