United States Patent 5,249,965
United States Patent 5,249,965
YianilosOct. 5, 1993

Electronic word selection machine

Inventors: Yianilos; Peter N. (Princeton, NJ).
Assignee: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc. (Mt. Holly, NJ).
Appl. No.: 926,050
Filed: Aug. 6, 1992
Intl. Cl.:A63F 9/00;
U.S. Cl.:434/177; 273/153.R;
Field of Search:364/419, 709, 710.03; 273/272, 153 R; 434/167, 169, 177, 172, 175, 168

References Cited

U.S. Patent Documents
4,369,973Jan., 1983D'Aurora et al. 273/153 R
5,149,097Sept., 1992Tonello et al.

Primary Examiner: Apley; Richard J.
Assistant Examiner: Richman; Glenn E.
Attorney, Agent or Firm: McAulay Fisher Nissen Goldberg & Kiel


An improvement in a electronic crossword puzzle solving machine to provide alternate words for a word that is input on the keyboard. A first actuation of a function key labeled "Second-Guess" initiates a search in which all words in memory having the same number of letters as the input word but differing with respect to only one of those letters is displayed. A second actuation of the "Second-Guess" key results in a search and display of all words differing from the input word with respect to two of the letters. Each successive actuation of the "Second-Guess" key increases the number of letters by which the alternate words found differ from the input word.

9 Claims, 1 Drawing Figures