United States Patent 5,249,965
|United States Patent ||5,249,965|
|Yianilos||Oct. 5, 1993|
Electronic word selection machine
|Inventors: ||Yianilos; Peter N.
|Assignee: ||Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
(Mt. Holly, NJ).
|Appl. No.: ||926,050|
|Filed: ||Aug. 6, 1992|
|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|
U.S. Patent Documents
|4,369,973||Jan., 1983||D'Aurora et al.|| 273/153 R|
|5,149,097||Sept., 1992||Tonello 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
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