WORDY for UNIX is the generic UNIX* implementation (works fine under Linux) of the WORDY utilities. This is the source code only, in C, which must be compiled. GPL / Freeware, but docs, word list, and batteries not included... you may pick them up from the DOS versions of WORDY and ENABLE, described above. [14K]
* SCO Group Unixware and Open Server not supported.
UNIX and Unixware are trademarks of the Open Group.
Quackey, a simplified but almost feature-complete version of Perquackey[TM] implemented in a 12K (Bash) shell script. Linux/UNIX/OSX only.
Package, including instructions. [6K]
The README file.
Requires the yawl
word list package, below.
Updated millennial edition of ENABLE (ENABLE2K): The Enhanced North American Benchmark LEexicon package provides a 173,000+ word standardized tournament-level master list, more carefully researched than "official" and proprietary lists. It is not restricted to words of an arbitrary length and it features all "official" updates. The ENABLE list has been placed in the Public Domain and is both free and freely distributable. This is the list used by the WORDY word study system, above, and by various online Scrabble® servers and software developers (at least two commercial word games use it as its dictionary). It is highly recommended that the (updated) ENABLE SUPPLEMENT [785K], and the ABLE SUPPLEMENT [559K], additional lists and documentation packages for ENABLE be obtained. Freeware.
There is also a Palm Pilot format version of ENABLE available.
The "classic" first edition of ENABLE has been honorably
retired. It is no longer available.
Updated SUPPLEMENT: Additional lists and detailed notes and documentation for the above ENABLE2K word list package. Features an annotated list of the differences between the ENABLE2K and the DOOM/TWL98 lists, a complete cross referenced listing of the hidden italicized "called also" words in the MW10, and a well researched listing of words under 9 letters that should have qualified for inclusion in the OSPD®. Includes a supplementary OSW list for SOWPODS enthusiasts! Freeware. [416K]
The YAWL LIST (updated 2008 version) is a combination of the ENABLE list and all the above supplementary lists, effectively a superset of the international SOWPODS list. It contains over 264,000 words and is probably the largest and most comprehensive list of its kind. This free Public Domain list is targeted toward Linux, BSD, Be OS, and other 'nix systems and is in standard UNIX ASCII format. It may require conversion before it can be viewed, edited, or accessed by Windows or Mac users. [703K]
The 12 Dicts Lists comprise a set of two annotated listings compiled from twelve different dictionaries. In the words of author Alan Beale, "The purpose of this project is to create a list of words which approximates the common core of the vocabulary of American English." These lists are not specifically targeted toward word gamers, and would therefore have only minimal relevance for Scrabble® players. They might well interest crossword puzzle solvers and cryptography buffs, however. These lists may even be helpful in generating and testing passwords (attention: sys admins and security types).
Download these lists from the wordlist site at Sourceforge.
Atkinson's Aspell package, which is in the process of becoming the Linux standard spell checker. See also, Kevin's SCOWL (Spell Checker Oriented Word Lists). The 12dicts list is freeware and has been placed in the Public Domain for unrestricted use.
WAK is a tachistoscope/"flash card" word list displayer for Scrabble® players. WAK flashes word lists on screen, one word at a time, in a format resembling Scrabble® tiles, and at a user-controlled flash rate ranging from 1 per second to over 40 per second. Can use the word lists generated by the WORDY utilities, see above. Shareware. [94K]
SCRABL is a set of word lists and other goodies for Scrabble® players. Includes extract and word for the day programs. Now has 2PLUS1, 3PLUS1, 4PLUS1, and 5PLUS1 hook lists. Updated for "compatibility" with 3rd Ed. of OSPD®. Freeware. [239K]
is a GPL / Freeware Scrabble® word challenge adjudicator for
tournament or club play use. It is also well suited for recreational play
shot). Both GUI and text versions for Linux/UNIX enclosed
(if you absolutely must have a DOS version, download WORDY,
Pokagram is an all-new anagramming board game combining the word building skills of Scrabble® with the risk-taking thrills of poker. No equipment beyond a standard Scrabble® set and an (optional) set of poker chips required. Best of all, it's free and non-proprietary.
CHSCLK is a full-featured chess clock, with digital display, move counter, pause function, and much more. This is an custom version specially adapted for timing Scrabble® games because it tracks overtime and both clocks can be paused simultaneously. Includes source code (C++ and C). Only $1.00 to register. [61K]
CDNTIMER is a resettable countdown timer suitable as a board game turn timer and for photography and cooking applications. Shareware, and only 75 cents (!) to register. [57K]
mcalc is an easy to use
mortgage loan calculator. Featuring a GUI front end, mcalc lets you instantly see the results
of changing the payoff period or interest rate of a loan. There is even
limited support for prepayments on principal. Saves the amortization
tables in editable and printable ASCII files. This software installs
under Linux or generic UNIX only. GPL / freeware.
The shred file deletion package is no longer available.
Checksum is a simple utility that permits checking the integrity of files, to ensure that they have not been tampered with. Cross-platform (Linux, generic UNIX, and DOS), but archived as a UNIX "tarball".
The PAD file is here.
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