boggletool - play a game of boggle


     /usr/games/boggletool [ number ] [ +[+]] [ 16-character
     string ]


     This game is available with the Games software installation
     option.  Refer to Installing the SunOS for information on
     how to install optional software.


     boggletool allows you to play the game of Boggle (TM Parker
     Bros.) against the computer.  The number argument specifies
     the time limit in minutes (the default is 3 minutes).  If a
     16 character long string is placed on the command line, it
     is interpreted as a Boggle board: the first four letters
     form the top row, the next four letters the second row, etc.
     If no letters are specified, a board is randomly rolled by
     the computer from a set of Boggle cubes.  The +[+] argument
     is explained below under Advanced Play .


     Rules of the Game

     The object of Boggle is to find as many words as possible in
     a 4 by 4 grid of letters within a certain time limit.  Words
     may be formed from any sequence of 3 or more adjacent
     letters in the grid.  The letters may join horizontally,
     vertically, or diagonally.  Normally, no letter in the grid
     may be used more than once in a word (see Advanced Play for

     Playing the Game
     When invoked, boggletool displays a grid of letters and an
     hourglass.  To enter words, simply type in lower case
     letters to spell the word you want.  Use any whitespace
     (SPACE, TAB, or NEWLINE) to finish a word.  To correct mis-
     takes you make, use BACKSPACE or DEL to delete the last
     character, or use CTRL-U to delete an entire word.  bog-
     gletool verifies that words you enter are both in the grid
     and are valid English words.  If you type in a character
     which would form a word which is not in the grid, the
     display will flash and the character you typed will not be
     echoed.  When you type any whitespace to end the current
     word, boggletool will verify that the word is three or more
     letters long and that it appears in the dictionary.  If the
     word you typed is illegal for either reason, the display
     will flash and you will have to either erase the word or
     change it.  If you try to enter a valid word which you have
     already entered, the display will flash and the previous
     occurrence of the word will be highlighted.  Again, you will
     have to erase the word before continuing.  As you enter
     words, the "sand" in the hourglass will fall.  At the end of
     the time limit, the display will flash and you will no
     longer be allowed to enter words.  After a moment, the com-
     puter will display two lists of words: the words you found,
     and other words which also appear in the grid.  To play
     another game, just type any capital letter (or use the pop-
     up menu).

     Using the Menu

     The pop-up menu is invoked by pressing the RIGHT mouse but-
     ton.  There are four items in it, and they work as follows.

     Restart Game
          Create a new boggletool a new board, reset the timer,
          and allow you to start from scratch.

     Restart Timer
          Allows you to cheat by reseting the hourglass timer to

     Give Up
          End the game and print the results immediately.

     Quit Allows you to quit running the boggletool program.  A
          prompt appears asking you to confirm the quit; when it
          does, click the LEFT mouse button to quit or the RIGHT
          mouse button to abort the quit.

     Advanced Play
     There are two options for advanced players.  If a single +
     appears on the command line, letters in the grid may be
     reused.  If two +'s are on the command line, letters may
     also be considered adjacent to themselves as well as to
     their neighbors.  Although it is far easier to find words
     with these two options, there are also many more possible
     words in the grid and it is therefore difficult to find them


                         dictionary file for computer's words