[Purdue-pm] Possible February Challenge

Dave Jacoby jacoby at purdue.edu
Tue Jan 19 12:54:40 PST 2010

Yes, MASLI would be illegal. You have to go to adjacent letters.

I used dictionaries found in the CERIAS FTP site. 
[http://ftp.cerias.purdue.edu/pub/dict/] It has grown since the last I 
downloaded. I'm trying my code with the words from Webster's Dictionary.

I know there's one winning word that is not within that dictionary, but 
it's the most common in standard usage. Let's make that the official 
word-list of this challenge.

Mark Senn wrote:
>   > Take the phrase "Pre-Christmas Sale". Break it up into a 4x4 block.
>   > 
>   > 	P R E C
>   > 	H R I S
>   > 	T M A S
>   > 	S A L E
>   > 
>   > The challenge was to find the longest word you can find within this
>   > block. You can go up-down, left-right or diagonally. You cannot reuse
>   > a letter, but you can "cross the stream". Meaning, if there was such a
>   > word as "AESL", assuming "P" as element[0][0] of this array of arrays,
>   > that would be [3,3], [4,4], [3,4], [4,3] (or vice versa, depending on
>   > how you count) and perfectly legitimate. Basically, we're programming
>   > the computer to play Boggle.
> Just want to make sure I understand what "crossing the stream" means.
> The sequence of letters MASLI would be illegal, right?    -mark

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