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  • November 2, 2006

Cheating the Guardian

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
The Guardian, by far my favorite newspaper, recently began putting small puzzles on the back of their "G2" supplement. One of the puzzles requires that you find the longest word from a set of scrambled letters. This part of the paper has been spoiling my reading pleasure, forcing me to think about unscrambling instead of reading the paper itself. But, no more! Via a publicly available web service accessed by NetBeans IDE 5.5, by means of a few modules, I can now just type in the scrambled word, press Enter, and then see the possible answers in a TopComponent. For example, today's scrambled word is "tlueinjys". The target word contains 7 letters... which turns out to be "utensil", as NetBeans IDE told me this morning:

And the second puzzle, an anagram for "antigreen" is... "tangerine". Thanks again, NetBeans IDE, for the answer.

Hurray, I've saved myself half an hour of frustration every morning (at the end of which I never had the solution anyway).

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  • Rich Unger Thursday, November 2, 2006
    By the way, have you seen my latest blog entry? Let me know if it's something you're interested in creating a tutorial out of or something. I've got some additional materials that I haven't published yet. I know you were looking for multiview examples...
  • Geertjan Thursday, November 2, 2006
    Yeah, I saw it. Tried to respond but failed. I think you should start writing a chapter for the book. Tim is someone who should be contacting you about this. Drop him and me an e-mail to work out the details.
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