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For those who are (or might become) fans of Sunday's weekly "Wicked Wonderful Wordies" visual idiom #Puzzles --

There are currently 35 sets of 12 wordies in PDF format available.

Direct your browser to:

Please feel free to share the PDF files with family and friends...even casual acquaintances!

Reminder: a new puzzle will appear here in the fediverse on Sundays...until they run out.

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Another shout out to @andinus
for their effort to help me wrap my head around some software installation issues.

The special news for #Puzzle fans is that the Embroidery puzzle will be better checked ahead of time so I will avoid unplanned double words for the "one-word" Sunday puzzle.

Thanks to all of you who write niche software, and help us more basic users to achieve our goals.


re: Answer 

@Algot Yes, I try to solve it by myself first. I don't reply when I solve it with the program (should I?). But I do check it every week!

> Have you gotten any feedback on the program from anybody.

No, I have only shared it on here.

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I've been using ivy for incremental completion for like half a decade now, and only today I discovered that M-o on an item displays a list of additional actions available for it.

#Emacs seems to be a never-ending story of discovering and learning trivia. Still, my brain likes it. Craves it, almost.

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through #perl (a language) one can do web development (mojolicious), and user interface programming (tk) creating applications; access systems such as databases (dbi) and operating systems (eg. unix user management), do network programming (socket, dns, smtp), and many other really interesting things related to computers (eg. logging, date, automation, orm)


@Algot Incarcerated!

I noticed "Jail" first.

@yisraeldov ox-hugo does this but you need hugo to generate the pages.

@rwp OpenBSD. It's easy to setup & everything just works.


@Algot Prognostic!

Octans found "prognostication", which covers the whole puzzle except for a single cell.

re: OCTANS Question 

@Algot I had to change the code to make it work on 6 letter words but now it can be passed as an option (`--length=6'). I released v0.1.3 with this change.

Octans found 4 words in this puzzle when I change the minimum length to 6 & made every square a gray square.

Words: confusion, fusion, fungic, reigns.

I think you were looking for "reigns".

I was surprised by it's performance, adding extra starting positions didn't slow it down by much. It's probably because we are performing binary range search on words & once they're loaded in memory, it's very fast.

> I do hope you are having fun with your code. Don't let it become a PIA chore at any point.

Octans is fun! Thanks for making these puzzles otherwise I probably wouldn't have worked on this.


@Algot Confusion! Was easy because it was along the edges.

@Algot Those words do look uncommon. I plan to write a word search puzzle generator too... someday.

Do you know about tildes are pubnixes, anyone can ask for an account.

You don't have to setup Raku on your system, you could ask for an account on one of the tildes & use it there!

@Algot Thanks :flan_smile:​,

> including the ability to solve more generic wordsearch puzzles of many different sizes?

Actually that was possible in the online version I linked but not in the program because there octans had to get the starting points by itself.

But since you mentioned it, I fixed the program. There are 2 ways of giving it a puzzle, one is via a file & other, linking to your posts. Both ways, it can solve puzzles of any input size. (see attached image).

Also, you don't have to input the @gray-squares manually, it'll automatically set it. ( sample input file: )

> I am, in fact using Kubuntu.

Ah, that's nice. It'll be easy to get Raku setup on there. You can use octans right after you get rakudo setup, even without installing zef & the dependency.

> Hope you are getting enough sleep while you devote so much time to this project.

Hah... I should goto sleep :flan_aw:​. Night o/

While testing I found another puzzle that has multiple solutions: (see attached image for solutions, some are repeated because there are multiple paths to that word)

@Algot If you want to look at the source then follow this link:

GitHub hasn't added syntax highlighting for `.rakumod' yet. `CLI.rakumod' is where octans enters the script.

The file is small because I moved all functions to their own modules, you can find that in the `lib/' directory itself.

Also an interesting thing about Raku: You can use non-ascii characters as variable names, search for `my %π’»π’Άπ“ƒπ’Έπ“Ž-π’Έπ’½π’Άπ“‡π“ˆ' in that file. It's a hash map which uses non-ascii characters as variable name.

This version includes a dictionary with it:

It's taken from the Moby Project: and contains 354,984 words.

And here is the distribution:

That means you can install it with zef (Raku module installer), just run `zef install octans' and start using it!

If you have a Linux/BSD machine nearby then I could help you setup Raku. Latest binaries are available for ubuntu, should be the same for any other popular distro.

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